Mark Canha’s Triple

I woke up and soon got a phone call from my mother. She asked me about my Super Bowl tickets. I went out to shop for groceries at Trader Joe’s. I took the bus out to the MacArthur BART station. I got to stadium a little bit too late to join the other season ticket holders on the field. I missed out on the chance to see Stephen Vogt and Pat Venditte up close. I took a seat in the shade until noon. It looked like Fernando Abad was spending a lot of time signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. The A’s were trying to salvage one game from this series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Kendall Graveman would pitch a good six innings for the A’s, not allowing any runs. On offense, the A’s did nothing for the first three innings. Billy Burns started the fourth inning with an exciting triple. Mark Canha followed with a single to make the score 1-0. In the sixth inning, Sam Fuld and Billy Burns were on base with one out, but Fuld’s mistake in running the bases denied the A’s any runs. He was out at home plate on a 3-6-2-5 rundown. In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers won for the 20th time, in a close finish ahead of Rickey Henderson. In the seventh inning, Sean Doolittle took the mound for the A’s for the first time since May 27. He walked the first batter, but got an out with a ground ball to third. A single put runners at first and third, and then a fly ball to center tied the game at 1-1. Doolittle went to a 3-2 count to the next batter before giving up a walk. That was the end of Doolittle’s afternoon, a bit disappointing because of the blown save. Fernando Rodriguez came in and gave up a single with his first pitch, making the crowd groan as the Rays went ahead, 2-1. He got the third out with his next pitch, on a fly ball to left field. The bottom of the seventh inning would be very good for the A’s. It started with Danny Valencia drawing a walk, which prompted a pitching change. Stephen Vogt then doubled. Brett Lawrie singled to tie the score at 2-2, although Vogt was thrown out at home plate, the play going 8-2. Billy Butler had drawn some boos from the crowd after his previous at-bat, which was a strikeout. Eric Sogard singled, scoring Lawrie and Butler, giving the A’s the lead again at 4-2. Sam Fuld walked and after a pitching change Billy Burns singled to load the bases. Mark Canha produced the most exciting hit of the inning, a triple that pushed the score to 7-2. That was eight consecutive batters who reached base safely. Reddick ended that string with a strikeout for the second out. Valencia came up to bat for a second time in the inning and singled to bring in Canha and make the score 8-2. Vogt got his second hit of the inning, a single. Lawrie made the third out with a ground ball to first. It looked like a lead that even this group of A’s relief pitchers couldn’t blow. Fernando Rodriguez got into a bit of trouble in the eighth inning with a walk and a single, but a double play ended the inning with no change in the score. After the outburst in the seventh inning, the A’s did nothing in the eighth inning. Fernando Abad pitched the top of the ninth inning. He got the first out with his first pitch. It was a ground ball to shortstop. Abad struck out the next batter. Abad couldn’t produce a clean inning, giving up a double. A fly ball ended the game. It was a good victory to give the A’s a winning homestand, although by a 3-2 count. The game began at 1:08 and ended at 4:06. The game time temperature was 68 degrees. The attendance was 19,425. I kept thinking about how much I dreaded the first day of classes. I listened to the Robert Hilburn Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN. He played tracks from some of the best albums of the year, by Rhiannon Giddens, Courtney Barnett, Alabama Shakes, and Jason Isbell. I watched some of the Columbo episode called “Étude in Black” with John Cassavetes and Blythe Danner. The murderer made a mistake that involved a flower. I thought back to the days when I used to listen to Dr. Demento on Sunday nights. Two of my favorite songs were “Dead Puppies” and “Shaving Cream.” I watched the end of a program on KQED that was about digital photography. Predictions were that film will become part of the past. Some of the people who died on August 24 include Kenji Mizoguchi (1956), Louis Prima (1978), Gary Crosby (1995), and E.G. Marshall (1998). Today is a birthday for Marlee Matlin (50), Steve Guttenberg (57), and Stephen Fry (58). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 24, Little Stevie Wonder’s album “Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius” reached Number One on the Billboard album chart in 1963. In 1978, Louis Prima died at age 67 in New Orleans, three years after falling into a coma following surgery. In 1985, Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love” was Number One on the singles chart. In 2014, Richard Attenborough, star of “Jurassic Park” and director of “Gandhi” died at age 90.

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