Sonny Gray’s Weird Game

I woke up and watched Match Game on television.  It was rather sad to see Patty Duke in those old shows.  I walked over to the office and graded some exams.  I gave a brief lecture and left the building.  I went to the BART station.  The train was crowded with both Warriors and A’s fans.  I took my seat shortly after the national anthem.  Sonny Gray took the mound as The Beatles’ “Come Together” played.  Gray started the game by walking the first Mariners batter, but a 5-6-3 double play and a strikeout got him out of the inning.  He had a clean second inning.  In the bottom of that second inning, the A’s had a chance to score some runs, as Stephen Vogt walked and Chris Coghlan and Yonder Alonso walked to load the bases with two outs.  However, Marcus Semien grounded out.  Sonny Gray got the first out of the third inning quickly, but then he gave up a single to the Mariners’ eighth hitter, who was batting .143, followed by a home run from the ninth hitter, who was batting .169.  Gray got out of the inning with two ground outs.  In the third through fifth innings, the A’s on offense would get only a single from Jed Lowrie.  With his first pitch of the fourth inning, Sonny Gray allowed another home run, making the score 3-0.  He got two outs, gave up a double, but then got a ground out.  He started the fifth inning by giving up singles to those eighth and ninth hitters, but followed that with three consecutive strikeouts.  Gray had a clean sixth inning for his best stretch of pitching of the game.  Billy Burns created a run in the bottom of the inning when he singled, stole second base, and came home on Lowrie’s single.  Josh Reddick and Khris Davis were unable to keep the rally going.  Gray was unable to hold down the Mariners in the next inning, as a single and a wild pitch put a runner at second base.  Gray got two outs, but then allowed a single, making the score 4-1.  After the seventh inning stretch, the A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  The top of the eighth inning was a disaster.  Gray allowed a double and two singles, making the score 5-1.  Marc Rzepczynski replaced Gray and gave up a three-run home run.  Liam Hendriks came into the game and allowed a single before finally getting two outs.  With the score now at 8-1, fans began leaving the stadium.  In the bottom of the eighth inning, Billy Burns got a two-out single, but that was all.  Hendriks pitched well in the top of the ninth inning, getting a clean inning with two strikeouts and a ground ball.  After we heard “Dancing in the Street,” Mark Canha made the first out, but then Khris Davis hit a home run, giving the fans a last reason to cheer.  Billy Butler came in to pinch-hit for Vogt, and he swung at the first pitch to make a quick out.  Butler had not come up to bat for so long that I wondered if something had happened to him.  Josh Phegley made the last out of the game with a foul ball that the third baseman caught.  The game had started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 9:45.  Ken Korach told us that it was the 80th anniversary of Joe DiMaggio’s first appearance in a major league game.  I hurried home so that I could buy a burrito and watch the news.  Ted Cruz finally conceded defeat.  The Warriors came back to win their game against Portland.  The basketball fans were still in the Oracle Arena when we in the Coliseum had left.  I saw Adam Carolla on the Jimmy Kimmel show.

Some of the people who died on May 4 include Moe Howard (1975), Diana Dors (1984), Dom DeLuise (2009), Ernie Harwell (2010), and Adam Yauch (2012).  Today is a birthday for Erin Andrews (38), Randy Travis (57), and Jackie Jackson (65).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 4, “Gaslight” was released in 1944.  In 1964, “Another World” had its premiere on NBC.  In 1968, Dolly Parton’s second album, “Just Because I’m a Woman,” was released.  In 1984, the John Hughes film “Sixteen Candles,” starring Molly Ringwald, was released.

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