Jesse Chavez’s Dazzling Eight Innings

I went to the coffee shop and checked the Golden State Warriors’ ticket plans for next season. I got the weekend plan and was satisfied with it, and so I made my way to the Coliseum for an afternoon game. The ticket taker asked me if I was ready for a second wind. I took a seat in the left field bleachers. The Secretary of the Navy talked to the crowd about a ship that was named the U.S.S. Oakland. He would throw out the first pitch, but the throw wasn’t very good. Jesse Chavez was the A’s starting pitcher, and he had his long socks showing. He would get seven consecutive outs on his way to eight strong innings. The A’s scored the first run of the game in the first inning. Billy Burns singled on the first pitch he saw, which has been a familiar pattern this season. Mark Canha followed with single, allowing Burns to go to third base. Danny Valencia hit into a force play that was initially ruled a 5-4-3 double play before a review that showed that the play wasn’t very close. Since Burns had scored on the play, Valencia gained an RBI with the result of the review. In the top of the third inning with one out, Chavez thought he had struck out a batter, but he gave up a walk. After a fly out, he allowed a home run, making the score 2-1. It would be the one mistake he would make all afternoon. He would get 16 of the next 18 Dodgers batters out. A walk with one out in the fourth inning and a double with two outs in the eighth inning would be all that the visiting team would get over that span. The score remained at 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning. Eric Sogard began the rally with a single. Billy Burns doubled to bring in the tying run. Mark Canha singled to move Burns to third base, and Burns scored on a 6-4-3 double play from Danny Valencia’s at-bat. The A’s scored more runs in the eighth inning. Jim Johnson, former A’s pitcher who had immense problems in the Coliseum last year, came in to pitch for the Dodgers. Sogard singled, Burns also singled, and Canha walked to load the bases with no outs. Valencia had his third chance with at least two runners on base and no outs, but he struck out. Stephen Vogt came in to pinch hit, and he hit a sacrifice fly to score Sogard and move Burns to third base. After another pitching base, Jake Smolinski doubled to score Burns. That would end the scoring for the A’s on this afternoon, as Billy Butler fouled out. Burns had a good game, with three hits, three runs scored, and one RBI. Canha also reached base three times, with two singles and a walk. Butler reached base twice, with two walks, and Sogard also reached base twice, but with two singles. Phegley reached base once, with a walk. Smolinski reached base once, with his RBI double. Vogt had a sacrifice fly in his one time at bat. Reddick and Semien both went 0-for-3. Valencia went 0-for-4, but had one RBI. Chavez did well in going eight innings so that Bob Melvin had to use only one relief pitcher to complete the game. That pitcher was Drew Pomeranz, who pitched a clean ninth inning. The last out of the game was a pop-up to Sogard. The game began at 12:37 and ended at 3:11. The game time temperature was 68 degrees, and the attendance was 26,122. After a dismal seven-game losing streak, it was good to see two wins in two days, even if it did help the Giants. I took BART to work. I got tired during my shift and was happy to go home. I stopped at Bongo Burger to have a Persian burger. I watched Match Game, and I tried to watch “Neptune’s Daughter,” but I fell asleep. I awoke to watch a bit of Jimmy Kimmel, who had Mumford and Sons on his show. An old Banacek episode had him investigating the theft of a plane. I watched a news report about Jared Fogle. Rebecca Jarvis was o the program. Night Gallery had Mickey Rooney as a gangster, but I finally had enough television at that point and went back to sleep. Some of the people who died on August 20 include Kim Stanley (2001), Gene Upshaw (2008), and Phyllis Diller (2012). Today is a birthday for Amy Adams (41), Al Roker (61), Robert Plant (67), Connie Chung (69), and Don King (84).

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