Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: A’s simply struggled with Rangers in last two series

The Oakland A’s right fielder Seth Brown snares a line drive on a dive hit by the Texas Rangers Andy Ibanez in the third inning at the RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland on Thu Jul 1, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo hit a home run in five straight games and owned the A’s in the three game series just completed at the Coliseum on Thursday. The Rangers winning two out of three.

#2 The Rangers Nate Lowe hit two homers off A’s pitching on Thursday in the five run 8-3 loss.

#3 Gallo said noting can go wrong for him right now and that he was bound to break out of his hot and cold streaks.

#4 The A’s have seen the Rangers twice in the last two weeks once in Arlington and the now completed three game series this week at the Oakland Coliseum. The A’s have now lost eight of their last 12 games and have slipped from first to second behind the Houston Astros.

#5 The Boston Red Sox pay a visit to the Oakland Coliseum for three games starting tonight. The Sox will start Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4 ERA 5.83) and for the A’s Frank Montas will get the start (7-7 ERA 4.72).

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

Gallo homers for fifth straight game, Lowe homers twice; Rangers defeat A’s 8-3 in Thursday matinee

Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo, right, is congratulated by Andy Ibanez, left Gallo hit a two run homer in the top of the fifth inning against the Oakland A’s on Thu Jul 1, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

Texas 8 – 15 – 1

Oakland 3 – 5. – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Thursday, July 1, 2021

OAKLAND–It’s not a June swoon, but the A’s went into the month leading the AL West by a half a game at 31-25 and left it a half a game behind Houston at 48-34. There were plenty of bright spots.

The two Matts found their hitting stride; Elvis Andrus began to look like the Andrus who had played for Texas; Tony Kemp showed what a versatile professional could do. There were some outstanding pitching performances, especially from the starters, and the team ERA dropped from 4.24 after 51 games to its present 3.25. The bull pen, however, is unreliable, and the weakness there isn’t readily evident in stats like the individual relievers’ ERA.

During the season’s first 71 games, the pen lost four games. In the last 11 contests alone, it lost three. In its last 10 games, the pen suffered four blown saves and posted a collective ERA of of inherited runners crossed the plate.

Today’s southpaw starter, Sean Manaea, is, on the whole, one of the bright spots. His won-lost record for last month was a not particularly impressive 3-2, but his ERA was 1.13, and opposing left handed batters manged a meager .181 BA against him, although righties swatted him for a healthy .277 average and lefties did some serious damage to him this afternoon. He went to the mound with a 6-4, 2.91 record. His mound rival for Texas was righty Dane Dunning (3-6, 4.63).

It was not a pretty match up for fans of the green and gold. The home team took an 8 -3 drubbing to start the new month off on the wrong foot. The game wasn’t as close as the final score might have indicated. Oakland was outhit, 15-5.

Manaea got into trouble early. After retiring Isiah Kiner-Falefa on ground outs to Chapman at third, he surrendered a double Adolis García bounced off the 7 Up advertisement in left center field. García stole third while Joey Gallo was at bat, but that was redundant, because it was Joey Gallo at bat. He laced a solid single to right that brought in the game’s first run. A fine running catch by Ramón Laureano of Andy Ibáñez’s fly to medium deep center ended the episode.

For a moment it looked like Oakland had tied the score in the bottom of the second. Laureano opened the frame with a solid single to left. Moreland followed that by dropping a Texas league single to center. Each advanced a base on Andrus’s nubber in front of the plate.

With Seth Brown at bat, they each moved up another base on what home plate umpire Jeremy Riggs (a vacation replacement) called a ball that escaped catcher John Hicks’ grasp. The more veteran umps disagreed with call, and Riggs changed it to a hit batter. That loaded the bases, but Aramis García went down swinging, and Kemp grounded out, short to third, to quell the uprising.

Nat Lowe doubled the Rangers’ lead by blasting Manaea’s first pitch in the top of the fourth, an 80 mph hanging curve that landed in the front rows of the right field seats. That was the only inning Acevedo pitched. He got out of it after gibing up a single to Culberson, who was forced out at second by Kiner-Falfa, who got picked off first by Acevedo, who then struck out White. Deolis Guerra took his seat on the pitching merry go round for the seventh frame.

The curse of the lead off double struck in the home half of that inning. Moreland hit the two bagger and was still on second after Andrus flew out to right center, Brown whiffed, and García flew out to right.

