San Francisco Giants podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Giants open two game series in Anaheim vs. Ohtani and Angels Tuesday

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani seen here hitting an eighth inning home run off the Oakland A’s on Jun 15, 2021 will be entering the All Star game home run derby in Denver and will be facing the San Francisco Giants Tue Jun 22, 2021 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim (AP News file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah after having a five game win streak the San Francisco Giants ended the streak last Saturday getting clobbered at Oracle Park 13-6.

#2 Giants starter Alex Wood on Saturday just couldn’t too many past the Philadelphia Phillies line up he pitched three innings giving up four runs and six hits, Wood 6-3 ERA 4.00 was the early innings just a matter of Wood making some mistake pitches or the Phillies coming off a rough loss Friday ready to take some hacks?

#3 Jeremiah, talk about the month that Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has had he now leads the team in average .244, home runs 16, and RBIs 44 and hit one out on Sunday.

#4 Saturday was Juneteenth and the Giants wore honorary San Francisco Sea Lions jerseys on the 75th Anniversary of the Sea Lions who played in the West Coast Negro Baseball Association.

#5 Tuesday night baseball the Giants are in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels for a brief two game series before returning back to Oracle Park to host the Oakland A’s on Friday night. Jeremiah, the Angels have been going good lately they are 7.5 games behind Oakland and their relying on their star player Shohei Ohtani whose second in home runs in the American League with 21. How do you see this series starting Tuesday night.

Jeremiah Salmonson filled in for Morris Phillips for the Giants podcasts heard every Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Rhys Hoskins uses career-high six RBIs to bring home Phillies win 13-6

Philadelphia Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, second from right, gets a three run home run in the seventh inning scoring ahead of Hoskins Ronald Torreyes, left, and Luke Williams, second from left at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sat Jun 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ June 19, 2021

~ Philadelphia’s Hoskins, a native Californian, had two home runs in a 13-6 rout, halting what would have been the San Francisco Giants’ longest winning streak of the season. 

On the day of Juneteenth, now officially recognized as a federal holiday, the host team Giants paid homage by donning uniforms like the San Francisco Sea Lions wore, playing in the West Coast Negro Baseball Association. 

The scoring began right away with both teams trading off equal amounts of runs once San Francisco got on the board, until the bottom of the third.

Two was not Giants’ starting pitcher Alex Wood’s number to start off the game. After a strikeout took him to two outs, he intentionally walked Bryce Harper and a wild pitch moved runners to second and third. With two strike counts, Wood then unintentionally walked Andrew McCutchen to load the bases and hit rookie Alec Bohm to put a number on the scoreboard. The first marked an over 30 pitch count for Wood.  

San Francisco replied with run support as LaMonte Wade also led off with a single and Mike Yastrzemski followed with a home run to take the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first. 

To start the second, Wood got two outs but then Odubel Herrera reached base due to a throwing error by second baseman Donovan Solano. Teammate Hoskins took advantage as he sent the ball soaring for his first home run as the Phillies’ retook the lead. 

Both teams used two-run doubles and RBI singles to put together three-run innings in the bottom of the second and top of the third. 

The Giants’ Brandon Belt sent a baseball splashing into McCovey Cove to mark the game’s first tie. This inning also initiated the first of both starters’ exits and ensuing zeroes on the scoreboard. Ranger Suarez came in for Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola after he walked Solano on 10 pitches.  

Despite protests by Wood, Dominic Leone entered the game in relief to begin the fourth.

The multiple-inning tie remained until the Phillies’ Ronald Torreyes broke it in the sixth with a solo home run. Hoskins made it 8-6 with a RBI double. 

Philadelphia scored their most runs in an inning in the seventh with four. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases. After a mound visit with pitcher Conner Menez, he was able to get two outs with one runner scoring on a sacrifice fly. Hoskins then fully cleared the bases with a three-run home run to double his teams’ lead over San Francisco to 12-6. 

In the top of the eighth, a 2-1 count marked Harper’s helmet being nicked by Menez’s throw, as it flew off Harper’s head. Harper remained at home plate.

The bottom of the eighth saw a delay due to the pitching mound being repacked for Phillies’ pitcher Archie Bradley. 

Against Philadelphia’s five relief pitchers, the Giants’ hitters struck out seven times and were held to two hits.

Up Next: San Francisco looks to rebound and decide the series on Father’s Day tomorrow Sunday at 1:05pm. 

Kaprielian haunts Yanks in Bronx return; Kemp and Olson supply the Big Fly in A’s 5-3 win

The Oakland A’s starter James Kaprielian delivers to the New York Yankees line up at Yankees Stadium in first inning on Fri Jun 18, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK–The Oakland A’s beat the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium 5-3 on Friday night to extend the longest active winning streak in the league to seven games.

