Daniel Gluskoter – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Fri, 02 Oct 2020 07:18:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Oakland vanquishes playoff demons, ousts White Sox 6-4 https://martineztribune.com/2020/10/01/oakland-vanquishes-playoff-demons-ousts-white-sox-6-4/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/10/01/oakland-vanquishes-playoff-demons-ousts-white-sox-6-4/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2020 06:00:42 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=15090 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The Oakland A’s finally exorcised the ghosts of playoff failure Thursday afternoon, coming back from an early 3-0 deficit to record a wild card series clinching 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox at the Coliseum. It wasn’t easy, as the four-hour plus game in 90° weather required 17 pitchers, with both …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The Oakland A’s finally exorcised the ghosts of playoff failure Thursday afternoon, coming back from an early 3-0 deficit to record a wild card series clinching 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox at the Coliseum.

It wasn’t easy, as the four-hour plus game in 90° weather required 17 pitchers, with both starters gone before the second inning was over, but the resilient A’s were ultimately able to score their first victory in a postseason series since 2006 when they beat Minnesota in the ALDS. The win snapped a streak of nine consecutive losses in winner-take-all games for the Athletics.

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A’s players celebrate their 6-4 wild card series clinching victory over the Chicago White Sox Thursday afternoon at the Coliseum. It’s Oakland’s first postseason series win since 2006 and sets up a showdown with the Houston Astros in a five-game ALDS starting Monday at Dodger Stadium.

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Sean Murphy is greeted by Marcus Semien following his two-run fourth inning home run aginst the White Sox in the deciding game of their wild card series at the Coliseum Thursday afternoon.

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A’s closer Liam Hendriks exults after striking out Nomar Mazara for the final out of Oakland’s 6-4 wild card clincher against the Chicago White Sox Thursday afternoon at the Coliseum. The win propels the A’s into the ALDS at Dodger Stadium starting Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Chicago’s Luis Robert flips his bat following a monsterous 487-foot home run in the second inning of the White Sox 6-4 loss to the Athletics in the deciding game of their wild card series at the Oakland Coliseum Thursday afternoon.

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White Sox slugger Jose Abreu ducks out of the way of a pitch during Chicago’s season-ending 6-4 loss to the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum Thursday afternoon.

Next up for Oakland is a date with division rival Houston in a five-game ALDS at Dodger Stadium. The series starts on Monday and will not have any off days. The A’s won the season series with the Astros 7-3.

GAME NOTES:

The win was Oakland’s first in a postseason game after trailing by three or more runs since 1988.

Chicago’s Tim Anderson became the first player in MLB history with nine hits in his first three career postseason games. He also joins Lou Brock of the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals as just the second player ever to have three hits in three consecutive postseason games.

Thursday’s match-up was the first winner-take-all game in the White Sox history.

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Bassitt’s clutch performance sends A’s to decisive Game 3 https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/30/bassitts-clutch-performance-sends-as-to-decisive-game-3/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/30/bassitts-clutch-performance-sends-as-to-decisive-game-3/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 05:00:14 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=15073 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The A’s finally got the playoff monkey off their backs Wednesday afternoon, jumping out to an early lead and riding seven strong innings from Chris Bassitt before holding on to force a deciding game in their wild card series against the White Sox with a 5-3 victory. Unlike Game 1 yesterday, and …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The A’s finally got the playoff monkey off their backs Wednesday afternoon, jumping out to an early lead and riding seven strong innings from Chris Bassitt before holding on to force a deciding game in their wild card series against the White Sox with a 5-3 victory.

Unlike Game 1 yesterday, and their single game wild card game losses to the Yankees in 2018 and Tampa last year, the A’s got finally got solid pitching and were able to avoid falling behind early and needing to play catch-up.

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Marcus Semien receives congratulations from Sean Murphy following his two-run first inning home run during the A’s 5-3 win over the White Sox Wednesday afternoon. Oakland’s victory set up a winner take all game with Chicago tomorrow to determine which team will advance to meet the Houston Astros in the next round of the American League playoffs.

