Sonny Gray’s Return to Being Sonny Gray

I took the buses over to the Coliseum and discovered a lot of kids in the stadium because of a reading program.  I headed to the food trucks and didn’t want to go vegan, and so I went with a shrimp burrito.  I bought a Creamsicle shake and took it to my seat.  Sonny Gray was the starting pitcher for the A’s, and he had a perfect first three innings against the Marlins.  Meanwhile, the A’s did something they hadn’t done for a while.  They scored the first runs of the game.  With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Jed Lowrie doubled, and then Khris Davis swung at the next pitch for a two-run home run.  Gray went through a bit of trouble in the fourth inning, as he allowed two singles and a run on a wild pitch.  The runner went to third base on a throwing error by Josh Phegley on the play.  The batter couldn’t go to first base on the wild pitch because of the runner there.  Gray bore down, however, and struck out the next three Marlins on the way to getting nine consecutive outs.  Meanwhile, the A’s picked up another run in the fifth inning when Matt Joyce walked with one out, and then Jed Lowrie followed with a double.  Gray allowed a double and a walk in the seventh inning, but after two force plays, his afternoon was over with the score at 3-1.  During the seventh inning, a singer performed “God Bless America” and seemed to invent the new word “pairie.”  The A’s picked up another run in the bottom of the inning.  Phegley singled, but Adam Rosales hit into a force out.  Rajai Davis struck out, but Matt Joyce singled.  Jed Lowrie came through again with a single to bring in Rosales for a 4-1 score.  Lowrie had gone 4-for-4 with two doubles during the afternoon.  Ryan Madson pitched the top of the eighth inning.  An error by Joyce in right field put a runner at second base.  In what might have been Ichiro Suzuki’s last at-bat at the Coliseum, he grounded out, 5-3.  A ground out to Ryon Healy at first advanced the runner to third base.  Madson struck out Giancarlo Stanton to end the inning.  The A’s got only a single from Trevor Plouffe in the bottom of the inning.  Santiago Casilla entered the game with a three-run lead.  He struck out the first batter, but then he gave up a single, with the runner going to second base on an error by Plouffe.  Casilla gave up a walk to make things uncomfortable, but then Plouffe caught a foul ball for the last out of the game.  The game began at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees, and it ended at 3:15.  The attendance was 19,738.  Ray Fosse talked too much about food at the beginning of the radio broadcast.  Everyone seemed to agree that Sonny Gray looked like the old Sonny Gray on this afternoon.  The A’s were doing well in their home games, but they’ve been playing horribly away from the Coliseum.  I headed home, drank a lot of water, and went over to the laundromat to wash my underwear and socks.  At the record store, I bought a CD of Beatles White Album outtakes.  At the bookstore, I bought Nick Hornby’s “Songbook” and a paperback about John Schlesinger.  Some of the people who died on May 25 include Gustav Holst (1934), Robert Capa (1954), Ismail Merchant (2005), and Charles Nelson Reilly (2007).  Today is a birthday for Paul Weller (59), Karen Valentine (70), Frank Oz (73), and Ian McKellen (78).

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