Jesse Hahn’s Spectacular First Win

I watched CBS This Morning and caught the chef segment.  Elizabeth Blau’s signature recipes include: Biloxi buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, Elizabeth’s Caesar salad, roasted baby beet salad, honey salt grain power, honey salt donuts, and peach pie.  I was also interested in the discussion of summer movies.  The American Top 40 playlist for the weekend was from April 29, 1978, and the Top 10 songs were “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Jack and Jill,” “Dust in the Wind,” “Lay Down Sally,” “With a Little Luck,” “The Closer I Get to You,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “If I Can’t Have You,” and “Night Fever.”  I walked over to the BART station and made my way to the Coliseum.  I got there early, but there were already a lot of people lined up to get their Sean Doolittle gnomes.  I read a chapter of my novel and listened to the radio.  The security people allowed my can of sunscreen to drop to the ground and wanted to confiscate it, and they also let my phone drop, too.  I felt disgusted as I went into the stadium and took my seat.  I feel asleep twice during batting practice.  The A’s starting pitcher of the afternoon was Jesse Hahn.  He was facing the Houston Astros at the right time, as the visiting team was really struggling.  Hahn had an excellent first six innings, allowing only one walk and two singles, and no runs.  On offense, the A’s did everything in the first four innings, as they ended the game with fourteen consecutive outs.  In the first inning, they got only a single from Jed Lowrie.  There were two outs in the second inning when Yonder Alonso doubled.  Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien followed with walks to load the bases, and then Billy Burns singled to drive in two runs.  Lowrie would walk to load the bases again, but then Josh Reddick swung at the first drive and flied out.  The A’s did nothing in the third inning, and with one out in the fourth inning, Phegley doubled and Semien singled, but Burns and Lowrie made outs to keep the score at 2-0.  That was the story of the A’s offense on this afternoon, which was sunny but windy.  In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers won yet again.  Hahn got the first batter of the seventh inning out, but then he gave up a double.  He got to a 3-2 count on the next batter before getting a 4-3 out that put the runner at third base.  A four-pitch walk made things uncomfortable enough that Bob Melvin called for John Axford, who got the third out, preserving the 2-0 score.  For This Date in A’s History, we saw highlights of Sean Doolittle getting two strikeouts in a 2013 game.  Axford followed with a clean eighth inning.  Ryan Madson came in to pitch the ninth inning.  He went to a 3-2 count to the first batter in allowing a walk. After a strikeout, Madson went to another 3-2 and allowed another walk, making things uncomfortable for the fans.  He went to yet another 3-2 count before giving up a single that fell in front of Billy Burns in centerfield.  The Astros didn’t score on the play, however.  Madson needed a double play to get out of this mess, and he got it with a 6-4-3 play.  Semien had a pretty good game, and the defense was good on this afternoon.  The fans were happy that the home team now had a winning record.  They had their gnomes and were looking ahead to the next day’s Warriors game.  We learned the correct pronunciation of Tyler Ladendorf’s name.  Ken Korach talked about how Bill King hated the wind.  The game began at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 70 degrees, and it ended at 3:34.  The attendance was 23,084.  I hurried home because I was hungry and tired.  I listened to the postgame radio program.  I wanted to hear from the fan who predicted that the A’s would win only 50 games all season.  I got home and ate a tuna wrap and macaroni and cheese, and then I took a long nap.  I watched DVDs of television shows, like The Partridge Family and All in the Family.  I wasn’t really looking forward to watching the last season of NUMB3RS again.  Some of the people who died on May 1 include Antonin Dvorak (1904), Spike Jones (1965), Aram Khachaturian (1978), Bebe (1997), Eldridge Cleaver (1998), Nora Swinburne (2000), and Grace Lee Whitney (2015).  Today is a birthday for Ray Parker Jr. (62) and Judy Collins (77).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 1, Bachman-Turner Overdrive released their first album, featuring “Let It Ride,” in 1973.  In 1989, police in Los Angeles were called to check on a suspicious person in a jewelry store, who turned out to be Michael Jackson in disguise.  In 1991, the Nashville Network banned the Garth Brooks video for “The Thunder Rolls.”

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