Tony Kemp hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning that put the A’s up 5-3 and neither team scored after that. Oakland (44-27) is now a season-high 17 games over .500.

A’s right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian got his revenge on the Yankees team that traded him along with two other players back in 2017. Kaprielian struck out two in his first inning. He retired his first eight batters before walking Brett Gardner. Kaprielian allowed only three hits and seven punchouts in 5 2/3 innings.

In the first inning, Matt Olson homered on a fly ball to right field to put the A’s up 1-0. Mark In the third, Canha singled on a ground ball to center fielder Brett Gardner and Elvis Andrus scored and gave the A’s a 2-0 lead. DJ LeMahieu hit a home run on a line drive to right center field allowing Gardner to score and tying the game at 2-2.

In the fifth inning, Rougned Odor hit a home run on a fly ball to center field to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. That was one of Kaprielian’s mistakes.

But in the sixth inning, Tony Kemp hit a 2-2 slider from lefty Wandy Peralta for a three-run homer with Matt Chapman and Sean Murphy scoring to put the A’s back up 5-3.

Yankees starting pitcher James Taillon did not get through the fifth inning. He allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings and was pulled after only 76 pitches.

A crowd of 24,037 attended Yankee Stadium, which was back to full capacity for the first time since the pre-pandemic times.

“That’s what we been waiting for,” Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge said. “Since the start of 2020, playing in this stadium with no fans, they played the fake crowd noise, but that doesn’t compare, not even close, to what a packed house at Yankee Stadium any night brings.”

Oakland started their 10-game road trip 1-0 and improved to 19-9 on the road.

First pitch for game 2 of the three-game series is at 10:05 a.m. —

A’s pour it on with 5 run 8th inning defeat Royals 11-2 in a laugher

Kansas City 2 – 5 – 0

Oakland 11 – 14- 0

By Lewis Rubman

June Saturday, June 1 2021

The Oakland A’s Tony Kemp slides in at home in front of Elvis Andrus after Matt Chapman hits a two run double in the second inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Jun 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

OAKLAND–While the Oakland A’s (39-27) and Kansas City Royals (30-33) were taking batting and fielding practice before this afternoon’s game, the city of San Leandro paid tribute to one of baseball’s unrecognized heroes of the game by dedicating the local Little League and Senior Leagues field in that city to Lou Profumo and unveiling a plaque that identifies the place as Lou Profumo Field. The A’s rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning for five runs and pretty much put the kibosh on the Royals for a 11-2 win.

It’s a small park in a small city, but Lou, who had a short career as a pitcher in the minor leagues during the 1950s and ’60s, played a major role in the development of hundreds, if not thousands of children and young adults who went on to live productive lives while enjoying and nourishing the game.

He coached youth baseball and women’s softball, worked to maintain the playing fields of the east bay area, and, as San Leandro councilmember Victor Aguilar put it, “He helped close the equity gap for those who could not afford to play.”

He’s a frequent welcome participant at the meetings of the local SABR chapter and the Pacific Coast League Historical Society, where he shares the knowledge and experience he’s gathered in his long and fruitful life, both horizontal across the baseball globe and vertical, in his deep roots here in the bay area.

In spite of all of the baseball industry’s faults and problems, the game of baseball continues to thrive, thanks to the work and dedication of people like Lou. That last sentence isn’t quite right. There are thousands of people like him, but there’s really no one like Lou Profumo.

In order to reach the Coliseum in time for today’s game, I couldn’t attend the ceremony to honor him and his contributions. I hope these inadequate notes can provide a measure of appreciation to that shown him in this morning’s ceremony.

At the Coliseum, the A’s hosted a less intimate pre-game gathering, this one held to celebrate African American Heritage Day. The different types of tribute–the grass roots and the institutional, the individual and collective–can be complimentary, as they were today.

After the last two night’s battles between Oakland and Kansas City, there’s a temptation to skip the first six innings and start paying attention in the top of the action-filled seventh. But ball games begin at the beginning and not always in the big inning.

This game began with James Kaprielian (2-1, 3.08) toeing the rubber for the 38-27 Athletics. He lost his most recent start, the first L he received as a major league hurler, but he had pitched pretty well in that losing effort, having allowed only two runs over five innings in Coors Field, where ERAs go to boom in the rarified air and spacious distances betweeen outfielders.

Kansas City (30-32) countered with Jackson Kowar, making only his second big league start. He was their compensation round draft pick, in exchange for the loss of Lorenzo Cain, in 2018 and rose quickly to the top. He was, however, creamed in his MLB debut five days ago at the Big A, where the Angels disposed of him after just two thirds of an inning in which he yielded three hits on four runs, two walks, and three wild pitches. His pitch count was 39. That he started today, five days after that inauspicious outing, is a sign that the Royals still think highly of him.

