Daniel Mengden’s Eventful Home Debut

I watched someone doing a Humphrey Bogart impression on “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” and then took a walk out to the office.  I took the bus out to the Coliseum and took my seat under clear skies.  I wonder how the weather forecasts could have said rain.  A’s fans were getting the chance to see Daniel Mengden pitch his first home game.  He had a mustache that was like Rollie Fingers and a windup that was like Hideo Nomo.  He got a ground ball out with the first pitch of the game.  He walked the second batter, who would eventually be caught stealing.  Another ground ball ended the inning.  Mengden gave up a single to start the second inning, but then he would reel off fifteen consecutive outs, the last five on strikeouts.  We haven’t seen any Big Head races at the Coliseum in quite a while.  Mengden gave up a home run to start the seventh inning, which gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead and made the crowd groan.  Yonder Alonso committed an error, and the following batter singled to put runners at first and third with no outs.  The Rangers got another run on a force play, and Mengden loaded the bases with a hit batter and a single.  Bob Melvin brought Ryan Dull into this tough situation.  Dull had not allowed an inherited runner to score all season, but he flirted with danger in getting to a 3-2 count to the first batter he faced.  He kept his composure, though, and got a strikeout.  He went to a 2-2 count to his second batter before getting the strikeout that ended the inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”  Fernando Rodriguez has pitched well all season, but he suffered a lapse on this afternoon.  He allowed a single and a walk to start the eighth inning.  He got the third batter out, but then gave up a double on a 1-2 pitch for two runs.  Bob Melvin brought in Marc Rzepczynski, who got a line drive out, with the runner advancing to third base.  After a walk, Rzepczynski gave up a single to make the score 5-0.  He struck out the next batter to end the inning.  Daniel Coulombe was brought in to pitch the top of the ninth inning, and he allowed a double and a single with one out, but he didn’t allow any runs.  The big story of the game would have been Daniel Mengden’s excellent performance if not for Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis.  The reason the score was 5-0 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning was that Lewis was working on a perfect game.  He had a three-ball count to the second and third batters of the game, and to the sixth batter of the game, but wouldn’t get to another three-ball count to another batter until the eighth inning.  He got to a two-ball count only three times in facing 23 batters.  Lewis was four outs away from a perfect game when he gave up a four-pitch walk to Yonder Alonso in the eighth inning.  Marcus Semien followed with a ball that looked like it would be a hit, but the left fielder made a good catch to keep the A’s without a hit through eight innings.  Lewis was three outs away from a no-hitter, but Max Muncy hit a ball deep to right field.  The right fielder just missed catching it, and the play was ruled a double.  Billy Burns grounded out.  Coco Crisp doubled, scoring Muncy.  Over the course of five batters, the A’s ruined the perfect game, then the no-hitter, then the shutout.  Lowrie hit a fly ball to center for the second out, and Stephen Vogt hit a fly ball to left field for the out that ended the game.  The four-game series had started out with promise with a big 14-5 win, but then the A’s lost three straight games.  They are sinking further in the standings, although Mengden looked like a ray of hope for the future.  The game began at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 69 degrees, and it ended at 3:12.  The attendance was 14,286.  Fans seemed anxious to go home and watch the Warriors game on television.  On our way out, some early birds were going in the opposite direction to a watch party at the Oracle Arena.  I hurried on home and had a turkey burger.  I fell asleep in front of the television set, so I missed much of the first quarter of the basketball game.  I was rather stunned to see that the score was 31-11 at the end of the quarter.  I pretty much lost hope, and so I went over to the record store.  I bought the Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition of “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” and then returned to the game.  Klay Thompson scored some late second quarter points to narrow the gap a bit.  Game 7 will be at the Oracle Arena after the A’s game next door.  I wonder what the scene will be like as I make my way back home from the Coliseum on Sunday.  Curry’s wife tweeted that she had “lost all respect,” although I wasn’t sure if it was the referees, the commissioner, or the entire NBA.  She said the game was rigged, pretty much saying that the NBA fixes games.  If she is getting ripped apart on social media, she deserves it.  I don’t see what her father being racially profiled has to do with anything.  I can’t stand it when people say “I’m sorry” when they’re not sorry at all.  If I had a wife who put it out over the Internet that my employer was crooked, I would be out on the street.  Curry’s wife doesn’t seem thoughtful about her words.  When the reaction comes down on you like a ton of bricks, you’re not making a meaningful realization about anything.  I watched the postgame show on the KGO.  Movies like “Mommie Dearest,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” and “It Should Happen to You” were on the television.  I like watching old Jack Lemmon movies because I have good memories of “Operation Mad Ball” and “Good Neighbor Sam,” but I really just wanted to watch a bit of Anthony Perkins on The Dick Cavett Show before I went to sleep.  I imagined that the key line of dialogue in the Pepsi board meeting scene in “Mommie Dearest” was edited, even though it was one of the funniest things in the movie.  I also liked Joan’s attempt to fill in for her daughter on the soap opera.  I can’t believe that Faye Dunaway took the role seriously.  Some of the people who died on June 17 include Maxwell Perkins (1947), Jeff Chandler (1961), Kate Smith (1986), John Matuszak (1989), and Cyd Charisse (2008).  Today is a birthday for Greg Kinnear (53) and Thomas Haden Church (56).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 17, the Young Rascals had the Number One single “Groovin’” in 1967.  In 1972, Sammy Davis, Jr. had the Number One hit, “The Candy Man.”  In 1978, Andy Gibb was Number One on the singles chart with “Shadow Dancing.”  In 1982, the Human League had the Number One single, “Don’t You Want Me.”

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