Rich Hill’s Third Loss

I watched CBS Sunday Morning and got a phone call from my parents.  I walked over to Trader Joe’s and bought a Mother’s Day card and a can of sunscreen to go with my groceries.  I discovered that Antenna TV was replaced with Get TV on one of my television channels.  I was going to miss The Monkees, The Partridge Family, and The Tonight Show.  I took the bus out to the Fruitvale BART station.  I went to the Coliseum and saw that there were a lot of cars in the parking lot.  It was Little League Day, and a Warriors playoff game was going to be played at the Oracle Arena.  I got to the season ticket holder line just as they were opening the gate.  I got my pair of socks, which made me feel pretty happy.  I took my seat and applied the Trader Joe’s sunscreen to my face and arms.  I listened to the Giants game against the Mets until it seemed that the Giants were going to win, and then I switched to the Warriors game.  They were not having any problems with the Portland Trail Blazers.  It looked like Sean Manaea was enjoying his time in the major leagues.  I saw the Black Bear Diner bear and thought he might have been blind.  He threw out the first pitch, but it bounced.  Rich Hill was the starting pitcher for the A’s, and it took him all of three pitches to fall behind in the score, as he gave up a home run.  He definitely wasn’t sharp on this afternoon, as he allowed five walks, all on 3-2 pitches.  Hill would throw 106 pitches in the six innings he pitched.  On the good side, he had three clean innings, which were the second, the fifth, and the sixth.  The A’s had a chance to score in the second inning, when they had singles from Khris Davis and Coco Crisp, and a walk from Yonder Alonso, but nothing came out of it.  Hill got into trouble in the third inning when he gave up a hit to a batter with a .140 batting average.  A sacrifice fly would score the Astros’ second run.  Hill allowed three walks in the inning and was fortunate to give up only the single run.  He allowed only one more walk through his last three innings of work.  The A’s got a double from Jed Lowrie in the bottom of the inning, and he moved to third base on a ground ball, but Davis struck out to strand him there.  The A’s did nothing in the fourth and fifth innings, and they got only a single from Josh Reddick in the sixth inning.  In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson won.  It happened to be the 25th anniversary of Rickey Henderson’s 939th stolen base, breaking Lou Brock’s record.  Rickey declared himself to be the greatest of all time on that day.  Liam Hendriks gave up a walk in the top of the seventh inning, but a double play got him out of the inning.  Coco Crisp started the bottom of the inning by lining out, but then consecutive singles from Chris Coghlan, Yonder Alonso, and Marcus Semien produced one run, making the score 2-1.  Billy Burns was a hero on Saturday, but he made a key out.  Jed Lowrie had a runner at third base, but was unable to bring him in.  Fernando Rodrigues came in to pitch the top of the eighth inning, and he had a clean inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Stephen Vogt singled with two outs, and Tyler Ladendorf came into the game as a pinch-runner, but Coco Crisp grounded out.  Rodriguez walked the first batter in the top of the ninth inning as some sea gulls landed on the center field warning track, where someone had apparently spilled some popcorn.  A few minutes later, Billy Burns ran out near that spot to catch a line drive for the first out.  Bob Melvin brought in Marc Rzepczynski, who struck out two of three batters to end the inning with the score still at 2-1.  We saw the John Belushi Animal House video clip.  Luke Gregerson came in to pitch for the Astros, bringing back memories of his appearance for the A’s in Kansas City.  The trio of Coghlan, Alonso, and Semien all got hits their previous time at bat, but this time they made quiet outs to end the game.  It seemed almost ridiculous that the A’s got eight hits to the Astros’ two hits, and yet the A’s lost this game.  The A’s hits were scattered, and each starting player except for Burns got exactly one hit.  This was a rather discouraging loss after two very good wins.  The game began at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 71 degrees, and it ended at 3:57.  The attendance was 24,135.  There were a few Warriors fans still lingering around on their way home.  I hurried on home to take a shower and have something to eat.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played Merle Haggard songs.  I liked “Sing Me Back Home,” “Mama Tried,” and “Today I Started Loving You Again.”  I wonder if there will be a tribute program for Prince soon.  The Columbo episode on Me TV was “A Friend in Deed.”  The director was Ben Gazzara.  One of the programs on Get TV was “The Jimmy Stewart Show.”  They were also showing “Suddenly” and “The Thin Man.”  I heard a lot about the Raiders fans holding a protest in Alameda.  They were angry about the talk about the team moving to Las Vegas.  I also heard about the elephants performing for the circus for the last time in Providence, Rhode Island.  I question whether they will be better off in their retirement.  What is going to happen to all of the other animals over the long run?  I read a little bit about Erica Hill’s departure from the Today weekend show four weeks ago.  I hadn’t watched that show in quite some time.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on Facebook.  I wanted to concentrate on the work that I had to finish up this week.  The academic year is winding down.  Some of the people who died on May 2 include Leonardo da Vinci (1519), Jack Barry (1984), Oliver Reed (1999), Lynn Redgrave (2010), Junior Seau (2012), Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (2014), and Ruth Rendell (2015).  Today is a birthday for Jo Ann Pflug (76) and Englebert Humperdinck (80).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 2, Jack Benny’s radio program, “The Canada Dry Ginger Ale Program,” made its debut on the NBC Blue Network in 1932.  In 1981, Sheena Easton’s “Morning Train” was the Number One single.  In 1997, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” was released.

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