Angel Castro’s Mistake

I heard a lot of news about Tom Brady’s suspension. I went out to the office. I spent a routine day of work. Afterwards, I bought some groceries at Safeway before returning home and taking a nap. In the late afternoon, I went out to the BART station and made my way to the stadium. I got to the gate as it opened, and I headed to the left field bleachers. With the home team losing five consecutive games and not looking very good, along with a Warriors playoff game on television, A’s fans stayed at home. I should have brought a blanket with me because it was cold out there in the stands. I couldn’t stop watching two stadium workers doing a miserable task. They were picking up the sunflower seeds the players spit out onto the field. They should probably be banned. Ruby Lopez was still out there as a replacement for Kara Tsuboi, and she got some kids to say that it was time to play ball just before the game started. Scott Kazmir got off to a good start, giving up only a walk through the first three innings. Meanwhile, the A’s scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning when Billy Burns singles and later scored on Billy Butler’s single. Ruby played Name That Tune with two fans, and it was one of those terrible Taylor Swift songs. Kazmir couldn’t shut down the Red Sox. They scored in the fourth inning on a walk and a single. Burns was slow to get to the ball, and Marcus Semien made a throwing error to home plate. In the bottom of the inning, Ike Davis doubled but looked like he was injured as he ran the bases. After Brett Lawrie singled, Max Muncy came in to run for Davis. Semien hit into a double play, but Muncy scored to give the A’s the lead again. Kazmir got the first two outs in the top of the fifth inning, but then he gave up a double and a single to tie the game at 2-2. The inning ended on a catch at the wall by Coco Crisp. It was strange to see him playing left field. The A’s took the lead again in the bottom of the fifth inning. Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt both doubled to produce one more run. Kazmir allowed a double to start the sixth inning but picked off the runner, although there was a replay review. This was turning out to be a long game with the pitchers throwing a lot of pitches. Kazmir got out of the inning without giving up any runs. In the bottom of the inning, Eric Sogard singled with two outs, and Burns followed with a double. Coco Crisp was still looking for his first hit of the season. He hit a hard line drive, but the Red Sox first baseman caught it. It would be a key play in the game. The Big Head race had Rickey Henderson finishing ahead of Rollie Fingers. Evan Scribner replaced Kazmir. After getting the first out, he gave up three consecutive singles for one run. The Red Sox were getting all sorts of big hits with two strikes. Scribner got a ground ball that looked like a double play, but Semien couldn’t make the throw to first base, and another run came in to make the score 4-3. The crowd booed another mistake on defense. Fernando Abad came in and got the last out, although it was a line drive that Muncy caught at first base. The A’s came back in the bottom of the inning. Josh Reddick singled, and so did Billy Butler, moving Reddick to third base. Vogt got another RBI with a fly ball to right field. Edward Mujica pitched his first game for the A’s, and he had a clean eighth inning. However, the A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Clippard pitched the top of the ninth inning. He allowed a single with one out, but that was it. The A’s got only a walk from Reddick in the bottom of the ninth. There was another pitching change in there to make the game longer. Clippard began the top of the tenth by giving up a walk. A wild pitch would put the runner at second base with two outs, but another line drive to first ended the inning. Mark Canha started the bottom of the inning with a walk. He would get to second base with a stolen base with two outs, but Eric Sogard wasn’t able to drive in the run. Angel Castro pitched the top of the eleventh inning. He was one of those pitchers who struggled to make it to the major leagues. He got the count to 0-2 on the Panda. He was supposed to throw a high pitch, but he left it low enough for Sandoval to get a good swing, and the line drive when over the fence, too high and far for Reddick to catch. The Red Sox fans applauded. Castro gave up a walk on four pitches, and after a sacrifice bunt, he was in more trouble. He struck out the next batter, but then gave up a walk. Castro got a ground ball to Sogard, who couldn’t get the runner at first base, but he threw to third base to get the out there. The A’s did not have a comeback in them. Burns, Crisp, and Reddick all made outs to finish the night quietly. The game began at 7:07 and ended at 11:04. Attendance was 19,743. It was disappointing to spend nearly four hours watching this game. The Red Sox fans behind me left in the tenth inning. It was cold and unpleasant out there. We did hear the news that the Warriors had won in Memphis by 17 points. I hurried home. A couple of the fans in the BART train car I rode were drunk. I got home in time to see Howard Stern and Don Rickles on the Letterman show. Some of the people who died on May 12 include Erich von Stroheim (1957), Robert Reed (1992), and Syd Hoff (2004). Today is a birthday for Emilio Estevez (53), Ving Rhames (56), Burt Bacharach (89), and Yogi Berra (90). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 12, the Rolling Stones album “Exile on Main Street” was released in 1972. In 1984, Lionel Richie had the Number One single, “Hello.” In 1992, Robert Reed died at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena at age 59. In 2001, Perry Como died in his sleep at age 88 at his home in Florida.

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