Joey Gallo did his thing in the fifth. He teed off on the 91 mph sinker that Manaea threw as a first pitch with White on first and one down. When the ball landed in the right center field seats, Gallo had 20 home runs and 45 RBI. The Rangers had a 4-0 lead. All of their runs had been driven in by left handed hitters off the left handed Manaea, three by Gallo and one by Lowe.

It was Dunning who was removed from the mound first. After shutting Oakland out for four innings on three hits, two walks, and two hit batters, he was replaced by John King to start the bottom of the fifth. Dunning had thrown 68 pitches, 43 of which were strikes. He left without having lasted long enough to get the win. That went to John King, who now is 6-5 (as is Manaea), 2.86.

Manaea didn’t come out to pitch the sixth. He had hurled 94 pitches, 65 of them strikes, and yielded four runs on nine hits, including two for the distance. He walked one Ranger and unleashed a wild pitch. He was charged with the loss. His ERA ballooned to 3.13.

John Hicks, in his first big league game of the season, began it with a bang by taking Manaea’s replacement, Domingo Acevedo, deep to lead off the sixth. It left the park over the 367 foot sign in left field. This time, it was a case of a righty scoring against a righty.

That pattern was broken in the seventh when left handed Nate Lowe homered to right with Gallo on base to up the Ranger’s lead to half a dozen runs. The shot, his 11th home run of the year came on an 81 mph change up. This was the second multi homer game for the Rangers’s first baseman. It also was the end of the day for Guerra, who took over for Acevedo to start the seventh and would give way to Burch Smith in the eighth. None ofl the A’s pitchers escaped without being scored on.

Singles by Hicks, Kiner-Falefa, and White did the trick in getting to Smith. Texas skipper Cliff Woodward showed some mercy by sending in David Dahl to pinch hit for Gallo. He ended the inning with a foul pop fly to Chapman. Smith stayed in through the top of the ninth, the only frame in which an Oakland reliever managed to blank the Metroplex Maulers

Oakland finally scored in the home eighth. Kemp led off by getting hit by a pitch. Chapman walked. Matt Schwindel pinch hit for Olson and launched a loud foul a few feet to the left of where his debut home run had landed last night.

Then he hit a bounder back to King, who threw the ball into center field, allowing Kemp to score and Chapman to reach third. At this point Woodward yanked King, who hadn’t given up a hit in his three inning stint on the mound but would be charged with three runs, two of them earned. Brett Martin replaced him and, after yielding a down the line double to left by Chad Pender, who had replaced Lowrie at second, retired the next three A’s he faced.

Spencer Patton closed the game for Texas. He allowed a two out double to Kemp, but that was all.

The Red Sox come to town tomorrow for a three day holiday week endseries. Frankie Montás (7-7, 4.72) will face Eduardo Rodríguez (6-4, 5.83) in the opener, scheduled to start at 6:40).

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s get all the runs they need in second inning 3 run rally win 3-1 over Texas

The Oakland A’s Chris Bassitt who picked up his ninth straight win is seen here pitching in first inning against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed Jun 30, 2021 (AP News photo)

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry the Oakland A’s (48-34) have now won two of their last three games they had been struggling against the Texas Rangers (31-49) but on Wednesday night were able to pull off a 3-1 win and picked up three runs in the second inning that stood up.

#2 A’s starting pitcher Chris Bassitt who has been pitching lights out baseball won another won for his ninth straight.

#3 Jerry, talk about Bassitt’s outing on Wednesday night going seven innings, three hits, with one walk and seven strike outs.

#4 Bassitt had everything working for him Wednesday he retired 16 out of 18 hitters and in the sixth inning and the Rangers with runners at first and third and two outs he got Joey Gallo to hit into a ground out to first to get out of the inning.

#5 For Thursday’s third and final game of the series the Texas Rangers will start Dane Dunning (3-6 ERA 4.63) he’ll be matched up against the Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea (6-4 ERA 2.91) a 12:37 pm PDT

Join Jerry F for the Oakland A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Three run second and Bassitt’s 9th consecutive win gets A’s 3-1 win

Oakland A’s Frank Schwindel thanks the heavens after hitting a two run homer against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the second inning at the Oakland RingCentral Coliseum on Wed Jun 30, 2021 (AP News photo)

Texas 1 – 7 – 1

Oakland 3. -5 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Wednesday June 30, 2021

OAKLAND–At 6:40 Wednesday evening, Frank Schwindel made baseball history. He was listed on the line up card for the A’s when Chris Bassitt threw his first pitch in anger for the home team in tonight’s contest against the Texas Rangers. The right handed first baseman and catcher, who also can play in the outfield, was added to the roster yesterday (his 29th birthday).

