Sonny Gray’s First Loss

I went back to work and was glad that it was not supposed to rain for a while.  I wondered if Frank Mallicoat was out looking for a job.  I felt that it was tiring to be at work.  I wanted to return home and take a nap.  When I did get home, I ate a tuna salad wrap and macaroni and cheese.  I fell asleep and felt reluctant to get up to do anything.  I got on the 1R bus to get to the Fruitvale BART station.  I got to the Coliseum and went through the season ticket holder line.  I was the only person there.  One girl said that it was good to see me again.  It was going to be a rather cold night, but that was OK because it wasn’t going to rain.  I listened to Susan Slusser on the radio.  Sonny Gray was pitching for the A’s, so we were expecting a win for the home team.  Gray allowed one baserunner in each of the first four innings, but no runs.  Stephen Vogt threw out a runner trying to steal second base in the second inning.  Jed Lowrie started a double play in the third inning.  This was after he seem to misjudge the speed of the Angels’ catcher running to first base, allowing him to get a hit.  Gray had a clean inning in the fifth inning.  Meanwhile, the A’s had chances to score runs in each of the first three innings, but didn’t take advantage.  Josh Reddick doubled in the first inning with two outs, but Danny Valencia grounded out.  Stephen Vogt and Khris Davis singled in the second inning, but Yonder Alonso struck out, and Marcus Semien flied out.  Reddick and Valencia both singled with two outs in the third inning, but Vogt made an out.  Coco Crisp tripled with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Chris Coghlan and Valencia made outs.  The turning point was the sixth inning, when Sonny Gray gave up three consecutive hits with one out.  Unfortunately, the last of the three hits was a home run off the bat of Mike Trout for two runs, giving the Angels a 3-0 lead.  In the bottom of the inning, the A’s looked as if they would answer with runs of their own when Vogt walked and Lowrie singled.  However, Davis hit into a double play, killing the possible rally.  Gray got the first out in the top of the seventh inning before giving up a double and a walk.  Ryan Dull came in and got one out before hitting a batter with a pitch to load the bases.  However, he got out of the jam with a strikeout.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”  In the bottom of the inning, Coco Crisp singled with one out, but pinch-hitter Billy Butler hit into a double play.  Liam Hendrik came in to pitch the top of the eighth inning.  He allowed a single to Albert Pujols and appeared to not pay attention to him as he stole second base.  After a line drive out to left, Hendrik fielded a ground ball, but instead of catching Pujols between second and third, he threw the ball to first base, getting the second out but allowed Pujols to get to third base.  Hendrik promptly gave up a hit to right field, allowing the Angels to take a 4-0 lead.  I sat in my seat remembering Hendriks’ bad inning against the White Sox last week.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Hendriks also pitched the top of the ninth inning.  He allowed a single, but a double play helped him keep the score at 4-0.  Lowrie began the bottom of the ninth with a single.  Khris Davis grounded out, with Lowrie going to second base.  Yonder Alonso flied out to center.  Marcus Semien singled, and the throw went to home plate, but Lowrie scored a run on a close play, while Semien went on to second base.  Huston Street came in to pitch, and Coco Crisp flied out to left field to end the game.  It was a 4-1 loss, and we saw that the Rangers won their game.  This game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature 10:12.  Attendance was 13,371.  During the game, Kara Tsuboi interviewed a guy named Zach, who has grabbed 8000 baseballs during his lifetime.  Kara posted a photo of them on Twitter.  I was eager to get home.  I stopped to get a slice of pizza before I got home to see Walter Matthau in an appearance on the Tonight Show in 1986, as he promoted his movie “Pirates.”  I found it somewhat hard to believe that he had only 14 years of life left.  Some of the people who died on April 12 include Clara Barton (1912), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945), Arthur Freed (1973), Joe Louis (1981), Abbie Hoffman (1989), Sugar Ray Robinson (1989), and Marilyn Chambers (2009).  Today is a birthday for Saoirse Ronan (22), Vince Gill (59), Andy Garcia (60), David Cassidy (66), David Letterman (69), Ed O’Neill (70), and Beverly Cleary (100).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 12, Big Joe Turner recorded “Shake, Rattle and Roll” in 1954.  In 1979, “Mad Max” was released in Australia.  In 1989, Garth Brooks’ debut album was released.

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