Bassitt was dominating in his first postseason appearance, only allowing five hits and a walk thru seven shutout innings before being replaced by Liam Hendriks after giving up a lead-off single to Tim Anderson to open the eighth. Thankfully the A’s offense provided five runs to work with as Hendriks was uncharacteristically wild, giving up a home run to Yasmani Grandal that scored Anderson, then loading the bases with two outs in the ninth before being replaced by Jake Diekman. After walking in a run that Hendriks put on base, Diekman got Jose Abreu to ground out to seal the victory and record a save.

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Oakland’s Chris Bassitt delivers a pitch during the A’s 5-3 win over the White Sox Wednesday afternoon. Bassitt pitched a gem in his first postseason start, throwing seven shutout innings before exiting in the eighth after only allowing one run on six hits.

Offensively, the A’s jumped on Chicago starter Dallas Keuchel early with first inning singles by Tommy LaStella, Ramon Laureano and Chad Pinder to load the bases. A fielding error by White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal allowed LaStella and Laureano to score, giving Oakland its first lead in a postseason game since 2014.

Oakland would double its lead to 4-0 in the following inning as Marcus Semien followed a Sean Murphy single with a line drive home run over the centerfield fence. In the fourth, DH Khris Davis, coming off the worst season of his career, also drove a Keuchel pitch over the wall in center to stretch the A’s lead to 5-0.

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Oakland’s Khris Davis connects for a fourth inning home run against Chicago’s Dallas Keuchel during the A’s 5-3 win over the White Sox Wednesday afternoon in an American League wild card playoff game at the Coliseum.

Keuchel lasted only 3.1 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits along with the two home runs while striking out four. Grandal and Anderson each had three hits for Chicago.

Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for Game 3, but the opening pitch is scheduled for 12:00pm with the winner advancing to the ALDS for a five-game series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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Chicago’s Yoan Moncada (10) and Tim Anderson (7) nearly collide while pursuing a foul ball during Game 2 of an American League wild card series beween the White Sox and Oakland A’s Wednesday afternoon. The A’s bounced back from a listless performance in the opener to defeat Chicago 5-3 and force a deciding game tomorrow at the Coliseum.

GAME NOTES:

The A’s snapped their six game postseason losing streak, which matched a franchise record, with Wednesday’s win.

Bassitt was named the American League’s pitcher of the month for September after going 3-0 with a 0.34 ERA in four starts. He allowed just one run in 26.2 innings.

Wednesday’s game was the 60th postseason game played at the Coliseum. Only the original Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium and Fenway Park have hosted more.

Chicago’s Tim Anderson became the fourth White Sox player with consecutive three-hit games in the postseason, joining Tim Raines (1993 AL Championship Series Games 3-4), Nellie Fox (1959 World Series Games 3-4) and Frank Isbell (1906 World Series Games 5-6).

The White Sox are 15-0 against left-handers this year.

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Giolito’s gem silences A’s bats as Luzardo fails in WC opener https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/29/giolitos-gem-silences-as-bats-as-luzardo-fails-in-wc-opener/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/29/giolitos-gem-silences-as-bats-as-luzardo-fails-in-wc-opener/#respond Wed, 30 Sep 2020 04:55:35 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=15033 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The A’s stretch of postseason futility continued Tuesday afternoon, falling 4-1 to the Chicago White Sox at the Coliseum in the opening game of the best-of-three AL wild card series. White Sox starter Lucas Giolito was masterful in his playoff debut, retiring the first 18 batters he faced while taking a perfect …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The A’s stretch of postseason futility continued Tuesday afternoon, falling 4-1 to the Chicago White Sox at the Coliseum in the opening game of the best-of-three AL wild card series.

White Sox starter Lucas Giolito was masterful in his playoff debut, retiring the first 18 batters he faced while taking a perfect game into the seventh inning before Tommy LaStella finally got to him with a come-backer for a lead-off single.

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Chicago’s Lucas Giolito delivers a pitch during the White Sox 4-1 win over the A’s at the Coliseum in the opening game of their wild card series Tuesday afternoon. Giolito took a perfect game into the seventh inning and struck out eight while only giving up just two hits and one walk in his postseason debut.

