Daniel Coulombe’s Loss

I watched CBS This Morning and saw the chef segment.  Ouita Michel’s signature recipes included Grilled peaches wrapped in country ham, Happy Jack’s sweet corn salad, Black-eyed pea salad, Bourbon beer bread, Pork chops Bourbonnais, Kentucky Bourbon trail berry short cake, and Woodford thoroughbred.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on July 9, 1977 were “My Heart Belongs to Me,” “Margaritaville,” “Jet Airliner,” “Angel in Your Arms,” “Got to Give It Up (Pt. 1),” “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” “Gonna Fly Now (Theme from ‘Rocky’),” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and “Undercover Angel.”  I went to work for five hours.  Afterwards, I shopped for groceries at Trader Joe’s before returning to take a nap.  I headed for the BART station to get to the Coliseum.  Rich Hill was returning from an injury to pitch this game.  He did well, too, pitching clean innings in the third, fifth, and sixth.  With his first pitch of the game, he gave up one of those Coliseum doubles, a fly ball that dropped untouched, apparently affected by the wind.  Hill was apparently unfazed, though, as he got four consecutive outs.  He allowed a walk, but then got four consecutive outs.  The A’s got singles from Josh Reddick and Khris Davis, but didn’t score until the third quarter.  Billy Burns opened the bottom of the third inning with a single.  Coco Crisp followed with a double.  Jed Lowrie hit a sacrifice fly to right field, with Burns scoring and Crisp going to third base.  Reddick singled to make the score 2-0.  Hill couldn’t come up with the shutdown inning, however.  In the fourth inning, he allowed a single, then hit the next batter with a pitch.  He got a ground ball that went for a 3-6-1 double play, with the runner at second base going to third base.  A single got the Pirates to within 2-1, and a double tied the score.  Hill then got seven consecutive outs to end his night.  John Axford pitched a clean seventh inning, and Ryan Dull pitched a clean eighth inning.  We saw a Big Head race with Rickey Henderson missing.  Dennis Eckersley won this one.  The A’s looked like they were going to score a run in the fifth inning when Lowrie singled and Reddick hit a ball to the fence.  However, that ball that went to the fence got stuck in the bottom of the fence, as the play was ruled a double, and so Lowrie had to go back to third base.  Danny Valencia grounded out to end the inning.  The A’s got a walk from Yonder Alonso in the seventh inning, and a walk from Reddick and a single from Davis in the eighth inning, but were unable to score.  Ryan Madson entered the game in the top of the ninth inning to psychedelic graphics and The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black.”  The first batter singled and stole second base.  Madson got a strikeout and issued an intentional walk.  After a double steal, Madson got an infield fly to second for the second out.  He got the third out with a ground ball, although the play was reviewed.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Semien and Alonso both struck out.  Burns singled and stole second base.  With a chance to win the game with a walk-off hit, Crisp grounded out to first.  We didn’t want a long game because there would be a fireworks show after the game, but here we were having a tenth inning.  Daniel Coulombe went out to the mound for the top of the tenth inning and allowed a single.  After a sacrifice bunt, a single broke the tie.  After an intentional walk, another single resulted in a close play at home plate.  After a 3:40 delay, the original call of an out stood.  However, given a reprieve, Coulombe gave up a single and a run with his next pitch.  He struck out the next batter.  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie struck out.  Reddick singled.  He had a good game, reaching base five times with three singles, a double, and a walk.  Valencia struck out.  He had a bad game, striking out three times and grounding out twice.  He also had a tough night out on the field, unable to field several balls that were hit hard towards him.  Davis hit his third single of the game, with Reddick going to third base.  Stephen Vogt could have tied the game with a double, or even won the game with a home run.  He hit some foul balls to the right side, making the crowd groan.  Unfortunately, he struck out to end the game.  After winning the first three games against the Giants, the A’s lost the next three, all home games, too.  The good news was that the Giants also lost, as did the Indians and the Cubs.  Our game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees, and it ended at 10:26.  The attendance was 28,846.  I got into the line to get onto the field.  I listened to the postgame radio show, and then watched the fans playing the Playstation home run derby game.  A guy named Chris sat next to me on the grass and asked me to be in a photo with him.  Nearby to my right, I saw Sonny Gray also seated on the grass, waiting for the fireworks.  It was a salute to the military.  I wanted to hurry home and get some sleep.  I didn’t get home until 12:30. I watched the end of “Dead Reckoning” before I went to bed.  I heard about the deaths of Elie Wiesel and Michael Cimino.  Some of the people who died on July 3 include Brian Jones (1969), Jim Morrison (1971), Ross Martin (1981), Jim Backus (1989), Don Drysdale (1993), and Andy Griffith (2012).  Today is a birthday for Yeardley Smith (52), Tom Cruise (54), and Montel Williams (60).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 3, Brian Jones was found dead in a swimming pool in 1969.  In 1971, Jim Morrison died in Paris.  In 1985, “Back to the Future” was released.  In 1989, Jim Backus died at age 76.


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