Frankie Montas’ 6.91 ERA

I headed over to the Fruitvale BART station early, and I was the first person to reach the season ticket holder line.  I went over to the food trucks and bought an order of jambalaya, and then a strawberry lemonade Italian ice.  A woman behind the hot dog stand asked me where I got my food.  Jharel Cotton was the starting pitcher for the A’s against the Blue Jays on this afternoon, and he got through the first inning giving up only a walk with one out.  The A’s scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the inning, as Rajai Davis doubled, reached third base on a wild pitch, and scored with two outs on a Khris Davis double.  However, Cotton couldn’t hold the lead in the top of the second inning, as he gave up a home run on a 2-0 pitch to the first batter.  He struck out the next two, but then allowed a walk, a single, and a home run, making the score 4-1.  After another walk, Cotton finally got the last out, and he would go on to have a clean third inning.  The A’s would get back a run in the bottom of the inning, as Rajai Davis singled, went to second base on an error, and went to third and home on force outs.  Cotton allowed a walk to start the fourth inning, then got three consecutive outs.  The A’s got closer in the bottom of the inning, as Trevor Plouffe ended a long hitting slump with a home run that Vince Cotroneo on the radio said was just what the doctor ordered.  Cotton had a clean fifth inning, and in the bottom of the inning, the A’s tied the score.  Rajai Davis tripled and scored on a line drive out to left field.  Jed Lowrie singled, but Khris Davis hit into a double play.  In the sixth inning, Cotton allowed a single before getting three consecutive outs.  In the second inning, it looked as if there would be no way he could get through five innings, but he made it through six.  After the second walk in the second inning, Cotton got 13 out of 15 batters out for a nice recovery.  In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers grabbed Rickey Henderson, and Dennis Eckersley won.  John Axford pitched the top of the seventh inning and allowed just a walk with two outs.  During the seventh inning stretch, I wondered what happened with Kara Tsuboi, because it seemed that she disappeared.  Liam Hendriks pitched the eighth and ninth innings and had two perfect innings with three strikeouts.  Unfortunately, the A’s offense had gone quiet since Khris Davis’ double play ground ball.  Given the chance to win the game in the ninth inning, Ryon Healy, who was 0-for-3 on the afternoon, struck out.  Yonder Alonso, pinch-hitting for Plouffe, flied out to center, and Mark Canha, who was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, grounded out.  Santiago Casilla didn’t get into this game.  Bob Melvin sent Frankie Montas, who had given up five runs on Sunday, out to the mound for the top of the tenth inning.  Montas went to a 3-2 count on the first batter before hitting him with a pitch.  The count was 1-2 to Josh Donaldson when he hit a home run.  After two ground ball outs, Montas gave up another home run.  Ken Korach on the radio reminded us that a blazing fastball is not enough for a pitcher to get outs in the major leagues.  Melvin replaced Montas with Josh Smith, who took two pitches to get the third out.  In the bottom of the tenth inning, Stephen Vogt pinch-hit for Josh Phegley but struck out.  Adam Rosales flied out to center. He went 0-for-4 in the game.  Rajai Davis was a home run away from hitting for the cycle, but he doubled.  Matt Joyce singled, and Rajai scored, although it seemed risky for him to chance making the last out of the game at home plate.  Jed Lowrie did come up to bat as the possible tying run.  The count went to 1-2 on him, and he struck out to end the game.  I imagined that Jed was discouraged at what happened in the top of the inning.  This game started at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees, and it ended at 3:57.  The attendance was 15,076.  We were left with the question of what the A’s were going to do about Montas.  In this last two appearances, his ERA increased from 4.67 to 6.11 to 6.91.  The food trucks had left early, at 2:30, so that the plaza could be cleared in preparation for a Warriors watch party at Oracle Arena.  Ray Fosse did manage to get his nachos, apparently.  I headed back home and did my laundry before sitting down for the Warriors game.  I was impressed with the way they came from seven points behind to win this game on the road.  Klay Thompson did make a key late shot, and Kevin Durant coolly made that shot that everyone will remember for years to come, giving the Warriors the lead.  My friend John said that the Lakers led by Magic Johnson would have made chopped liver out of this Warriors team.  Zaza Pachulia did make me wince.  Some of the people who died on June 8 include Andrew Jackson (1845), Cochise (1874), George Sand (1876), Robert Ford (1892), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1908), Robert Taylor (1969), Satchel Paige (1982), Jeff MacNelly (2000), and Frank Cady (2012).  Today is a birthday for Maria Menounos (39), Kanye West (40), Keenen Ivory Wayans (59), Griffin Dunne (62), Bonnie Tyler (66), Sonia Braga (67), Nancy Sinatra (77), James Darren (81), and Jerry Stiller (90).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 8, Brian Jones left the Rolling Stones in 1969, one month before his death.  In 1974, Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” was Number One on the country singles chart.  In 1984, “Ghostbusters” was released.

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