Brett Anderson’s Three-Run Mistake

I was sleepy at seven o’clock, when CBS Sunday Morning began.  My parents phoned me, and my father said he sold his land in Victorville.  I ate my breakfast and took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station.  I got to the Coliseum early and waited in line for the doors to open.  I went to the food trucks and bought a beef and lamb gyro and a key lime pie milkshake.  I went to the Community Fund table and bought a Father’s Day cap for $20.  I went to my seat and listened to an American Top 40 countdown from 1982.  The Number One song was “Eye of the Tiger.”  The A’s starting pitcher for this last game with the Houston Astros was Brett Anderson.  It was a warm afternoon, and it made me wonder why children had to go back to school so soon when there were still some good days of summer left.  Brett Anderson had to pitch out of a jam in the first inning.  With one out, he made a bad throw to first base, allowing Jose Altuve to reach second base.  Ken Korach on the radio thought the play should have been ruled a single and an error.  After a walk, Anderson gave up a single to right field, but Chad Pinder made a strong throw to home plate, and Altuve was out.  Anderson got a strikeout for the third out.  In the second inning, Anderson allowed only a single with two outs.  In the third inning, he allowed a walk with one out, but then he got a double play ground ball.  In the fourth inning, Anderson gave up a double to the first hitter.  He got a strikeout, but the runner went to third base on a wild pitch.  After a walk, a pop out to Semien and a strikeout ended the inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Marcus Semien hit a home run to give the A’s a 1-0 lead.  Robbie Grossman walked, but Matt Chapman struck out.  Matt Olson singled, moving Grossman to second base, but Mark Canha struck out, and Corban Joseph grounded out to end the inning.  In the top of the fifth inning, Anderson gave up a single with his first pitch.  He gave up another single, but then a force play at second base put runners at first and third with one out.  After a pop out to Semien, a stolen base meant runners at second and third with two outs.  Anderson had the count at 0-2 to the next batters, but he made his big mistake of the game, and it was a home run just past Grossman’s reach for a 3-1 Astros lead.  Too late, he got a ground ball for the third out.  In the bottom of the inning, Jurickson and Marcus Semien walked, but the A’s didn’t score.  In the top of the sixth inning, Anderson allowed one more run on a walk and a double, and with a 3-2 count on the following hitter, he was taken out of the game with an apparent finger injury.  Lou Trivino replaced him and got the first out with one pitch.  A fly out to left field and a pop out to Olson in foul territory were the second and third outs.  In the bottom of the inning, Olson doubled with one out, but Canha and Joseph both struck out.  Dennis Eckersley won the Big Head race.  Jake Diekman replaced Trivino for the top of the seventh inning.  With one out, he allowed a single and a walk.  A line out to Grossman and another pop out to Olson in foul territory ended the inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Chad Pinder singled on the first pitch, but Profar annoyingly grounded into a double play.  A lot of us would have preferred seeing Khris Davis, who has been a cold hitter for a while, but still with a higher batting average than Profar.  Josh Phegley popped out to end the inning.  Ryan Buchter went out to pitch the top of the eighth inning, and he had a clean inning, with Grossman catching two balls.  In the bottom of the inning, Grossman singled with one out, but Chapman and Olson made outs.  Buchter went back out to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  He allowed two singles with two outs, but he got a strikeout to keep the score at 4-1.  In the bottom of the inning, Canha swung at the first pitch and hit a single.  However, Corban Joseph grounded into a double play.  The A’s challenged the out at first base.  The play was close, but too close to overturn, as the call on the field was upheld.  That was the end of the A’s chance to come back.  Chad Pinder grounded out to the shortstop, and that was the end of a game.  This game began at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 73 degrees, and it ended at 3:57.  The attendance was 22,372.  The scoreboard results for the A’s in the wild card race weren’t good, as Cleveland and Tampa Bay both won.  I went home and ate a salad and fell asleep for a while.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played songs by Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, The Beach Boys, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Kinks.  I had the television on to Sonny and Cher.  Their guests were Tony Curtis and Dinah Shore.  Some of the people who died on August 19 include Blaise Pascal (1662), Groucho Marx (1977), Hayden Rorke (1987), Linus Pauling (1994), and Betty Everett (2012).  Today is a birthday for Kyra Sedgwick (54), Peter Gallagher (64), and Bill Clinton (73).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 19, Groucho Marx died at age 86 in Los Angeles in 1977.  In 1988, “Married to the Mob,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer, was released.  Also in 1988, “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master” was released.  In 1993, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger were married in East Hampton, New York.

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