Sonny Gray’s Shining Performance

I watched the first ten minutes of CBS This Morning and saw the report on Rolling Stone magazine and their retraction of their report on campus rape. I had to start questioning their reporting of other news if their practices were so shoddy. I went over to Daiso and bought a watch, a belt, and a CD case. I watched part of the movie “Hud” and liked it. It reminded me somewhat of “The Last Picture Show.” I took BART out to the Coliseum early. I went over to the box office and bought tickets for two future games. I stood in the season ticket holders line. The sky looked dark with clouds, but it wasn’t supposed to rain until the middle of the night. The giveaways were a magnet schedule and a rally towel. I took my seat. After batting practice ended, Mark Ellis and Eric Chavez walked past my seat. They looked noticeably older than during the 2002 season. The new scoreboard was impressive, although the camera crew hadn’t adjusted to it yet. The night belonged to Sonny Gray, who was nearly perfect through the first seven innings. He hit a batter with a pitch in the third inning, grazing his arm, apparently. In the sixth inning, Ben Zobrist in left field committed an error in a fly ball. Meanwhile, the A’s scored in the bottom of the first inning. Sam Fuld tripled with one out, and Zobrist followed with a home run over the right field fence that excited the crowd. They scored more runs in the fourth inning. Ike Davis walked, Stephen Vogt doubled with one out, and Marcus Semien singled to score one run. Vogt scored on a wild pitch. Before the seventh inning, we witnessed the Big Head race. Rickey Henderson moved ahead of Rollie Fingers late down the stretch. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” If there was any doubt about the outcome of the game, it was settled in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Billy Butler drew a walk. After the second out, Brett Lawrie singled, and then Stephen Vogt hit a home run to make the score 7-0. In attempting to pitch a no-hit game, the final six outs are the hardest. The crowd had the feeling they might be seeing a no-hitter. Gray had the count at 0-2 on the first batter in the top of the eighth inning, but the next pitch went for a clean single through the right side of the infield. The crowd chanted Sonny’s name. Ike Davis caught a line drive and stepped on first base for a double play. Davis showed that he was a pretty good defensive player during the game. Gray walked the next batter on a 3-2 pitch, but then his night ended with a ground ball to Davis. The A’s had one last run in them in the bottom of the eighth inning. Eric Sogard singled. Craig Gentry flied out to left field. He was the only A’s player not to reach base safely, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Sam Fuld walked. Zobrist flied out to right field, but then Butler doubled for the A’s eighth run of the game. Evan Scribner pitched the top of the ninth inning. Gray had thrown 98 pitches, so that was enough for Bob Melvin not to send him out to attempt to get the shutout. Scribner got the first batter out on a fly ball to centerfield. He struck out the next two batters to end the game. The fans were happy. The game started at 7:09 and ended at 9:54. The clock on the scoreboard froze for the last five minutes, though. The attendance was 36.067. The temperature at game time was 59 degrees. I listened to the radio postgame show on my way back to the BART station. The night was getting very cold, and I thought we were lucky that the rain didn’t hit us. We didn’t see any sports highlights during the game, so I didn’t what happened between Duke and Wisconsin. I did hear Mark Ellis and Eric Chavez on the radio talking about retirement. Ken Korach was still out with a knee injury. We saw a play from April 6, 1989, with Dave Parker hitting a double. In Name That Tune, the two contestants had trouble coming up with the title “Can’t Touch This.” They drew some boos for their lack of knowledge. We heard “The Boys Are Back in Town” and “Come Together” just before the start of the game. The Dot Race had new graphics but an old look. The dots were track stars than cars. We saw the Big Cut Cam and the Banjo Man. Part of the crowd tried to start The Wave, but it didn’t catch on. We heard U2’s “Vertigo” late in the night. I got home just after 11 o’clock. I wondered what James Corden’s show was going to be like, but I was too tired to stay up. If I had the energy, I think I would have watched “Modern Times” again. I would like to get the other Chaplin films on Blu-ray. The weather forecast called for rain to hit around two o’clock. I was glad that I was in bed by that time. It seemed that I would have a long week to deal with things. It looked like Charlie Rose was pleased with Duke’s win last night. I heard that Elizabeth Cook won the KPIX new anchor bracket contest, while Dennis O’Donnell was 14th. I kept thinking about how great it would be if I could quit my job. Some of the people who died on April 7 include Walter Huston (1950), Theda Bara (1955), Jim Thompson (1977), Beatrice Straight (2001), Johnny Hart (2007), and Mike Wallace (2012). Today is a birthday for Russell Crowe (51), Jackie Chan (61), John Oates (66), Francis Ford Coppola (76), Jerry Brown (77), and Wayne Rogers (82). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 7, the Diana Ross soundtrack album for “Lady Sings the Blues” reached Number One on the charts in 1973. In 1985, Wham! became the first Western pop group to perform live in China when they played at Workers’ Gymnasium in Beijing before 15,000 people. In 1989, “Major League” was released. In 2012, Mike Wallace died at age 93.

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