Jesse Hahn’s Uneven Start

I watched the Partridge Family episode “Guess Who’s Coming to Drive,” and then the NUMB3RS episode “Breaking Point.” I went over to Dollar Tree to buy packages of batteries and garbage bags. After I heard the news of the death of Patrick Macnee, I watched an Avengers episode, “The Girl from Auntie.” I browsed through the record store. In my mailbox I found the ninth issue of The Partridge Family comic book. I played a little bit of Super Mario Galaxy 2, but I could not make any progress with the game. I took a nap and then went out for a turkey burger before heading out to the Coliseum. They were having a tent sale. Shirts and caps were the big items. I didn’t have much cash on me, so I didn’t buy anything. I headed to my seat. A five-game winning streak had the A’s tied with the Seattle Mariners for fourth place. Jesse Hahn had an uneven start, according to Vince Cotroneo. I noticed that he uses the work “unique” too often, and he misuses it too often, too. Hahn had a clean first inning, but with one out in the second inning, he allowed a home run to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. It was the third inning that was the key to the game. Hahn allowed singles to two of the first three batters, getting one out. After a strikeout, Hahn gave up a single that made the score 2-0. A passed ball by Stephen Vogt allowed the runners to move to second and third. The next batter hit a ground ball that Ike Davis picked up, but he made a bad throw to first base for an error. It was scored as a base hit and an error, for one RBI, with two runs scoring on the play. The A’s did manage to score in the bottom of the inning. Ike Davis singled, but he was forced out at second base on a ground ball from Marcus Semien. Sam Fuld doubled to bring in Semien, making the score 4-1. Neither Eric Sogard nor Brett Lawrie could get a hit to drive in Fuld for another run. The A’s would get only two more hits for the rest of the game. Hahn’s only clean inning would be the first inning, although he got three consecutive outs after a walk in the fourth inning, and he faced only three batters in the fifth inning because of a double play. Kara Tsuboi played Name That Tune with two fans. The winner was able to identify Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” In the sixth inning, Hahn got the first two Royals batters out, but then he gave up a home run, making the score 5-1. He also allowed a double, but then he struck out the next batter. We saw the Big Head race. Dennis Eckersley seemed like a different runner, able to finish strongly to win. Evan Scribner replaced Hahn and allowed a single and a stolen base, but then got the next three batters out. During the seventh inning stretch, we head Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” In the bottom of the inning, the A’s got only a base hit from Josh Reddick, although it was initially ruled an error. Eric O’Flaherty started the top of the eighth inning. He got one out, but then allowed a walk and a single. Fernando Rodriguez finished the inning, keeping the Royals from scoring. In the bottom of the inning, the A’s did nothing, which seemed to seal their fate for this game. Rodriguez pitched the top of the inning, allowing two walks with two outs, but getting the third out to keep the score at 5-1. We heard “Macho Man” before the bottom of the inning. Lawrie hit a ball out to right field that was caught for the first out. Stephen Vogt was hit by a pitch. He reacted as if it were a serious injury. Bob Melvin brought in Josh Phegley was a pinch-runner. Ben Zobrist got the count to 3-2 before hitting a double to make the score 5-2. After a pitching change, Josh Reddick hit a ball out to left field that was caught near the wall for the second out. Billy Butler had his turn to bat. He was 0-for-3 to that point. He struck out to end the game. With the Mariners winning against the Angels, the A’s slid back to fifth place. This game began at 7:08 and ended at 9:59. The game time temperature was 63 degrees. Attendance was 27,365. I went over to the BART station and rode the crowded train. I got home at about 10:55. I saw that “Sleuth” was the movie on channel 2.3. Some of the people who died on June 27 include Malcolm Lowry (1957), Albert R. Broccoli (1996), Jack Lemmon (2001), John Entwistle (2002), Shelby Foote (2005), and Gale Storm (2009). Today is a birthday for Tobey Maguire (40), J.J. Abrams (49), Isabelle Adjani (60), and Vera Wang (66). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 27, “West Side Story” closed on Broadway in 1959 after 732 performances. In 1968, Elvis Presley taped his NBC television special. In 1989, The Who performed their rock opera “Tommy” in its entirety for the first time in 17 years at Radio City Music Hall in New York. In 2002, John Entwistle died of a heart attack induced by cocaine in Room 658 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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