Chris Bassitt’s Emergency Start

I stayed in the apartment for a while and cleaned up a bit. I took care of two checks I received to place into my IRA accounts. It was a lot of money. I heard the news that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were going to get a divorce. I also read that Jack Carter had died. He was the second famous person to die at age 93 within the past week, the other being Patrick Macnee. I did my laundry. At Daiso I bought a picture frame for my Partridge Family photo. I played some more Super Mario Galaxy 2. It seemed like it was the hottest day of the year. I took BART out to the Coliseum. I heard on the news that the United States women’s soccer game would be in the final game. I was disappointed to hear that Sonny Gray had been scratched from the game. I had to wonder what his illness was for him to get sent to the hospital. In his place, Chris Bassitt would be the A’s starting pitcher. He started off very well, getting the first ten Colorado batters out. He then allowed two singles, but got two more outs to get through four good innings without allowing any runs. Meanwhile, on offense, the A’s didn’t threaten to score, although Sam Fuld did reach second base with two outs in the third inning. Bassitt started the top of the fifth inning by allowing two consecutive singles, although the second was the result of Brett Lawrie not fielding a ball hit his way when it looked like a possible double play. Bassitt got the next two batters out, but then he gave up a hit, making the score 1-0. It was frustrating that he didn’t go with his best pitch when it was crucial. Josh Phegley threw out the runner trying to steal second base, and that play ended the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Brett Lawrie singled, but Mark Canha hit into a double play. Marcus Semien doubled and went to third on a wild pitch, but Sam Fuld grounded out. Fernando Rodriguez pitched the top of the sixth inning, and he had a clean inning with three strikeouts. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the A’s had a huge chance to score after Billy Burns singled and Stephen Vogt walked, with Burns stealing third base. However, Ben Zobrist hit a ground ball that went 5-2-5-1 with Zobrist out. Josh Phegley didn’t do anything with his chance, striking out. Brett Lawrie hit into a force play, ending the miserable inning. The inning showed the weaknesses of the team. We heard the Ohio Players’ “Fire,” and people started The Wave at the wrong time, with the A’s struggling, at 9:16. Rodriguez walked the first batter in the top of the seventh inning. He got two outs, but then allowed a single that pushed the runner to third base. On the first pitch to the next batter, Rodriguez threw a wild pitch, making the score 2-0. The wild pitch seemed like a fatal mistake. We didn’t get a Big Head race or even the Chicken Dance. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” which sounded to me like a terrible song. The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning. Eric O’Flaherty replaced Rodriguez in pitching the top of the eighth inning. O’Flaherty had a clean inning to lower his ERA below 8.00. The A’s finally scored in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Ben Zobrist doubled, and Billy Butler singled to get the RBI, making the score 2-1. Eric Sogard came in as a pinch runner for Butler, but he stayed at first base because Josh Phegley again struck out. O’Flaherty got the first out in the top of the ninth inning, and then Bob Melvin brought in Edward Mujica, who got the next two Rockies batters out. We saw John Belushi’s Animal House speech before the bottom of the inning. Josh Reddick came in as a pinch-hitter for Lawrie, but he grounded out to shortstop. Mark Canha popped out to shortstop. He and Phegley were the only two starting players not to get at least one hit. Marcus Semien hit a line drive, but right to the Rockies’ shortstop to end the game. It didn’t seem right to blame this loss on Bassitt. The game started at 7:08 and ended at 10:04. The game time temperature was 79 degrees. Attendance was 19,206. During the game, we heard a radio interview with Richie Martin, the A’s draft pick. I hurried out of the stadium and headed back home. I turned the pages of my calendar before I went to bed. I did not want to watch Jimmy Kimmel. Some of the people who died on July 1 include Harriet Beecher Stowe (1896), Erik Satie (1925), Michael Landon (1991), Wolfman Jack (1995), Robert Mitchum (1997), Walter Matthau (2000), Marlon Brando (2004), Luther Vandross (2005), and Karl Malden (2009). Today is a birthday for Carl Lewis (54), Deborah Harry (70), Twyla Tharp (74), Jamie Farr (81), and Olivia de Havilland (99). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 1, “The Sons of Katie Elder,” starring John Wayne and Dean Martin, was released in 1965. In 1969, John Lennon crashed his car in Scotland during a family vacation. In 1975, “The Apple Dumpling Gang” was released. In 1979, the first Sony Walkman went on sale.

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