“Looking at some of his previous outings, you could get his pitch count up a little bit and make him work,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “That was the plan. But it didn’t work out that way for us. He was on it right away, threw strikes and kept us off balance.” Giolito only needed 60 pitches to get thru the fifth inning.

The punchless Oakland offense could only muster four base runners on three hits in the game, mounting a serious threat just once in the eighth inning as the A’s continue to chase their first postseason win since 2013, a streak that has now reached six consecutive losses.

The White Sox got to A’s starter Jesus Luzardo for an Adam Engle solo home run in the second. After presumptive AL MVP took Luzardo deep for a two-run homer in the following inning to stretch the lead to 3-0, the ghosts of recent Oakland playoff losses seemed to circulate thru the near empty stadium.

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Jose Abreu is greeted at home plate by Tim Anderson following his two-run home run in the third inning of the White Sox 4-1 win over the Athletics in the opening game of their wild card series at the Coliseum Tuesday afternoon.

Chicago showed no signs of big game jitters in their first postseason since 2008, nor did they look anything like the team that finished the season 2-8 while falling from the top of the AL Central to a seventh-seeded wild card.

The White Sox added another run in the eighth on a solo shot by Yasmani Grandal off Joakim Soria before the A’s finally put some traffic on the bases in the bottom of the inning. A lead-off walk to Mark Canha followed by a Jake Lamb single sent Giolito to the showers. A fielders choice ground out by Ramon Laureano brought in Canha, and a Sean Murphy single two batters later brought the tying run to the plate, but Aaron Bummer, Chicago’s second reliever of the inning, got LaStella to hit into a fielders choice to end the threat.

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A’s manager Bob Melvin (L) takes the ball from starter Jesus Luzardo in the fourth inning of the White Sox 4-1 win over Oakland at the Coliseum Tuesday afternoon. Luzardo gave up three runs on five hits while striking out five in 3 1/3 innings on the mound in the series opener.

With their backs once again against the wall, the A’s will try to stave off elimination Wednesday at 12:10pm with Chris Bassitt (5-2, 2.29) taking the ball against Dallas Keuchel (6-2, 1.99).

GAME NOTES:

The A’s are in the postseason for the third year in a row and sixth time in the last nine seasons. Each of the last three have seen them eliminated in single game wild card contests.

Of the 28 players on Oakland’s wild card roster, 20 have postseason experience. Six have played for the A’s in both of their wild card game losses the past two seasons.

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Mariners doubleheader sweep dulls A’s playoff momentum https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/26/mariners-doubleheader-sweep-dulls-as-playoff-momentum/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/26/mariners-doubleheader-sweep-dulls-as-playoff-momentum/#respond Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:13 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=15006 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Their AL West championship secure, the Athletics playoff seeding and confidence both took a blow heading into the postseason Saturday afternoon in the form of an ugly doubleheader loss to Seattle at the Coliseum. The losses all but assured the A’s of a third seed and a date with the Houston Astros …

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Their AL West championship secure, the Athletics playoff seeding and confidence both took a blow heading into the postseason Saturday afternoon in the form of an ugly doubleheader loss to Seattle at the Coliseum.

The losses all but assured the A’s of a third seed and a date with the Houston Astros in the upcoming best of three wild-card series scheduled to begin in Oakland on Tuesday.

The A’s got a fine pitching performance from recent acquisition Mike Minor in the opener, but a rare collapse from the usually highly reliable Liam Hendricks (3-1, 1.78) in the eighth inning of the truncated game led to a 5-1 Mariners victory.

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Mike Minor delivers a pitch during the A’s loss to Seattle in the opening game of their doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum. Minor only allowed one run in five innings, but the the Mariners prevailed 5-1 in an eight inning game.

Hendricks pitched a perfect seventh, but with Dee Gordon starting the eighth at second base as the automatic runner, Oakland’s closer gave up an inning opening sacrifice that moved Gordon to third before allowing a pair of singles that were sandwiched by a J.P. Crawford stolen base to give Seattle a 3-1 lead. Lou Trivino then came on and gave up a two run home run to Kyle Seager for the final margin.

