Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: Dallas lives another day in double OT win; Seven game schedule for college football teams

The Dallas Stars Corey Perry (10) goes top shelf on Tampa Bay goaltender  Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) for a first period goal in game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup at Rogers Centre in Edmonton (Canadian Press photo)

On Headline Sports with Daniel:

1 Stanley Cup finals – Lightning had a chance to close out Dallas

2 More major college football conferences firing up shortened schedules

3 Swingin ‘ A’s headed to the MLB playoffs

4 Tom Brennaman resigned from the Cincinnati Reds as broadcaster for the Reds

5 The passing of former Chicago Bear great Gayle Sayers RIP

Daniel Dullum does Headline Sports podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Injuries stacked against Niners; Mullens tuned up getting tips from Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens throws over the New York Jets defense last Sun Sep 20, 2020 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford in second half action after starter Jimmy Garoppolo left. Mullens will start against the Giants Sunday for the injured Garoppolo. (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, the 49ers are needless the say the walking wounded the list runs long but let’s take at the first two players who are lost for the season Solomon Thomas DT (knee ACL) and Nick Bosa DE (knee) how will their loss for the rest of the season impact the team.

#2 Talk about quarterback Nick Mullens and how he steps into the position for injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who will be advising Mullens on the sidelines.

#3 Joe a lot of the players on the 49ers injured list were key players who helped San Francisco get to the Super Bowl last season. Tight end George Kittle is a huge loss what he did for 49ers on offense talk about it translates into Sunday’s game with the New York Giants.

#4 The 49ers Tevin Coleman RB is out with a knee injury for three weeks and Raheem Mostert (knee) and are both out for this Sunday’s game against the Giants Joe talk about much these guys will be missed at the running back position?

#5 It’s only two games in and the 49ers who are 1-1 have lost a core of their players and really have to rely on their second stringers to help the get to 2-1 will they be able to do it against New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and company?

Join J Hawkes each Sunday for the 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsrasdioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 podcast with Len Shapiro: You can be assured of another tough battle for game 6 Monday night

The Dallas Stars goaltender  Anton Khudobin (35) was kept busy all night and he stopped just enough shots to help the Stars win by one goal in double overtime. Here Khudobin stops the a shot as the Lightning’s left wing Yanni Gourde (37) and the Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen are ready for a loose puck (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup podcast with Len:

#1 The Dallas Stars just got by and escaped elimination with  3-2 double overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning as the Stars cut the Lightning’s series lead 3-2.

#2 In the first period the Dallas Stars Corey Perry (4) scored at 17:52 making it 1-0.

#3 Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ondej Palat (11) in the second period tied it up at 4:37 1-1

#4 In the third period the Lightning’s Mikhail Segachev (3) scored at 3:38 as Tampa Bay took the lead 2-1. The Stars Joe Pavelski (13) scored at 13:15 to tie it up once more 2-2.

#5 In double overtime the Dallas Stars Corey Perry (5) scored at 9:23 for the win 3-2

Len Shapiro did analysis on the NHL for the 2019-20 season on http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Second game: Mariners sweep A’s at home at home; Night Cap laugher 12-3

Oakland A’s starter Paul Blackburn (58) is lifted by A’s manager Bob Melvin (not pictured) in the third inning. Blackburn pitched just 2.1 innings giving up five hits and seven runs in the second game of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum Sat Sep 26, 2020 (AP News photo)

Oakland 3 9 0

Seattle 12 12 1

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Robbie Grossman quickly took the sting out of the A’s extra inning loss in the first game of today’s doubleheader. Batting in the number two slot for the “visiting” Oakland Athletics in the second game, he blasted a 2-2 four seamer from the Seattle Mariners Justin Dunn and drove it 350 over the right field wall to give Oakland a 1-0 lead with one out in the first.

And that’s your A’s Highlight of the Game.

The Mariners scored eight runs in the third inning in the 12-3 laugher over the  A’s. Seven of them were charged to Paul Blackburn, making his first appearance of the season. He had been added to Oakland’s roster as the additional player allowed during double headers.