When home plate umpire DJ Reyburn shouted “Play,” Schwindel became the 2,000th player in the history of the Philadelphia-Kansas City-Oakland Athletics franchise. He’d been tearing up the PCL, where his 16 home runs were tied for first in all of minor league baseball. He also was tied for the top spot in the league in hits and runs batted in. The A’s game notes provided a glimpse of his 2021 record for Las Vegas.

AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLUG .324 44 185 42 60 11 0 16 41 13 34 .369 . 643

Schwindel was Oakland’s starting designated hitter. He first came to the plate with the A’s ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the second. That run had just been scored against Texas southpaw Kolby Allard (2-3, 3.33) on a walk to Chapman, a single by Pinder, Lowrie’s foul out to right that allowed Chapman to take third, and Sean Murphy’s sac fly to right.

The rookie took Allard’s initial offering for a ball and then laced into a 91 mph four seamer that ended up 395 away in the left field upper deck seats. The Rangers, laboring under the misapprehension that the ball had left playing field in foul territory appealed the call, but it was upheld on review after about 40 seconds. Schwindel ended up going one for two for the game.

The A’s ended up winning, 3-1. Bassitt, who brought an 8-3, 3.25 mark to the mound, was trying to slow the 47-34 Athletics’ slide towards .500, now had been staked to a three run lead. His rival hurler, Allard, kept the A’s from building on that advantage, holding them to two hits, both singles, after Schwindel’s blast.

His final line was six innings pitched, three runs, all earned, on four hits and a walk. He threw 91 pitches, 61 for strikes, before exiting after the sixth and yielding the mound duties to Josh Sborz, who retired the A’s in order in the seventh and then left the game in favor of Taylor Hearn, who blanked Oakland for an inning in spite of a single to Andrus, who advanced to second on left fielder White’s error and stole third.

Bassitt held on to that lead, leaving after seven innings, in which he blanked the Metroplex Maulers on three hits and one base on balls. He struck out seven and threw 102 pitches, 61 of which were considered strikes. He was credited with the win. Bassitt’s successor,Yusmeiro Petit, allowed only a two out single in the eighth and gave way to Lou Trivino in his role as closer.

Joey Gallo spoiled what had been a near perfect evening for the home town guys. He took Trivino deep with one out in the ninth, sending a hanging curve into the right center field seats. Nate Lowe kept the Rangers’ hopes alive by singling to center, bringing up Eli White, representing the potential tying run.

White sent a grounder to short, and Lowe beat Andrus’s throw to Kemp, who had replaced Lowrie at second and made a brilliant grab of Hold’s line drive to end the eighth. The A’s appealled the safe call on Lowe, but it was, quite rightly, upheld. Heim, the ex-Athletic, now had the chance to turn the game upside down, but he took a 95 mph four seam fast ball for called strike three. Then Nick Solak Skyed out to Bolt, and the A’s had evened the series.

Positives for Oakland: Schwindel’s debut; Bassitt’s brilliance; Petiit’s return to form. Negatives for Oakland: Trivino’s rocky ninth; the offensive hitting a stone wall after the second; Chapman’s hitting streak being stopped at 16.

Sean Manaea (6-4, 2.91) will toe the rubber tomorrow, Thursday, afternoon at 12:37. He’ll be facing Dane Dunning (3-6, 4.63).

A’s come up short in bottom nine lose 5-4 to Rangers

The Texas Rangers Joey Gallo slugs a homer in the sixth inning against the Oakland A’s on Tue Jun 29, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

Texas 5 – 9 – 0

Oakland 4 – 7 – 1

By Lewis Rubman

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

OAKLAND–This Tuesday evening’s contest between the (47-34) Oakland Athletics and the (31-48) Texas Rangers featured a repeat of last Wednesday’s pitching match up between the A’s promising rookie right hander James Kaprielian (4-1, 2.86 going into tonight’s game) and the Texans’ Mike (1-7,5.40).