Minor only allowed the one run on five hits while striking out seven in five innings, but the A’s bats were relatively silent with the exception of a Mark Canah double and Tommy LaStella triple. The A’s bats have picked a bad time to go cold, scoring just 18 runs in the past seven games as the team has gone 2-5. Oakland wound up going just 2-16 with runners in scoring position in the two games.

But it would be in the night cap where the wheels really fell off for Oakland in a 12-3 loss. Right-hander Paul Blackburn (0-1, 27.00), in his first start of the season, started strong, retiring the first seven Mariners of the game. He would not record another out as Seattle ended up sending 13 men to the plate on the way to an eight-run inning that gave them an insurmountable 8-1 lead. The A’s Robbie Grossman hit a pair of solo homers against Mariners starter Justin Dunn (3-1, 4.34) on the way to a three hit game, but Oakland could only muster one other extra base hit in the game.

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Seattle’s J.P. Crawford receives congratulations after coming around to score following his double earlier in the Mariners eight-run third inning during their 12-3 win over the Athletics in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep at the Coliseum Saturday afternoon.

Seattle’s J.P.Crawford had five hits and four RBI’s in the doubleheader while Kyle Seager homered in both games.

The two teams return to the field tomorrow for an early 12:10pm finale to the regular season that will see Seattle send Marco Gonzalez (7-2, 3.06) to the mound to face the A’s struggling Frankie Montas (3-5, 6.32).

GAME NOTES:

The doubleheader was Oakland’s fifth of the season and fourth in the last 19 days. It’s the most doubleheaders the A’s have had since also playing five in the 1986 season.

The loss in the first game snapped a streak of seven consecutive wins for the A’s in extra innings, their longest since the 2004 season.

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Giants blow shot to solidify playoff spot in walk-off loss to Pads https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/25/giants-blow-shot-to-solidify-playoff-spot-in-walk-off-loss-to-pads/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/25/giants-blow-shot-to-solidify-playoff-spot-in-walk-off-loss-to-pads/#respond Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:45:54 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14992 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Two outs away from solidifying their postseason aspirations with a doubleheader sweep of San Diego, the Giants saw their dreams turn to nightmares as the Padres got to Sam Coonrod for three runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 6-5 loss punctuated by a three-run walk-off home run by Trent …

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Two outs away from solidifying their postseason aspirations with a doubleheader sweep of San Diego, the Giants saw their dreams turn to nightmares as the Padres got to Sam Coonrod for three runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 6-5 loss punctuated by a three-run walk-off home run by Trent Grisham.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. (R) is greeted at home plate by Trent Grisham following a his two-run home run in the night cap of the Padres doubleheader split in San Francisco. It was Tatis’ 16th homer of the year, moving him into a tie for second place in the National League with his teammate Manny Machado and two others.

Wilmer Flores gave San Francisco a 5-3 lead in the sixth with a three-run homer of his own, but with the Padres getting the last at bat as a result of technically being the home team due to the game being rescheduled following a false Covid scare in San Diego earlier in the month, the Giants suffered the indignity of losing a key game in the pennant race on a walk-off homer on their own field.

The loss dropped the Giants to 29-29 with just two games remaining. They still hold the eighth and final National League playoff spot, a game ahead of both the Brewers (28-30) and Phillies (28-30), but are in a precarious situation with little room for error as both teams own tie-breaking advantages over San Francisco.

The day started out better for the Giants in the opener as the team rode a fine six-inning effort from Tyler Anderson (4-3, 4.37) to score a 5-4 win. Mike Yastrzemski, in his first start in over a week, launched a two-run homer into McCovey Cove to highlight a four-run fourth inning that gave San Francisco a 5-1 lead. Flores and Brandon Crawford also launched solo shots for the Giants.

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Brandon Crawford launches a second inning home run to help give the Giants a 5-4 win in the opener game of a doubleheader with the San Diego Padres.

It got interesting when Tony Watson replaced Anderson after Jurickson Profar opened the seventh with a ground-rule double, as San Diego closed the gap to a run with the tying run on base, but the deliver settled down to retire Will Myers and Austin Nola to end the game.

