Kendall Graveman’s Great Seven Innings

I watched CBS This Morning and caught the chef segment. Some of JJ Johnson’s signature dishes are: St. Louis hibiscus glazed ribs, mac and cheese casserole, piri piri prawns, okra fries, collard green salad with coconut dressing, nyangbo mousse, and a jet lag cocktail. I sat around using the Internet and looked up the playlist for the American Top 40 radio program. The Top 10 hits on July 10, 1976 were “Got to Get You Into My Life,” “Sara Smile,” “Love is Alive,” “Misty Blue,” “Silly Love Songs,” “More, More, More (Part 1),” “Shop Around,” “I’ll Be Good to You,” “Kiss and Say Goodbye,” and “Afternoon Delight.” The original Casey Kasem program started on July 4, 1970. I took the bus out to the Fruitvale BART station. I took my time getting to the Coliseum because there was no giveaway. I went over to Section 120 and made a donation in exchange for an autographed Sean Doolittle photo card and an A’s button. I got to my seat and heard some kids whining to get baseballs and autographs. I fell asleep for a while. Before the game started, we heard “We’re an American Band.” We also heard “Saturday in the Park,” and it struck me that the Fourth of July was mentioned in the song, and this year it fell on a Saturday. Kendall Graveman got into a bit of a jam in the first inning after quickly getting the first out. He allowed a double and a walk. However, the runner at second was caught stealing third. Why he did that was inexplicable. Graveman then got out of the inning with a strikeout. Felix Hernandez, like Kenny Rogers of a previous decade, seemed like he never lost to the A’s in the Coliseum. Billy Burns got the bottom of the first inning started with a single, and he stole second base. After Stephen Vogt drew a walk, Ben Zobrist followed with a single to score the game’s first run. The A’s couldn’t score any more runs, however, with Vogt getting thrown out at home plate. Graveman allowed a single with one out in the second inning, but he got the next batter to ground into a double play. Graveman got clean innings in the third and fourth. He allowed only a two-out single in the fifth inning, and he had a clean sixth inning. On offense, the A’s loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning, but then Semien, Burns, and Vogt all made outs without scoring any runs. It seemed that this inning could have been the big turning point. The A’s got two hits in the fourth inning and didn’t score, and they also wasted a double from Vogt in the fifth inning. Ike Davis singled in the sixth inning, and Brett Lawrie unexpectedly bunted him to second base. However, Sogard and Semien both struck out, and so the score remained 1-0 after six innings. In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers finally won again. Graveman got into some trouble in the top of the seventh inning when he gave up two singles. He got a fly ball out to left field. Ike Davis saved a run by getting to a ground ball, and he threw to Graveman covering first base for the second out. However, the runners both moved up a base. Graveman got the next batter to hit a ball to Reddick in right field for the third out, preserving the 1-0 score. He heard “God Bless America” and Chuck Berry’s “Back in the U.S.A.” during the seventh inning stretch. Billy Burns led off the bottom of the inning with a single, and Stephen Vogt followed with another single, with Burns going on to third base on the play. Zobrist hit a fly ball to left field, and Burns used his speed to score the second run of the game. Vogt took second base on the throw home. However, Sogard and Semien both struck out, leaving the score at 2-0. Drew Pomeranz replaced Graveman on the mound for the top of the eighth inning. Pomeranz gave up a single to his first batter, but then got the next three Mariners out. The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the eighth inning. Josh Reddick and Billy Butler were the only A’s players who didn’t reach base safely through eight innings. Tyler Clippard gave into the game to pitch the top of the ninth inning. He struck out the first batter, and got the second batter to ground out to Semien at shortstop. Getting to a 3-2 count, he gave up a walk. The runner would take second base on a play that was ruled defensive indifference. Eric Sogard made a good play on a ground ball and threw to first base for the last out of the game. It was the A’s 11th pitching shutout. The game began at 1:07 and ended at 3:43. The game time temperature was 68 degrees. Attendance was 18,915. Felix Hernandez hadn’t suffered a loss at the Coliseum since September 19, 2008. I hurried home to drink a lot of water. I ate a couple of hot dogs and heard the news that Joey Chestnut came in second place in the hot dog eating contest. He ate only 60 compared to the winner’s 62. I watched Erica Hill on the NBC Evening News. Her last report was about the Grateful Dead in Chicago. I went over to the record store to see if I could take advantage of the Blu-ray disc sale. I bought “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” “Gone with the Wind,” and “There’s Something About Mary” for less than $18. I decided not to take a bus out to the pier for the fireworks. I read a chapter of my Tolstoy novel and played a bit of Super Mario Galaxy 2. I watched the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy.” Over the course of the series, it seemed that a lot of madmen tried to take control of the Enterprise. Some of the people who died on July 5 include Carole Landis (1948), Leo McCarey (1969), Harry James (1983), and Ted Williams (2002). Today is a birthday for Edie Falco (52) and Huey Lewis (65). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 5, the 19-year-old Elvis Presley had his first Sun Records recording session in 1954. In 1965, the Rolling Stones had their first recording session in Los Angeles. In 1980, “The Blue Lagoon” was released. In 2003, Harry James died in Las Vegas at age 67.

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