Daniel Gossett’s Tough Go

After I left the movie theatre, I took the bus down the street and went over to Best Buy.  They had Blu-ray copies of “The LEGO Batman Movie” for sale at $9.99, so I bought one.  The advertisements for Taco Bell made me want to try one of their $5 deals.  It wasn’t good food, and the atmosphere was somewhat depressing.  I made my to the 12th Street BART station, and over to the Coliseum.  I arrived much earlier than necessary, so I listened to Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” as I stood in line.  The album was in mono, and I didn’t notice the difference from the stereo edition except for one song, which I think was “Memphis Blues Again.”  They opened the gates early, and I got my G-Eazy bobblehead and a Sean Manaea card.  I went to the food trucks and bought a BLT.  Later, I bought a smoothie.  Leaving the plaza at about 5:10, I saw Vince Cotroneo talking to someone on his cell phone.  I headed to my seat and listened to the radio.  I think I fell asleep for about fifteen minutes.  G-Eazy threw out the first pitch.  Quite a few fans in the stands were wearing Eazy jerseys.  His brother played the national anthem on trumpet.  Kara Tsuboi was back.  The A’s and the Twins were both coming into the game on four-game losing streaks.  The A’s previous two losses were walk-offs against the Blue Jays.  Daniel Gossett was the starting pitcher for the A’s.  He got through the first inning giving up a one-out double, but nothing else.  It was in the next inning that the Twins scored a run, as Gossett allowed three singles and a walk to the first four batters.  It would have been worse, but the A’s threw out a runner at home plate, the playing going 8-4-2.  Khris Davis made a good catch on a ball hit to left field.  For This Date in MLB History, we were reminded that in 1994, Kenny Rogers pitched a perfect game.  In the bottom of the second inning, Khris Davis and Jed Lowrie walked, followed by a single from Matt Chapman to load the bases with no outs.  However, Ryan Lavarnway struck out, and Matt Joyce hit into a double play.  This inning was representative of the A’s problems scoring runs.  In the third inning, Gossett allowed a walk to the first batter.  The radio announcers kept saying that allowing walks was unlike Gossett, but he kept giving up those walks.  Matt Chapman made the defensive play of the night, maybe even the entire season, on a ground ball that looked to be past him.  He turned it into a 5-4-3 double play that inspired the crowd for a while.  Adam Rosales committed an error that prolonged the inning, but Marcus Semien ended the inning with a force play.  It was the fourth inning that was Gossett’s undoing.  After getting a ground ball out, Gossett allowed two singles, a double, and a single.  After a strikeout, a single and a walk prompted his departure.  He had thrown two wild pitches, one of them giving the Twins a run, and at the end of it all, the score was 5-0, and Gossett’s ERA had increased from 5.40 to 5.94.  He had thrown 89 pitches and was one out from finishing four innings.  The A’s looked like they made two errors on one of the scoring plays, but Semien’s high throw to first was ruled a hit, but Lavarnway dropped the ball after a throw to home plate.  Frankie Montas came in and threw two pitches to get the third out.  The A’s did respond in the bottom of the inning, as Khris Davis doubled and Jed Lowrie walked, and after Matt Chapman struck out, Lavarnway doubled for two runs.  Neither Joyce or Rosales could bring in the third run.  Montas gave back a run in the fifth inning with a single, a walk, and a double.  The A’s got closer in the bottom of the inning when Semien doubled, followed by singles from Ryon Healy and Khris Davis.  Another double play ended a scoring chance, as Lowrie hit into that 5-4-3 play.  Montas give up two walks in the sixth inning, but Chapman started one of those double plays to end the inning.  The Big Head race featured a Rickey, Rollie, and Eck that looked shorter than usual.  Rickey was better than Eck down the stretch, and Rollie was awfully slow.  Simon Castro pitched a clean seventh inning. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough.”  Castro pitched a clean eighth inning.  After the Khris Davis single, ten out of eleven A’s made outs, with only Semien reaching base with a single.  The crowd’s attempt to start The Wave fell flat, as no one had any enthusiasm for a losing night.  Cotroneo described Gossett’s performance as a tough go.  Daniel Coulombe pitched the top of the night, and he had help from Matt Joyce with a good play on a line drive, as Coulombe had a clean inning.  I was a good night for the relief pitching, with only Montas giving up the one run.  We noticed that we didn’t see the John Belushi Animal House video clip before the bottom of the ninth inning.  Bruce Maxwell pinch-hit for Lavarnway and walk.  Joyce lined out to left.  Jaycob Brugman pinch-hit for Rosales and got to a 3-2 count before striking out.  Yonder Alonso pinch-hit for Rajai Davis and also got to a 3-2 count, but he hit a foul ball that the Twins’ third baseman caught to end the game.  It was one of your lackluster 6-3 losses.  The Twins ended their four-game losing streak, while the A’s losing streak reached five games.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees and ended at 10:26.  The attendance was 17,727.  Ken Korach was absent from the radio to attend the Hall of Fame induction weekend.  I was tired and wanted to get back home quickly.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 29, the “Grease” soundtrack was Number One on the album chart in 1978.  In 1983, “National Lampoon’s Vacation” was released.  In 1994, Jim Carrey’s “The Mask” was released.  In 1998, Jerome Robbins, choreographer of “West Side Story,” died at age 79 in New York City after he suffered a stroke.  In 2007, Tom Snyder died of leukemia at age 71 in San Francisco.

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