Jharel Cotton’s Unlucky Start

I ate a cheeseburger and took the bus downtown to catch a BART train.  I got to the stadium early because I wanted to visit the food trucks.  I went over to Rita’s and bought the mint chocolate chip, which was quite good.  I would have to visit again soon.  I walked around the stadium to see what was new before I headed to my seat.  The game would be on a third different radio station, so I adjusted my radio accordingly.  A trumpeter played the national anthem, and it looked like a couple of A’s players were not impressed with his flourishes towards the end.  Jharel Cotton was the starting pitcher for the A’s against the Angels on this night, and Cotton did get the first out of the game on his first pitch of the game, and he went out to get four consecutive outs to start the night.  However, the next five hitters reached base against him, which included a walk, two singles, and two doubles.  The A’s caught a runner trying to steal second, which prevented the inning from being worse, but at the end of it, the score was 3-0.  The A’s had a chance to score in the first inning with runners at second and third with two outs, but Stephen Vogt grounded out.  Their offense went silent, mustering nothing over the next three innings.  Cotton gave up a single to start the third inning but then got seven consecutive outs.  He then allowed a walk on a 3-2 pitch, and then a single on another 3-2 pitch, bringing up Mike Trout, who swung at the first pitch and drove in one run.  Albert Pujols came up to bat and also hit a single that drove in one more run, making the score 5-0.  Bob Melvin brought in Frankie Montas to pitch, and he got out of the inning with a line drive that Yonder Alonso turned into a double play.  The A’s had a chance to get back into the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Alonso and Marcus Semien both singled with one out, but then Rajai Davis and Mark Canha both made outs.  Montas got into a bit of difficulty in the top of the sixth inning with a single and a hit batter with one out, but he got out of the jam with a double play.  The A’s had another chance to get back into the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Khris Davis singled and Stephen Vogt doubled with two outs, but then Trevor Plouffe struck out.  We had another Big Head race, and this time Dennis Eckersley won a close one.  Montas gave up a single with one out in the top of the seventh inning, but he got Mike Trout and Albert Pujols out, so he did have a successful appearance.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  Bob Melvin sent Daniel Coulombe out to the mound for the top of the eighth inning, and Coulombe gave up singles to the first two batters he faced, causing someone behind me to curse.  However, Coulombe pulled himself together and got the next three batters out.  With the A’s down to their last six outs, this was the time to come up with something, but they didn’t, as Canha, Lowrie, and Healy all made outs.  Lowrie and Healy both went 0-for-4 on the night, while Rajai Davis went 0-for-3.  Coulombe pitched the top of the ninth, and he allowed a double to Trout, but got Pujols out to end the inning.  With their last chance, Khris Davis flied out, and then Vogt grounded out.  Plouffe singled, but then Alonso flied out to end the game.  It was a forgettable loss.  The radio announcers said that Cotton had some bad luck with funky hits that blooped in or hit the chalk.  They mentioned that Ray Fosse had his 70th birthday and 47th wedding anniversary.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees and ended at 10:22, so it was a long and unexciting night for the home fans.  Attendance was 13,405.  I was eager to return home.  I wondered whether we would have rain during this afternoon’s game.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 6, “Moscow on the Hudson” was released in 1984.  In 1990, “I Love You to Death” was released.  Also in 1990, “Ernest Goes to Jail” was released.

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