Scott Kazmir’s Fifth Loss

I watched CBS This Morning and their chef segment. Bryan Voltaggio’s signature recipes include: fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, butter lettuce with blue cheese and strawberry mostarda, grilled watermelon “ribs,” celeriac and green apple slaw, banana pudding parfaits and a “Smoke on the Water” cocktail. Over at the coffee shop I had a hot chocolate and checked the American Top 40 playlist. The Top 10 songs on June 28, 1975 were “Cut the Cake,” “Magic,” “Get Down, Get Down (Out On the Floor),” “Listen to What the Man Said,” “The Hustle,” “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” “I’m Not Lisa,” “I’m Not in Love,” “Wildfire,” “When Will I Be Loved,” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.” I took BART out to the Coliseum. I stopped at the tent sale and bought a Brandon Moss T-shirt and a road cap. When I got in the season ticket holder line, I listened to Bobby Darin, and then Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me. The late morning was very warm. The mule that was Charlie O. went past us, and his equipment looked like it came from 1965. The giveaway was a Charlie O. T-shirt, and I got mine in Medium. I went to my seat and felt like falling asleep. I saw Fernando Rodriguez and Jesse Chavez sign some autographs. The team took the field wearing sleeveless jerseys in the 1965 style. We would hear songs like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “California Dreamin’.” Scott Kazmir was the starting pitcher for the A’s. He gave up two hits in the first inning but got out of the inning without allowing any runs. The A’s took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Sam Fuld doubled, stole third base, and came home on the pitcher’s throwing error. Kazmir had a clean second inning, but he allowed a double to start the third inning. A balk that Kazmir disputed with the umpire put the runner and second, and the Royals tied the game on a sacrifice fly. The A’s went back ahead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Eric Sogard singled and stole second base. He scored on an error by the Royals’ shortstop. However, Kazmir couldn’t hold them back in the following inning. With one out, he allowed a walk and a single. A double steal put the runners in position to score, which is what both of them did on a single. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the A’s did nothing. We saw Dennis Eckersley continue to do well in the Big Head Race with a close win ahead of Rickey Henderson. Kazmir allowed a hit to start the inning, but then got the next three batters out to end his day allowing the three runs. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Sweet Caroline,” which seemed unpopular with the fans. The bottom of the inning started with some promise when Ike Davis walked, but then Marcus Semien grounded into a 1-6-3 double play, and Sogard grounded out to end the inning. Drew Pomeranz pitched the top of the eighth inning, and he got into some trouble with a double and a walk, but he did get two outs, the second out coming on a strikeout. Evan Scribner came in to get the last out, which he did on a ball that went to Josh Reddick in right field. In the bottom of the inning, the A’s got another promising start with walks from Sam Fuld and Brett Lawrie. However, Stephen Vogt looked at a strike on a 3-2 pitch, and then Ben Zobrist hit into a 1-6-3 double play. Scribner pitched a clean inning in the ninth. However, the A’s went down quickly in the bottom of the inning. Josh Reddick grounded out. Josh Phegley struck out. Ike Davis struck out to end the game. It was a 3-2 defeat. The game started at 1:08 and ended at 3:57. The temperature at game time was 70 degrees. Attendance was 28,619. Vogt, Reddick, Phegley, and Semien were the A’s players that didn’t reach base safely in the game. The A’s got four hits, three of them doubles. The other hit was the single from Sogard. I read about the other teams’ interest in trading for Kazmir. Different articles called his performance a quality start despite his getting his fifth loss. I returned home and watched bits of Wonder Woman and Star Trek. The Star Trek episode was called “Elaan of Troyius.” I played some Super Mario Galaxy 2 and won another star. I wondered why the disc distorted some images going to my television set. I listened to one of my Beatles albums in mono before going to sleep. Some of the people who died on June 28 include James Madison (1836), Rod Serling (1975), Maureen O’Sullivan (1998), and Fred Travalena (2009). Today is a birthday for John Cusack (49), Kathy Bates (69), and Mel Brooks (89). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 28, “The King and I,” starring Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, and Rita Moreno, was released. In 1975, Rod Serling died at age 50 after heart surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.

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