Oakland A’s podcast with Lewis Rubman: Too much Mariners and Rangers spoiled A’s drive to post season

Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin after getting ejected by umpire Greg Gibson (53) Wed Sep 22, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum against the Seattle Mariners worked as hard and skillfully as he could but it was not enough to win a Wild Card spot this season (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Lewis Rubman for Jeremiah Salmonson:

#1 Lewis, This is our last A’s podcast for 2021 and as hard as that is it’s got to be harder for A’s manager Bob Melvin who skippered the ship as things happened in the course of the season like the bullpen struggled and too many meetings with the Rangers and Mariners.

#2 The Mariners were certainly tough customers on the A’s in the last two months of the season they swept the A’s in a four game series in Oakland and swept them again in Seattle this week in a three game series which eliminated them from playoff contention.

#3 The A’s before taking off to Seattle had a three game sweep in Oakland over the Houston Astros who the A’s currently trail by eight games and who they were with in two games behind them in second place for most of the season.

#4 Oakland A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus had successful surgery on Wednesday repairing his fibula which fractured on Saturday on a slide at home plate on Saturday. Andrus went through two surgeries one to repair the fibula and one to repair the ankle due to a sprain joint in the left leg. Dr. Bringham Au at Trinity Surgical Center in Arlington who performed the surgery said Andrus should be ready for spring training next season.

#5 The A’s will be starting Sean Manaea (10-10 ERA 3.94) he’ll be opposed by the Astros Framber Valdez (11-5 ERA 2.98) first pitch at Minute Maid Field 5:10 PDT.

Lewis Rubman filled in for Jeremiah Salmonson. Jeremiah did the Oakland A’s podcasts each Friday for the 2021 season and will be back Saturdays with the San Francisco 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Bullpen issues for A’s as relievers can’t shut the door late

Oakland A’s reliever Sergio Romo got rocked on Sat Sep 11, 2021 by the Texas Rangers allowing four runs in the eighth inning in another A’s blown save at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum (file photo mercurynews.com)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara you’ve seen a number of late inning melt downs from the Oakland A’s bullpen where the starters go deep but the relievers just can’t hold the lead.

#2 A’s pitcher Cole Irvin took the game on Saturday into the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers with 6-2 lead and had all his pitches working for him did he look good enough to complete the game although that wouldn’t happen today with the pitch count.

#3 Irvin has been supportive and relievers Andrew Chafin and Sergio Romo were touched up by the Rangers who scored five runs in the eighth inning. Irvin said that they put in a great effect but the Rangers just saw the ball well and hit them were they ain’t.

#4 Going into a home stretch of the season like this where every game counts as the A’s make their best bet bid for a wild card birth they’re really going to need to lean on their bullpen to make over the hump.

#5 Barbara, the A’s open a three game series in Kansas City Tuesday night the bullpen has blown eight saves in their last 19 games those eight games are critical if you look at how close the wild card race is.

Join Barbara for the A’s podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Rangers rally for five runs in 8th for come back win against A’s 8-6

The Texas Rangers Jonah Heim (28) watches the flight of his eighth inning two run homer against the Oakland A’s on Sat Sep 11, 2021 at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum (AP News photo)

Texas 8 – 11 – 0

Oakland 6 – 9 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Saturday September 11, 2021

OAKLAND–I’m not going to comment on today ‘s being 9/11. Not because the events of that day, their causes and consequences are insignificant, but because they are too significant to be dealt with by the platitudes that so often accompany ballpark commemorations.

This leaves the relatively insignificant matter of this afternoon’s contest between the Oakland Athletics and the visiting Texas Rangers as the principal topic of this dispatch.

The game started auspiciously for Oakland, with Starling Marte blasting a one out homer 407 feet into left field off of surprise starter Wes Benjamin to put the A’s ahead 1-0. It ended, two hours and 46 minutes later, in a crushing defeat, with Oakland blowing a four run lead in the eighth inning

The Athletics stretched their first inning lead in the second. With two down, DH Khris Davis slammed a double off the left center field wall between the 7-Up and Rickey Henderson Field signs and scored on Chad Pinder’s single to left, making the score 2-0.