His stint lasted two and a third innings, during which he surrendered the aforementioned seven runs, all of them earned, on five hits and two walks. He also managed to strike out a couple of Mariners.

In the terrible third, Seattle sent thirteen batters to the plate (i.e., five came up once, and four made two appearances). Dee Strange-Gordon, possessor of the best big league moniker since Van Lingle Mungo, went two for two in the third, and Joseph Odon, JP Crawford, Kyle Seager, Ty France, Tim Lopes, Evan White, and Braden Bishop all connected for base hits.

Two of those safeties, White’s RBI infield single and Strange-Gordon’s second single (also a run producer) came off James Kaprielian, who relieved Blackburn and, after giving up those two hits and a walk, got the two final outs of the frame.

Yeah, the A’s got a run back in the fourth and Robbie Grossman slammed a homer to right in the fourth, but that upped the A’s total run production to three, where it stood until the game mercifully with Tommy La Stella hitting into, what else?, a double play.

Meanwhile, Seattle crossed the plate three more times, once in each the fourth and sixth and twice in the fifth, to bring their total to eleven. Oakland’s total hit count was a respectable nine, three of which were contributed by Robbie Grossman.

Every Mariner except José Marmolejos and Branden Bishop got at least one hit. Crawford, Lopes, and Strange-Gordon each got a pair, and Evan White went three for four to bring his average up to .180. It was that sort of an afternoon.

Both teams rested some of their best players, Semien and Laureano among them, so there’s little reason to fear that dropping today’s twin bill to the M’s will damage the Oakland team’s morale in any significant way.

Blackburn was, of course, charged with the loss. James Kaprilian, Jordan Weems, and TJ McFarland each contributed, and none of them failed to yield at least one run. The longest stint of any of the relievers was Karielian’s one and two-thirds innings; the others pitched an inning apiece.

The Mariners’ Justin Dunn pitched decently enough, allowing three earned runs on six hits in five innings. He now has four wins in set against his single loss. Walter Lockett gave up three hits but didn’t allow a run to score in his two innings of mop up relief.

Marco González (7-2, 3.06) will battle against Frankie Montás (3-5, 6.32) starting tomorrow at 12:10. When that game is over and the dust has settled around the rest of MLB, we’ll see who it is who’ll be coming to The Coliseum on Tuesday.

Unless, as has been known to happen this year, something new and completely different occurs.

Playoff push comes down to the last day of the season; Giants lose to Padres 6-2

The San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr takes San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto deep in the fourth inning Sat Sep 26, 2020 at Oracle Park in San Francisco

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-It looks like the San Francisco Giants playoff push will come down to the final day of the season.

Fernando Tatis, Jr. hit a towering home run in the top of the fourth inning, as the San Diego Padres defeated the Giants 6-2 at Oracle Park.

All the runs that the Padres would need came in that fourth inning, as Mitch Moreland singled to right field that scored Manny Machado and then Austin Nola hit a sacrifice fly that scored Pham with the third run of the inning.

The playoff bound Padres sent Zach Davies, as he went the first three innings, allowing just three hits and struck out three before giving way to the Padres bullpen.

Craig Stammen came on to throw two innings of one-hit ball, and also struck out two on his way to his fourth win of the season.

Johnny Cueto went the first 6.1 innings for the Giants, who are trying to hold on to that eighth and final spot in the National League playoff race.

The Giants really could not muster anything against the Padres, and their first chance smacked them right in the face, when Mauricio Dubon attempted to steal third; however, he slid over the base and was tagged out by Machado for the second out in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Dubon singled with one out in the frame, went to second when Tyler Heineman was hit by a Stammen pitch. The rally ended when Mike Yastrzemski struck out to end the inning.

The Giants finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning, as they loaded the bases with nobody out; however, Tim Hill pinch-hitter Austin Slater, then Yastrzemski hit an opposite field single to right and then Darin Ruf to load the bases with nobody out. Hill then got Donovan Solano to strikeout, and then it looked like he was going to escape the jam without allowing a run; however, Brandon Belt beat out the ground ball that looked like a sure double play that retired Ruf at second base.

