Mark Canha’s Walk-Off Double

I watched CBS Sunday Morning and a segment about Carl Reiner. He talked about the last moments of his wife’s life. Ben Stein did a commentary laying a lot of the blame of a sluggish economy on the overuse of cell phones. My mother phoned me and asked me if I needed a backpack, and if I had Windows 10 on my computer. I went out to Trader Joe’s, and then I headed to the Coliseum. I listened to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on the radio, although I missed the Bluff the Listener segment because my train was going through a tunnel. When I got to the season ticket holder line, quite a few people were already ahead of me. They wanted their Mike Gallego Windmill Windup Toy. The morning was cloudy, but the sky would clear up. I went to my seat. I think I fell asleep for a few minutes after noon. Sonny Gray was not sharp to start the game, walking two of the first three batters of the game. A single loaded the bases for the Indians with one out. A sacrifice fly gave the Indians a 1-0 lead, and the runner at second base advanced to third, and a wild pitch put runners and second and third. Gray got out of the inning with a strikeout. He allowed a single in the second inning, but a 6-3 double play helped him out. Kara Tsuboi played Name That Tune with two fans, and the tune was “Call Me Maybe.” Gray allowed a single in the third inning, but he also struck out two batters. This Day in MLB History reminded us of the death of Thurman Munson. Gray allowed only a two-out walk in the fourth inning, and he got two more strikeouts. In the fifth inning, Josh Reddick made a good catch of a foul ball, but he had to avoid the Cleveland relief pitchers and the ballboy. In fact, Vince Cotroneo was critical of the ballboy for just being a spectator and not getting out of Reddick’s way. He wasn’t aware of what was going on behind him. Reddick would leave the game with a back strain. Gray allowed a walk, but then got another 6-3 double play to end the inning. The A’s finally scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Eric Sogard walked on four pitches. Marcus Semien also walked on four pitches. Billy Burns singled, scoring Sogard, and Sam Fuld walked to load the bases. Mark Canha pinch-hit for Reddick and fouled out. Canha missed his big chance to drive in runs, but he’d get another chance later in the afternoon. In the sixth inning, Gray allowed a single before getting another double play, although this time it was a 3-6 play. In the Big Head race, Dennis Eckersley did well in the final stretch to win. Gray finally had a clean inning, but the seventh would be his last of the day. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard James Brown’s “I Got You.” The A’s had one player reach base in each of the second through sixth innings, but they did nothing in the seventh inning. Dan Otero faced only one batter in the top of the eighth inning, and Fernando Abad take over. They combined for a clean inning. The A’s went down quietly in the bottom of the inning. Abad got the first two batters out in the top of the ninth inning. Edward Mujica came into the game and gave up a single, but a ground ball ended the inning. We heard “Livin’ la Vida Loca.” Brett Lawrie singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, and he got to second base on Stephen Vogt’s ground out, but Sogard couldn’t bring in the winning run, as he grounded out. Fernando Rodriguez took the mount to pitch the top of the tenth inning. He struck out the first batter, but then got into trouble with a walk and a single. A 4-6 ground out put runners at first and third, and a wild pitch allowed the runner at first to get to second. Rodriguez had a 3-2 on the batter and managed a big strikeout. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Semien struck out, and Burns hit a ball that the shortstop caught. It was already past four o’clock, and we dreaded an eleventh inning. Sam Fuld singled with the count at 0-1. Mark Canha came up, and he nicely got the count to 3-1 and swung well, sending the ball towards the outfield fence. It bounced off the wall, and Mike Gallego displayed the windmill action of his arm in waving Fuld home. The relay was too late, and it was a walk-off win. I headed for the exit. I don’t need to see the pie and Gatorade routine. The game began at 1:08 with a game time temperature of 69 degrees, and it ended at 4:22. The attendance was 21,498. I saw that Susan Slusser was having a book signing on Friday. The price that was listed on Amazon for the book was outrageous. I assumed that at the book signing, we’ll be able to buy the book at its normal price. The one sad feeling after a walk-off win comes from the thought of having to return to work in the morning. I went home feeling thirsty and hungry. I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN. He played tracks from Jeff Beck and Beck. I liked hearing “She’s a Woman” and “Lonesome Tears.” I went home and watched part of the Columbo episode called “Identity Crisis” before I fell asleep. Patrick McGoohan directed the episode. I didn’t want to watch “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” I thought about the Outside Lands festival next weekend. An announcement about the Olympics was a key, which was kind of funny because of the recent news about Beijing. A photograph also had a clue. Patrick McGoohan died in January 2009. Peter Falk died in June 2011. Some of the people who died on August 3 include Flannery O’Connor (1964), Lenny Bruce (1966), Carolyn Jones (1993), Ida Lupino (1995), Alexander Solzhenitsyn (2008), and Bubba Smith (2011). Today is a birthday for James Hetfield (52), Jay Norton (64), Martha Stewart (74), Martin Sheen (75), and Tony Bennett (89). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 3, Paul McCartney in 1971 announced the formation of new his band, Wings. Inn 1974, guitarist Jeff Baxter quit Steely Dan to join the Doobie Brothers.

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