The teams will face-off again Saturday at 6:15pm, two hours after the start of both the Brewers and Phillies games. Zach Davies (7-4, 2.85) is scheduled to take the ball for the Padres, while Gabe Kapler has yet to announce who will get the starting assignment for the Giants.

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Manaea’s gem and Olson’s bat smoke Astros, extend lead to 6.5 https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/10/manaeas-gem-and-olsons-bat-smoke-astros-extend-lead-to-6-1-2/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/10/manaeas-gem-and-olsons-bat-smoke-astros-extend-lead-to-6-1-2/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 05:27:07 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14953 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER In one of the best pitching duels of the season, the A’s closed out their most important series of 2020 with a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros, firmly putting themselves in the drivers seat in the race for the AL West championship. The win, their fourth in the five game series, …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

In one of the best pitching duels of the season, the A’s closed out their most important series of 2020 with a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros, firmly putting themselves in the drivers seat in the race for the AL West championship.

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Oakland’s Sean Manaea delivers a pitch during Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Astros. He was masterful, retiring the first 15 Houston batters he faced and only allowing two hits in seven innings without walking a batter.

The win, their fourth in the five game series, gives Oakland a 6 1/2 game lead over the Astros. It’s the largest division lead for the A’s since the 2013 season and reduces their magic number to just 11 with 18 games remaining on the schedule.

Sean Manaea (4-2, 4.46) carried a perfect game into the sixth inning of the fast-paced game, played under ominous skies with an AQI approaching 200 caused by the numerous wildfires that continue to ravage the West Coast.

It was Manaea’s second straight solid start on the home stand, following Saturday’s outing against the Padres where he only allowed one run in five innings. Thursday he was even better, quickly dispatching the Astros first 15 batters on the way to a seven inning effort that he completed while only allowing one run on two hits. He only needed 61 pitches and didn’t walk a batter.

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Matt Olson follows the flight of his sixth inning home run against Houston Thursday afternoon at the Coliseum. The two-run blast gave the A’s all the offense they would need in a 3-1 win over the Astros.

He was nearly matched by Houston’s Jose Urquidy (0-1, 3.72), making just his second appearance of the season. Urquidy kept pace with Manaea for the first four innings, not allowing a hit. But the A’s finally got to him in the sixth when Matt Olson followed a Ramon Laureano walk with a two run homer, his 12th, giving Oakland all the offense they would need.

After a scoreless eighth from Jake Diekman, Liam Hendriks came on in the ninth to pitch a perfect inning for his 12th save. It also improved Oakland’s record in games that Hendriks has appeared this season to a perfect 19-0.

After the game the A’s left for Arlington and a four-game series against Texas that includes another doubleheader on Saturday. Mike Fiers (4-2, 4.93) is set to face the Rangers Luis Garcia (0-1, 3.68) in tomorrow nights opener at 5:05pm.

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Padres, Tatis, shut down A’s as Houston arrives for five games https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/06/padres-tatis-shut-down-as-as-houston-arrives-for-five-games/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/06/padres-tatis-shut-down-as-as-houston-arrives-for-five-games/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 05:54:19 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14941 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER San Diego got seven strong innings from Garrett Richards and Fernando Tatis Jr. belted his major league lead tying 15th home run to help lead the Padres to a 5-3 win over the A’s on a 100° day at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon. The loss sent Oakland into a pivotal five game …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

San Diego got seven strong innings from Garrett Richards and Fernando Tatis Jr. belted his major league lead tying 15th home run to help lead the Padres to a 5-3 win over the A’s on a 100° day at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon.

The loss sent Oakland into a pivotal five game showdown with Houston starting tomorrow on a skid, but the A’s were still able to retain their 3.5 game lead in the AL West as a result of the Astros getting swept by the Angels in a four-game series in Anaheim.

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San Diego’s Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during the Padres 5-3 win over the A’s Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. Richards struck out nine in seven innings without walking a batter to help San Diego take the rubber match of the three game weekend series.