Kowar’s first inning this afternoon wasn’t the nightmare he suffered in Anaheim, but he did allow Oakland to take a 1-0 on Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly almost to the left center field wall, which plated Tony Kemp, who had singled to right and advanced to third when Matt Olson also singled to right.

Add a couple of walks to that, and the A’s had loaded the bases before Chad Pinder forced Seth Brown, the recipient of Kowar’s second passport, at second. He threw 34 pitches in the process of getting through his first major league complete inning. Kaprielian responded by striking out the three Royals he faced in the top of the second.

The Kansas City bull pen began stirring in the bottom of the second when Chapman’s liner to left rebounded off the fence, driving in Andrus, who has singled, and Kemp who had walked. Two pitches later, Olson drove Chapman in with a double to right.

Roland Bolaños hadn’t had time to warm up properly, but he came in anyway. Kowar, in his 1-1/3 inning stint had served up 57 offerings, 28 of which were balls. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out one, Skye Bolt, who was spelling Canha in center field.

Bolaños retired Moreland and Sean Muprhy, so Kowar was charged with only four runs, all of them well earned. At game’s end, he was the losing pitcher, with a record of 0-2, 36.00 Kaprielian faced some trouble of his own in the third, but he pitched his way out of it.

Jarrod Dyson’s lead off single to center and a walks to Nicky López brought Carlos Santana to the plate with runners on first and second with two down. The two runners executed a double steal before Santana walked to load the bases with royalty. Kaprielian restored order by getting Benindtendi to pop out to Kemp at second.

An innning later,a one out triple to right center by KelvinGutiérrez and walks to Dozie and Dyson had Kaprielian in a bases loaded jam. He wiggled out of it with a fly to right that Gutiérrez elected not to run on (a tribute to Seth Brown’s arm) and a grounder fielded by Andrus behind second and arriving in Olson’s glove before the speedy López made it to first.

Once Bolaños had retired his sixth consecutive batter by striking Olson out to end the fourth it looked like the Athletics had setled into their familiar pattern of jumping out to an early lead and then holding on for dear life while their bats went cold and their pitching faltered. But Kaprielian’s 1-2-3 fifth held at least the pitching part of that anxiety at bay.

In the bottom of the frame, the A’s allayed the anxiety’s offensive portion. A two out singgle to center by Brown, followed b a walk to Pinder and Andrus’s single to center scored a run and chased Bolaños from the mound. Carlos Hernández squelched the uprrising by striking out Bolt.

Bolaños had done a good job of keeping KC in the game. He allowed that one run in 3-1/3 frames, striking out four and walking two while yielding two hits and had stranded the runner in scoring position he inherited with only one out.His pitch count was 56, with 32 strikes.

Hernández stopped the A’s cold in the fifth, but he wasn’t as effetive in the sixth. After Kemp took a called strike three, Chapman continued to recover his batting stride, taking a 99 mph slider 388 feet deep into the right field stands and upping the Oakland lead to a more comfortable 6-0.

Six shutout innings were enough for Kaprielian on this warm–torrid for Oakland–afternoon. He left after allowing only two hits and four walks to go with seven Ks.

60 of his 95 pitchs were strikes. He eventually got the win Jesús Luzardo, whose seventh inning meltdown two nights ago was one of the most distressing components of that debacle, replaced him and kept the Royals off the board, allowing them only a walk.

He continued his attempt redeem his performance in last Thursday’s sinister seventh when he stayed on in the eighth. That was thwarted, despite Luzardo’s strike out of Pérez, by the 378 foot homer to left that Gutiérrez hit of a Luzardo change up with Santana on base with two out that brought Sergio Romo to the mound to put out the brush fire.

Hernández didn’t answer the bell for the seventh; Josh Staumont shut the A’s out for the visitors that inning. For the eight, it was Wade Davis, whose first pitch resulted in Skye Bolt’s first hit of the season and first major league home run, a 410 foot blast to center.

Before Davis knew what had hit him, Kemp and Chapman singled, and Olson smacked a three run homer to left center, his sixteenth round tripper of the year, raising his RBI totl to 44 and the A’s lead to 10-2. No one got up in the Kansas City bullpen; it was up to Wade to just sponge it up. It turned out that only one more Oakland run crossed the plate, scored by Moreland on Pinder’s sacrifice liner to right.

Cam Bedrosian mopped up for Oakland in the ninth, setting the Royals down in order.

It was a very satisfying vindication for the A’s, who now have bounced back from the affront to their dignity inflicted on them on Thursday. Chapman’s batting seems to have turned the corner, but Luzano’s poor showing is a concern.

