Chris Bassitt’s Sixth Inning

I watched CBS Sunday Morning. They repeated a Bill Geist segment about Pie Town. There was also a profile of Amy Schumer. I had a strawberry-banana smoothie at the coffee shop, and then I set out on the bus towards the Coliseum. I got off at the Fruitvale BART station and took the train the rest of the way. I reached the season ticket holder line early. A woman in front of me talked about Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears. The giveaway was a tote bag. I looked at the game-used Fourth of July caps before going to my seat. I fell asleep for a while. I’ve been doing that a lot as of late. I’m getting old. I was the only person sitting in my row until the fourth inning. Festus Ezeli threw out the first pitch. The basketball players we’ve seen look like they don’t know how to throw a baseball. Chris Bassitt was the starting pitcher for the A’s because Sonny Gray had yet to come back from his case of salmonella poisoning. Bassitt pitched a pretty good five innings, not giving up any runs over those frames. He allowed a one-out single in the first inning, and a two out single in the second. He had a clean third inning. He allowed a two-out walk in the fourth inning. The first batter of the fifth inning singled off him, but Bassitt started a double play when he caught a ball with the runner at first base going, and a throw to first base ended the inning. On offense, the A’s got only a single from Zobrist over the first two innings, but with one out in the third inning, Sam Fuld hit a home run to make the score 1-0. During the fourth inning, two guys sitting in the row in front of me to my left got caught with a bottle of beer. Security guards came over to take them away. I thought the two of them were extremely foolish in trying to get away with something with a lot of security guards all over the place. The A’s would come close to scoring again in the fifth inning when Mark Canha and Marcus Semien both singled with one out, but then Sam Fuld hit into a double play. Bassitt started the sixth inning well enough by getting two outs, but then he hit the next batter with a pitch. Bassitt got ambushed by the next batter, who apparently anticipated Bassitt’s pitch and hit it for a double. Bassitt went to a 3-2 on the next batter before allowing a single that gave the Mariners the lead at 2-1. Bob Melvin brought in Drew Pomeranz, who threw one pitch to get the ground ball for the third out. In the bottom of the inning, Billy Burns singled, Ben Zobrist doubled, and Billy Butler walked, but the result was no runs because Vogt followed Burns by hitting into a double play, and Josh Reddick, pinch-hitting for Josh Phegley, struck out to end the inning. In the Big Head race, Dennis Eckersley looked rejuvenated, winning for the seventh time this season. Fernando Rodriguez pitched the top of the seventh inning and had a clean inning with two strikeouts. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Shake a Tail Feather.” The bottom of the inning had a promising start, with Brett Lawrie hitting a single. However, Mark Canha hit into a double play, and Marcus Semien struck out. Fernando Rodriguez had another clean inning with the top of the eighth inning. The A’s went down quietly in the bottom of the inning. Stephen Vogt was 0-for-4 for the day. Rodriguez got the first batter out in the top of the ninth inning, and then Bob Melvin summoned Eric O’Flaherty, who got the next two batters out, lowering his ERA from 7.71. The A’s were only one-half game behind the Mariners, and only 4-5 on the homestand, so a victory would have been great. We watched the video clip of John Belushi from “Animal House” before we settled in. Ben Zobrist started off the inning with a ground ball to second for an out. Billy Butler struck out. Josh Reddick got to a 3-2 count before he hit a single. Ike Davis pinch-hit for Lawrie, and after getting to a 3-2 count, Davis walked. The A’s could have either tied the game or won it with a hit from Mark Canha, but he hit a ground ball to third that went for the last out of the game. The game began at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 71 degrees. It ended at 3:54. The attendance was 22,163. I rushed home because I was hungry and thirsty. I watched part of the soccer game. Japan made the score 4-2, but then the United States answered with a goal of their own. I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN. He played tracks of Leonard Cohen and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I liked “Dance to the End of Love” and “Free Bird.” I watched the Columbo episode “By Dawn’s Early Light,” which had Patrick McGoohan in it. Bruno Kirby was one of the cadets. George Sanders was a guest on the episode of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” Looking back on the holiday weekend, the most productive thing I did was have my eye examination. I thought of the week of work ahead. I don’t know if I want to see the new Terminator movie. It seemed that people disliked “Ted 2,” also. Are there any movies out there that I can look forward to seeing? The A’s won’t be back for another home game until the 17th. We will have another Root Beer Float Day in two and a half weeks. I have a big pile of discs that I have not watched yet. I wonder if the Blu-ray edition of “Jeremiah Johnson” looks good. I would also like to see the 1978 version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” on Blu-ray. Some of the people who died on July 6 include Kenneth Grahame (1932), William Faulkner (1962), Louis Armstrong (1971), Otto Klemperer (1973), Roy Rogers (1998), and Buddy Ebsen (2003). Today is a birthday for Geoffrey Rush (64), George W. Bush (69), Sylvester Stallone (69), Burt Ward (70), Della Reese (84), and Nancy Reagan (94). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 6, Queen released their first single, “Keep Yourself Alive,” in 1973. In 1984, the Jacksons began their Victory tour at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. In 1985, Phil Collins’ “Sussudio” was the Number One single. In 1990, “Jetsons: The Movie” was released. In 2003, Buddy Ebsen died of respiratory failure at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California at age 95.

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