Homer Bailey’s Winning Debut

I went out early to the Coliseum.  I went to the food trucks and bought a California burrito.  The late morning was warm.  I bought a soda and bottled water and went to my seat.  The A’s had a new pitcher, Homer Bailey, who was making his debut with the team in this afternoon game with the Mariners.  Bailey gave up a double to the first batter he faced, but he got three consecutive outs with the help of Robbie Grossman, who made a good catch of a line drive.  Bailey allowed a single to start the second inning.  After getting two outs, he allowed a triple that gave the Mariners their first run.  Another single made the score 2-0.  Another single and a stolen base put Bailey in danger of giving up two more runs, but he got a strikeout to end the inning.  The A’s had a reply in the bottom of the inning.  Ramon Laureano hit a fly ball up into the Coliseum sun that the third baseman couldn’t see, and it dropped in for a double.  After Khris Davis struck out, Jurickson Profar took a good swing and hit a home run to tie the game at 2-2.  Bailey had a clean third inning, and he allowed only a single in the fourth inning.  Matt Chapman left the game with an injury, allowing it wasn’t apparent what it was.  In the bottom of the fourth inning, Mark Canha hit a home run to make the score 3-2.  Bailey pitched a clean fifth inning.  After two strikeouts in the sixth inning, he got into a bit of trouble when he allowed a triple, but he got a ground out to end the inning, and he would leave the game.  We heard Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky.”  In the bottom of the sixth inning with one out, Canha hit his second home run, making the score 4-2.  Laureano doubled.  Davis made an out, but Profar walked, and Chad Pinder hit a home run, and the score was 7-2.  We saw a Big Head race, and Rickey Henderson won.  Yusmeiro Petit allowed a single to start the seventh inning, but he got three consecutive outs.  Joakim Soria pitched the top of the eighth inning.  He allowed a two-out walk, and a fly ball drove Laureano to the centerfield wall, where he jumped and made a fantastic catch for the third out.  A couple of minutes later, he came up to bat and hit a home run, making the score 8-2.  Davis singled, and Profar hit his second home run of the day, and the A’s sixth of the game, making the score 10-2.  Blake Treinen pitched the top of the ninth inning, and he allowed only a walk with one out, as his ERA went down from 4.60 to 4.54.  This game had started at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 74 degrees, and it ended at 3:26.  The attendance was 19,171.  I headed home.  I did my laundry and ate a salad.  Some of the people who died on July 18 include Caravaggio (1610), Jane Austen (1817), Machine Gun Kelly (1954), and Nico (1988).  Today is a birthday for Elizabeth McGovern (58), Richard Branson (69), Martha Reeves (78), and James Brolin (79).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio program for July 18, Elvis Presley made his first recording in 1953, “My Happiness.”  In 1960, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters released “The Twist.”  In 1966, Bobby Fuller was found dead in a car parked outside his Hollywood apartment.  In 1992, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were married at her mansion in New Jersey.


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