Matt Olson’s 33rd home run and 95th RBI of the season, a 392 foot blast over the right centerfield scoreboard on an 83mph cut fast ball widened the gap between the teams to three runs.

The Rangers came back in the fourth with DJ Peter’s lead off single to left against Oakland starter Cole Irwin. A strike out later, Nick Solak drove him home with a line drive double that landed just inside the right field foul line.

Yoel Pozo followed that with a single to center that brought Texas to within a run of the A’s. But Irvin pute an end to that with back to back Ks of ex-Athletic Jonah Heim and of Charlie Colberson.

The A’s were back on the attack in the bottom half of the frame. Yan Gomes opened it up with a walk, and Mark Canha’s 17th round tripper, which flew over lthe glove of a leaping Leody Taveeras just to the right of the 400 foot sign in straightaway center field restored the Athletics’ three run margin.

A walk to Pinder and Elvis Andrus’s double to left, which put Pinder on third, sent Benjamin to the showers. One-time A Jharel Cotton took his place. Benjamin had thrown 62 pitches, 42 for strikes, in four innings, allowing six and achieving an equal number of strike outs.

In addition to the five runs that had scored when he left the game, he was charged with the one that came on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice fly to center that plated Pinder. Marte’s drive to the left field fence almost broke the game wide open, but it landed in DJ Peters’ glove for the final out (Davis had grounded to third for the first).

Irvin received a nice ovation from the crowd (if you can call it a crowd) of 7,945 when he struck out Leody Taveras to end the Texas seventh. They knew that, with the right handed batters coming up for the Rangers in the eighth, the southpaw wouldn’t be around to pitch that frame.

After Brett Martin, on the mound for the Rangers in the seventh, had retired the A’s in order, Irvin’s replacement by Sergio Romo was announced. Irvin had completed seven full innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits and a walk. He struck out eight and threw 67 of his 93 pitches for strikes. He lowered his ERA to 4.04.

Romo did not perform his task as set up man well. After retiring Kiner-Fanefa on a hard hit ground to Harrison, who had replaced Chapman at the hot corner in the top of the fifth, he allowed a single to left by García and an egregious four bagger, also to left, by Peters.

There’s a world of difference between a 6-2 lead and one of 6-4. That lead shrank to 6-5 after Nate Lowe walked and stole second without a second glance from Romo, scoring on Yohel Pozo’s no doubt about it double to center. That was it for Romo.

Andrew Chafin, who’s been invaluable recently, came in to put out the fire, even though the Rangers had no one except Lowe in their line up who wasn’t either a right handed or hitter. Chafin got a quick two strikes on Heim before yielding a 477 foot gut wrenching round tripper that gave Texas its first lead of the afternoon.

Spencer Patton now entered the game as the Texas set man. Kemp greeted him with a safety to right center, but he was erased when Gomes hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

Yusmeiro Petit had to hold the Rangers scoreless in the top of the ninth if the A’s weren’t going to blow another large late inning lead. Leody Taveras had something else in mind. He blasted Petit’s first offering over the Stream Your A’s sign in left center for only his third homer of the year.

The Athletics now were trailing 8-6. Enter Joe Barlow, looking for his fifth save of 2021. Lowrie pinch hit for Davis and grounded out to short. Pinder flew out to center. Seth Brown, recalled from Las Vegas a couple of days ago, pinch hit for Andrus and lined a two strike single to right center, which brought up Harrison as the potential tying run. Brown took second on a wild pitch.

Then Harrison lifted a fly ball that looked like it would fall between García in right and Taveras in center. But García made an tumbling athletic catch to seal the Athletics’ fate for the date and cast more doubt on their fate for the season. Martin got the win for his one inning of work. He’s now 4-4, 3.38. Barlow got that fifth save he was looking for, and Chafin got tagged with the loss, his third, which was also his third blown save.