Houston’s first round draft pick in 2010, who had pitched for the Astros and the Atlanta Braves before signing with the Rangers as a free agent during the last off season. The A’s couldn’t get past the Rangers losing by a run on Tuesday night at the RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland 5-4.

In their last duel, Foltynewicz shut the A’s out on six hits in as many innings before leaving with a 2-1 lead. He wound up with a no decision. Four years ago, pitching for the Braves, he took a no-hitter against the A’s in the Coliseum into the ninth inning. He lost the no-hitter to a lead off homer by Matt Olson, but still won the game.

Kaprielian also took a no decision out of Wednesday’s clash at Arlington. He held the Rangers scoreless for four innings but surrendered one run in each of the fifth and sixth frames before exiting with Oakland behind 2-0.

The A’s pulled ahead in the top of the seventh, and Kaprielian, as the pitcher of record, would have gotten the win. Instead, Yusmeiro Petit was charged with a blown save and the loss. The final score had Texas ahead, 5-3.

Tonight, both starters pitched well. Kaprielian left after six innings, trailing 3-2. All the runs scored against him were earned, and the came on six hits, two of which went for the distance.

He struck out six of his opponents and didn’t walk anyone. He threw 105 pitches, 70 for strikes. Faoltynecwicz did better. He went sseven full linnings, allowing two runs, both earned, on four hits, one a home run, and a walk. He struck out six, and 60 of his 95 offerings were considered strikes. Faoletynecwicz ended up getting the win, while the 5-4 loss was pinned on Kaprielian.

Before the game, the A’s announced that J.B. Wendelken had returned from the 10-day injured list. This might strengthen the Athletics’ bull pen, which has been struggling for the past week or so. He gave signs tonight that he might do just that.

The team also promoted Frank Schwindel from Las Vegas. The A’s made room for them by optioning the versatile but under performing Vimael Machín back to the Las Vegas Aviators and designating right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian for assignment.

Matt Chapman got the Athletics off to any early lead with his 11th home run and 41st RBI of the year, a 420 foot solo blast that left home plate at 108 mph into the left center field seats. It came on the first pitch Foltynewicz threw him, a 93 mph four seamer. It also extended Chappy’s hitting streak to 16 games, the longest in his career as well as the longest current streak in the majors.

Joey Gallo knotted it up with a fly that sailed over the 388 foot marker in right center field with two down in the fourth. It was his 17th of the year and, like Chapman’s, produced his 41st run batted in of the season. It came off of a 91 mph fast ball that Kaprielian threw on a 3-1 count.

Hard hitting and sloppy Texas fielding put the A’s back up in the bottom of the inning. With one down, Lowrie drove a liner that just cleared the glove of the leaping Solak at second for a clean single to right. Ramón Laureano followed with a sinking liner to deep left that Eli White dove for, missed, and let get past him for a double that scored Lowrie. Laureano took third on the throw.

Ex-Athletic Jonah Heim tied it up again in the top of the fifth, following White’s lead off single with a double to right. The Rangers’ catcher moved on to third on Solak’s clean single to right, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Andy Ibáñez hit a hard grounder to third.

Chapman elected to go to second for the double play. Heim elected not to try to score. Solak was out at second, but Ibáñez beat Lowrie´s relay to first, and the situation remained runners on the corner, but this time with one down. Heim once again chose not to try to score on Isaih Kinter-Falefa’s fly to medium deep center, a run prevented by Laureano’s reputation for strong, accurate throws . Lowe flew out to Laureano to end the inning.

In the sixth, Joey Gallo went deep on a 1-1, 93 mph four seamer of the evening, a 386 foot smash to left that left his bat at 104 mph for his second round tripper of the evening. Like his first, it came with the bases empty, so it put Texas up by only one run.

Sergio Romo took over for Kaprielian in the seventh and set the Rangers down in order, helped by a spectacular running, diving catch in left by the evergreen Kemp in left. The newly returned J.B. Wendelken replaced Romo on the mound in the eighth. He gave up one hit, a lead off single to right by Kiner-Falefa that was either a beautiful piece of opposite field hitting or the result of a late swing.

Joely Rodríguez relieved Foltnewicz after the Rangers´starter had worked seven frames. He walked a pinch hitting Chad Pinder on four pitches but then struck out Kemp and Chapman before retiring Olson on grounder into the shift.

