Fernando Rodriguez and Jim Axford’s Bad Inning

I watched CBS This Morning.  One segment was about “Finding Dory.”  I also watched the chef segment.  Louis Tikaram’s signature recipes include Sticky spare ribs, JT’s stir-fried cucumbers, Steamed rice, Wings and peppers, Steamed Chinese broccoli, Mango pudding, and Sticky cold medina.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on June 15, 1974 were “Midnight at the Oasis,” “For the Love of Money,” “The Entertainer,” “Be Thankful for What You Got,” “Dancing Machine,” “Band on the Run,” “The Streak,” “Sundown,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” and “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero.”  I took the bus out to the Coliseum.  I listened to the radio as I waited for the game to begin.  For the ceremonial first pitch, five of the San Jose Sharks went out to the mound.  The A’s sent Andrew Triggs out to the mound to start the game.  They didn’t expect more than a few innings out of him.  On the other side, this was Tim Lincecum’s debut in an Angels uniform.  Triggs did his job, allowing one single in each of the first two innings, and getting a clean inning in the third.  He gave up a home to Mike Trout to open the fourth inning, then left the game having thrown 50 pitches.  The home run tied the game at 1-1.  The A’s had scored the first run in the third inning.  Billy Burns had singled with one out, and then stole second base with two outs.  Stephen Vogt walked, and then Danny Valencia singled in the run.  Khris Davis was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Jed Lowrie grounded out.  Ken Korach on the radio said that this was the point in the game where Lincecum looked like he might be on the ropes before his poise and confidence pulled him through three more innings, allowing only one walk in the sixth.  Ryan Dull replaced Triggs, and he got the first two batters he faced out before allowing the second home run in the top of the fourth inning, putting the Angels ahead, 2-1.  An error by Valencia prolong the inning by one more pitch, as Dull got a fly ball for the third out.  With the A’s offense turning quiet, that second home run to prove to be more important than it seemed at the time.  Dull started the fifth inning with an out, but then he gave up a double, prompting Bob Melvin to bring in Marc Rzepczynski, who faced only one batter, but he got a strikeout.  Fernando Rodriguez came in and got the third out with two pitches.  The top of the sixth inning was a disaster for the A’s.  Rodriguez gave up two consecutive singles.  A force out put runners at first and third.  A ball hit to right field for the second out brought in the runner from third, making the score 3-1.  The next batter doubled, putting runners at second and third with still just one out, which was not an easy situation for John Axford, who was brought in at that point.  Axford walked the ninth hitter in the Angels’ batting order, whose batting average was at .211.  A single and what would later be ruled an error by Semien produced two more runs for the Angels.  A walk and a double would give the Angels two more runs.  A foul ball that Yonder Alonso caught finally ended the nightmare inning with the Angels comfortably ahead, 7-1.  The Big Head race ended with Rickey Henderson edging Rollie Fingers as the racers were closely packed at the finish line.  Rollie Fingers appeared to be taller than he was on Friday.  Zach Neal pitched the top of the seventh inning and allowed a double on his first pitch.  The runner went to third base on a fly ball to right field, but Neal got a strikeout and a ground ball to prevent the run from scoring.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight.”  The A’s did nothing on offense in the seventh or eighth innings.  Neal continued onto the eighth inning, allowing a single, but then getting a double play and another ground ball to second for the outs.  It looked as if Bob Melvin wasn’t going to bring in either Doolittle or Madson with the six-run margin.  Daniel Coulombe pitched the top of the ninth and allowed a single with one out, but he kept the score where it was.  The A’s were not going to come up with six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.  After Valencia made an out, Max Muncy doubled for the A’s first hit since the third inning.  Jed Lowrie swung at the first pitch, apparently just anxious to get the game over with, and he grounded out, with Muncy taking third base.  Alonso hit a fly ball to left field for the out that ended the game.  At this point, the A’s can’t seem to string together two consecutive good games.  They’re waiting for players like Josh Reddick, Rich Hill, and Sean Manaea to return from their injuries.  The game had started at 1:08 with some mysterious delay at the beginning, and it ended at 4:13.  The game time temperature was 71 degrees, and the attendance was 25,078.  The Angels fan sitting next to me on my left didn’t respect my space during the game, as his elbow kept bumping into my arms, and he sat with his knees spread out far apart.  I was eager to get away and get back home.  The train I took had five cars and was uncomfortably crammed full of people.  I stopped to buy a burrito before I returned to the apartment.  I went to Daiso and bought a magazine basket, a frame, and a pair of ear buds.  I feel asleep while watching television.  KQED was showing “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Oklahoma!”  Some of the people who died on June 19 include Ed Wynn (1966), Jean Arthur (1991), William Golding (1993), Manute Bol (2010), James Gandolfini (2013), and Gerry Goffin (2014).  Today is a birthday for Paula Abdul (54), Kathleen Turner (62), Ann Wilson (66), and Phylicia Rashad (68).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 19, Loretta Lynn recorded “Honky Tonk Girl” in 1960.  In 1976, Wild Cherry released their single “Play That Funky Music.”  In 1988, 3000 East German gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear a Michael Jackson concert on the other side.  In 1997, Bobby Helms, known for “Jingle Bell Rock,” died at age 63 in Indiana.

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