The A’s have clinched a tie for this series. They hope to win it tomorrow, when Chris Bassitt (6-2, 3.44) is slated to go against Kris Bubic (1-1,3.32). The Angels will come to town for a three day series starting Monday. After that, the Athletics will take off for a three game series in the Bronx, a four game set in Dallas-Fort Worth, and a three day week end in Oracle Park.

A’s reach out and touch up Ohtani for runs in the 6th and 7th for 3-1 win

Los Angeles (AL) 1 – 6 – 1

Oakland         3 – 5-  1

By Lewis Rubman

Fri May 28, 2021

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon (right) goes out to relieve pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) in the seventh inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Fri May 28, 2021

OAKLAND–In Spanish, Major League Baseball is called la gran carpa, The Big Top. And Shohei Ohtani is a three ring circus; he can hit, pitch, and field with the best of them. He  was scheduled to pitch for the Angels when they opened a four game series against the A’s Thursday night at the Coliseum, but San Francisco’s rush hour traffic delayed his arrival long enough to prevent him from completing his preparation for his mound duties.

Instead, he batted second as the Angel’s DH and went 0 for three, postponing his season’s mound debut against the A’s until Friday night. He brought a 1-0, 3.69 record with him. Neither his batting average of .266 nor his 1-0, 3.69 pitching record is, at first glance,  impressive numbers, but that changes on closer examination.

As a batter, Ohtani had an OPS of .944 with 15 home runs in 177 bats before the day began. That’s a homer for every 11.8 ABs.  only three earned runs in his last 20-2/3 innings.

In spite of his respectable but not outstanding ERA, all of the runs scored against him came in five of the 32 innings he’d pitched. Ohtani has great movement on the ball until the A’s reached him for a run in the sixth inning and was relieved by Steven Cishek in the 3-1 Oakland victory.

He features a  four seamer, a slider, and a split finger fast ball, in that order of frequency, and he mixes them effectively. Going into tonight’s game, hitters were batting .049 in 42 at bats against his splitter this year, a figure that is consistent with his lifetime performance in MLB of .050 in an even hundred ABs. His fastest pitch so far this season was 101.1 mph.

The numbers for Oakland’s  starter, Sean Manaea,  3-2, 4.17, aren’t particularly prepossessing. He started the season poorly, getting knocked about by Houston in his first start, when he needed 101 pitches to get through 4-2/3 innings in which he gave up five runs on six hits and a walk.

His next four starts, in which he went 3-0, 1.50, including a seven inning complete game shutout at the Coliseum, were more successful.  He finished April at 3-1, 2.83.

But this month  has proved a disaster for him.  In his five May starts before today, he received the decision only once, an 8-1 loss at Fenway in which he lasted a mere two innings.

His earned run average so far this month was 5.68. Any mention of Manaea and the Red Sox has to include the no hitter he pitched against them on April 21, 2018 in the Coliseum.

For a moment it looked as if the Angels would draw first blood in the top of the third, when with no out and David Fletcher on first with a walk, Justin Upton, who had opened the game with a ground out to short, sent a seeing eye low drive in the hole between Andrus and Chapman, putting men on first and second and the numbers two, three, and four batters coming to the plate.  Manaea  got the powerful Jared Walsh to go down swinging at round house curves.

Then Anthony Rendon sent a hard liner to right center that Mark Canha, filling in for Ramon Laureano, tracked down and captured for the second out. That brought up clean up hitter Juan Legares. He hit a hard grounder Jed Lowrie, made a wonderful back hand stab to catch and a crisp throw to first to end the inning.

Things began to heat up in a less pleasant way when Ohtani nearly beaned Canha with a 94 mph fast ball, which caused both dugouts to empty. But things quieted down, and Canha struck out into a double play, ex-Athletic cathcer Kurt Suzuki threw to shortstop José Rojas to get the second out.

The exciting fielding continued with an inning ending running catch by Taylor Ward of Tony Kemp´s liner to right field to end the inning. Seth Brown topped that by making a diving grab of  Phil Gooselin’s dying quail just inside the right field foul line that opened the Los Angeles fourth, an inning in which Manaea retired the Angels in order.

 The Angels increased the pressure on Manaea in the top of the fifth. Suzuki led off with a slicing double to left. David Fletcher bunted him over to third. Manaea walked Upton and once more had to deal with Walsh in a dangerous situation. This time, he got the slugger to ground into a double play, Andrus to Olson, on a 93 mph sinker.

All the while, Ohtani was breezing through the Oakland line up, yielding only a pair of base on balls and and then Andrus’s single in the third before Andrus got his second single, to center, like first. This time, Canha was almost hit by a pitch.