Domingo Acevedo came in for the ninth, hoping to hold the Rangers´ advantage steady at one run. He didn´t. A one out single by Heim and Solak´s fly that landed just inside the right field foul pole and just over the right field fence left the Athletics behind 5-2 when they faced closer Ian Kennedy in the bottom of the ninth.

Lowrie, leading off, blasted Kennedy’s 2-0, 94 mph four seam fast ball 417 feet over the center field wall to narrow the gap to 5-3. After Laureano took a called strike three, Mitch Moreland drove thee first pitch he saw from Kennedy 351 feet into the depths beyond on the right field fence, making it a one run game.

Murphy fouled out, and it was up to Andrus to keep the A’s hopes alive against his former teammates. He came through with a single up the middle, bringing Pinder to the plate. He promptly popped out to first to end the A’s attempt at a comeback.

Kennedy got, but certainly didn’t earn, the save, his 14th.

The A’s will try to bounce back Wednesday evening at 6:40 with Chris Bassitt (8-3, 3.25) duking it out with Rangers starter Kolby Allard (2-3 ERA 3.33).

Oakland A’s Preview: A’s open three game series with Rangers Tuesday night

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp (left) goes in for the diving slide for a run scored as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (right) awaits for the late throw in the sixth inning Sun Jun 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

BY Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s finished a long cross-country road trip Sunday in San Francisco. The A’s played three in New York, four in Texas, and three in San Francisco. Playing well on the road for most of the season, the A’s did not fare well as they lost six of the ten games played. The Lost two to the Yankees, two to the Giants, and two to the Rangers, their next opponent. 

The A’s will send James Kaprelian to the hill Tuesday night to face the Rangers. In his last start against them on June 23rd, Kaprilian went six innings and allowed two runs. The A’s lost the game 5-3. Mike Foltynewicz also went six innings, and he, too, allowed two runs.

Neither pitcher figured in the decision. Foltynewicz will start for the Rangers Tuesday night. Folty’s record is 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA. Do not be fooled. He pitched very well against Oakland last week. On Wednesday, it will be Chris Bassitt going against Kolby Allard.

The two faced each other last Thursday in Texas. Bassitt held the Rangers in check as the A’s won 5-1. Bassitt is 8-2 for the year. Lefty Kolby Allard is 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA. On Thursday, Sean Manaea will pitch for Oakland. Manaea pitched very well in New York, but the A’s offense was shut down, and Sean had to absorb his fourth loss. Texas will have Dane Dunning on the mound. Dunning is 3-6 with an ERA of 4.63.

The Rangers are 30-48 for the year. The Rangers are rebuilding, and players are doing what they can to prove to the Rangers’ management, they are here to stay. Rumors are circulating about the status of right-fielder Joey Gallo.

Gallo has one year of arbitration left and will be a free agent at the end of next season. The Rangers are paying him 6.2 million a year. Since the team will not be in the playoffs this season, the Rangers may send him out of Texas to a contender for a parcel of prospects. Their best pitcher Kyle Gibson may be on the move, too.

The A’s cannot take the Rangers lightly. They managed to split the four-game series with Texas last week. It was not easy. The Rangers pounded Frankie Montas in the first game of the series. The A’s sprinted out to a 9-0 lead in the second game. Texas roared back and trailed 9-6 before the A’s scored four in the ninth to win. Texas won the third game 5-3. Chriss Bassitt held the Rangers to one run in the fourth game. 

.If the A’s pitching does its job, they can stop the Ranger offense. The A’s need to keep winning to keep pace with the Houston Astros. The Astros were 8-2 in their last games to go two games up on the A’s in the race for first place in the AL West.

The schedule doesn’t get easier for Oakland. After the three with Texas, the A’s will host the AL East Divison leader, the Boston Red Sox, for three games this weekend. The A’s then go to Texas to play three against the Houston and Astros and three more against the Rangers. 

Injury Update: The A’s placed Mark Canha on the 10-day IL on June 25th. Canha has a left hip strain. J.B.Wendelken, out with a strained left oblique, has been participating in baseball activity and should be back soon. Stephen Piscotty, also on the 10-day IL, had a sprained left wrist. He received a cortisone shot last week and is expected to resume baseball activity this week. Out of action since the start of the season due to right shoulder inflammation, Trevor Rosenthal is scheduled to return to action in August.