Mike Fiers (4-2, 4.93) got the start for Oakland but didn’t have his best stuff and occasionally appeared to be laboring from the heat, taking long stretches between pitches and shaking off catcher Sean Murphy on a number of occasions.

Tatis continued to enhance his MVP prospects, going 2-4 with a pair of RBI’s while scoring twice. In the seventh, Tatis deposited a Yusmeiro Petit pitch deep into the right centerfield bleachers for a two-run home run that would provide decisive, giving the Pads a 5-2 lead at the time.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. is congratulated at home plate by Eric Hosmer following his two-run seventh inning home run Sunday afternoon. The blast, his 15th of the season, tied the Angels Mike Trout for the Major League lead and proved decisive as the Padres defeated the A’s 5-3.

Richards (2-2, 4.50) shut down the A’s in the middle innings, giving San Diego an unexpected boost from the backend of their rotation, retiring 13 in a row between the third and seventh innings before a two-out homer by Murphy. Richards then got Tommy LaStella to pop out to end the inning, exiting without walking a batter while striking out nine and only throwing 83 pitches. Oakland would strike out 12 times on the day.

The A’s will now open their most important series of the season tomorrow, with the second place Astros visiting the Coliseum for five games. Chris Bassitt (2-2, 3.72) is scheduled to face Houston’s Cristian Javier (4-1, 3.35) in Monday’s 6:05pm opener.

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Manaea, slumbering bats lead A’s to much needed win over Padres https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/05/manaea-slumbering-bats-lead-as-to-much-needed-win-over-padres/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/05/manaea-slumbering-bats-lead-as-to-much-needed-win-over-padres/#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 05:45:17 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14929 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The A’s recorded their first win in ten days Saturday afternoon behind a solid start from Sean Manaea and 11 hits from an offense that provided a much needed shot in the arm during an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres at the Coliseum. Coming into the game off a stretch …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The A’s recorded their first win in ten days Saturday afternoon behind a solid start from Sean Manaea and 11 hits from an offense that provided a much needed shot in the arm during an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres at the Coliseum.

Coming into the game off a stretch where they’ve lost three in a row and had six games postponed due to protests or Covid precautions, the win enabled Oakland to extend their lead to 3.5 games in the AL West over the second place Astros as a result of Houston getting swept in a doubleheader by the Angels in Anaheim.

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Sean Manaea delivers a pitch during the A’s 8-4 win over the Padres Saturday afternoon. Manaea had one of his best performances of the season, only allowing one run on four hits while striking out five in five innings on the mound.

Manaea (3-2, 5.09) kept the explosive San Diego bats in check for five innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out five.

After being shut out on just four hits last night, Oakland jumped on San Diego starter Chris Paddick (3-4, 4.75) for a pair of runs in each of the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead.

Matt Olson’s first triple of the year drove in Tommy LaStella and Mark Canha to open the scoring.
In the second, an RBI single by Jonah Heim and an RBI double by Tommy LaStella helped pad the lead.

A three-run sixth highlighted by a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano extended the A’s lead to 8-1.

San Diego would close the gap with a pair of runs in the eighth including a solo home run by Austin Nola, and a RBI sacrifice fly by Manny Machado in the ninth, but Liam Hendriks was able to minimize the damage and send the Padres down to just their fifth loss in their last 18 games.

The two teams will be back at for the rubber game of the three-game series at 1:05pm Sunday with Garrett Richards (1-2, 4.63) taking the ball for the Padres while Mike Fiers (4-1, 4.86) will be on the mound for the A’s.

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A’s walk-off against Halos in 10th stretches lead to 4 1/2 games https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/23/as-walk-off-against-halos-in-10th-stretches-lead-to-4-1-2-games/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 04:00:25 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14852 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Mark Canha’s tenth inning sacrifice fly drove in the winning run Sunday afternoon to give the A’s a 5-4 comeback win over the Los Angeles Angels in the rubber match of a three game series at the Coliseum. The win made Oakland the first team in the American League to reach the …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Mark Canha’s tenth inning sacrifice fly drove in the winning run Sunday afternoon to give the A’s a 5-4 comeback win over the Los Angeles Angels in the rubber match of a three game series at the Coliseum.

