Franklin Barreto’s Walk-Off Home Run

I didn’t get much sleep because of the fireworks night.  I saw Lynda Day George on Match Game before I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station.  Attendance at the Coliseum was light on this holiday.  After the gates opened, I headed for the food trucks and bought the tri tip dip, and then the mint chocolate chip frozen custard.  I watched the Big Heads playing ping pong and posing for photos.  I walked over to the team store and saw that Stephen Vogt jerseys were on clearance.  Daniel Gossett was the starting pitcher for the A’s, facing the White Sox.  He had a clean first inning, and got six of the first seven batters out.  This Date in MLB History reminded us that on July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig gave his famous retirement speech.  We saw a hot dog eating contest that lasted twelve and a half minutes, with the winner eating nine hot dogs, which was not a Joey Chestnut number of hot dogs.  After it was done, we heard Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” which I thought was funny in this context, although it was meant to be a patriotic song of the day in a Top Gun way.  Gossett started the third inning by getting the first two batters out, but then he allowed a single and a home run, giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead.  The A’s did respond in the bottom of the inning, as with one out, Rajai Davis drew a walk on a 3-2 count, and then Matt Joyce hit a home run.  One of the fans behind commented that Joyce probably wouldn’t hit another home run for another two weeks.  Gossett was unable to get a clean inning in the fourth because of one of those Coliseum sun singles that Jed Lowrie couldn’t see, followed by another single, but he did keep the White Sox from scoring.  In the bottom of the inning, Yonder Alonso hit a 3-1 pitch for a home run.  After Bruce Maxwell and Matt Chapman made outs, Jaycob walked on a 3-2 pitch, and then Franklin Barreto tripled to make the score 4-2.  Rajai Davis lined out to end the inning.  Gossett couldn’t hold down the White Sox in the fifth inning.  It started with a gift single, followed by another single.  Gossett picked up a ground ball and threw to second base for a force out.  Two pitches later, Gossett gave up a home run and the lead, as the three runs made the score 5-4.  Two ground balls ended the inning.  The A’s responded again in the bottom of the inning.  With two outs, Khris Davis singled, and Yonder Alonso hit another home run.  He was really playing like an All-Star on this day.  We saw another eating contest, this one a root beer float to promote Root Beer Float Day on July 18.  Gossett faced the first batter of the sixth inning and allowed a single, and so Bob Melvin brought in a new pitcher, Daniel Coulombe, who did his job by getting a double play ground ball and a strikeout.  Gossett finished the day with a 6.23 ERA, and Coulombe went from 2.22 to 2.15.  It looked like someone in the A’s dugout bought a chocolate malt from the guy who went up and down the aisles saying, “You love these,” and who hummed the Mission: Impossible theme during the shell game segment.  Chapman singled in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Brugman had an unproductive at-bat, striking out, and after Barreto made an out, Chapman was caught stealing.  In the Big Head race, Dennis Eckersley held off Rickey Henderson to win.  Coulombe gave up a single to the first batter of the seventh inning, prompting Bob Melvin to bring in Ryan Madson.  After a sacrifice bunt, Madson got a strikeout and made a good play picking up a ground ball and throwing to first base to end the inning.  The A’s got only a walk from Lowrie with two outs in the bottom of the inning.  Melvin went against the matchups in sending Sean Doolittle instead of Santiago Casilla out to the mound for the eighth inning.  Doolittle looked strong in pitching a clean inning.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning, as Alonso, Maxwell, and Chapman all made outs.  Maxwell was 0-for-4 for the game.  Casilla took the mound in the top of the ninth inning.  He started well with a strikeout, but then he agonized the crowd by giving up two consecutive singles.  A ball hit out to Rajai Davis in left field was the second out.  Casilla had the count at 0-2 to the next batter, but then he gave up a single to left field.  Rajai threw to home plate but couldn’t get the out, so now the game was tied at 6-6.  An unhappy fan behind me said that Casilla was a bum.  Casilla did get the third out two pitches later with a ground ball to third.  It was already four o’clock on the Fourth of July, and so we did not want the game to drag on through extra innings.  To start the bottom of the ninth inning, Jaycob Brugman came up to bat.  He got to a 3-2 count, as Ken Korach on the radio said that Brugman always gives you a good at-bat.  However, Brugman ended up striking out.  Franklin Barreto also got to a 3-2 count, but he hit a high and long fly ball that made it over the left field fence for a walk-off home run and a 7-6 win.  Barreto and his interpreter got the pies in their faces as I left the stands.  It was the end of a six-game losing streak and an eight-game home field losing streak.  The game had started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 68 degrees, and it ended at 4:16.  The attendance was 16,314.  I went home and watched the news I didn’t want to watch, about North Korea’s missile test.  I heard the reports about the huge crowd expected at the Alameda County Fair for the fireworks.  I didn’t have the energy to go out again.  I watched the Avengers episode “The Town of No Return,” which had a rather weak story, but they managed to do a lot with a low budget.  The two seasons with Diana Rigg were good ones.  I sat around watching “Yankee Doodle Dandy” again.  I enjoyed watching the production numbers and James Cagney’s stiff-legged dancing.  I heard the fireworks outside during the second hour of the movie.  I thought about how I am old enough to have seen a James Cagney in its original run in a movie theatre, although that movie was “Ragtime.”  Joan Leslie sure lived for a long time.  I checked Amazon to see how much an autographed photo of Lynda Day George would cost.  Some of the people who died on July 5 include Carole Landis (1948), Leo McCarey (1969), Harry James (1983), Ernie K-Doe (2001), and Ted Williams (2002).  Today is a birthday for Edie Falco (54) and Huey Lewis (67).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 5, Frank Sinatra got his divorce from Ava Gardner in 1957.  In 1980, “The Blue Lagoon,” starring Brooke Shields, was released.  In 1986, Janet Jackson was Number One on the album chart with “Control.”  In 1989, “Weekend at Bernie’s” was released.

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