A’s Bassitt shuts down Texas offense Oakland split the four-game series win 5-1

Oakland A’s starter Chris Bassitt allowed only one run in seven innings pitched against the Texas Rangers on Thu Jun 24, 2021 at Arlington (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (46-31) needed to beat the Texas Rangers (27-48) Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Things have not gone for the Green and Gold on the ten-game road trip. The A’s were 2-4 coming into the game.

The A’s fell two games behind the rampaging Houston Astros in the race for first place in the AL West. Bob Melvin’s guys had to find a way to beat the young Texas team. Currently, in last place in the AL West, the Rangers beat the A’s twice in the series.

They scored eight runs in the first game, six in the second, and five last night. Bob Melvin knew the A’s had a chance to win as he sent out his ace, Chris Bassitt, to do the pitching. Bassitt entered the game with a record of 7-2. He gave the A’s what they needed. Bassitt went seven innings and allowed one run and five hits. He won his eighth game of the year 5-1 over the Rangers in Arlington, and it appears that Bassitt might be heading to this year’s All-Star game in Denver on July 13th.

The Rangers sent their promising lefty, Kolby Allard, to the hill to face the A’s. The A’s greeted him by putting three runs on the board in the first inning. With one out, Matt Chapman singled to start the rally. Chappie advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Matt Olson singled to send Chapman to third. Ramon Laureano doubled to plate Chapman with the A’s first run, Olson stopped at third base on the play. Olson scored the second run of the inning when Chad Pinder ground out 5-3. Jed Lowrie singled to drive in Laureano. The A’s led 3-0 halfway through the first inning.

The Rangers scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the second. Bassitt hit Rangers’ left fielder Eli White, leading off the inning with a pitch. White scampered to third on the play. Bassitt retired Willie Calhoun for the first out. The next hitter, Nick Solak, grounded out. White scored on the play. The A’s lead was now 3-1 after two innings.

Kolby Allard settled down. In the next five innings of work, he allowed just one and four hits. Jed Lowrie took Allard deep in the top of the fourth. Lowrie, hitting right-handed-blasted a 430-foot home run over the centerfield fence. It was Jed’s sixth dinger of the year. 

Oakland added a run in the top of the seventh. Josh Sborz was now pitching for Texas. A’s catcher, Aramis Garcia, singled to start the rally. Tony Kemp, who replaced Mark Canha in left field in the second inning, doubled to send Garcia to third. Sborz uncorked a wild pitch, and Garcia trotted home with the A’s fifth run.

Lefty Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless eighth, and Lou Trivino finished up, shutting the Rangers down in the ninth. The A’s win 5-1.

Game Notes and Stats: The A’s are now 46-31 for the season with the win. The A’s will either be one game or two games back, depending on what the Astros do against the Detroit Tigers later Thursday evening. 

Chris Bassitt was the man for Oakland Thursday. Bassitt improved to 8-2, and his ERA dropped to 3.25. In his seven innings of work, he allowed one run and five hits. He walked three, struck out four, and hit a batter. 

The hitting stars for Oakland were Jed Lowrie, Matt Olson, and Aramis Garcia. Lowrie had a single, homer, and two RBIs. Olson and Garcia each had two hits. The A’s finish the road trip with three games against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park starting Friday night. The Giants will open the park to full capacity Friday night, and a big crowd is anticipated. The A’s will have left Sean Manaea handle the pitching chores. Manaea’s is 6-3 with a 3.01 ERA. Johnny Cueto will go for the Giants. Cueto is 5-3 with a 4.05 ERA. The game will start at 6:45 pm. Let the Battle of the Bay begin!!!

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s to conclude four game series with Rangers today

The Oakland A’s catcher Sean Murphy gets a greeting from teammates after hitting a solo homer in the top of the seventh inning at Globe Life Field in Arlington on Wed Jun 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 For a very brief period in Wednesday night’s game the Oakland A’s (45-31) held a 3-2 lead over the Texas Rangers (27-47) in Arlington. The A’s had scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to overtake a Rangers 2-0 lead.

#2 The 3-2 lead disappeared quickly after the Rangers scored twice in the bottom half of the seventh taking over the lead once again 4-3.

#3 In that bottom of the seventh when the Rangers took over the lead A’s reliever Yusmeiro Petit allowed two earned runs on two hits in one inning of work and that was all the Rangers needed to win it. For Petit it had to be a tough outing to lose the lead like that.