The win made Oakland the first team in the American League to reach the 20-win mark (20-9), and combined with the Padres three-game sweep of Houston stretched their lead in the AL West to 4.5 games as both teams approach the half-way mark of the abbreviated 60-game season.

The A’s jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead on the strength of an RBI double by Matt Chapman who was quickly singled in by Mark Canha. But the potent Angels offense struck for three runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead. After Anthony Rendon singled to put runners on first and third, Shohei Ohtani deposited a Frankie Montas pitch 429 feet deep into the left centerfield bleachers to give Los Angeles a lead that would stand until the bottom of the sixth.

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The Angels Shohei Ohtani (17) is greeted at home plate by Mike Trout (L) and Anthony Rendon following his three-run home run in the third inning of Oakland’s 5-4 ten inning win over Los Angeles.

Trailing 4-2, Oakland chased Angels starter Dylan Bundy. After Bundy quickly retired the first two batters of the inning, he gave up a double to Robbie Grossman before Stephen Piscotty’s single reduced the A’s deficit to 4-3. Tony Kemp followed with another single, Oakland’s third consecutive hit, which summoned Joe Maddon to call for help from his bullpen. It didn’t arrive as Sean Murphy singled to left center off Mike Mayers to tie the game.

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Jake Diekman delivers a pitch during the A’s 5-4 ten inning win over the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon. Diekman pitched two scoreless innings while striking out three.

Oakland’s bullpen only gave up two hits in 5.2 innings of relief of Montas. After J.B. Wendelken recorded four outs, Jake Diekman came in to keep the Angels in check for two innings, before Joakim Soria and Liam Hendriks (2-0, 1.17) each tossed scoreless frames to help the A’s close their brief home stand with a 4-1 record.

The A’s now head out on a ten game road trip starting with a visit to Texas for their first look at the Rangers new ballpark in Arlington, before continuing on to Houston and Seattle. Oakland’s Jesús Luzardo (2-0, 3.67) goes up against Lance Lynn (3-0, 1.37) Monday night at 5:05 PM in the opener of the four game series.

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Tyler Anderson’s gem leads Giants past DBacks for fifth straight https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/22/tyler-andersons-gem-leads-giants-past-dbacks-for-fifth-straight/ Sun, 23 Aug 2020 06:30:37 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14843 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The Giants exploited shaky Arizona pitching to score four runs in the seventh inning and rode a three-hitter by Tyler Anderson to score a 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday evening at Oracle Park. It was the first complete game of Anderson’s career, the first of the season for the San Francisco, …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The Giants exploited shaky Arizona pitching to score four runs in the seventh inning and rode a three-hitter by Tyler Anderson to score a 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday evening at Oracle Park.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Giants starter Tyler Anderson’s first career complete game led San Francisco to a 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday evening at Oracle Park.

It was the first complete game of Anderson’s career, the first of the season for the San Francisco, and only the eighth in the National League this season.

The win was the Giants fifth straight after a five game losing streak and moved them within a game of third place Colorado in the NL West.

San Francisco jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen opened the game with three straight walks before the Giants converted a run on a double play ground out by Brandon Belt. After that, both starters were untouchable until Arizona got to Anderson (1-1, 3.45) for an unearned run in the seventh to tie the score following just their second hit of the game.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Arizona’s Ketel Marte starts a first inning double play as he prepares to tag out Donovan Solano during the Diamondbacks 5-1 loss to San Francisco Saturday evening.

But with Gallen removed from the game after throwing 95 pitches thru six innings, the DBacks were betrayed by their bullpen. Matt Grace (0-1) gave up a pinch hit double to Joey Bart sandwiched by a pair of walks without recording an out before Junior Guerra walked the first two batters he faced to give San Francisco a 3-1 lead. An RBI fielders choice by Donovan Solano and a single by Belt after another pitching change would stretch the lead to 5-1.

The two teams are back at it Sunday afternoon at 1:10 PM with Trevor Cahill (0-0, 1.59) going for the sweep against Arizona’s Luke Weaver (1-3, 9.16).

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