Ohtani plunked him with a four seamer that travelled 92 mph. Kemp lay down a beautiful bunt that Ohtani fielded, considered throwing third but decided to get the sure out at first, and the A’s had runners on second and third with one down.

Olson sent a fly to deep left field, a very different sort of sacrifice than Kemp’s bunt in front of home but equally effective in moving up both runners. One of those was, of course, Canha, who scored the first run of the game for either team. Ohtani’s strike out of Seth Brown seemed anti-climactic.

Oakland’s lead was short lived. A one out Texas League single to left center by Rojas, a sacrifice by Suzuki, and Fletcher´s single to left, and the game was tied at one, ending Manaea’s  tenure on the mound.  Yusmeiro Petit came in to face the top of the Angels’ order. He did it successfully by wiffing Upton, staying on to throw a 1-2-3 top of the eighth.

Manaea left the game with 6-2/3 innings under his belt. He gave up six hits but only one run, which was earned. He walked three and struck out eight. 61 of his 94 pitches were strikes. After ths gutsy performance, Manaea’s ERA dropped to 3.86, but he had to settle for a no decision.

Ohtani weakened in the seventh. He issued two straight walks, to Lowrie and Moreland, to open the frame. Chapman’s single to left would have loaded the bases with no outs, but Upton fumbled it, and his error allowed Lowrie to score the run that put Oakland ahead, 2-1.

That was all for Ohtani. Steve Cishek, who relieved him, surrendered a single to left center to Murphy, which plated Moreland and put Chapman on third. Cishek also induced an inning ending around the horn  double play. His work done, he yielded to reliever Mike Mayers after the inning was over.

It was Lou Trivino who was given the task of closing out the game out for the green and gold. 

For sixth innings, Ohtani had pitched a beautiful game. He left it with a line of three runs, all earned but two of them scored after he was gone, allowed on three hits and four walks and a hit batter. 54 of his 93 offerings were strikes. For all that, he took the loss.

It was Lou Trivino who was given the task of closing out the game for the green and gold.

He set LA down in order to get his seventh save. The win went to Petit, his seventh of the year.             

Before the game, the  A’s announced that that they had placed left handed reliever Reymin Guduan on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 26 with a strained right groin and that they had replaced him on the roster with the righty relief pitcher Jordan Weems.

They also made another move, one that could be more significant, by taking  A.J. Puk off the injured list and optioning  him to AAA Las Vegas, one short step away from the big club, who’ll probably use him, at least the first step, from the bull pen.

The schedule for the remaining games in the current A’s home stand is:

Saturday, May 29, Oakland Frankie Montás (5-4, 4.92) will face Los Angeles Alex Cobb (2-2, 4.78) at 1:07.

Sunday, May 30, it will be Oakland Cole Irvin (3-6, 3.92) against Los Angeles José Quintana (0-4, 7.92), also at 1:07) 

Monday, May 31, Oakland James Kaprielian vs. Los Angeles TBA at 1:10.

Curry pours in 46 points leads W’s to sixth win in a row 113-101

The Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore offers guard Stephen Curry a drink to cool off from his 46 point night against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sun May 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors (39-33) played the final game of the regular season Sunday afternoon at the Chase Center in San Francisco against the Memphis Grizzlies (38-34). The teams were tied with identical season records 38-33. The winner of the game would be the eighth team in the Western Conference.

The loser would be the ninth. In the new NBA play-in format, the eighth team plays the number seven. The winner of that game becomes the number seven seed and will face the second-best team in the conference in the first round of the playoffs.

The loser will face the winner of the game between number nine and number ten. The loser of that game is done for the season. The winner meets the loser of number eight or number seven. The winner then becomes the eighth seed and faces the team with the best record. The whole play-in formula sounds confusing, but after Sunday’s game, things are a bit clearer. The Warriors helped explain what will happen as they beat the Grizzlies 113-101.

The Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, had to find a way to slow down the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter. The Warriors ended the third quarter leading by 17, 86-69. The Grizzlies had bottled up Curry in the first half. They held him to 13 points, and they trailed at the end of the first half, 55-49. Curry came to life in the third quarter when he put 17 points on the board. The Warriors seemed to be on their way to an easy victory.

However, the Warriors have to be wary of a fourth-quarter letdown. The Grizzlies’ young star, Dillon Brooks, went on a personal 8-0 run to make it 86-77 game. Curry made a three and a deuce to put the W up 91-79. The Grizzlies put their offense into overdrive as they continued to put points on the board while stopping the Warriors on defense.

They tied the game at 91-91, finishing a 22-5 run. The question at this point was this: can the Warriors regroup and find a way to win? The question was answered when Dillon Brooks fouled Draymond Green. Brooks, who covered Curry like a blanket, was gone.

