Brett Lawrie’s Game-Tying Home Run

I went out to the office to work on grades. I listened to a Paul Simon CD. I looked at my latest financial information before going out grocery shopping. I returned home and watched the NUMB3RS episode “Primacy” and the Partridge Family episode “Days of Acne and Roses.” I bought the mono edition of The Beatles’ “Revolver” album on vinyl. I left early to get to the stadium. Fans were out there to get the Stephen Vogt bobblehead. I also wanted the Al Simmons button. I read a bit of the Tolstoy novel before just listening to the radio. After the gates opened, I really had to urinate, so I hurried to a restroom. I had forgotten my scorebook, so I bought a program. I also decided to buy a chicken burrito and a bottle of water. The chicken burrito was more like a rice and bean burrito with a couple of chunks of chicken in it. I fell asleep for ten or fifteen minutes. A very obese Yankees fan sat next to me. He took up so much space that I had to move to the seat to my right. Kendall Graveman was the A’s starting pitcher. He had a clean first inning, but he gave up a home run with one out in the second inning. In the fourth inning, Graveman allowed two hits and a walk that produced a run for the Yankees. Alex Rodriguez was initially ruled out at the plate, but a video replay review led to a reversal of the call. In the fifth inning, two hits and then a sacrifice fly by Alex Rodriguez produced another run for New York. Rodriguez was certainly looking to be the villain of the night. The A’s offense couldn’t produce any runs through the first four innings. In the third inning, Josh Phegley, Mark Canha, and Billy Burns each singled with one out, but the A’s still couldn’t produce a run, because Marcus Semien and Ben Zobrist both struck out. The A’s finally started coming back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Billy Burns surprisingly hit a home run to make the score 3-1. Kara Tsuboi played Name That Tune with two fans, and the tune turned out to be “Ice Ice Baby.” Graveman couldn’t make it through the sixth inning. What hurt him was Marcus Semien’s throwing error on what could have been an inning-ending double play ground ball. A lot of fans have already given up on Semien. Fernando Abad replaced Graveman, and he got the last out with one pitch. In the bottom of the sixth, Ben Zobrist started things with a double. The A’s were counting on players like Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt to produce runs in these situations, but they both made outs, although Butler’s fly ball advanced Zobrist to third base. It was looking like this inning was going to waste, but then Brett Lawrie hit a home run to tie the game at 3-3. Suddenly the boastful Yankees fans turned quiet. Before the seventh inning, we got to see another Big Head race. Rollie Fingers showed me that he could win every single one of these races if he really wanted to. Abad got the first batter out in the top of the seventh inning, and Evan Scribner came in to get the next two outs. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” The bottom of the seventh started off with great promise after Phegley singled and Canha walked. Burns attempted a sacrifice bunt, but the pitcher fielded the ground ball and threw to third base for the first out. Marcus Semien singled, which managed to load the bases without scoring a run. Zobrist walked to make the score 4-3, and then Billy Burns hit a fly ball to make the score 5-3. Scribner got a line drive to second and two strikeouts for a clean eighth inning. During the break, we heard “2 Legit 2 Quit,” and I saw the man in the suit dancing on the big screen. Lawrie, Reddick, and Langley did nothing in the bottom of the eighth inning. Was two runs enough for Tyler Clippard? None of the fans was confident of him trying to get three outs in the ninth inning. He was facing the seventh, eighth and ninth players in the Yankees’ batting order. Things started off well with two quick outs on seven pitches. However, he went to a full count on the ninth batter and allowed a walk. Clippard got to another full count and then gave up a double to make the score 5-4. Suddenly the tying run was at second base, and we wanted the game to end soon because the night was cold. To our relief, Clippard got the last out with a fly ball. The game began at 7:07 and ended at 9:57. Attendance was 21,795. I used the restroom again because the water I drank with the burrito was too much water for me. We were happy to see a win over the Yankees, and the A’s didn’t fold in a one-run game. They came back from 3-0. The relief pitchers did well, except for that last run. When I watched the sports highlights with Dennis O’Donnell, he showed a woman at a Texas Rangers game getting splattered with nacho sauce when a baseball landed in her lap. The news reporters said that the lowest-priced Warriors tickets were going for $700. Some of the people who died on May 29 include Fanny Brice (1951), Mary Pickford (1979), Romy Schneider (1982), Jeff Buckley (1997), Harvey Korman (2008), and Dennis Hopper (2010). Today is a birthday for Melissa Etheridge (54), Annette Bening (57), and Danny Elfman (62).

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