Khris Davis’ Two-Run Home Run

I watched the end of a Gomer Pyle episode, and then I watched CBS Sunday Morning.  I looked at this week’s Best Buy ad and thought about buying a DVD box set of The Addams Family.  I took the bus out to the Fruitvale BART station.  I got to the Coliseum just before eleven o’clock.  It was going to be a hot afternoon.  The giveaway was a Marcus Semien Starting Lineup action figure.  It brought back a memory of a former player named Troy Neel.  I went over to the food trucks and bought a chicken bowl.  I bought a blue raspberry Italian ice and headed for my seat.  The temperature would get so hot that I thought about leaving my seat for some cover, or even leave the stadium entirely.  The big man in front of me was a heavy Yankees fan who smelled sweaty and horrible.  Thankfully, he would leave his seat before the game was over.  Jharel Cotton was the starting pitcher for the A’s.  He pitched a clean first inning, but then he gave up a home run to start the second inning.  He allowed a single and a walk before getting out of the inning.  In the third inning, a double and a single gave the Yankees their second run.  In the bottom of the inning, Jaycob Brugman struck out, but then Josh Phegley singled, and Matt Joyce doubled.  Chad Pinder followed with a double to tie the score.  Jed Lowrie grounded out, moving Pinder to third base, and then Khris Davis hit a home run on a 2-1 pitch to put the A’s ahead, 4-2.  Ryon Healy struck out to end the inning.  Cotton was unable to shut down the Yankees in the fourth inning, as he allowed a home run over the right field foul pole. The umpires reviewed the play and confirmed the call.  Cotton hit the next batter with a pitch, but then got two strikeouts.  The runner at first base was caught stealing.  Cotton allowed a single to start the fifth inning, but then he got seven consecutive outs as a finish to his afternoon.  We saw Rollie Fingers missing from the Big Head race.  Since it was Father’s Day, Stanley and Stomper formed a tag team.  Stomper had some energy, but it was Dennis Eckersley who won this race.  I suspected that Rollie Fingers was Stanley for the day.  Daniel Coulombe took over for Cotton and went to a 3-2 count before getting a strikeout, and he got a ground ball for the third out.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”  Since the Davis home run, only three A’s had reached base.  Brugman had singled in the fourth inning before getting caught stealing.  Joyce had singled in the fifth inning, and Khris Davis had doubled in the sixth inning.  In the bottom of the seventh, Matt Joyce drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch with two outs, but that was it.  Ryan Madson pitched the top of the eighth inning.  A ground ball was the first out, but then he hit Aaron Judge with a pitch.  Madson went to a 3-2 count on the next batter before getting a key 4-6-3 double play.  Aroldis Chapman came out to pitch a clean inning in the bottom of the eighth.  Sean Doolittle went out to pitch the top of the ninth for a second consecutive day.  His second pitched was popped up for an out.  Unfortunately, Pinder made a two-base throwing error.  Ken Korach on the radio suggested that Pinder had too much time during the play.  Doolittle struck out the next batter on a 2-2 pitch.  The next pitch was popped up, and Yonder Alonso caught it to end the game.  It was a 4-3 win, and the first time the A’s had swept a four-game series against the Yankees since 2012.  It had happened before, in 1972.  The game had started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 90 degrees, and it ended at 4:02.  It was the highest game time temperature since June 20, 2008, when it was 91 degrees.  The highest ever was 92 degrees.  The attendance was 34,140.  Korach told us about the existence of Falcon McFalconface, who was supposed to keep the sea gulls away from us.  Korach also mentioned the famous Jason Giambi home run that ended the game on August 12, 2001, giving the A’s eleven consecutive wins at the time.  I hurried out of the stadium because I wanted to get home and drink a lot of water.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN.  The songs were by X and Los Lobos.  The Columbo episode on Me TV involved a person who claimed to be a psychic, and a magician’s guillotine.  The episode of The Night Stalker, which was about a vampire.  Jan Murray was a guest on the show.  I wouldn’t say that he was a great dramatic actor.  This was Paul McCartney’s 75th birthday.  I didn’t have too much time for music after ten o’clock, however.  Some of the people who died on June 19 include Ethel Rosenberg (1953), Julius Rosenberg (1953), Ed Wynn (1966), Jean Arthur (1991), William Golding (1993), Manute Bol (2010), James Gandolfini (2013), and Gerry Goffin (2014).  Today is a birthday for Zoe Saldana (39), Paula Abdul (55), Kathleen Turner (63), Ann Wilson (67), Phylicia Rashad (69), and Gena Rowlands (87).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 19, Carole King had her first Number One single, the double-sided hit “It’s Too Late” and “I Feel the Earth Move,” in 1971.  In 1987, the comedy “Roxanne,” starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah, was released.  In 2013, James Gandolfini died of a heart attack at age 51 in Rome.

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