The rubber match of this three game series is scheduled for 1:07 Sunday afternoon, with James Kaprielian (7-4, 3.81) going against Taylor Hearn (5-4, 3.95). Then the A’s will hit the road, returning on the 20th to face Seattle.

A’s score six in the second for 10-5 win over Rangers

Matt Olson (28) who had four RBIs for the Oakland A’s slides into second under Texas Rangers second baseman Nick Solak was forced out Solak makes the throw to first base to complete the double play at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland on Fri Sep 10, 2021 (AP News photo)

Texas 5 – 8 – 1

Oakland 10 – 16- 0

By Lewis Rubman

Friday, September 10 2021

OAKLAND–The Texas Rangers have been a bit of a burr under the Athletics’ saddle this year. The lowly vigilantes from the Lone Star state (51-88 going into tonight’s fray) are the AL West cellar dwellers and are likely to remain so under their season is little more than an unpleasant memory.

Their record against the A’s as they entered into the first of a three game set that will comprise the last two meetings between the two teams for 2021 was 7-9, close enough to give them a chance of winning the season series. That’s not likely, but it is possible. Oakland’s winning percentage is .506 against the Rangers, .551 against all other teams.

Texas had another factor going for them, the desire to be a spoiler. Schadenfreude, the consolation of also-rans.

Paul Blackman brought an 0-2, 4.12 record to the mound for the A’s. With the exception of his disastrous start against Toronto on September 4, he had improved markedly in both of his starts since his first big league appearance of the year, which came on August 18, when the A’s called him up from Las Vegas to face the White Sox.

His opponent, Glenn Otto, was acquired by Texas from the Yankees as part of the Joey Gallo deal. He was sent to Round Rock and promoted to the show late last month.

He impressive in his first start, in which he hurled five scoreless innings while striking out seven Astros. He allowed two earned runs on two hits and walk before leaving a tied game against the Angels in his other start

Tonight, in spite of a fast start by the Rangers and Blackburn’s early departure, Oakland was able to overcome Texas by a convincing score of 10-5, thanks in no small part by stong work by what might be a revitalized bullpen. A four hit night by Olson, who upped his RBI total to 94, combined with three hits each from Marte and Kemp didn’t hurt.

Blackburn struck out two Rangers in his 22 pitch first inning but still came out of the frame trailing 1-0. After Leody Taveras led off with an infield single, Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a bounder to the mound, and the A’s starter elected to go for the sure out at first.

That put Taveras on second, and he came home on Adolis García’s crisp single to left center. He stole second without a throw, but Blackburn’s change up and curve got him those two punch outs that kept the damage down to a minimum.

The A’s got that run back and more in the second. Lowrie led off with a walk on a full count. Canha got hit for the MLB leading 23rd time of ‘21, moving Lowrie to second. Kemp singled with a hard ground to right, loading the sacks with Athletics.

Murphy lined a single to left that moved everyone up a base, which brought Lowrie in with the tying run. The A’s continued to advance station to station when Otto plunked Andrus, which gave Oakland the lead as Canha touched home. After Harrison struck out, Marte again moved the runners up a notch, with Kemp scoring the third Oakland tally.

Olson cleared the bases, putting the home team up 6-1 with what looked like a double to right, but a review on showed that he had stepped off second too soon and Kiner-Falefa had tagged him out. Oakland’s half dozen run rally was ended with yet another baserunning mistake when Chapman was called out on strikes.

The 6-1 Athletic lead looked pretty solid until Texas started to knock Blackburn around in the top of the next inning. One out singles by Kiner-Falefa and García put men on first and second.

Nate Lowe’s double to center drove in both of them and and cut the A’s lead to 6-3. A strike out later, Nick Solak’s single to left cut that to 6-4 and brought Deolis Guerra to the mound to replace the ineffective Blackburn.

He had lasted 2-2/3 innings, during which he threw 65 pitches, of which 37 were strikes. Bear in mind that every Ranger hit, of which there were six, contributed at least one to that last figure. All four of the runs against Blackburn were earned. He had three strike outs to his credit. Guerra held the visitors to a walk in his 1-1/3 innings of work.

