Jake Smolinski’s 2HR and 4RBI

I watched CBS Sunday Morning for the segment on Brian Wilson. My mother remembered to phone me. I left to shop at Dollar Tree. I listened to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me as I made my way to the Fruitvale BART station. I listened to the program for the interviews with Florence Henderson and Shirley Jones. I thought the day was getting to be uncomfortably warm. After all the families came out to the stadium for Hello Kitty Bobblehead Night, they didn’t seem to have the energy to return for a game that had no giveaway. I felt that it was taking forever for the game to begin. The starting pitchers were Jesse Chavez for the A’s and Tommy Milone for the Twins. They both had a clean first inning, but thoughts of a pitching duel would disappear with the second inning. Chavez would allow a single, but he kept the score at 0-0. Milone struck out Billy Butler and Jake Smolinski, but then Brett Lawrie reached base on an error, and Josh Phegley followed with a home run that barely cleared the left field fence. We saw fans in the left field stands proposing marriage to a girl named Maddie. Chavez pitched that clean shutdown inning that Vince Cotroneo always talks about. Marcus Semien and Billy Burns made outs in the bottom of the inning, so it looked like nothing was going to happen, but then Mark Canha was hit by a pitch, and then Ben Zobrist doubled to make the score 3-0. Billy Butler hit a home run, making the score 5-0, and then Smolinski followed with a home run, so suddenly it was 6-0. Lawrie singled, and that was the end of Tommy Milone’s afternoon on the mound. After the pitching change, Phegley doubled, and Canha was able to score. The kid who was introducing the players as they came up to bat had the chance to say everyone’s happy with the long inning. Reddick grounded out to end the inning, but the score was 7-0. Chavez got into trouble in the top of the fourth inning because of a double, a walk, and a hit batter, but he got out of the jam to keep the score at 7-0. The next scoring inning for the A’s was the fifth. Butler and Smolinski both singled, and they both moved up a base on Lawrie’s ground ball out. Phegley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Reddick ambushed the pitcher with a first-pitch swing that sent the ball over the fence for a grand slam. All doubt was erased with the 11-0 score. Chavez pitched a clean sixth inning, and that would be his last inning for the day. In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers finally won again. Edward Mujica pitched the seventh inning, and he had a clean inning. Eric O’Flaherty pitched the top of the eighth inning. The first two batters singled, but then O’Flaherty got a strikeout and two ground ball outs. The A’s had more runs in them. Billy Burns singled, but then Canha and Sogard made outs. Butler was hit by a pitch, and then Smolinski hit a home run, putting the score at 14-0. Evan Scribner was sent out to pitch the top of the ninth inning. He didn’t start too well by giving up a double to the first hitter. He got a strikeout, but then the following batter hit a ball to deep center field. Billy Burns looked as if he lost the ball in the sun, and the play went for a triple. The score was 14-1. We were annoyed that the shutout was lost. Scribner did strike out the next two batters to end the game. The game began at 1:07, when the temperature was 78 degrees, and the game ended at 3:56. Attendance was I headed back home, but I was annoyed that BART ran a train with only five cars in my direction. I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN. He played tracks by the Rolling Stones, Jackie DeShannon, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. I watched an Elvis Presley television special. Some of the people who died on July 20 include Bernhard Riemann (1866), Pancho Villa (1923), Bruce Lee (1973), Frank Reynolds (1985), and James Doohan (2005). Today is a birthday for Carlos Santana (68), Kim Carnes (70), and Diana Rigg (77).

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