Jharel Cotton’s Non-Shutdown Inning

Did anybody want to go to work on the third of July? I put in my five hours and was glad to leave at the end of it. I watched a bit of Match Game as I ate a salad. I liked Barbara Rhoades. I went out to the BART station. When I got to the Coliseum, the gates had already opened. I went to the food trucks and had the Blueberry Cream Pie, which was a waffle sandwich with blueberry jam and cream cheese. I also bought a soda float. It took a while for people to fill up the stadium. It was going to be a bigger crowd for an A’s game than we had seen in more than ten years. Jharel Cotton was the A’s starting pitcher against the White Sox, and he started off with a clean first inning, but he got into trouble with a double in the second inning. After two outs and a wild pitch, he allowed a single which gave the White Sox the first run of the game. In the bottom of the inning with two outs, Josh Phegley doubled, and then Franklin Barreto and Matt Joyce both walked to load the bases. Adam Rosales singled in two runs. Rajai Davis couldn’t produce any more runs, as he struck out. Cotton wasn’t able to come up with the shutdown inning. After one out, he allowed a walk and a single, and after Barreto made a catch for the second out, Cotton gave up two doubles that made the score 4-2. He walked the next batter, but Phegley threw out the runner trying to go to third base. Cotton went two more innings, allowing only a two-out double in the fourth and a single in the fifth. He was called for a balk in the fifth inning. After Rosales’ single, the A’s made eleven consecutive outs, six of them strikeouts. Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the sixth inning. After two outs, he allowed a single and two walks to load the bases, but got the third out on a ball to centerfield. The A’s finally got two more hits in the sixth, from Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso, but Phegley couldn’t get a hit to produce a run. In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson handed off the American flag to Dennis Eckersley, who then felt so inspired that he ran past Rollie Fingers to win. Michael Brady pitched the top of the seventh inning, and he gave up a single and hit a batter with a pitch, but then he got a line drive out to right field, followed by a 1-6-3 double play. In the bottom of the inning, Barreto struck out for the second time before Matt Joyce walked and Rosales reached base on an error. Jaycob Brugman hit a ground ball for an out, and then Matt Chapman struck out for the third time. The stadium camera crew was late in getting to a marriage proposal, which was just as well, although the woman showed off her ring. Brady went out to pitch the top of the eighth inning. The first hitter reached on an error by Barreto and moved to second base on a ball hit back to the pitcher. A double produced another White Sox run. After a single and a double, one more run came in. The play looked like an error by Yonder Alonso, missing a ball that was hit down the right field line. Smith managed to finish the inning by getting a strikeout and a fly ball to left field. The 12-inning game on Sunday had an effect on how Bob Melvin used his pitchers. The crowd began to do The Wave at 8:43 and went at it for five or six minutes. It was annoying that this was happening as the game was slipping away. The A’s were quiet in the bottom of the inning, as Lowrie fouled out to the third baseman, and both Khris Davis and Yonder Alonso were called out on strikes. We saw the Flex Cam before the start of the ninth inning. John Axford entered the game with a 4.35 ERA, and he got off on the wrong foot with a five-pitch walk. After a sacrifice bunt, he got a strikeout, but then he proceeded to walk the next three batters, with the crowd getting increasingly aggravated with each walk, as one more run came in for the White Sox, making the score 7-2. Finally, Axford got a strikeout to end the inning. His ERA increased to an ugly 5.95. The bottom of the ninth inning began with Josh Phegley grounding out to the shortstop. Franklin Barreto had walked and struck out in his previous times at bat, not putting the ball in play. This time he lined out to first. Matt Joyce prolonged the inning by drawing a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Rosales got his second hit, a single, but then Brugman grounded out to first to end the game. The game had started on 6:07 with a game time temperature of 66 degrees, and it ended at 9:40. The attendance was 40,019, the highest attendance for an A’s game at the Coliseum since September 4, 2005, when there was a Sunday night game against the Yankees with 43,874 fans in the seats. Ken Korach on the radio told us that Barry Zito was the starting pitcher that night, but he went only 3 1/3 innings. Keiichi Yabu was one of the relief pitchers. Scott Hatteberg and Jay Payton both had two hits, and Marco Scutaro hit a home run. However, it was a 7-3 loss for the A’s. Ken Korach tried to reassure the fans that the team would be improving in the near future, and he said that Bob Melvin thought the team would play better in the second half of the season. I moved to the line to get down onto the field for the fireworks show. On the scoreboard video screen, we saw a Playstation home run derby competition. I took a seat on the grass in front of the A’s dugout. Two little kids were walking about around the mound and the infield dirt, causing the adults watching them to laugh. On the other side of the yellow tape, not too far from me, I saw Liam Hendriks. He was wearing a Star Wars Millennium Falcon T-shirt. The theme was patriotic songs. Liam disappeared quickly after it was over, because I didn’t see him when the lights came back up. It took a long time for me to get off the field and make my way to the BART station. I listened to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass on the way home. It was just about midnight as I made my way back to my apartment. Some of the people who died on July 4 include John Adams (1826), Thomas Jefferson (1826), James Monroe (1831), Marie Curie (1934), Ted Berrigan (1983), Eva Gabor (1995), Charles Kuralt (1997), Barry White (2003), Evelyn Keyes (2008), and Abbas Kiarostami (2016). Today is a birthday for Geraldo Rivera (74), Bill Withers (79), Gina Lollobrigida (90), and Eva Marie Saint (93). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 4, Diana Ross began her first solo concert tour at Giants Stadium in The Meadowlands, New Jersey in 1982. In 1983, Wayne Newton replaced The Beach Boys at an Independence Day celebration. In 1995, Eva Gabor died in Los Angeles of respiratory failure and pneumonia at age 76.

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