Otto didn’t last much longer. Andrus led off the fourth with a double to left and, one out later, Marte unleashed a slicing drive to right center for a triple that streched the A’s lead to 7-4, sending Otto to the showers and Hyeon-Jong Yang to the mound.

The run that Marte scored on Olson’s subsequent single to center was charged to Otto, whose line ran 3-1/3 innings of mound duty, eight runs, all earned, on eight hits, two hit batters, and a walk. He struck out five and threw 78 pitches, 54 strikes.

Josh Harrison had gone hitless in the three at bats when he faced Yang with Murphy on second and Kemp on third and two out in the Oakland fifth. His ground single to left scored both runners and boosted the A’s advantage to 11-4.

Lee Trivino started the sixth for the green and gold. He looked sharp, setting the Rangers down. in order on a dozen pitches.

Dane Dunning, freshly activated from the COVID-19 list faced the A’s in the bottom of the sixth and survived a single by Khris Davis, who had replaced Lowrie as DH, and an error by usually reliable Kiner-Falefa at short, to keep the Athletics off the board. Yusmeiro Petit pitched a perfect top of the seventh for them. Then it was Dennis Santana’s turn to deal with Oakland in the home half of the inning.

It took him 28 pitches to do it, but do it he did, and Jake Diekman was on the mound, trying to mess with Texas in the eighth. It was messy, with three of the four batters he faced working full counts, but all they got for it was a walk. Josh Sborz handled the formalities of pitching to Oakland in the bottom of the inning.

That left it to Burch Smith to close down the visitors for one last frame. He faced the bottom of the order, Trevino, Pozo, and Hernández. Fly out to right. Fly out to center.

An infield single by Hernández brought Tavares to the plate, and his double to deep center field brough Hernández home with the Rangers´fifth run, the first the bull pen had alowed since it went into action in the third. A called third strike on Kiner-Falefa put the final touch on the A’s victory.

The win went to Deolis Guerra, who now is 4-1, 3.56, Otto, now 0-1, 6.92, took the loss. There was no save.

The Astros beat the Angels, so they Oakland still trails Houston by 5-1/2 games. Because the Mets handled the Yankees, the A’s are only a half a game out of the second wild card berth.

The series will resume Saturday afternoon at 1:07 with Cole Irvin (9-13, 4.10) pitching for Oakland and Kolby Allard (3-12,5.00) opposing him for Texas.

Oakland A’s podcast with Lewis Rubman: A’s open three game series with Rangers tonight; Blackburn to start for A’s

Oakland A’s starter Paul Blackburn gets the call tonight against the Texas Rangers as the A’s try to scratch for every win until the end of the season to stay alive for a shot at the post season (file photo Athletics Nation)

On the A’s podcast with Lewis Rubman:

#1 After the Oakland A’s (76-64) snapped their four game losing streak to the Chicago White Sox (80-60) on Wednesday night the A’s turned around and won another ball game against the Sox 3-1 on Thursday afternoon. The A’s need to continue winning to keep their post season hope alive.

#2 The A’s 5.5 games behind first place Houston Astros in the AL West a tall order to try and chase the Astros from here to the end of the season.

#3 Another tough customer for the A’s is when the visiting Texas Rangers pay the A’s a visit on Friday night. The Rangers although their last in the AL West and 30 games back have won seven of their last ten games and have given the A’s fits since the second half of the season started.

#4 One of the key developments in the A’s keys to winning in the Sox series is their baserunning they are 37 for 40 in stolen bases since Starling Marte has joined the club and Marte has 21 of 37 steals and the A’s as a team are 85.1% in stolen bases which is fourth in the American League.

#5 Starting pitchers for tonight at the Oakland Coliseum for the Texas Rangers RHP Glenn Otto (0-0 ERA 1.86) and for the A’s Paul Blackburn (0-2 ERA 4.12) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch.

