Max Muncy’s Error

I watched CBS Sunday Morning and wondered whether I was ever going to see a segment from Serena Altschul again. They did repeat her piece on The Barefoot Contessa. My mother phoned me and talked about my brother’s big television. I went to the coffee shop and had a mango smoothie. I left for the stadium. A lot of people were using BART to go out to the Pride parade. I got to the Coliseum just after ten o’clock, and I went over to the tent sale. They delayed their opening to straighten the place out and to receive some cash. I bought the 2014 playoff shirt and cap, and the cashier charged me only $10, so the wait was worth it. I listened to the replay of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me as I stood in line to get my Billy Butler Country Breakfast Bowl. Two people in front of me in the line complained about Butler’s performance for the season. I headed for the display of game-used items. I saw that Ike Davis wore the same hat size as me, and his Kansas City cap from Saturday was on sale for $40. I just headed over to my seat. I put sunscreen on my arms and face. I fell asleep for a while, but no one seemed to notice. Jesse Chavez was the A’s starting pitcher for the afternoon. He started off with eight consecutive outs before allowing two singles and a walk. He then got six consecutive outs before another single. The next Royals batter fouled out to Ike Davis to complete the fifth inning. It was the sixth inning that would be the problem. The A’s got singles from Eric Sogard and Ben Zobrist in the first inning but failed to score, and they got a walk from Butler in the second inning before Ike Davis, Max Muncy, and Sam Fuld all struck out. They started the third inning with a hit from Billy Burns. This game was his sixteenth consecutive game with at least one hit. Sogard hit into a force play, but Stephen Vogt singled, advancing Sogard to third base. Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 1-0. Josh Reddick hit a fly ball out to left field that the Royals misplayed for a hit and another run. I had seen a similar play during the game between the Yankees and Astros on the big screen. Before the fourth inning, Kara Tsuboi played Name That Tune with two fans. The song was Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” In that sixth inning, Chavez allowed a double and a single to the first two batters, so he was in a situation where he’d probably give up at least one run. Burns caught a fly ball in center field that didn’t score a run. However, the next batter hit a ground ball to third, and Max Muncy made a bad throw to home plate for an error. On the radio, Vince Cotroneo said that Muncy’s inexperience was a factor. I couldn’t understand how inexperience affected a baseball player’s throw from third base to home plate. I thought these players played this game their entire lives. Chavez gave an intentional walk to the next batter, but then a sacrifice fly to center tied the score, and a single gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. Bob Melvin brought in Fernando Rodriguez to face the eighth batter of the inning, and Rodriguez got the out. In the fourth and fifth innings, the A’s got singles from Fuld and Vogt, but they went quietly in the sixth, with Butler, Davis, and Muncy all striking out. One of the fans near me was upset with Muncy for committing the error in the top of the inning and striking out for the second time in the bottom of the inning. Before the seventh inning, we saw a Big Head race, in which Rickey Henderson edged out Dennis Eckersley. What has been happening with Rollie Fingers lately? Rodriguez pitched a clean seventh inning. In the bottom of the inning with one out, Billy Burns doubled. Marcus Semien pinch-hit for Sogard, and Burns went to third base on a wild pitch with the count 2-0. With this chance to tie the score, Semien hit a ground ball to third for the unproductive out. Stephen Vogt had hits in his two previous times at bat, but here he hit a ground ball for the third out. Edward Mujica pitched the top of the eighth inning. He got to a 3-2 count to the first batter before giving up a single. He got to another 3-2 to the second batter, and then gave up a home run, making the score 5-2, effectively ending the game. Mujica got the next three batters out in front of a quiet stadium. Zobrist started the bottom of the inning with a single. Reddick struck out, but then Butler doubled, advancing Zobrist to third base. Ike Davis hit a fly ball to left field that scored Zobrist. Muncy was unable to bring the A’s back to within one run, as he fouled out to third base. He and Davis were the only starting players not to get a hit, although Davis did get one RBI. Fernando Abad pitched the top of the ninth inning. He got two strikeouts before Semien made an error. Abad, however, got the third out with a fly ball to center. It didn’t seem very likely that the A’s could score two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game against the Royals’ relief pitching. Sam Fuld struck out. Billy Burns popped out to the shortstop. Semien had the count at 3-2 before he doubled. He got the hit at the wrong time. The crowd urged Stephen Vogt to do something, but he struck out to end the game. After a five-game winning streak, it was discouraging to see a three-game losing streak. The game began at 1:07 and ended at 4:05. The game time temperature was 69 degrees. Attendance was 22,477. The radio announcers were critical of Jim Reynolds’ inconsistent strike zone during the entire game. I went home and listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN. He played live tracks of Joe Cocker and The Clash. I liked “Feelin’ Alright” and “Police on My Back.” Back at home, I tried to watch the Columbo episode “Negative Reaction” with Dick Van Dyke, but I fell asleep. I kept hearing this morning about the death of Chris Squire of Yes. Some of the people who died on June 29 include Fatty Arbuckle (1933), Eric Dolphy (1964), Jayne Mansfield (1967), Tim Buckley (1975), Bob Crane (1978), Lana Turner (1995), Rosemary Clooney (2002), and Katharine Hepburn (2003). Today is a birthday for Gary Busey (71). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 29, Peter Frampton was involved in an auto accident in 1978 in which he suffered a broken arm and cracked ribs. In 1984, “Conan the Destroyer” was released. Also in 1984, Tom Hanks’ “Bachelor Party” was released. Also in 1984, “Cannonball Run II,” featuring Burt Reynolds and many stars, including Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra, was released.

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