Daniel Gossett’s Improvement

I went to work, and there was confusion about the schedule.  I was glad to get away.  I watched Match Game on television, and then went over to the BART station to head out to the Coliseum.  After the gates opened, I headed for the food trucks and bought steak tacos and an Italian ice.  I took my seat.  I heard on the news that the A’s had interest in a site near Laney College for their new stadium.  As game time approached, it looked as if Falcon McFalconface was sleeping on the job, because there were plenty of sea gulls in the stadium.  One of the Warriors, JaVale McGee, threw out the first pitch.  Watching him warm up, I saw that he had a short throwing motion.  It seemed that he was there to promote a celebrity softball game.  The starting pitcher for the A’s was someone I had never seen before, Daniel Gossett.  He gave up a single on the second pitch of the game.  The play had been reversed because initially it seemed the Khris Davis had the ball in his glove long enough to count as an out.  Gossett got four consecutive outs.  In the second inning, he allowed a double with two outs, and then he got eight consecutive outs, which made for two clean innings in the third and fourth.  Gossett allowed a double to start the fifth inning, and then he got two ground ball outs.  He had entered the game with an ERA of 16.20, and at this point, it was down to 6.75.  Unfortunately, it would go up again on the 2-2 pitch to the next batter, which was hit out of the park for a two-run home run.  Gossett got a strikeout to end the inning.  He allowed a single to start the sixth inning, but then got the next three batters out on two line drives and a strikeout.  For the first five innings, the only offense from the A’s was a single by Yonder Alonso with one out in the second inning, and a single by Adam Rosales with one out in the third inning.  In the bottom of the sixth inning, Matt Joyce doubled and Chad Pinder drew a walk. Jed Lowrie doubled, scoring Joyce, but Pinder was thrown out on a 9-6-2 play.  The Astros were showing why they had the best record in the major leagues.  Khris Davis drew a walk, but after a pitching change, Yonder Alonso grounded out.  The failure of the A’s to tie the score felt like a turning point in the game.  Gossett pitched into the top of the seventh inning.  He got the first two batters out, and then allowed a double, which prompted Bob Melvin to bring in Liam Hendriks, who annoyingly walked the next batter.  However, he then picked the runner off second base to end the inning.  Daniel Gossett’s ERA at the end of the night was 7.20.  John Axford, who has not been my favorite A’s pitcher this season, allowed a home run, making the score 3-1.  He got two ground ball outs, and then allowed a walk.  Another ground ball ended the inning.  Josh Smith pitched the top of the ninth inning.  After a ground ball out, he allowed another big home run, making the score 4-1.  A double threatened to make things worse, but then Smith got a strikeout and a ground ball to shortstop for the last two outs.  After the Khris Davis walk following Lowrie’s run-scoring double in the sixth inning, the A’s managed only a walk from the pinch-hitting Stephen Vogt in the seventh inning.  They were down to their last three outs.  Khris Davis grounded out.  Yonder Alonso hit a ball to left field that was caught.  Ryon Healy was the last hope.  He was 0-for-3 and looked bad in swinging at some low pitches.  The count on him went to 1-2, and then he hit a foul ball that the Astros right fielder caught in foul ground for the last out of the game.  The game had started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 72 degrees, and it ended at 10:03.  The attendance was 10,482.  The Astros’ road record was an impressive 24-8.  Some of the people who died on June 20 include Bugsy Siegel (1947), Estelle Winwood (1984), LeRoy Neiman (2012), and Andrew Sarris (2012).  Today is a birthday for Nicole Kidman (50), John Goodman (65), Lionel Richie (68), Candy Clark (70), Anne Murray (72), Brian Wilson (75), Danny Aiello (84), and Martin Landau (89).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 20, “The Naughty Nineties,” featuring Abbott and Costello’s famous “Who’s on First” routine, was released in 1945.  In 1975, “Jaws” was released.  In 1987, Johnny Carson married his fourth wife, Alexis Maas.

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