Lewis Rubman filled in for Jeremiah Salmonson the A’s podcasts are heard Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Preview: A’s host Tony Russa and White Sox Tuesday; A’s need all the wins they can get to stay in race

Former Oakland A’s manager Tony LaRussa returns to the Oakland Coliseum on Tue Sep 7, 2021 to face his former team for the first of a three game series (file photo from Redbird Rants)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Well, here we are. The Oakland A’s (74-63) meet the Chicago White Sox (79-58) for three games starting Tuesday night. The A’s returned home after finishing a road trip with a 2-4 record. Things did not go well for the Green and Gold on the trip. Yes, the A’s hitting was much better.

They took two out of three from Detroit. That was the good news. The Tigers hit nine home runs in the series, and they scored 17 runs. The A’s went to Toronto for a three game series against the Blue Jays. They scored 18 runs in the series and lost all three games. The A’s starters and bullpen were pounded by the relentless Blue Jay offensive juggernaut. The A’s lost by scores of 11-10, 10-8, and 8-0. A’s manager, Bob Melvin, must be wondering what happened to his pitchers.

The A’s chances of making the playoffs are getting slimmer by the day. They remain five and 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros. The Seattle Mariners have slipped past the A’s into second place in the AL West. The A’s are now four games behind the Boston Red Sox for the second Wild Card spot.

The Mariners trail Boston by three games. The schedule does not look favorable for Oakland as they head down the homestretch. The A’s play the Chicago White Sox for three games starting Tuesday night. The White Sox won three of the four games played in Chicago.

The White Sox will be in the playoffs as they will be the AL Central division champs. After the White Sox leave, the A’s face the pesky Texas Rangers. The Rangers own the worst record in the AL West. The A’s are 9-7 against them. The Rangers have not rolled over for Oakland. The A’s go on the road to play the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels before the final 13 games of the year.

If the A’s will make the playoffs, the schedule has allowed them to go after the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros. The A’s have seven left with Seattle and six with Houston. It won’t be easy. The Mariners are playing well and have improved in the second half of the season.

The Astros are 9-4 against Oakland and have had their way against the Green and Gold all season long. To this observer, it is highly doubtful the A’s will catch either team. The A’s have not played well since the All-Star break. They had a stretch when their hitting was suspect.

The front office helped by acquiring Starling Marte, Yan Gomes, and Josh Harrison. Matt Chapman’s power returned, and he is doing better. The injury to the A’s ace, Chris Bassitt, puy a monkey wrench in the A’s rotation. Frankie Montas is pitching well in the second half of the year. The same cannot be said for Sean Manaea, Cole Irvin, James Kaprielian, and Paul Blackburn.

So, the A’s have twenty-five games to right the ship. They face the powerful Chicago White Sox. Their lineup includes Tim Anderson, MVP Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert. A very tough lineup. The A’s will face lefty Dallas Keuchel on Wednesday and Reynaldo Lopez on Thursday.

The Sox have not announced their starter for the Tuesday opener. The A’s pitchers will be Kaprielian on Tuesday, Montas on Wednesday, and Manaea on Thursday. The A’s hope that the bullpen gets back on track after the shellacking they took on the road trip. Oakland needs to get hot. Let’s hope they can do it.

A’s, Manaea roughed up in 7-4 loss to the Rangers

By Morris Phillips

The look on Sean Manaea’s face? Not good.

After allowing a second home run on Sunday afternoon to Texas’ DJ Peters–or better yet, assisting Peters–Manaea looked up at the Globe Life Field retractable roof, and without saying anything, and just looking at his eyes, appeared to be saying, “What am I doing?”

In the grandest circuit of professional baseball anywhere in the world, you won’t see two, more majestically struck baseballs. Peters deserves credit, but Manaea would admit, he was more than helpful.

It’s been one of those seasons for Manaea: sometimes spectacular, sometimes awful, the A’s top line starter can’t find a groove from start to start. Manaea allowed seven earned runs in Sunday’s 7-1 loss, the second time he allowed as many runs this season. He also allowed five earned runs in a loss at the Coliseum two weeks ago to the Padres.

