Marcus Semien’s Two Errors

I watched CBS Sunday Morning and heard a lot about David Letterman’s last days with his television show. I went over to the coffee shop, and then I walked to the BART station to go to the Coliseum. I got to the season ticket holders line and stood around listening to the radio until the gate opened. I was glad to get my mustache socks. There were plenty of families out gathered for Little League Day, and I wondered how the socks were distributed. I went to my seat and wished that the ushers would have cleared out those bratty kids seeking autographs and baseballs. On Friday night, a microphone caught a saxophone player hitting a wrong note during the national anthem. This time, another of those kids sang it. We heard John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” as the A’s took the field to start the game. Scott Kazmir got off to a rough start for the A’s, giving up a double to the game’s first batter, and then making a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, putting runners on first and third with no outs. After a non-scoring ground out, Kazmir walked the bases loaded. He then fielded a grounded ball and threw home to get the force out, but then Stephen Vogt made a bad throw to first base for the second error of the inning, allowing a run to score. Kazmir did get another ground out to end the inning with the score only 1-0. In the bottom of the inning the A’s got two singles and two walks but didn’t score because Semien grounded into a double play. Kazmir got into some trouble by allowing a single and a double in the second inning, but he got out of it. The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning. Kazmir did have a clean third inning, but so did the White Sox pitcher. Before the fourth inning, we saw one young fan solve a math problem for a prize. The question was how old Stomper was if he was born in 1997. We heard the Jackson Five’s “ABC.” Kazmir allowed only a two-out walk in the fourth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Coco Crisp walked with one out, and with two outs, Max Muncy hit his first major league home run to give the A’s a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, disaster awaited Kazmir in the top of the fifth inning. It started with an error by Semien, although it wasn’t an easy play. After a single, Kazmir got a force out, but then he allowed a single for a run. Next was another single, although it looked more like an error, with Eric Sogard dropping the ball. Kazmir was teetering, but Bob Melvin kept him in there, knowing how poor the A’s relief pitching is. With the bases loaded, Kazmir walked in a run, and then he gave up a single for two more runs. That was it for Kazmir, and Bob Melvin brought in Dan Otero, who got a double play to end the inning, although the score was now 5-2. The A’s managed to answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Billy Burns singled for the third time in the game, and he stole second base. He came in to score on a single and a ground out, with Billy Butler picking up the RBI. Otero had a clean sixth inning, but the A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning. In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers defeated Dennis Eckersley, with Rickey Henderson finishing third. Eckersley fell on his face at the finish. Ray Fosse said that Normal Head Rickey was beside himself at the result of the race. Otero had a good seventh inning, allowing just a two-out single, although Lawrie had a chance to throw out the runner. The seventh inning stretch featured Ray Charles’ song “Shake a Tail Feather” from “The Blues Brothers,” and I thought to myself that I missed seeing the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on the scoreboard during the seventh inning stretch. The A’s got only a two-out single from Semien in the bottom of the inning. Dan Otero got two outs in the top of the eighth inning, but another Semien error extended the inning and made Bob Melvin go to Fernando Abad. This time Abad got a quick out with a ground ball. Butler, Vogt, and Crisp did nothing in the bottom of the inning, so things were looking bad with the A’s behind in the score at 5-3 with only three outs left. Tyler Clippard pitched the top of the ninth inning and got the first man out with a ball hit out to right field. He gave up a single to the next batter, but then got a strikeout. However, Clippard then gave up a home run to put the White Sox ahead, 7-3, making the game seem like it was out of reach. Clippard struck out the next batter, although it was too late. The A’s had the bottom of the order coming up in the bottom of the ninth inning. Lawrie struck out. Muncy grounded out to the pitcher. Sogard grounded out to shortstop to end the game. It was a terrible homestand with the A’s going 1-5 in the six games. This game began at 1:07 and ended at 4:03. Attendance was 33,195. The Little Leaguers didn’t get a lesson on how to play good baseball. Some of the other songs we heard during the afternoon were “Shining Star,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Dazz,” “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “I Got You,” and “La Macarena.” I went home to have my lunch and listen to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN. He played records by John Lennon, John Fogerty, and John Prine. My favorite songs were “Mother,” “Centerfield,” and “Hello in There.” I watched the first half hour of the Columbo episode “The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case.” In preparation for the new Mad Max movie, I watched “The Road Warrior” again. I loved the days before CGI. The quote I’ll always remember: “You, you’re out there with the garbage.” Seeing the movie in high definition was a definite improvement over DVD, because the faces were clearer and sharper. The photography looked more impressive. Some of the people who died on May 18 include Gustav Mahler (1911), Arthur O’Connell (1981), William Saroyan (1981), Jill Ireland (1990), and Elizabeth Montgomery (1995). Today is a birthday for Tina Fey (45) and Reggie Jackson (69). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 18, “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure,” starring Michael Caine and Sally Field, was released in 1979. In 1988, Daws Butler, who was the voice of the cartoon characters Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, and Huckleberry Hound, died of a heart attack at age 71. In 2001, “Shrek” was released.

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