Eric Sogard’s Walk-Off Run on Throwing Error

I woke up and watched CBS Sunday Morning.  Serena Altschul reported on 3D printing, and Bill Geist spent some time with a lotto winner.  There was also a segment comparing the future according to the Jetsons cartoon to the reality.  I went over to the coffee shop for a peach smoothie.  I sat around using the Internet before shopping at Trader Joe’s.  I wanted the root beer.  I ate some old cereal that had been sitting around for too long, and then I went over to take BART to the Coliseum.  A lot of youngsters were at the game because it was Little League Day.  The giveaway was a pair of wristbands, but they were only going to kids.  I went over to one of the team stores to buy a batting practice cap, and then I headed to my seat.  It was a great day for a baseball game, warm and pleasant.  I listened to the news on the radio before switching to the ball game.  My game food was a bag of dried persimmons that I bought at Trader Joe’s.  Bartolo Colon had a good first three innings pitching for the A’s.  He got his first six batters out before giving up a single.  A baserunner thrown out attempting to steal after a strikeout ended the third inning.  During the first five innings, the A’s on offense got only a single from Brandon Moss and a double from Coco Crisp.  The Little Leaguers weren’t getting much of a chance to cheer the home team.  Colon had a rough fourth inning.  The first four batters singled, and a double and a sacrifice fly followed.  The result of all of that was a 4-0 lead for the Orioles.  Someone in the stands behind right field waved a flag, but I couldn’t tell what it said.  Colon would give up one more run in the fifth inning.  After a strikeout, he allowed two singles.  After a fly ball out to left, Colon gave up a double, which scored one run, but the play went 7-4-2 to get the second runner trying to score for the third out.  Colon managed to get through the sixth inning cleanly.  Faced with getting swept in a four-game series at the Coliseum by Baltimore for the first time since 1987, the A’s came back in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Adam Rosales doubled, and Coco Crisp doubled him in to make the score 5-1.  John Jaso singled.  Seth Smith hit into a force play, but Crisp scored on the play.  Yoenis Cespedes singled and Brandon Moss walked to load the bases.  Josh Donaldson doubled in two runs to make the score 5-4.  Chris Young was given an intentional walk before Baltimore changed pitchers.  I didn’t understand why Eric Sogard didn’t try to bunt to tie the game.  He hit a weak fly ball that wasn’t deep enough to score the run. Rosales flied out to end the inning.  The old man who was sitting in front of me saw that I was keeping score, and he assured me that the A’s would tie the game.  He practically guaranteed me that they would win the game.  Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle, and Grant Balfour are the key relief pitchers for the A’s, but on this afternoon, they each pitched one inning and they each gave up one run.  In the seventh inning with two outs, Cook allowed a single, stolen base, and another single for a run.  In the eighth inning, Doolittle gave up a home run.  In the ninth inning, Balfour allowed two doubles with one out.  Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo talked about the A’s relief pitchers’ inability to produce a shutdown inning after an A’s scoring inning.  After the Cook run, the A’s managed to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh when Coco Crisp walked, and with one out, Seth Smith hit a home run, the first that the A’s hit at the Coliseum since April 13.  The score at this point was 6-6.  After Cespedes fouled out, Moss and Donaldson walked, but Young flied out.  The Doolittle run put the A’s behind, 7-6, and in the bottom of the inning, the A’s weren’t able to respond.  Rosales singled with one out, but Crisp hit into a 4-6-3 double play.  After the Balfour run, the score was 8-6 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  It was fortunate for the A’s that the Orioles didn’t have their best relief pitcher out on the mound to close the game.  Derek Norris started the inning with a single.  Smith struck out.  Yoenis Cespedes came up, and the fans were hoping for him to do something.  Well, he did what the A’s paid him to do.  He hit the home run that kept the A’s alive in the game, tying the score at 8-8.  The crowd had been sleepy for most of the game because the Orioles were relentless with their hitting, but everyone woke up because they sensed victory.  After Moss grounded out, Donaldson walked.  Josh Reddick came in to pinch-hit for Young.  He got the count to 3-2 but struck out, so we went on to a tenth inning.  Jerry Blevins finally produced that shutdown inning for the A’s with a ground out, a strikeout, and a foul out.  In the bottom of the tenth, Sogard was the first batter due up.  Bob Melvin probably wasn’t going to use Jed Lowrie to pinch-hit, reportedly because of a sore neck from sleeping in the wrong position.  Although Sogard had been 0-for-4 on the day, he did come up with a single.  Adam Rosales was up next to bunt, which he did, but the pitcher fielded the ball and made a bad error to second base, and so both runners were safe.  I thought that Coco Crisp was likely to follow with another bunt, and he did.  Again, the pitcher fielded the ball and made a bad throw, this time to third base.  Sogard had dived to the base and didn’t realize that the ball had gone into left field.  Everyone in the entire stadium has screaming for him to get up and run home.  It took him forever to realize the situation.  Mike Gallego was frantically trying to get him to go on to home plate.  Finally the light bulb came on, and Sogard made the dash, although at this point it seemed too late.  Luckily, the throw was off the mark, and Sogard was safe with the winning run.  The crowd went home happy, and Sogard got two pies in the face.  The game started at 1:08 and ended at 4:30, and the attendance was 27,475.  The seagulls arrived at around 4:00, and they wanted to take over the field while the Orioles were out there, but they seemed to politely wait in the third deck for the game to end.  I went over to the box office to buy tickets for two Toronto games at the end of July.  On the way back to the BART station, Warriors fans were headed in the opposite direction for a playoff game against Denver.  When I got home, I ate a salad and took a shower.  The Columbo episode I saw at eight o’clock had Vera Miles, Vincent Price, and Martin Sheen in it.  Some of the people who died on April 29 were Anthony Mann (1967), Alfred Hitchcock (1980), Mick Ronson (1993), and Mike Royko (1997).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 29, David Seville had a Number One hit with “Witch Doctor” in 1958.  In 1961, “ABC’s Wide World of Sports” made its debut.  Today is Tommy James’ 66th birthday.

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