Mark Canha’s 4 RBI

I had a normal day of work. I had to sit through a meaningless meeting. When it was done, I went out to Safeway to buy sandwiches and some fruit. I returned home and watched all the ants in my apartment. I hoped they wouldn’t overrun me. I took a nap before going out to the BART station. I got to the Coliseum and saw that not many fans were going to this game between the A’s and the Angels. It was less than 24 hours since the Raiders had used the field for the game against the Cardinals, and we could see the yard markings on the grass. I took my seat in an empty section and listened to the radio. Two girls asked me to take their picture for them. I was a good early evening for a baseball game, although it would get rather cold before the game was over. It looked like there were as many people in the choir singing the national anthem as there were in the stands. I saw Ron Washington as the third base coach instead of Mike Gallego. The A’s had Felix Dubront for their starting pitcher, and I didn’t have any confidence in him. He allowed a run in the first inning on two walks and a single. He did recover to have a clean second inning. On offense, the A’s got a single from Billy Burns, but then made six consecutive outs. In the top of the third inning, the Angels got two singles with one out, putting runners at first and third. A sacrifice fly gave them a 2-0 lead. After a single put runners at first and third again, the runner at first stole second. On Phegley’s throw to second, the runner at third stole home, giving the Angels a 3-0 lead. The A’s had a good third inning, starting with Josh Reddick’s double. Marcus Semien and Billy Burns both made outs, but then Mark Canha and Brett Lawrie both walked on four pitches to load the bases. Danny Valencia came through with a double to make the score 3-2. Josh Phegley walked to load the bases again, and then Jake Smolinski hit a double to clear the bases and make the score 5-3. Kara Tsuboi played Name That Tune with two fans, and the song was the familiar “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Doubront got through the fourth and fifth innings allowing only one walk, getting help from Phegley throwing out a runner trying to steal second. With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Lawrie reached base on an error, and then Valencia hit another ball well for a double, scoring Lawrie. On the play, the Angels’ left fielder run into a State Farm panel of the outfield wall, making it come loose. It needed ten minutes of repair. The A’s would score more runs in the sixth inning. Billy Butler got a double. Reddick walked and Semien singled to load the bases. Burns hit a ground ball to third base that went for a force play, and Butler made the mistake of going back to third base. On a throw to first base, Butler tried to score but was out for a double play. We thought that Ron Washington’s appearance would eliminate the mistakes in running the bases. Fortunately, Canha stepped up to the plate and hit a three-run home run, making the score 9-3. That figured to be enough to win the game. In the absence of the Big Heads, we saw the Gangham Style Cam. Doubront started the seventh inning by giving up a single and a walk, and so Bob Melvin called on Edward Mujica to pitch. Mujica got the outs, although he allowed a hit that made the score 9-4. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard the Miracles’ “Love Machine.” Ken Korach noted that there was a full moon over in right field. Fernando Abad gave up a run in the eighth inning with two singles and a walk. In the bottom of the inning, though, Billy Butler and Josh Reddick walked, and Semien singled to make the score 10-5. After Burns struck out, Canha hit a sacrifice fly for his fourth RBI, making the score 11-5. Evan Scribner took the mound in the top of the ninth inning to face Mike Trout, and he struck him out, but he also appeared to suffer an injury. Drew Pomeranz came in to get the last two outs. They were both ground balls that went to Lawrie at second. With all of the walks, hits, changes in pitching, and the panel delay, the game ran very late. The game began at 7:08 and ended at 10:52. The game time temperature was 68 degrees. Attendance was 12,054. I rushed back to the BART station and barely caught my train, and I also barely caught my bus back home. I heard that the Giants lost their game with the Dodgers. Some of the people who died on September 1 include Bart Giamatti (1989), R.L. Burnside (2005), and Jerry Reed (2008). Today is a birthday for Gloria Estefan (58), Dr. Phil McGraw (65), Barry Gibb (69), and Lily Tomlin (76). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 1, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring Danny Kaye, was released in the United States in 1947. In 1948, “Sorry, Wrong Number,” with Burt Lancaster and Barbara Stanwyck, was released. In 2008, Don LaFontaine, famous as the voice for many film trailers, died at age 68.

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