That would be the end of the line for Hill, as Dan Altavilla came on to replace Hill and Wilmer Flores greeted him by singling to left field to score Yastrzemski. Altavilla ended the threat, as he got Evan Longoria to strikeout to the rally.

The Padres broke the game wide open in the top of the ninth inning, as on back-to-back pitches, Tony Watson gave up a two-run home run to Tommy Pham and then Mitch Moreland launched a solo blast over the 415 in right-center field.

NOTES: Prior to the game, the Giants made the following roster move today, as Jeff Samardzija has been designated for assignment and has been placed on unconditional release waivers. Also, the Giants have placed RHP Sam Coonrod on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain and have recalled RHP Rico Garcia (#39) from the Alternate Training Site.

Yastrzemski was named the winner of the Willie Mac Award winner, an annual honor bestowed upon the most inspirational player on the team, as voted upon by Giants players, coaches, training staff, clubhouse staff and the fans…this season marks the 40th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1980, in honor of legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.

Former Giants outfielder Hunter Pence announced his retirement earlier, as he hung up his cleats after a stellar 14-year career that saw him win two World Series with the Giants in 2012 and 2014.

“Nothing can really prepare you for this part of your career, when you have say, ‘I am retiring from baseball,'” Pence said in a video on Twitter. “I’ve given it everything I possibly can, and the game has given back to me tenfold.”

Pence, 37, was designated for assignment in August by the Giants after hitting just .096 with two home runs and six RBIs in 52 at-bats this season.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS: If the Giants win on Sunday, and the Milwaukee Brewers lose to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, they will clinch the wild card.

UP NEXT: Neither the Giants nor the Padres have announced their starter for the regular season finale on Sunday afternoon.

First game doubleheader A’s report: M’s Sheffield and bullpen shuts down A’s hitting for 5-1 win

The Seattle Mariners starter Justus Sheffield delivers in the first inning against the Oakland A’s at the Coliseum on Sat Sep 26, 2020 (AP News photo)

Seattle. 5. 7. 0

Oakland. 1. 6. 1

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Last night’s thrilling (and chilling) walk off victory of the A’s over the visiting Seattle Mariners may have seemed meaningless, but it wasn’t. Oakland already had clinched its berth in the wild card free for all; it even had a lock on home field advantage. But the question of who their opponent will be still was—and still is—an open one. Take a look at the records of the eight teams have qualified for the shoot out.

1) Tampa Bay (38-20, 6.55) 2) Oakland (34-22, .614) 3) Minnesota (35-23, 6.03) 4) Cleveland (34-24, 5.86) 5) New York (32-26, .553) 6) Houston (29-29, .500) 7) Chicago (34-24, .586) 8) Toronto (31-27, .534)

The top four will be the home teams, with the leading team, Tampa Bay, playing the team with the worst record of the eight, the second place team, the A’s, facing the team with the next worst record, the White Sox, and so on. Oakland, going into today’s games, had three more left to play, all against Seattle. Both Minnesota and Cleveland have two games left. That makes it mathematically possible for Oakland to be the fourth seed when tumult and the shouting have died down.

Regardless of who ends up coming to the East Bay for the best of three series scheduled to begin on Tuesday, the home field advantage, although reduced by the absence of paying fans, is real. The A’s know how to deal with the Coliseum’s spacious foul territory and treacherous wind currents. That counts for a lot.

Seattle sent Justus Sheffield to the mound to face the Athletics in the first of today’s two seven inning contests. The 24 year old southpaw is a formidable opponent. He was the Indians’ first round draft choice in 2014. He had gone 4-3, 3.75 this year with the M’s and has given up only five earned runs in his last 20 innings of work. He pitched a good game today.

Mike Minor was the A’s starter. The question was which Mike Minor would show up, the 2019 all-star or the 1-6, 5.92 version of 2020. Oakland’s share of that record was 1-1,6.61, which included a seven inning, two hit shutout against the Mariners at Safeco Field on September 14.