#4 Talk about Rangers slugger Adolis Garcia who was the offensive star for Texas on Wednesday hitting two solo home runs hard to keep a good hitter down.

#5 The A’s conclude this four game series with the Rangers today at Globe Life Field the A’s will send out starter Chris Bassitt (7-2 ERA 3.40) and the Rangers will start Kolby Allard (2-2 ERA 2.93) the A’s have lost two of the last three games with the Rangers and are hoping for a split.

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

Rangers’ Garcia slams two solo home runs to pace Texas to a 5-3 win over the A’s

Texas Rangers’ Adolis Garcia (53) gets the forearm bash from Joey Gallo (right) after hitting one of two solo home runs this one coming in the sixth inning at Globe Life Field in Arlington on Wed Jun 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (45-31) met the Texas Rangers (27-47) for the third time this week on Wednesday night at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The A’s, hoping to build on their win Tuesday night, sent James Kaprielian to the hill. Kaprielian entered the game with a 4-1 won-loss record and a sparkling 2.84 ERA.

The Rangers’ starter, Mike Foltynewicz, has been struggling all season. The 29-year-old righty’s record was a woeful 1-7 and had a 5.59 ERA. Foltynewicz had been tagged for 17 dingers so far this year. He led all the AL pitchers in that department. One would think that the A’s would have an easy time with the Rangers on Wednesday night.

The A’s James Kaprielian pitched very well for Oakland. The young man from Southern California had another quality start. Kaprielian went six innings and allowed two runs and five hits. The Rangers’ 28-year-old-rookie from Cuba, Adolis Garcia, took Kaprielian deep in the sixth inning. Foltynewicz pitched well, too. In his first six innings of work, Folty allowed no runs and four hits. He did not look like a pitcher with a 1-7 record.

The Rangers drew first blood in the bottom of the fifth. The Rangers’ left fielder, Eli White, led off the frame with a single. Then, Brock Holt hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Kaprielian walked Nick Solak. The next hitter, former A’s catcher Jonah Heim, who was traded to the Rangers and Kris Davis for Elvis Andrus, doubled to drive in White with the Rangers’ first run. In the bottom of the sixth, with two out, Adolis Garcia blasted his 19th dinger of the season to make it 2-0.

The A’s rallied to plate three runs in the top of the seventh. A’s catcher Sean Murphy hit the first pitch from Folty into the seats for his tenth big fly of the year. The ball traveled an estimated 442-feet. Elvis Andrus followed with a double. Rangers’ manager Chris Woodward brought in Spencer Patton to pitch.

A’s centerfielder, Skye Bolt, greeted him with a single to drive in Andrus with the A’s second run. Tony Kemp and Matt Chapman singled, and the A’s now led 3-2 midway through the seventh. A’s manager Bob Melvin, brought in Yusmeiro Petit to pitch.

Petit had not pitched since last Saturday, and the Rangers would put two on the board and regained the lead 4-3. The Rangers’ first baseman, Nate Lowe, sent Petit’s first pitch out of the ballpark to tie the game. Eli White, who was six-for-12 so far in the series, doubled. Brock holt singled to put Texas ahead 4-3 after seven.

Cam Bedrosian was on the hill for Oakland in the bottom of the eighth. Bedrosian retired the first two hitters he faced. He served up a pitch that Garcia sent into the stands in right field. It was Garcia’s 20th of the year and the seventh opposite-field home run. Joely Rodriguez closed out the game for Texas. The Rangers win 5-3.

Game Notes and Stats- With the loss, the A’s are 45-31 for the year. They fell two games behind the Houston Astros in the race for first place in the AL West. The Astros won their tenth in a row as they destroyed the hapless Baltimore Orioles 13-0 Wednesday night. The Rangers are 27-47 for the year.

The A’s line was three runs, ten hits, and no errors. The Rangers’ line was five runs, ten hits, and no errors. The Rangers hit three homers in the game, and the A’s had one. The Rangers’ outfielders, Joy Gallo and Eli White, each made a sensational sliding catch to rob the A’s hitters of possible extra-base hits.

The A’s conclude the four-game series Thursday afternoon. Chris Bassitt (7-2, 3.40 ERA) will go for Oakland. Kolby Allard (2-2, 2.93 ERA) will be on the mound for Texas. The game will start at 11:05 am.

