Sean Doolittle’s One Mistake

I got to work and finished some handouts and lecture notes.  I watched Match Game because Debralee Scott appeared on the show, and it was the anniversary of her death.  I read that her sister Scott Bushnell worked with Robert Altman, and she died on July 13, 2006.  I ran into the girl from the CVS store, and she asked me to get her an A’s schedule from the stadium.  I went to get a lemon cupcake before I went to my class.  I gave a short lecture and dismissed the class, but a few people stuck around for an hour for help with homework.  I hurried to catch the BART train to the Coliseum.  Many people were headed the same way at the same time because there was also a Warriors game in the Oracle Arena.  The first two innings of the A’s and White Sox were quiet, although Chris Bassitt gave up two hits.  The A’s scored one run in the bottom of the third innings when Josh Phegley, Marcus Semien, and Jed Lowrie each hit a single.  Bassitt got into trouble in the fourth inning, allowing a single and two walks, but he got out of it with the score still at 1-0.  However, the fifth inning was a turning point.  Bassitt allowed a single with one out, and then Lowrie tried to throw the runner out at second base on a ground ball, but instead got no outs on the play.  Two batters later, Bassitt threw that hanging curve ball, according to Ray Fosse, resulting in a home run and a 3-1 lead for the White Sox.  The A’s did respond with one run in the bottom of the inning.  Josh Phegley doubled and took third base on a foul ball from Coco Crisp, and Lowrie would bring in another run with another hit.  Bassitt didn’t make it through six innings, as with one out, he gave up three consecutive hits, making the score 4-2.  The A’s pitcher with the hardest name to spell, Marc Rzepcynkski, replaced Bassitt and gave up a hit.  Liam Hendricks entered the game, and then got a double play on a ground ball.  He pitched clean seventh and eighth innings.  Meanwhile, the A’s had two more chances to score, with a double from Khris Davis with one out in the sixth inning, and a double from Coco Crisp with two outs in the seventh inning, but they couldn’t get the hits.  There was no Big Head race with a sparse crowd in the stands, and during the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Disco Inferno.”  We did get some action and scoring in the bottom of the eighth, however.  Josh Reddick singled, and Davis and Vogt were hit by pitches to load the bases with two outs.  Yonder Alonso made the last out on Monday night, but this time he got a hit that scored Reddick and Davis, tying the game at 4-4.  Chris Coghlan struck out to end the inning.  Sean Doolittle came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning, and he got the first two batters out.  However, he got to a 2-2 count to Jimmy Rollins, and then he threw a pitch that Rollins could hit a long way, which happened, making the score 5-4.  Doolittle allowed another hit before Ryan Dull came in to get the last out.  Things looked bleak.  Coco Crisp began the bottom of the ninth by hitting a fly ball to left field that went for the first out, causing Coco to shake his head as he returned to the dugout.  Jed Lowrie was out of big hits for the night, as he struck out for the second consecutive time.  Reddick go to a 1-2 count before he grounded out to first, ending the game.  With the pitching changes and both starting pitchers throwing almost 100 pitches in six innings, the game ended at 10:36.  The first pitch was at 7:08, with a game time temperature of 70 degrees.  Attendance was 10,478, whereas the attendance for the Warriors game next door was 19,596.  Those Warriors blew a 17-point lead and lost their game in overtime, 124-117.  The basketball fans had stunned expressions on their faces as fans from both games made their way to the BART station.  Policer officers told a man selling beer from his cooler to stop, but I didn’t see if he got into any more trouble.  It seemed that the law was going to catch up to him sometime.  You can just sell beer to anyone.  In the train, I stood near a Warriors fan who cursed and felt disgusted over the loss.  It will be extremely difficult for the Warriors to win all their remaining games.  The turnovers have been hurting them tremendously.  Sports fans on the radio were subdued because there was a lot of unhappiness with losing.  When I got home at 11:30, I was too tired to do much of anything.  I watched a little bit of Burt Reynolds on the Tonight Show.  I tried to get to sleep but couldn’t.  In the morning, I saw wind blowing trash into the air.  The weather forecast for the coming days calls for rain, which surprised me.  I thought about how I had to get my tax return completed very soon.  I saw the Outside Lands lineup, which included Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, and Ryan Adams.  I wouldn’t say that any of them would inspire me to spend big money over three days.  I read a little bit about the A’s loss.  Bob Melvin said the thought that Bassitt’s pitch that went for the three-run home run would have bounced in front of the plate if it was taken.  Doolittle said that he felt he has swing-and-miss stuff with his pitches, and he made one mistake that was hit for the home run, which made him feel disgusted with himself.  I watched the video of the controversial ending of the Toronto Blue Jays game.  I thought the player sliding into second base interfered on the play.  The Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons made angry, rambling remarks.  The reporters around him didn’t make the situation better.  Some of the people who died on April 6 include Raphael (1520), Igor Stravinsky (1971), Isaac Asimov (1992), Greer Garson (1996), Wendy O. Williams (1998), Tammy Wynette (1998), and Mickey Rooney (2014).  Today is a birthday for Paul Rudd (47), Marilu Henner (64), John Ratzenberger (69), Merle Haggard (79), and Billy Dee Williams (79).  According to the Brandon Brooks radio segment for April 6, “Little Orphan Annie” made its debut on the NBC radio Blue network in 1931.  In 1965, the “Beatles for Sale” EP was released in the UK, containing four songs: “No Reply,” “I’m a Loser,” “Rock and Roll Music,” and “Eight Days a Week.”  In 1992, the PBS program “Barney and Friends” made its debut.

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