Chris Bassitt’s Seven Impressive Innings

I watched the KPIX morning news, and Liza Batallones was wearing a yellow dress that made her look like one of the Minions. I visited the office to install Windows 10, but it took longer than I expected, so I missed the movies at the Grand Lake Theatre. I suppose I wouldn’t have gained very much by seeing “Inside Out” a fourth time. I went over to the record store and bought three Beatles singles and a John Lennon CD. I watched a couple of game shows on television and took a nap before I went out to the BART station. I got to the Coliseum gates about seven minutes after they opened. I got an information sheet and went to my seat. I ended up sitting near a mother and her three daughters. One of the girls appeared to be deaf, and she seemed only mildly interested in the game. She liked to eat. They had Kentucky Fried Chicken, cookies, and Gatorade. Chris Bassitt pitched an excellent seven innings for the A’s. He allowed a single in the first inning, a double in the second inning, a walk in the third inning, a walk in the fourth inning, and two singles in the fifth inning before he had a clean sixth inning. He allowed a two-out double in the seventh inning but got a final strikeout on a 96 mph pitch. He allowed no runs. On offense, the A’s tried to get a two-out rally going in the third inning but got nothing out of it. They finally scored in the fifth inning with a double from Eric Sogard and a single from Billy Burns. With Bassitt pitching so well, the one run might have been enough for a win. After the Big Cut Cam game, the A’s would score more runs in the sixth inning. Billy Butler hit a double that bounced over the fence in right field. After Ike Davis unproductively grounded out, Brett Lawrie tripled to make the score 2-0. After the Orioles changed pitchers, Mark Canha struck out. An intentional walk to Eric Sogard seemed like a questionable strategy, and it backfired when Marcus Semien hit a three-run home run. Billy Burns walked and got caught stealing on a play that was reviewed for nearly three minutes. After the walk, only one more A’s player would reach safely for the rest of the game, and that was Ike Davis with a double to start the eighth inning. I thought the Orioles might be able to score runs once Bassitt left the game, but Fernando Rodriguez stepped in and had a clean eighth inning. The other Fernando, Fernando Abad, pitched the top of the ninth inning, and he gave up two singles with one out. However, he was able to close out the game with a strikeout and a ball that went out to Sam Fuld in right field. The game started at 7:08 and ended at 9:59. Attendance was 16,328. Kara Tsuboi announced on Twitter that she was talking with Chris Townsend on 95.7 FM, but I missed the segment. The news before the game was that Danny Valencia, formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays, was now on the A’s roster, with Max Muncy being sent down to the minor leagues. During the inning breaks, Kara Tsuboi talked with an 86-year-old man celebrating 60 years of marriage, and a fan who pointed out that his cap had A’s in Hebrew on it. It was Jewish Heritage Night. We heard songs like “Walk This Way” and “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” Some people did the Robot dance. This was the A’s 14th pitching shutout of the season. I thought about what the A’s record for the season would be. If they split their remaining games, they will end up at 75-87. I hurried on home, and it took me an hour. I rode the bus with an Orioles fan who complained about the decision to walk Sogard. I watched the eleven o’clock news, and I watched a bit of Jimmy Kimmel before I went to sleep. Some of the people who died on August 5 include Marilyn Monroe (1962), Richard Burton (1984), Alec Guinness (2000), Chick Hearn (2002), and Budd Schulberg (2009). Today is a birthday for Maureen McCormick (59) and Loni Anderson (70). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 5, “American Bandstand” made its debut on ABC in 1957. In 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead at age 36 in her Brentwood home. In 1966, The Beatles released their album “Revolver” in the U.K.

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