Aaron Brooks’ Location

After watching “The Dead Zone,” I headed for the bus stop. The bus seemed far too crowded. I got off to take a BART train from the MacArthur station to the Coliseum. This was the only time this year that I was going to the stadium for a night game without wearing a sweatshirt or jacket. As I was headed to the gate, I saw three limp and lifeless Big Heads on a cart being taken to a stadium entrance. The night was comfortable to start, but it got slightly cold by the end of the game. The big news about the A’s was that they extended manager Bob Melvin’s contract. The starting pitcher for the A’s was Aaron Brooks, who wouldn’t have a good performance. The Astros were motivated to do well because their lead over the Rangers had shrunk to only one game. Brooks gave up a double to the game’s second batter, but got out of the inning with no harm done. The A’s got a walk and a stolen base from Mark Canha in the bottom of the inning. Brooks got the first two batters of the second inning, but then gave up a home run for Houston’s first run. The two-out home run would be a theme that would be repeated during this game. Brooks allowed a single after the home run, but got a strikeout to end the inning. The A’s couldn’t quite respond to the score, getting a walk from Billy Butler and a single from Marcus Semien with two outs, but that was it. Brooks again got two outs in the third inning before allowing a walk and hitting a batter with a pitch. However, the score remained at 1-0. It would be Brooks’ last good inning, though. On offense, the A’s would do nothing for the third and fourth innings. Brooks allowed a single and a double to start the fourth inning. After an out, a single boosted Houston’s score to 3-0. After another double, it was 4-0. At 8:37, Ken Korach announced that the stadium lights had taken full effect. In This Date in MLB History, we saw that in 1992, Robin Yount got his 3000th hit. Brooks gave up a double to the first batter in the fifth inning, and that was it for him. The radio announcers said that Brooks was having problems with the location of his pitches. Bob Melvin brought in Pat Venditte, who got an out with a ball hit to right field, although the play advanced the runner to third base. A bad sequence followed for Venditte, with a home run off the left field foul pole, a walk, a double, and a sacrifice fly. The score was now 7-0. R.J. Alvarez came in to get the last out, which was a good catch by Billy Burns. The A’s did reply in the bottom of the inning. Billy Butler hit a home run, making the score 7-1. Marcus Semien singled and moved to second base on an out by Carson Blair. Billy Burns singled to make the score 7-2. After Mark Canha made an out, Josh Reddick hit a home run to make the score 7-4. Kara Tsuboi played a game with two fans that looked like it involved Reese’s peanut butter cups. Alavrez got the first two batters of the sixth inning out before coughing up one of those home runs. In the bottom of the inning, Brett Lawrie singled and went to second base on a wild pitch. He scored on Billy Butler’s single with one out, making the score 8-5. That would be the closest the A’s would get for the rest of the night. In the Big Head race, Dennis Eckersley won for the 12th time, meaning that he was closer to second place than Rickey Henderson was to first place. There are only six home games left and Rollie Fingers is ahead of Rickey by seven, so I guess Rollie is this year’s winner already. In the seventh inning, Fernando Abad came in to pitch, and he struck out the first two batters, but then he gave up a home run, so the score became 9-5. We heard “Dancing in the Street” during the seventh inning stretch. It seemed appropriate on a hot summer night. Burns and Canha both singled to start the bottom of the inning, but then Reddick, Valencia, and Lawrie all followed with outs. Danny Valencia would finish the night 0-for-4. Dan Otero pitched the top of the eighth inning. He wouldn’t give up a two-out home run, but he hit his first batter with a pitch, and the runner would come around to score without a hit in the inning. A wild pitch was a key play. We heard “2 Legit 2 Quit” in the middle of the inning, but the A’s did nothing in the bottom of the eighth inning. We heard the KISS song “Rock and Roll All Nite.” Arnold Leon came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning. After an out, Marcus Semien made a high throw to Canha for an error. Blair made an error on a throw to second base, allowing the runner to get to third base. A single gave the Astros their final run of the night, making the score 11-5. Every A’s pitcher gave up at least one run, and the Houston scored in seven of the nine innings of this game. We heard “Kung Fu Fighting” before the bottom of the ninth inning. The end of the game and a long night was quiet. Blair struck out, Burns flied out to left, and Canha struck out to end the game. This game began at 7:07 and ended at 10:45. The game time temperature was 82 degrees, and the attendance was 13,382. Besides Valencia, Coco Crisp and Carson Blair also didn’t reach base safely in the game. I was in a hurry to get home and watch Stephen Colbert on television. I heard an angry caller ranting during Chris Townsend’s show. Some of these callers hate Billy Beane. I ate some blackberries and yogurt. According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 10, the CBS television series “Gunsmoke” premiered in 1955. In 1975, the KISS live album “Alive!” was released. In 1990, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” made its debut on NBC. In 2000, “The West Wing” won a record nine Emmy Awards.

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