Green made the two free throws to make it 93-91. Memphis responded by going ahead 97-95. The Warriors’ Jordan Poole started a 14-0 run with a three. Andrew Wiggins scored to give the Warriors the lead 100-97. Curry showed the Grizzlies why he is the best shooter in the game. Curry made three consecutive threes to give Golden State a 12-point lead 109-97. The Grizzlies were toast. They could not catch Golden State. The Warriors win 113-101.

Game Notes and Stats: The Warriors will face either the Portland Trailblazers or the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night. A Laker loss and a Portland win will send the Warriors to Portland. If the Lakers win, the Warriors will face the Lakers at the Staples Center. If the Warriors win the play-in game, they will be the seventh seed. If they lose, they will host the winner of the game between Memphis and San Antonio for the eighth seed.

Curry joined Michael Jordan as the only two players 33 years or older to win the NBA scoring title. Curry finished the season with an average of 31.8 points per game. Curry finished the night with 46 points. It was the 11th game this season with 40 or more points. It was the 38th game with 30 or more points. 

Curry had help from Green, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and Juan Toscano-Anderson. Green’s line was 14 points, nine boards, and nine assists. He almost had a triple-double. Wiggins had a double-double- with 21 points and ten rebounds. Wiggins continued to be consistent on both ends of the court.

Poole had 15. The Warriors shot almost 50% from the floor. They connected on 15 threes. Curry knocked down nine of the 15 threes. Quite a performance for the two-time NBA MVP. The Warriors outrebounded the taller Grizzlies 52-48. The Warriors recorded 26 assists on 41 made field goals. The only ugly stat was the 19 turnovers.

The Grizzlies’ Jonas Valenciunas paced his club with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Dillon Brooks had 18, Ja Morant 16, Kyle Anderson 10, and Jaren Jackson 14. The Grizzlies shot 43% from the floor, and they made six threes in 25 attempts.

The Warriors won their sixth game in a row to finish the season 39-33. The Grizzlies are 38-34. The Warriors’ next game is Wednesday night, either in Portland or Los Angeles.

Silver Knights take down Barracuda 5-3

by Marko Ukalovic

LAS VEGAS, Nev—Pavel Dorofeyev scored two goals for the Henderson Silver Knights as they defeated the San Jose Barracuda 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena.

San Jose have lost three games in a row and continue to sit in fourth place in the Pacific Division. Henderson have won two in a row and sit atop of the Pacific with 46 points.

San Jose (15-14-4-2) drew first blood early in the first period with an even strength goal. Nicolas Meloche started a three-on-two odd man rush and fed a pass over to Ozzy Wiesblatt at the Silver Knights blueline. Wiesblatt found Scott Reedy all alone on the right wing and he snapped home a wrist shot past Silver Knights goalie Oscar Dansk to the short side off the post for his fifth goal of the season at the 4:22 mark.

Henderson (23-12-0-0) answered back over two minutes later on the power play. Danny O’Regan picked up the puck behind the net after a battle along the boards. The former San Jose Sharks prospect skated out to the left slot and fired home a wrist shot to the short side of ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for his team leading 13th goal of the season at the 6:30 mark.

O’Regan has tormented his former team all season long with his fifth goal against the Barracuda. He has 12 points in his last eight games.

The Silver Knights gained the lead when Dorofeyev scored his first goal of the game. Zach Hayes sent a shot in from the left point that snuck underneath and behind Zawchenko. Dorofeyev crashed the net and jammed home the rebound for his seventh goal of the season at the 12:37 mark.

Henderson scored its third unanswered goal of the game early in the second period. Ryan Murphy fed a pass over to Dylan Sikura whose shot popped up in the air and went behind Sawchenko. Cody Glass whacked the puck out of the air into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season at the 4:05 mark.

The Barracuda came back and answered back 95 seconds later. Ryan Merkley sent a shot from the point that was blocked out in front. The rebound leaked out to Maxim Letunov who buried a wrist shot under the arm of Dansk for his 12th goal of the season at the 5:40 mark.

Letunov has scored in back-to-back games and has three goals in his past four games.

Dorofeyev gave the Silver Knights a huge insurance goal early in the third period with his second goal of the game seconds after their power play opportunity had expired. Gage Quinney set up Dorofeyev right in front of the crease and he tapped home the puck past Sawchenko for his eighth goal of the season at the 2:05 mark.

San Jose cut the lead to a one-goal game with a five-on-three power play goal right after Henderson’s fourth goal. Jayden Halbgewachs’ shot rebounded over to Wiesblatt who skated out to the right face off circle, outwaited Dansk and snapped home a wrist shot top-shelf for his second goal of the season at the 4:04 mark.

It was a pair of firsts for the Sharks 2020 first round draft pick. He scored his first power play goal as well as his first multi-point game of his careeer.

