Evan Scribner’s Crucial Run

I went to meetings from 9 to 2:30. After that was over, I went over to the record store to buy four Beatles singles, “I Feel Fine,” “Eight Days a Week,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Free as a Bird,” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” album. I took a shower before heading to the baseball game. I heard on the radio about a new stadium plan that Phil Matier predicted would die a slow death. The season ticket holder line had a red carpet, but no one there greeted me. The visiting team was the Tampa Bay Rays, not the greatest box office attraction. I took my seat. Chris Bassitt was the starting pitcher for the A’s, and he did well, getting into the seventh inning and allowing only one run. In the second inning, he hit a batter with a pitch, which was really grazing the jersey with the pitch. A wild pitch let the runner take second base. After an out, the next batter singled for the game’s first run. Bassitt got seven consecutive outs before getting into a bases loaded jam with one out in the fifth inning. He got out of the situation with a 4-6-3 double play. In the sixth inning, he allowed a double, but escaped that situation with three consecutive outs. In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson just edged Rollie Fingers at the last moment. In the seventh inning, Bassitt loaded the bases with two outs, and so Bob Melvin brought in the switch pitcher Pat Venditte, a player who seems to be winning over a lot of fans these days. He got all four of the batter he faced out, keeping the score at 1-0 through the end of eight innings. What had the A’s been doing on offense all this time? Through the first four innings, they got only a single from Brett Lawrie and a single from Josh Phegley. In the fifth inning with two outs, Coco Crisp and Marcus Semien both singled, but Billy Burns was unable to bring in any runs, striking out. In the sixth inning, Mark Canha singled, and after Danny Valencia lined out to left field, Josh Phegley and Jake Smolinski both singled to load the bases. Lawrie had the most disappointing at-bat of the game, striking out. Bob Melvin tried to salvage the opportunity to score runs by sending Stephen Vogt to pinch-hit for Billy Butler, but after a pitching change, he flied out to the shortstop. The A’s did nothing in the seventh inning or in the eighth inning. Evan Scribner came into the game to pitch the top of the ninth inning. After getting the first batter out, he gave up a home run on a 1-2 pitch. The radio announcers commented on the increased difficulty in trying to make up two runs in the ninth inning. Scribner got the next two batters out with a fly ball to left field and a strikeout. We didn’t see the Belushi call to action from “Animal House” during the break in the inning. Josh Reddick pinch hit for Smolinski and got the count to 3-2, but lined out to right field. Lawrie and Vogt both singled, and Sam Fuld came in to be a pinch-runner for Vogt. A wild pitch put the runner at second and third, setting up a great chance to tie the game. Coco Crisp got a hit for one RBI, making the score 2-1. On the play, Fuld was returning to second base, but a throwing error by the centerfielder allowed him to move over to third base. After the play, the fan behind me patted me on the back and asked me to give him a high five. With Marcus Semien batting, Crisp stole second base. Here was another chance to score runs with runners at second and third with one out. A hit could win the game. However, Semien struck out, and Burns flied out to left field to end the game. Burns was 0-for-5 on the night. Valencia was 0-for-4. The game started at 7:08 with a game time temperature of 61 degrees, and it ended at 10:00. Attendance was 20,671. It didn’t seem right that Bassitt was charged with a loss, since he didn’t give up the run that cost the A’s the game. One thing that happened during Name That Tune with Kara Tsuboi and two fans was that the middle aged man couldn’t come up with the title, but the teenage girl did, and the song was “Sweet Home Alabama.” Some of these baby boomers are slipping. I fill up my baseball scorebook and would have to start another one. I hurried on home. I watched the Partridge Family episode “H-e-l-l-l-l-l-p” and the NUMB3RS episode “High Exposure.” I found it hard to believe that Laurie would eat a steak on a camping trip. It was too bad that Megan wasn’t there. I went to sleep. Some of the people who died on August 22 include Sebastian Cabot (1977), Huey Newton (1989), and Jerry Leiber (2011). Today is a birthday for Kristen Wiig (42), Cindy Williams (68), and Valerie Harper (76). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 22, the Five Satins made their debut on the Billboard R&B chart with “In the Still of the Night” in 1956. In 1968, Cynthia Lennon filed for divorce. In 1969, The Beatles recorded a video for “The Long and Winding Road.” In 1970, Elvis Presley announced his first concert tour since 1958, which would go to six cities.

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