Edward Mujica’s Losing Run

On the morning news, I saw Gianna Franco and Maria Medina both dressed in yellow and looking like Minions. I fixed the baseball scorebook and went to the office to do some work. I shopped for groceries and went out to do my laundry. Over at the record store, I bought a remastered edition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” I left early for the Coliseum so that I could get my Mark McGwire button. I got to my seat and listened to the radio as I waited for the game to start. It was Dog Day at the stadium, but they didn’t allow the dogs to walk all the way around the field. Those dog owners were getting cheated. I heard that the Rally Possum had been captured and set free outside the stadium. That was fortunate because of all the dogs ready to chase him and bite him. We were anxious to see if Aaron Brooks could pitch another good game. He ran into some trouble in the first inning. He gave up two singles and a sacrifice fly to the Astros to give them a 1-0 lead, but he would settle down. He allowed a single with one out in the second inning, and a rare error by Eric Sogard allowed the runner to get to third base. However, Brooks got a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning. The A’s tied the score in the bottom of the inning with a home run from Stephen Vogt. Brooks had clean third and fourth innings. He allowed a single in the fifth inning. The A’s took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with an impressive Brett Lawrie home run that supposedly traveled 447 feet. In the sixth inning, Brooks walked the first batter, but later picked him off on a 1-3-6-1-4 play. Brooks had a clean seventh inning, but he had thrown more than 100 pitches at that point, so someone else would be pitching in the eighth inning. Fernando Rodrigues was that pitcher. He struck out his first batter, but then gave up a single. After another strikeout, a fat pitch on a 2-0 count was hit over the fence for two runs and a 3-2 lead for the Astros. Bob Melvin brought in Fernando Abad, who annoying walked his first batter on four pitches. Abad gave up a single that Coco Crisp apparently lost in the lights. Billy Burns attempted to help him out, but the ball bounced behind him for an error, and another run came in. Evan Scribner was brought in, and he did get the last out on a foul ball. The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning. Scribner pitched a clean ninth inning. Luke Gregerson came out to pitch the bottom of the inning for the Astros. I had the feeling that the A’s had a chance against him. Stephen Vogt drew a walk on four pitches, and Brett Lawrie reached on a throwing error by Jed Lowrie. Marcus Semien struck out. Eric Sogard drew a walk to load the bases. Billy Burns hit into a force play that was close to being a double play to end the game. The play was reviewed, and the tying run did count. Coco Crisp hit a fly ball that looked for a moment like a walk-off home run to right field, but it was an out. Edward Mujica pitched the top of the tenth inning, and he quickly gave up a single and a stolen base. A 1-3 ground ball out moved the runner to third. A fly ball to first was the second out, but then Mujica gave up a double on a 3-2 count to give the Astros a 5-4 lead. He did get the next batter out to keep the deficit at one run. I wondered why Drew Pomeranz wasn’t used to face Lowrie. After the Flex Cam, Josh Reddick came up to bat in the bottom of the inning. He singled to give the A’s hope, but Butler hit into a discouraging double play. He’s hit into plenty of double plays this year. Vogt got the count to 3-2, but he couldn’t repeat his home run of the second inning, as he grounded out to end the game. The A’s certainly made enough mistakes in the last three innings to lose, from Rodriguez’s gopher pitch to the misplay between Crisp and Burns to Mujica’s losing run. It rained lightly at times during the game, and we saw lightning off in the distance. We heard songs like “Mr. Big Stuff,” “Soul Man,” and “Start Me Up.” In the Ask the A’s segment, we learned that the players preferred “Space Jam” over “Remember the Titans.” I haven’t seen either of those movies. The game started at 7:08 and ended at 10:45. With the threatening skies, we wanted to leave the stadium much earlier. Attendance was 16,172. It took me until 11:40 to get home. I missed “12 Monkeys” as the Flashback Feature, but I figured I’ve already seen it once, so I didn’t miss a lot. I watched a bit of Jimmy Kimmel’s show. He talked with a fan who had Nicolas Cage’s autograph, and a woman who had a wallaby and a miniature horse for pets. I saw news stories about Donald Trump and Jon Stewart. I find it hard to believe that Trump is a real candidate for president. Is Jon Stewart really a comedy legend? The Outside Lands music festival begins today. A traffic nightmare is going to happen around Golden Gate Park. Some of us want to know what songs Elton John will play. Some of the people who died on August 7 include Oliver Hardy (1957), Peter Jennings (2005), Hal Fishman (2007), and Judith Crist (2012). Today is a birthday for Charlize Theron (40), David Duchovny (55), Wayne Knight (60), and Garrison Keillor (73). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 7, the first movie with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, “Beach Party,” was released in 1963. In 1965, Herman’s Hermits had the Number One single, “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.” In 1970, “Soul Train” made its debut. In 1974, Faye Dunaway married Peter Wolf. In 1976, Elton John and Kiki Dee had the Number One single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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