Jharel Cotton’s 1.44 ERA

I watched CBS Sunday Morning to see how they would send off Charles Osgood.  The last 22 years have passed all too quickly.  Serena Altschul and Bill Geist were there to introduce segments.  The announcement was that Jane Pauley would take over the show.  I went to the coffee shop for a mango smoothie.  I placed an order for a Bruce Springsteen CD.  I took the bus over to the MacArthur BART station, and got to the Coliseum before eleven o’clock.  I saw a tent sale in the parking lot.  I bought a cap for five dollars and a Billy Butler jersey for twenty dollars.  I took my seat and hoped the A’s would not end the season with nine consecutive home losses.  The Rangers had shut them out in the previous two games.  The team recognized the two employees who have been with the Coliseum for the fifty years of its existence.  Jharel Cotton was up to the task of stopping the Rangers, as four of his seven innings were clean innings.  He allowed a single in the second inning, a double in the fifth inning, and a home run in the seventh inning, but that was all.  Another positive was that he didn’t allow any walks.  The A’s scored all their runs in the second inning, as they sent ten men to home plate.  Yonder Alonso, Marcus Semien, and Bruce Maxwell all singled, with Maxwell driving in the first run of the game.  Brett Eibner grounded out to first, but another run came in on the play.  Matt Olson walked and Joey Wendle singled to load the bases, and then Stephen Vogt doubled to clear the bases.  The play was reviewed because the tag attempt at home plate was close.  Ryon Healy followed with a home run to make the score 7-0.  The only other scoring chance the A’s had was in the seventh inning.  Khris Davis walked and Alonso doubled.  Marcus Semien got one of those Coliseum sun singles to load the bases, but Maxwell hit into a double play.  Sean Doolittle pitched the top of the eighth inning.  After allowing a double, he looked as if he would give up a run, but he clamped down with a strikeout and two fly balls.  Ryan Dull pitched the top of the ninth inning, and he struck out the first two batters before giving up a single.  He got a third strikeout to end the game, a 7-1 win for the home team.  Rickey Henderson was missing from the Big Head race.  Cotton has been extremely impressive so far.  He lowered his ERA from 1.50 to 1.44.  The game began at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 81 degrees, and it ended at 3:38.  The attendance was 17,048.  I took a last photo of the team on the field as “Celebration” played.  I said goodbye to the usher in my section, feeling that six months went by too quickly.  One of the security staff said goodbye, and that he would see me in April.  I felt sad thinking about the end of the season.  I got home before five and had something to eat.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played tracks from Ray Charles’ Artist’s Choice album.  Ella Fitzgerald’s “Mack the Knife” and Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” were two of the songs.  Some of the people who died on September 26 include Bessie Smith (1937), Bela Bartok (1945), Clara Bow (1965), Betty Carter (1998), Richard Mulligan (2000), and Paul Newman (2008).

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