But in 12 of his 25 starts this season, Manaea’s been splendid, allowing zero or one earned run. In one stretch of five starts spanning June and July, Manaea strung together five such starts, including his four-hit, complete game shutout at Seattle on June 2. None of the last three starts for Manaea have fallen into the splendid category. With the season on the line, he needs to get back to winning.

“Giving up home runs, so, yeah,” Manaea said when asked what needs to change. “I guess, throwing stuff down the middle, I guess that counts as better command.”

“It was just some long balls that got him today,” manager Bob Melvin said of Manaea. “This is a tough stretch for him. A lot of guys go through tough stretches. You’ve got to pitch your way out.”

Manaea was both good and bad within Sunday’s start. He walked just one batter, struck out five, but five extra-base hits–three homers and two doubles– each chased home at least one run. None were cheap, especially the two hit by Peters. The 460-foot home run he tagged in the first inning was one of the longest hit in the short history of the new Arlington ballpark, and could be seen picking up passengers in flight.

“I just want to be as prepared as possible and do my homework, from the elite bullpen arms to the starters every day — watching films and taking notes,” Peters said of his breakout performance which netted him two of his four career home runs. “Obviously, I’m still new but being as prepared as possible is definitely key. That’s what all of the championship teams do.

Manaea departed trailing 7-1 after five innings, and that put the A’s in an impossible spot, but they still rallied with Mark Canha’s homer in the sixth, and RBI hits from Tony Kemp and Sean Murphy in the seventh and eighth. But the ninth brought no magic: Starling Marte flew out to left with a pair of runners aboard to end the ballgame.

Matt Chapman stayed hot with a solo shot in the 2nd off winning pitcher Koby Allard. He had three hits on the afternoon, and he’s homered three times in the first six games of the road trip.

The A’s have 44 games remaining, and as they’ve grown accustomed to in recent seasons, there are plenty of moving parts around them. The Astros also lost, so the A’s squandered an opportunity to get within 1 1/2 games of the AL West lead. The trio of wild card contenders in the AL East–Boston, New York and Toronto–all won with Boston equaling Oakland’s mark at 68-50.

Frankie Montas gets the start Monday in Chicago for the first of four games with the White Sox. Familiar face Dallas Kuechel gets the start for Chicago, and at age 33, the veteran may be losing velocity and fooling hitters less frequently. Kuechel has allowed 21 home runs in 22 starts this season.

Oakland Gets Past the Rangers 7-3 in Game Two

Oakland A’s Matt Chapman (left) hits the first of two home runs against the Texas Rangers in the second inning gets congratulations from third base coach Mark Kotsay (7) at Globe Life Field in Arlington on Sat Aug 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

Oakland Gets Past the Rangers 7-3 in Game Two

By Barbara Mason

Saturday night the Oakland A’s took on the Texas Rangers in Game Two of their series. After a rough game yesterday laden with errors Oakland really needed to clean up their act and get back on track. There is no way the A’s should be losing to the Rangers although during this season Texas has seemed to have Oakland’s number at times.

A clean game void of errors should be the pathway to the A’s first win in this series.

Oakland got off to a good start in the first inning when Jed Lowry singled driving Starling Marte home jumping out to a 1-0 lead. The Rangers would tie up the game in the inning 1-1. The good news was that the A’s did not fall behind in the early innings.

In the second and the sixth innings those home runs started coming in. Matt Chapman had one in the second and Matt Olson had a home run in the sixth inning for a 3-1 lead. The Texans answered and tied up this game 3-3. After six innings this game was closely contested.

The A’s had scored in three innings but really got going in the seventh inning. Two more home runs, one by Mitch Moreland and Matt Chapman had his second homer of the game. The A’s were really rolling at this point. Marte doubled and Olson singled as well in this taking the lead 7-3.

It was a quick eighth inning as relief pitcher Yusmeiro Petit took care of business in short order. The A’s were three outs away from the win and tying up the series.

The Texans could not contain those Oakland home runs and in the ninth inning Seth Brown knocked another one out of the park. This was a season high five home runs for the A’s as they led 8-3. They had scored in five different innings.

Oakland cleaned up those errors, they had a great defensive game and those home runs made all the difference in this A’s win.