By the bottom of the second, the A’s were back to their tantalizing ways, loading the bases on back to back singles by Mark Canha and Matt Olson and a walk to Stephen Piscotty, with Khris Davis’s fly out to right interspersed. It was all for naught because Jake Lamb was called out on an infield fly to short and Jonah Heim flew out to right.

In the first three frames, La Stella erased Semien twice by grounding into DPs. They’re a good double play combination, but that’s not the type of twin killing the A’s are looking for in them.

Oakland finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth. Canha led off with a double to right. He moved on to third on Olson’s single to left and scored on Khris Davis’s sac fly to right. But the double play once more dashed Oakland’s hopes. Stephan Piscotty’s hard line drive went straight into first baseman Evan White’s glove. White whipped the pellet over to France, and that was it for Oakland in the fourth.

Number nine hitter Branden Bishop greeted Minor with a double to left to open the visitors’ sixth. Crawford’s single to left brought him home to tie the score. That was it for Minor, who finished his day’s work with a line of one run (earned) on four hits and no walks over five full innings. He struck out seven and 55 of his 80 pitches were strikes.

Minor’s replacement, Joakim Soria, had to deal with a hairy situation. Canha, the hero of last night’s fray, mishandled Crawford’s hit, an error that allowed him to advance to second. Sic transit gloria mundi.

France lined Soria’s first offering to the warning track in right center field, putting Crawford on third with only one out. But Soria kept barred the door to the Mariners by striking out Kyle Lewis and, after a declared walk to Kyle Seager, getting Luis Torrens to fly out to Laureano in center.

Liam Hendriks threw a 1,2,3 seventh, but couldn’t finish eighth. After Bishop sacrificed the emplaced pinch runner, Dee Strange-Gordon, Crawford drove him home with what proved to be the winning run by singling to center.

He then stole second and scored on France’s single to left. A rare losing performance by the mainstay of the Athletics’ bullpen. Lou Trivino came in to wipe up what was left of Seattle’s inning, but the wiper became the wipee when Kyle Seager took him deep to bring Crawford home, the Mariners’ fourth and fifth tallies.

Sheffield got the win. He’s now 5-3 with an ERA of 3.58. He gave up one run (earned) on five hits in five innings of work. He walked two and struck out one. His pitch count was 82, with 49 strikes.

It was a disappointing loss for the A’s. But they will have a chance to revenge it in about a half an hour in a make up of the game scheduled to have been played on the banks of the Puget Sound on September 3. Oakland, as the putative visitors, will bat first. And, as I mentioned at the start of this dispatch, there still is a lot to be decided in this short, action packed season.

 

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salomonson: Dodgers show their one of MLB’s best in A’s series; A’s get win 3-1 in Mariners series

The Los Angeles Dodgers Mookie Betts seen here against the Colorado Rockies on Sep 5, 2020 got his hacks in on the Oakland A’s during their series this past week at Dodgers Stadium winning two out of three games (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Oakland A’s Mark Canha whose been instrumental all season long connected for a two run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the bottom half of the tenth inning as the A’s edged the Mariners in a 5-4 win on Friday night.

#2 Jeremiah, the A’s went down to Los Angeles earlier this week lost two out three to the Dodgers one of the best teams in MLB was this series reflective of who the Dodgers are and what a force they will be in post season.

#3 Here’s a team who has been denied the World Series trophy in the last few post season and the Dodgers really have been playing this short 60 game season like their on a mission,

#4 The A’s on Thursday night ran into some great pitching starting with Dodgers starter Walker Buehler who threw over four inning of work and the A’s just only one hit off of him?

#5 Also on Thursday night the Dodgers bullpen proved what they could do and what they could be when five of their relievers shut A’s hitting down for the rest of that game.

#6 The A’s are in Seattle tonight for a doubleheader at T-Mobile Field a 4:10 first pitch for the front game. That’s four games in the series total the Mariners are tenth in the seeding and will need the rest of these games to try to have a shot at a playoff spot.

