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Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino struggles continue in A's 11-inning loss to Angels

Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino struggles continue in A's 11-inning loss to Angels

OAKLAND -- Much of the A's success last year was due to their phenomenal bullpen, specifically Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino.

Treinen had a historic season, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to record at least 30 saves and 100 strikeouts with an ERA under one. Trivino was nearly as good, finishing 8-3 with a 2.92 ERA, striking out 82 batters in 74 innings.

This year, it's been a different story for Oakland's dynamic duo.

Treinen has already allowed 11 earned runs, four more than he surrendered all of last season, and has an ERA of 3.62. He gave up two key runs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 12-7 loss to the Angels.

Trivino also struggled in Wednesday's contest, allowing five runs (four earned) in one inning of work. His ERA ballooned to 3.67.

"I was just underneath a lot of the balls," Trivino explained. "Everything was up. Everything was flat. It was tough to locate. ... Not a recipe for success."

After giving up just two earned runs between March and April, Trivino has now surrendered nine earned runs in 14 1/3 innings this month. That translates to a 5.65 ERA.

Treinen has been even less effective recently, allowing 10 earned runs in his last 14 innings of work for an ERA of 6.43.

"It's not like he had bad stuff," Melvin said of Treinen's outing on Wednesday. "The one hard-hit ball (an RBI double by Luis Rengifo) is the one pitch he would probably want to take back."

Treinen's command has been among the chief concerns. The hard-throwing right-hander has already walked 12 batters this year in just 27 1/3 innings. Last season, he walked 21 in 80 1/3 frames.

Earlier this month, Treinen missed a couple of games due to right elbow soreness. However, he says it was just tendonitis, something he's experienced before, and he felt fine.

Trivino has dealt with his own command issues this season, issuing 14 walks in 27 innings, including three on Wednesday.

"Location, just flat," he said. "Everything wasn't going my way today."

The A's will have to hope that their dominant right-handers get back on track in a hurry. Oakland relies heavily on its bullpen, and Treinen and Trivino are probably the two most important members.

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Still, Melvin isn't overly concerned.

"It's not like these guys got pounded," he said. "It just ended up not being our day."
 

Roy Steele, A's 'Voice of God' and legendary PA announcer, dies at Auburn home

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Roy Steele, A's 'Voice of God' and legendary PA announcer, dies at Auburn home

One does not easily earn the "Voice of God" moniker, but when it came to Roy Steele, nothing else would do. 

The long-time public address announcer for the A's passed away Thursday at his home in Auburn, leaving behind a tremendous legacy as one of the most recognizable voices in the history of the game. The A's released a team statement acknowledging his vast contributions to the history of the franchise.

"As the PA voice of the A’s for nearly four decades, his booming baritone filled the Coliseum from the Mustache Gang to Billy Ball, the Bash Brothers and Moneyball," the statement said. "Beloved by all, he touched the lives of generations of A’s fans. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones."

Steele began his tenure as the A's PA announcer starting in 1968 and remained in the position through 2005, though he did make occasional appearances during the 2007-08 season. He covered over 3,000 A's games, including six World Series and an All-Star Game. Throughout his 38 years at the helm, he only missed five days of work.

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His death comes during a sad week for the Oakland franchise. On Sunday, Chester Farrow, who operated the scoreboard at the Coliseum for over 50 years, passed away at the age of 77.

Whenever MLB resumes, one would imagine both longtime employees will be honored.

A's might have to delay targeted 2023 Howard Terminal ballpark opening

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A's might have to delay targeted 2023 Howard Terminal ballpark opening

The A's have publicly said they plan to open a new ballpark at Oakland's Howard Terminal ahead of the 2023 season.

Those plans could be delayed.

An A's spokesperson admitted to The San Francisco Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Thursday that the team "might have to push back" their targeted opening date. Ostler wrote that "growing political and logistical hurdles," "[coronavirus]-related delays" and a recent federal court ruling could endanger the 2023 target, as could a recent federal court ruling. 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Oakland's ban on transporting coal through the city in a two-to-one ruling Tuesday. The Sierra Club told Bay Area News Group that there are plans to file another appeal, as they and community leaders have argued that coal dust would add to West Oakland's polluted air. Howard Terminal, which already requires environmental certification before the A's can ever begin construction, is fewer than two miles downwind from the site where Utah coal companies planned to transport coal prior to the city's now-struck-down ban.

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A's owner John Fisher, who Forbes currently estimates has a net worth of $2.1 billion, announced in a letter to fans Tuesday that the team would cease paying minor leaguers a weekly $400 stipend starting in June and that the team had "implemented a significant temporary furlough of staff positions, and reduced compensation for staff members who are not furloughed."

The A's previously said in a statement to NBC Sports California earlier this month that they deferred their annual $1.25 million rent payment for use of the Oakland Coliseum because the Coliseum Authority "has been unable to make the Coliseum available for use by the A's" during the coronavirus pandemic. Henry Gardener, the Coliseum Authority's interim executive director, told Bay Area News Group that the A's told the stadium authority they "had no ability to pay."