Game Three is scheduled for 11:35 AM with the A’s looking to win the series. Sean Manea is set to take the mound for the A’s while the Rangers Kolby Allard will get the nod for Texas.

Texas Tops Oakland 8-6 to open series in Arlington

The game wasn’t a laugher but Yohel Pozo of the Texas Rangers gets a laugh after taking Oakland A’s pitcher Sergio Romo deep in the the sixth inning for a three run homer at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Fri Aug 13, 2021 (AP News photo)

Texas Rangers Top Oakland 8-6

By Barbara Mason

Thursday night recap:The Oakland A’s are on a roll winning the past seven games in a row. In those seven games they swept a four game series with the Texas Rangers followed by sweeping a very good Cleveland Indian team.

Game Three against the Indians was a wild affair with the A’s winning by the score of 17-0. Everyone was hitting in that game and tonight they took on the Texas Rangers in another three game series looking to extend their winning streak.

When we look at the Rangers they are struggling mightily sitting in last place in the American League West with a record of 40-75 while the A’s have a record of 67-48, and only 1 1/2 games out of first place in the division.

This is a series that Oakland should comfortably win although in the first game of their last series it took extra innings to put the game away.

Friday night recap: The first inning in this game could not have started more miserably for the A’s. They fell behind 3-0 in the inning and were not able to score until the fifth inning. Oakland really put the pedal to the metal in not only the fifth but the sixth inning as well.

In the fifth inning, Seth Brown doubled and Marte singled giving Oakland a couple of runs but still trailing 3-2. The sixth saw the A’s take the lead 4-3. In the inning Moreland tripled and Chapman singled.

The Rangers came right back with a homerun by Yohel Pozo with two runners on base taking back the lead 6-4. In the seventh inning Matt Olson hit his 29th home run. With the score 6-5, although trailing, the A’s seemed to have things under control. We have seen those comebacks more often than not.

The Rangers really threw a wrench into the A’s planned comeback when DJ Peters hit the Rangers second home run of the game with a runner on base taking a 8-5 lead.

Seth Brown hit a double in the eighth inning allowing Matt Chapman to score and going into the ninth inning Oakland still trailed by the score of 8-6. Andrus would pop fly out, Marte strike out and Matt Olson thrown out at first base.

This was a disappointing loss for the Oakland A’s in a game that they should not have lost. The Rangers had two unearned runs in the first inning when the A’s had some costly errors. Sergio Romo had a disappointing outing which we have not seen in quite awhile and the offense was off after the display that we all saw last night.

It will be onto game two of the series with the A’s looking for their first win. There is no doubt that we will see a different team tomorrow with first pitch at 4:05 PM. Oakland will clean up those errors and James Kaprielian will be on the mound for the A’s looking to tie up the series.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: The hits keep on coming in A’s 17-0 laugher; A’s open up three game series in Texas tonight

Oakland A’s pitcher Cole Irvin wipes his brow as he will be the starter tonight against the Texas Rangers in Arlington at Globe Life Field (file photo from White Cleat Beat)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Oakland A’s (67-48) in the first four innings were able to score big on Cleveland (55-58) starting pitcher Eli Morgan scoring five earned runs on three hits. The A’s jumped to a 5-0 lead.

#2 The A’s got two home runs from Mitch Moreland and starting pitcher Chris Bassitt won his 12th game.

#3 Bassitt and four relivers combined for a 17-0 shutout of Cleveland on Thursday

#4 The Cleveland crowd in the ninth inning realizing it was all out of hand and knowing Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman needed one more walk to tie the MLB all time most walks in a game at six stood and cheered for Chapman to get a base on balls. But after going 0-2 Chapman knew it was over and struckout.

#5 Jeremiah, the A’s make another trip to Arlington tonight for a three game series against the Texas Rangers (40-75). Starting pitcher for the A’s Cole Irvin (8-10 ERA 3.45) and for the Rangers Dane Dunning (5-7 ERA 4.07) a 5:05 pm first pitch.

Join Jeremiah for the A’s podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com