Edward Mujica’s Grand Slam Pitch

I awoke and watched the Partridge Family episode “I Can Get It for You Retail.” Laurie seemed to be drinking coffee in one scene. Chris had more scenes and lines than usual. I got ready to go to work as many people were going off to the parade and the rally for the Warriors. We got off to a late start. I hid in the air-conditioned room for a while. I stopped by at Safeway before going home. Several people saw my Warriors cap and either complimented me on it or asked me where I bought it. I listened to a Paul McCartney CD. One of my favorite songs was “Every Night.” The visiting team on this night was the Angels. Sonny Gray would have a good first inning, but after that he didn’t look so sharp. The A’s offense would get off to a good start in the bottom of the first inning. Billy Burns singled and stole second base. Stephen Vogt drew a walk, and Ben Zobrist followed with a home run. In the top of the second inning, Sonny Gray would give up a run with a walk and a double. In the bottom of the second inning, Brett Lawrie singled, and he would come around to score on a single by Burns, making the score 4-1. Before the third inning, we saw four kids act out the emotions that were part of the movie “Inside Out.” I think that they weren’t clear about what each emotion actually was. In the top of the fourth inning, an error by Lawrie would lead to an unearned run. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Vogt hit a home run to make the score 5-2. In the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, Semien walked, Billy Burns singled, and Zobrist doubled, and the score was 7-2. This would turn out to be the high point of the night for the A’s, as disaster was about to strike. We saw the return of the Big Head race. Rickey Henderson won by a wide margin. Sonny Gray had gotten nine consecutive outs when he went to the mound in the top of the seventh inning. He walked the first two batters, and then gave up a single for one run. Another single loaded the bases, still with no outs. Bob Melvin made a pitching change, going with Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz allowed a walk, which brought in a run for the Angels. He struck the next batter out. Melvin brought out Edward Mujica to pitch. Mike Trout hit a ball out to Zobrist in left field that was ruled a sacrifice fly, but the ball popped out of Zobrist’s glove for an error. Mujica threw a fat pitch to Albert Pujols that became a grand slam and a 9-7 score. After a strikeout, Mujica gave up a single, and he committed a throwing error so that the runner went to second base. Lawrie committed another error, dropping a ball thrown to him because of a runner trying to steal third base. Evan Scribner entered the game, and he gave up a single to make the score 10-7. The nightmare inning finally came to an end with a good catch by Lawrie in foul ground. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Eric O’Flaherty pitched the top of the eighth inning. He allowed a single, but a double play helped make his inning short. In the bottom of the inning, Sogard walked but Semien followed with a 1-4-3 double play ball. In the ninth inning, O’Flaherty allowed two doubles, making the score 11-7. After a ground ball, another double made the score 12-7. He gave up a walk, prompting Melvin to bring in Fernando Abad. Abad allowed a walk but struck out two to end the inning. The A’s went down quietly in the ninth inning with Vogt, Zobrist, and Reddick. The game began at 6:38 and ended at 10:16. The game time temperature was 63 degrees. Attendance was 25,528. The fans were disgusted with what they saw in the seventh inning, the errors and the ineffective relief pitching. It was representative of all the things that went wrong during the first half of this season. It was painful to see Sonny Gray’s ERA increase. The first two innings moved along very slowly, and the length of the game discouraged me from staying for the fireworks display. I headed straight for the shuttle bus for the BART station. It seemed like there weren’t enough buses for the crowd that was lined up. I was one of the last people on the second bus that stopped at the assigned space. I reached the station just as the fireworks started. My train wouldn’t arrive until 11:07, which was just after the fireworks ended. Standing next to me was a stadium employee who told me that she always saw me at the games. I was glad that I was able to get home before midnight. It felt like a long day. I watched a minute of the Jimmy Kimmel show, which was a rerun with Chris Pratt again. I didn’t want to see Chris Elliott’s daughter again talking about drinking. I went to sleep, hoping to get some rest before heading right back out to the stadium for a Sonny Gray gnome. One of the segments on CBS This Morning today was about companies that offer unlimited vacation time. It’s too bad that I am not working for such a place. The management of my money feels like another job. On the Today show, they showed a glimpse of Robin Williams’ last movie. It looked like it might be meaningful, along the lines of “One Hour Photo.” Jim Gaffigan and his wife did an interview with Erica Hill. Some of the people who died on June 20 include Bugsy Siegel (1947), Estelle Winwood (1984), LeRoy Neiman (2012), and Andrew Sarris (2012). Today is a birthday for Nicole Kidman (48), John Goodman (63), Lionel Richie (66), Candy Clark (68), Anne Murray (70), Brian Wilson (73), Danny Aiello (82) and Martin Landau (87). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 20, “The Naughty Nineties,” featuring Abbott and Costello’s famous “Who’s on First” routine, was released in 1945. In 1975, “Jaws” was released. In 1987, Johnny Carson married his fourth wife, Alexis Maas.

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