Jesse Chavez’s Rebound

I watched CBS This Morning for the chef segment. Kathy Sidell brought some of her signature dishes: Back Bay chopped salad, lobster fra diavolo with spicy “sacred” oil, summer avocado salad, long bone rib eye, rosti potatoes, ripe peach & native blueberry crostata crumble, and a blood orange cosmo. Over at the coffee shop, I had a hot chocolate and looked at the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend. The Top 10 songs on August 8, 1970 were “O-o-h Child,” “Ball of Confusion,” “The Love You Save,” “Tighter, Tighter,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Band of Gold,” “Spill the Wine,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours),” “Make It With You,” and “Close to You.” I left for the Coliseum pretty early, but there were plenty of people in line outside the gate by the time I got there. The giveaway was a White Cleats T-shirt. I headed to my seat. I listened to the Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me show on the radio. Later, I fell asleep for about ten minutes. I guess no one noticed. I heard Chris Townsend talking to his college baseball coach on the radio. The usher said that she saw me on the scoreboard video screen on Thursday, and that I was in a different section. Well, that was true. Jesse Chavez was the A’s starting pitcher. He had a rough time in his last game, so he was looking to right himself this time. He ran into a bit of trouble in the first inning by giving up a single and a walk, but he got out of it with two ground ball outs. In the bottom of the inning, Billy Burns and Coco Crisp both drew walks. Josh Reddick flied out to left field. Danny Valencia was the designated hitter instead of Billy Butler, and Valencia got the biggest hit of the game for the A’s, a double that drove in two runs. In each of the second through sixth innings, the A’s would have one player reach base safely: Eric Sogard with a walk in the second, Valencia with a single in the third, Marcus Semien with a double in the fourth, Reddick with a double in the fifth, and Ike Davis with a single in the sixth. Would Jesse Chavez pitch well with just those two runs on the scoreboard for all those innings? He did allow a walk and a single in the second inning, but a 4-6-3 double play ended the inning. In the third inning, he gave up a walk and a stolen base, but he kept the Astros from scoring. The fourth inning had Chavez teetering on the edge of getting knocked out of the game. The Astros were hitting the ball hard, getting a home run and a double, but Chavez managed to get those outs, and the A’s still had the lead at 2-1. Chavez allowed a walk and a single in the fifth inning, but he still kept the Astros from scoring. Kara Tsuboi played Name That Tune with two fans, and the song was “Eye of the Tiger.” The song probably didn’t inspire Chavez, but he did pitch a clean sixth inning. In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers won a close one ahead of Dennis Eckersley. In his last inning of the afternoon, Chavez allowed a single with one out, but then got a force out and a fly ball out to center field. It would be nervous time in handing over the lead to the relief pitchers. The A’s did nothing on offense in the bottom of the seventh inning. Drew Pomeranz pitched a clean eighth inning. The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning. Pomeranz faced one batter in the top of the ninth, giving up a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Edward Mujica then replaced Pomeranz. Chris Carter hit one of those hard shots to left field, but Sam Fuld caught it for the first out. Mujica balked the runner to second base, and the runner took third base on a fly ball for the second out to center field. One pitch later, Mujica got the ground ball that Brett Lawrie picked up and threw to first base to end the game. It was an awfully tense final two innings. Mujica got his first save for the A’s. The game began at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 68 degrees, and it ended at 3:58. Attendance was 25,091. I rushed back home, running into the girl who works at CVS, who told me about the television shows that she was watching. It was tough for her to make a living. I shopped for some groceries and thought about Outside Lands. I was expecting Elton John to be worthy of our attention. I watched the Star Trek episode “Requiem for Methuselah.” Captain Kirk seemed like he was out of control in falling in love with alien females. He was endangering everybody on the Enterprise with his sexual urges. We got to hear Spock playing a Brahms composition on the piano. I couldn’t see how Spock could be a good musician with his lack of emotion. I watched the NUMB3RS episode “Pay to Play.” Charlie met Amita’s parents, but it was an awkward encounter. I watched the news for the A’s highlights. It was encouraging to see Danny Valencia get that hit. My idea was to go to sleep early so that I could be fresh when I headed out to Golden Gate Park. Some of the people who died on August 9 include Hieronymus Bosch (1516), Hermann Hesse (1962), Joe Orton (1967), Dmitri Shostakovich (1975), Jerry Garcia (1995), Gregory Hines (2003), Judith Rossner (2005), Bernie Mac (2008), and Mel Stuart (2012). Today is a birthday for Amanda Bearse (57), Melanie Griffith (58), and Sam Elliott (71). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 9, concert officials at the Sunbury Jazz and Blues Festival in England in 1967 asked Jerry Lee Lewis to leave the stage because the crowd had gotten too wild. In 1969, Sharon Tate and four other people were found murdered in Los Angeles.

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