Jeremiah does the A’s podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears Football podcast with Michael Duca: Is bringing back the Pac 12 all about health and safety or the big bucks?

Cal Bears and Pac 12 Football will return on November 6th the first of a seven game schedule and will be headed up by Cal Bears head coach Justin Wilcox (USA Today file photo)

On the Cal Bears Football podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 There have been arguments already about the return of Pac 12 football namely that it is a mistake for them to return after it was originally postponed. The Cornavirus count has not gone down and could hit as many as 250,000 into January and February. Is the Pac 12 making the responsible decision in enacting a new season next month?

#2 The Pac 12 CEO and University of Oregon president Michael Schill said Thursday that health and safety is one of the Pac 12’s number one priority. Do you still see right through the real motive here that these universities are under immense pressure by the alumni donars, sponsors and parents of the student athletes because it’s really about the bottom line?

#3 The Mountain West also with the Pac 12 announced they will return in November and like the Pac 12 the MWC will tell you this is all about that the students and their academics come first, and as student athletes that their health and safety and following the safety protocols for the players and it’s team personnel and education come first before anything else.

#4 The Pac 12 has a seven game season starting Nov 6th and the MWC plans to have a eight game season starting October 24th. Did the conferences decide to play this fall because they feel it was better for more interest to than in the spring?

#5 Pac 12 men’s and women’s basketball is also set to return on Nov 25th which gives basketball just a month to prepare and get ready for regular season play other than the safety issues do you see this being like any other Pac 12 basketball season and being competitive and worry free?

Michael Duca does analysis on the Cal Bears at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants still working that last spot in the NL Wild Card race

San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart who had been struggling at the plate had a productive series against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park in San Francisco Sep 21-24 (photo from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Each loss for the Giants is like two steps back after winning a previous game trying to go one step forward which was the Colorado Rockies series for the Giants?

#2 In spite of the loss on Thursday to the Rockies the Giants are in the running for the last and final spot for post season in the NL Wild Card race.

#3 Taking a look at Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman he said he’s really open to staying with the Giants and is seventh among NL starters in strikeouts and fielding independent plays at 3.15.

#4 Michael talk about catcher Joey Bart’s improvement at the plate he had struggled earlier but in the Rockies series has been able to get on base and score some runs.

#5 Michael with the Giants vying for that last and final wild card spot facing the San Diego Padres for a three game series this weekend certainly doesn’t make that goal that easy.

Michael does the Giants podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt Harrington: Lightning just get by Stars in OT 5-4 to take 3-1 series lead

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Kevin Shattenkirk (22) who scored the game winning goal in overtime at 6:34 against the Dallas Stars in game four at Rogers Centre in Edmonton (Canadian Press photo)

On Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:

#1  Matt let’s go over the scoring in game 4 of the Finals on Friday night, John Klinberg scored his fourth goal of the playoffs to open the game in the first period at 7:17 Stars lead 1-0. Joe Pavelski (11) scores at 18:28 Stars take a 2-0 lead. The Bolts Brayden Point (12) scored at 19:27 cut the Starts lead to 2-1 to end the first period.

#2 Point (13) gets his second goal of the game to tie up the game 2-2 in the second period at 2:08, Corey Perry (3) gets the Stars the lead again 3-2 with a goal at 8:26 and the Lightning’s Yanni Gourde (7) scores at 18:54 to end the second period with a 3-3 tie.

#3 Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning to put them ahead once again at 6:41  to make it 4-3. The Stars Joe Pavelski(12) in the third period scores at 11:35 and once again the game is tied 4-4 forcing overtime.

#4 The game winner comes from the Lightning’s Kevin Shattenkirk (3) at 6:34 in overtime a power play goal for the 5-4 Tampa Bay win and the Lightning go up 3-1 in the series.

#5 Matt game 5 is on tonight the Lightning now have the momentum to win and end the series four games to one after getting a 3-1 series lead.

Matt Harrington does the NHL Stanley Cup Finals Saturdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com