Jesse Chavez’s Five Runs and Five Walks

I had arrived early for the A’s game, even though not much was going on. We saw that the members of Green Day had appeared for their tribute. The stadium announcer said that they were loyal A’s fans, and Eric Sogard presented them with A’s jerseys. Billie Joe Armstrong threw out the first pitch. Two fans next to me said that Green Day was a band that they would kill to see. Before Jesse Chavez took the mound, we heard War’s “Low Rider.” According to Ken Korach, the game began ominously with Chavez walking the first batter. What followed was a single, a double for a run, another walk, and a force play for one more run. The second out was a strikeout. Another single made the score 3-0. Chavez went to a 3-2 on the next batter before getting the strikeout to finally end the ending. He had thrown 33 pitches, so it looked like Bob Melvin would have to turn to the relief pitchers early. The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning, so Chavez had to go right back out there. He allowed two more walks and a single in the second inning, but he got out of it without allowing any runs because Stephen Vogt threw out a runner at third base trying to score on a pitch that bounced away from him, and also Lawrie started a double play. Vogt manages to hit Felix Hernandez well, and Vogt got a single in the bottom of the inning, but that was all for the A’s. Kara Tsuboi played Name That Tune with two fans, and I thought the girl said “Fireworks” instead of “Firework.” Chavez couldn’t get through the third inning, which started with a single and a home run, a pattern we saw too many times the past two days. After a single on a 3-0 count, Bob Melvin brought in Arnold Leon. A line drive to Lawrie that went for a double play helped Leon. The A’s continued to do nothing in the bottom of the inning. Leon gave up a home run to start the fourth inning. Lawrie made an impressive catch of a ball that was about to drop for a hit. A 1-4-3 play ended the inning. Mark Canha gave the fans a happy moment with a home run. The A’s have hit a home run in each of the last 11 games. After two outs, Vogt hit another single and Lawrie doubled. Billy Butler came through with a single that made the score 6-3, although that would be as close as the A’s would get to the Mariners on this night. Leon would give up another run in the fifth inning on a double and a single. Pat Venditte came into the game, and he gave up a double, but he escaped without giving up a run because of a runner caught between third and home. The fans did The Wave at 7:45, and the stadium light took full effect at 8:05. The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson edged out Rollie Fingers, but was still behind in victories for the season, 21-16. Venditte pitched a clean seventh inning, the only clean inning for the A’s all night. Butler got another single in the bottom of the inning with one out, but Smolinski grounded into a double play. R.J. Alvarez pitched the top of the eighth inning, and I knew he was going to give up a run. A walk, a single, a wild pitch, and a double gave the Mariners the 8-3 lead. I decided that I had had enough and headed for the exit. The Asian couple in my row said goodbye to me. I made it to the first bus. Listening to the radio, the A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning. Edward Mujica allowed a double and a single in the top of the ninth inning, but no runs. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Tyler Ladendorf singled, but Danny Valencia hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Stephen Vogt made the last out of the game. The game had started at 6:07 with a game time temperature of 73 degrees and ended at 9:04. On the ride back home, someone asked me where I bought my A’s jersey. I stopped at La Burrita for a carne asada burrito before going home and watching 48 Hours.

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