The ‘Cuda pulled Sawchenko for an extra attacker with 1:53 left in the third period but Jack Dugan ended their comeback attempt with an empty net goal with 29 seconds remaining for his ninth goal of the season.

Dansk finished the game stopping 27 of the 30 shots he faced, including three consecutive point blank saves while the ‘Cuda were on the five-on-three penalty kill, to earn the victory. Sawchenko made 35 saves on 39 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: Both San Jose and Henderson went 1-for-5 on the power play.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Dorofeyev 2) Glass 3) Sikura

The announced attendance was 3831.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda conclude the regular season against the Silver Knights on Tuesday 5/11 at 7:00pm at Orleans Arena.

Rockies edge Giants 6-5; Rox starter Gray goes six allows two runs

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray throws to the San Francisco Giants line up at Coors Field in Denver on Wed May 5, 2021 (AP News photo) 

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants fell 6-5 to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, dropping the series to the worst team in the division and going 2-4 in the road trip.

Right hand pitcher Jon Gray tossed six solid innings and struck out eight at Coors Field. Gray allowed two runs and four hits and improved 4-0 in his five starts at home, where he said he feels “comfortable.”

“It’s home for me and I know I can outpitch the other guy,” Gray said.

Brandon Crawford had a two-run homer in the second inning. He said he feels “good at the plate” and has been able to lay off pitches he was swinging early on.

“Been able to square balls up recently and when you square balls up in Colorado they typically seem to go a long way,” Crawford said.

Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb began strong, retiring the first 10 players at bat. But Colorado made inroads in the fourth inning, with Charlie Blackmon hitting a two-run single that tied the game. A walk loaded the bases and Webb was done after Alan Trejo got an RBI with a four-pitch walk.

“That last one was tough,” Webb said.

Gray continued his good afternoon with an RBI single. Then Raimel Tapia hit a two-run single that put the Rockies up 6-2.

Webb struck out five and walked three in just 3 2/3 innings.

Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer to put the Giants within two runs in the seventh inning, but they were not able to catch up to Colorado.

Giants catcher Buster Posey left in the fifth inning due to a tight right hamstring.

Manager Gabe Kapler said Posey’s whole lower half has been tight and they did not want to risk him getting further injured.

“I’m optimistic Buster will be fine and be in the lineup on Friday,” Kapler said.

The Giants open a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday with right hand pitcher Anthony DeSclafani on the mound. First pitch is at 6:45 p.m.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Matt Harrington: Sharks hope to snap 7 game skid tonight

The Vegas Knights Shea Theodore (27) reaches out for the puck as the San Jose Sharks Timo Meier (28) is right behind at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Thu Apr 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

#1 The San Jose Sharks (18-23-5) enter tonight’s game at SAP Center against the Vegas Golden Knights (33-11-3)) on a seven game losing streak in the Sharks last game against the Vegas Golden Knights not even close another loss 5-2.

#2 What are some of the things that head coach Bob Boughner must be saying to the club right now going on a long losing streak and trying to find ways to break that long string.

#3 For Sharks goaltender Josef Korenar a tough night against Minnesota facing 39 shots and allowing four. Korenar had a good long run with the Sharks minor league team the San Jose Barracuda but this is the big leagues now how ready is he?

#4 Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl both had a goal each for San Jose it wasn’t enough but they’ve had some good offensive nights for the Sharks this season.

#5 The Sharks face off against the Minnesota Wild (27-13-3) tonight at the SAP Center. The Sharks have lost the last two meetings with the Wild by scores of 3-2 and 5-2 with the Sharks on the current losing streak could they have their hands full tonight?

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Preview of A’s vs. Orioles in Baltimore; Three game series opens Friday

The Oakland A’s Ramon Lureano (22) swings for a base hit in the bottom of the tenth inning on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum against the Minnesota Twins (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s head East to start a six-game road trip. The A’s will play three against the Baltimore Oriole’s and finish the trip against the Tampa Bay Rays. The A’s currently reside in the American League Western Division with a 12-7 record. The A’s started the season 1-7 but have won 11 in a row. No team in Major League history has ever started the season with an 0-6 record and then had an 11-game winning streak at any time during the same season.

The Orioles have been a franchise in the American League since 1903. They were known as the St.Louis Browns for 51 seasons. Their last year in St. Louis was 1953. The Browns were doormats in the AL for many, many years. Their only appearance in the World Series came in 1944 during World War II.

They lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Browns featured a one-armed centerfielder, Pete Gray. Bill Veeck owned the team, and he sold it to people who promptly moved the team to Baltimore and named them the Orioles. Since 1954, the Orioles have won three World Series.

