Trevor Cahill’s Rocky First Inning

I saw that Elizabeth Wenger wasn’t doing the traffic reports on KPIX yesterday morning.  On a holiday morning, there shouldn’t be too much to talk about, anyway.  Chris Wragge and Erica Hill were absent from the CBS Early Show, so Jeff Glor and Rebecca Jarvis did their duties.  Marysol Castro was there, though.  I went over to the coffee shop to have that cup of hot chocolate.  The regular guy behind the counter wasn’t there.  He always makes the hot chocolate very hot.  The other, younger guys aren’t quite the experts.  I looked at my blog and checked the statistics.  I thought about adding some comments to the “About” entry but left it alone for the time being.  I hung around for about an hour before I walked back home and caught some of Regis and Kelly.  I imagined that they taped the show, rather than having Christina Aguilera around for Memorial Day.  I walked out to the BART station.  I listened to a Sparks anthology album.  One of my favorite Sparks songs is “Talent Is An Asset.”  I got to the stadium right around noon.  I felt just a bit disgusted that a puddle of lingering rain water was under my seat.  The Yankees always attract a lot of fans wherever they go, but I thought it was ridiculous that everybody sitting in the row in front of me in my section was a Yankees fan.  The A’s wore a special cap for the day, which had a red, white and blue A’s logo on it.  The girl singing the national anthem should have sung just a little bit faster, because the jets flying overhead drowned out the ending of her performance.  In no time at all, the game was over.  That was because Trevor Cahill gave up a single to start the game, and after getting one out, he gave up a two-run home run.  The A’s were not hitting during this afternoon, getting only one hit through the first five innings, and not much else in the last four innings, so that 2-0 lead was all the Yankees needed.  After the home run, Cahill gave up a walk and a double for the third run of the inning, and that run seemed critical at the time, but as the game wore on, we all realized that it didn’t matter, except for inflating Cahill’s ERA.  Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo both kept referring to Cahill’s “rocky first inning” for the rest of the afternoon.  Cahill at least kept the score reasonable, keeping the Yankees from getting any more runs until the seventh inning.  With one out, he made the mistake of walking both the eighth and ninth hitters in the Yankees lineup.  A double steal put more pressure on Cahill, and a fly ball from the next hitter didn’t go very far into center field, but Coco Crisp has a weak arm, even though Ken Korach charitably describes it as “average,” and the runner at third came in, making the score 4-0.  You could argue that Bob Geren should have replaced Cahill before the damage was done.  Craig Breslow came in to get the last out of the seventh inning, and he also pitched the eighth inning.  With two outs in the eighth inning, a line drive out to right field bounced past David DeJesus for a triple, but Breslow got out of the situation with a strikeout.  He looked sharper than in earlier in the season.  Brad Ziegler gave up a double to the first batter in the top of the ninth inning.  On the bunt play that followed, Ziegler made the mistake of hesitating and looking to throw to third base, which resulted in his throw to first base being too late.  Ultimately, it didn’t make a difference in the score, because the runner at first didn’t score.  A sacrifice fly to right scored the Yankees’ fifth run, and a line drive to Daric Barton at first base went for a double play.  After Bartolo Colon’s almost perfect five innings, he gave up a single to Kevin Kouzmanoff in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Nothing happened, though.  The next six A’s hitters made outs.  The bottom of the eighth inning started with Kurt Suzuki’s single, but Mark Ellis’ ground out into a 6-3 double play ended that scoring chance.  The A’s best chance to score a run was in the bottom of the ninth inning, when Cliff Pennington started things off with a double.  Coco Crisp then swung at the first pitch he saw, and he grounded out 4-3, although Pennington did take third base.  Even though the A’s were losing 5-0 with no hope of winning, the most frustrating moment of the game came next.  Daric Barton, who was batting .211 at the beginning of the afternoon, came up to bat.  He’d already made three outs in his previous three times at bat.  He swung at the first pitch and hit a foul ball.  He swung at the second pitch, and he weakly fouled out.  Everyone wants to know why he continues to be in the second spot in the batting order when he’s been doing nothing all season.  David DeJesus flied out to left field to end the game at 3:36.  The attendance was 35.067, and it was supposed to be a sold out game, but the seats to my left and right were both empty.  The A’s got only four hits, each of them starting off an inning, and each time, the A’s just made three straight three outs to follow the hit.  In a videotaped segment, Ryan Sweeney said that a skill he wished he were better at was reading a Teleprompter.  It was a quiz about his interests for the audience, and one of the other choices was Advanced Mathematics, although “mathematics” was misspelled as “mathametics.”  The people controlling the scoreboard don’t do enough proofreading.  Later, Josh Willingham was on the video screen, saying that if he wasn’t a baseball player, he would be a molecular biologist.  Is he as smart as Craig Breslow?  During the seventh inning stretch, the singer who sang the national anthem came out to sing a slow rendition of “God Bless America.”  After “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” they played Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”  As I walked out of the stadium, a girl who was playing around and carelessly walking with her head turned bumped into me.  I don’t understand why some people don’t know how to behave when they’re in a crowd, stopping or walking too close from behind or horsing around or just not paying any attention.  I listened to the second half of the Sparks album, which had some disco songs.  I went over to Trader Joe’s for some groceries before I went home.  I wished I had enough money to buy some books at Half Price Books.  They had a 20% Off holiday sale.  I ate and watched the news with Harry Smith and took a shower.  I listened to an NPR interview with Keith Richards.  The interviewer sounded too anxious to ask questions.  Keith ended with a comment that was something like “Nice try, honey.”  I think that only Keith understood what the hell that meant.  I looked over my notes to determine the Top 5 Biggest Jerks of May 2011: 5. Andrew Bynum, 4. Rashard Mendenhall, 3. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 2. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1. Harold Camping.

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