A’s get back on winning track rout the Rangers 13-6

Oakland A’s Elvis Andrus forearm bashes with Matt Chapman (26) after Chapman hits a first inning home run against the Texas Rangers on Tue Jun 22, 2021 in Arlington (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (45-30) snapped a three-game losing streak as they routed the Texas Rangers (26-47) 13-6. The A’s sent lefty Cole Irvin to the hill Tuesday night. Irvin pitched well for the first four innings of the game. Things went south for him in the fifth.

The Rangers, trailing 9-0 at the point in the game, put four on the board to make it 9-4. Irvin started the rally by hitting the Rangers’ second Baseman, Nick Solak, with a pitch. Four hits and an error by Mark Canha in left field followed. Texas sent nine men to the plate in the inning. Irin was done for the night.

The Rangers decided to go with their bullpen to start the game. Rangers’ skipper Chris Woodward started lefty Taylor Hearn. The decision did not work out well for Texas. Hearn walked the A’s leadoff hitter Mark Canha. The next hitter, Matt Chapman, blasted a 422-foot home run into the seats in left field.

The ball had an exit velocity of 104.8 miles per hour. Hearn retired Matt Olson for the first out. Ramon Laureano singled. Pinder struck out swinging. Hearn then walked Jed Lowrie and Sean Murphy to load the bases. Former Texas Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus singled to drive in two. The A’s led 4-0 midway through the first inning.

The A’s continued the onslaught in the second as they put three more runs on the board. Mark Canha led off the frame with a triple. He scored on Matt Chapman’s ground out. The Rangers’ second pitcher of the night, Brett de Gaus, walked Matt Chapman. Ramon Laureano homered to put the A’s ahead 7-0.

The Rangers brought in Jordan Lyles to pitch the third. A’s catcher Sean Murphy greeted him with a single. Elvis Andrus doubled to put men on at first and third with one out. Mark Canha singled to drive in Murphy and Andrus. The A’s had a commanding 9-0 lead after three complete.

As mentioned earlier, Irvin was in cruise control until the bottom of the fifth. He allowed three hits in his first four innings of work. The Rangers rallied for four in their half of the fifth and trailed 9-4.

A’s manager Bob Melvin brought in Burch Smith to pitch the sixth. Smith retired all three hitters he faced. In the seventh, Sergio Romo was on the mound for Oakland. Romo retired the first two hitters he faced. He didn’t get past Eli White.

White homered to close the gap to 9-5. In the eighth, Bob Melvin brought in lefty Jake Diekman to face left-handed slugger Joey Gallo. The strategy failed. Gallo belted his 13th dinger of the year, and the Rangers crept within three 9-6. Bob Melvin had to be thinking that they could lose. Diekman struggled. He struck out Andy Ibanez for the first out.

He then walked Nick Solak. Solak attempted to steal second. Sean Murphy’s throw arrived in time. Andrus applied the tag as Solak’s foot came off the bag. The Rangers challenged the call, but the umpires did not reverse the call. Diekman then walked Willie Calhoun. Melvin had seen enough. He brought in Lou Trivino to get the final out.

After allowing two runs in the third, Jordan Lyles held the A’s scoreless the next five innings. The A’s could muster only two hits.

Things changed in the ninth. Chris Woodward brought in rookie DeMarcus Evans to face the A’s. The A’s offense woke up as they put together two singles and three doubles to put four more runs on the board to extend the lead to 13-6. Bob Melvin could breathe a lot easier. He did not have to use Trivino to finish the game. He brought in Deolis Guerra to close out the Rangers. Guerra did his job to secure Oakland’s win 13-6.

Game Notes and Stats- With the win, the A’s are 45-30 for the season. They remain one game behind the Houston Astros in the race for first place in the AL West. The Rangers drop to 26-47.

The A’s line was 13 runs, 15 hits, and one error. The A’s had a season-high 15 hits in the game. They tied a season-high with 13 runs.

The hitting stars for Oakland were Mark Canha ( 3 hits including a triple), Ramon Laureano had two singles and a home run, And Elvis Andrus had three hits, two singles, and a double.

The A’s will meet the Rangers again Wednesday night at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Bob Melvin will have James Kaprielian go for Oakland Kaprielian is 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA. The Rangers will counter with Mike Foltynewicz. Foltynewicz’s season has not gone well so far this year. The righty owns a record of 1-7 and a 5.59 ERA. His ERA in his last seven starts is 6.88.

The game will start at 5.05 pm.