They swept the LA Dodgers in 1966 to win their first crown. The Orioles right-fielder was Frank Robinson. The Cincinnati Reds traded Robinson to the O’s as they thought Robinson was an old 30-year-old player. All Robinson did that year was win the AL MVP>They beat the Big Red Machine in 1970. Third baseman Brooks Robinson put on a defensive show in that series that people still remember 51 years later.

The Orioles won their last championship in 1983, downing the Philadelphia Phillies. Shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. led his team that season. Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, and Cal Ripken, Jr. are all Baseball’s Hall of Fame members.

Things have not gone well for the Orioles in recent years. Their last appearance in a World Series was in 1983, 38 years ago. The last time they made the playoffs was in 2016. The Toronto Blue Jays met them in the Wild Card game. The Jays sent the O’s home.

The A’s have not played the Orioles since the 2019 season. There are many new faces on the team. The Orioles traded their superstar third baseman, Manny Machado, to the Dodgers in 2018 as Manny was going to be a free agent at the end of the season. Manny signed with the San Diego Padres in 2019.

Buck Showalter was gone as the Orioles manager. Brandon Hyde replaced him and was tasked with bringing the club back to respectability. Hyde replaced Showalter before the start of the 2019 season. Showalter was the last manager to take the O’s to the playoffs.

The Orioles finished last in 2017 with a record of 75-87. In Showalter’s last year as manager, Baltimore fell to the bottom of the barrel posting a record of 47-115. In Hyde’s first year, Baltimore finished last again. They improved to 54-108.

They had a new young player, Trey Mancini, to lead them out of the wilderness. Fate wasn’t kind to Mancini. Trey had to miss the 2020 season due to cancer treatment. Mancini has recovered, and he will see playing time this weekend. The Orioles finished fourth in the AL East last year with a record of 25-35.

Oakland A’s fans don’t know too much about the Orioles’ roster. They have some new players and some oldies, too. As mentioned above, Baltimore wants to move up in the Eastern Division. They shocked the baseball world by sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway Park by winning all three games. However, they have faltered since then to enter the game against Oakland with a record of 8-10.

The A’s will send lefty Cole Irvin to the mound to start Friday night. Irvin will be making his fourth start as an Oakland Athletic. He did not fare well in his first two outings. In his last game against the Detroit Tigers, Irvin pitched six shutout innings. His overall record ia 1-2 with an ERA of 4.60.

Baltimore will counter with righty Jorge Lopez. Lopez will also be making his fourth start of the season. Lopez was hammered in his first two starts. He pitched well against Texas to earn the win. For the season, Lopez is 1-2 with an ERA of 8.56.

Chris Bassitt will go for Oakland on Saturday. The Orioles have not announced their starter for the Saturday game. Righty Matt Harvey may get the call. Other pitchers that could start are lefties John Means and Bruce Zimmerman.

The A’s enter the series scoring an average of 4.74 runs per game. The A’s have players up and down the lineup that can send the baseball into the stratosphere. Their big first baseman, Matt Olson, has been scorching hot. Olson had three home runs in the last two games of the series with the Minnesota Twins.

Olson has hit six homers and has 15 RBIs so far this year. Mark, Canha, Ramon Laureano, Stephen Piscotty, Jed Lowrie, Sean Murphy, and Seth Brown have all hit home runs to help the A’s to the current 11-game winning streak.

The A’s starting rotation has done the job since the 1-7 start. The team ERA is 4.71, ranking 26th in MLB. The reason for the high ERA was the poor start in the first games of the year. The A’s beat the Twins Wednesday in a wild one 13-12. Before the Wednesday game, the A’s pitching staff recorded four shutouts in five games. A’s starters Sean Manaea, Chris Bassitt, Frankie Montas, and Jesus Luzardo have all done well recently.

The A’s Mike Fiers will be available shortly. Fiers won 15 games last season. The A’s will have to figure out who Fiers will replace. The A’s bullpen has done well, too. A’s manager Bob Melvin has used righty Lou Trivino and lefty Jake Diekman as the closer.

The Orioles will probably put these guys on the field Friday night. Trey Mancini will be at first base. Rio Ruiz will be at second, Freddy Galvis at shortstop, and Maikel Franco, the former Philadelphia Phillie, will be at third. DJ Stewart will be in left field, Cedric Mullins in center, and Austin Hays in right. Paul Severino will handle the catching chores for the Orioles.

The Las Vegas oddsmakers probably would favor the A’s to win the series. The magic of baseball, as players well know, you never know what’s going to happen. Even the lowest of teams can upset the applecart of the favored team. Jorge Lopez could pitch his best game of the year. The A’s could send him to an early shower. No one knows. That’s the beauty of baseball. That’s why they play the games.

Jerry Feitelberg is an Oakland A’s beat writer for http://www.sportsradioservice.com