Dillon Overton’s Stumble

I spent the morning dealing with my computer.  I fell asleep while watching Match Game, and then I went over to take the buses out to the Coliseum.  The ticket taker asked me why I hadn’t brought a broom with me.  Besides not wanting to carry a broom around with me on the bus, I had the feeling the A’s would not be able to sweep the Giants in the four games.  I took my seat and watched Gianna Franco talking on the radio on 95.7.  The usher in my section told me that she had to deal with a lot of traffic on the way to the stadium.  Andre Ward threw out the first pitch.  The starting pitcher for the A’s was the rookie Dillon Overton, who was appearing in his second game.  The notable fact about this game was that the Giants weren’t using a designated hitter, which was a first since Ken Brett in 1976.  The highlight for the A’s was the first inning.  Overton allowed a walk with one out, but got the three outs with fly balls to center.  In the bottom of the inning, Marcus Semien hit a home run to give the A’s a 1-0 lead.  Danny Valencia doubled with two outs, but Billy Butler struck out.  In the second inning, Overton allowed a single with two outs, which was all the action during the inning.  The third inning was the turning point.  Overton went to a 3-1 count to Madison Bumgarner before allowing a hit out to centerfield.  The ball bounced off Billy Burns’ glove for a double.  Overton went to a 3-2 count to the next batter before giving up a ball, and the next four batters would get hits, with a single, double, and two home runs, and the score was 6-1.  Overton finished the inning with two outs, a walk, and Bumgarner making the last out of the inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Coco Crisp reached base on an error with one out, but that was it.  Bob Melvin sent Overton back out for the top of the fourth inning, at this point just trying to see if he could get any more outs.  He couldn’t.  On the first pitch of the inning, he gave up a double.  On a 1-2 count, he gave up another double and another run, and that was it, as Bob Melvin brought in Andrew Triggs, who got three strikeouts in the inning.  However, after the first out, Triggs gave up two hits, the second of which gave the Giants another run.  The score was 8-1.  The A’s got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning.  Billy Butler doubled with one out, and he managed to score on Jake Smolinski’s single.  Triggs got through the fifth inning allowing just a two-out single.  He didn’t make it through the sixth inning, when he allowed two walks, although getting a double play in between.  Daniel Coulombe go the third out.  On offense, the A’s got only a single from Jed Lowrie during the fifth and sixth innings.  We saw a dance-off in which a Giants fan attempted a solo to “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and got booed. The Big Head race was missing Rickey Henderson with his broken sunglasses, and so Rollie Fingers defeated Dennis Eckersley.  Coulomb allowed a double and a walk to start the seventh inning, but he got out of the inning with a double play and a strikeout.  The A’s got a bit closer in the bottom inning, as Jake Smolinski singled, and with one out, Yonder Alonso hit a home run to make the score 8-4, prompting the Giants to take Bumgarner out of the game.  After the pitching change, Crisp walked with two outs, but Semien grounded out.  Coulombe had a clean eighth inning, and he struck out three of the last four batters he faced.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning, and so a late comeback was improbable, with four runs to make up in one remaining inning.  Fernando Rodriguez entered the game in the ninth inning, and he pitched, and he appeared to be tired, as six of the seven batters he faced reached base against him.  He started by allowing a single and a walk.  Valencia fielded a ground ball and stepped on third base for one out, and then he threw to second base for another out, but Lowrie’s throw to first was a little late for the triple play.  That little opening led to four consecutive walks for two runs, and after Bob Melvin brought in Marc Rzepczynski, another single scored another two runs.  A fly ball to right field finally ended the inning, and the score was 12-4.  The A’s did score in the bottom of the inning.  Smolinski got his third hit of the night with a single.  Josh Phegley struck out, and so did Yonder Alonso.  Billy Burns swung at the first pitch and doubled.  Coco Crisp swung at a 2-2 pitch and doubled, scoring two runs.  However, Marcus Semien struck out to end this long game.  The game started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 66 degrees, and ended at 10:51.  The attendance was 36,067.  Overton’s two gopher pitches and Rodriguez’s four walks made a huge difference.  Despite the loss, the A’s showed that they were playing better.  They finished June with only 11 wins during the month, but they were 6-2 in the last eight games.  They managed to increase Madison Bumgarner’s ERA from 1.99 to 2.20.  Overton’s ERA was at 11.42, and Rodriguez’s ERA went to to 4.24.  I just wanted to hurry home and get some sleep.  I listened to a Joe South album as I took the train home.  I watched a little bit of Lena Horne on The Dick Cavett Show before I went to bed.  Some of the people who died on July 1 include Erik Satie (1925), Margaux Hemingway (1996), Robert Mitchum (1997), Walter Matthau (2000), Marlon Brando (2004), Luther Vandross (2005), and Karl Malden (2009).  Today is a birthday for Dan Aykroyd (64), Deborah Harry (71), and Olivia de Havilland (100).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 1, “The Sons of Katie Elder,” starring John Wayne and Dean Martin, was released in 1965.  In 1969, John Lennon crashed his car in Scotland during a family vacation.  In 1975, “The Apple Dumpling Gang” was released.  In 1979, the first Sony Walkman went on sale.

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