Kendall Graveman’s Struggle

I didn’t feel like getting up on a Monday morning and going back to work.  It was a quiet shift, although someone asked me if I had seen “Keanu” during the weekend.  I returned home to have my lunch and take a nap, which I really needed.  I walked over to the office and worked on an answer key and made copies of a homework assignment before I took BART over to the Coliseum.  I made my way to my seat and read my game notes.  Stomper was out on the field wearing a green jersey.  The Sinaloa Middle School band performed the national anthem, and G-Eazy threw out the first pitch.  We heard “Sweet Home Alabama” as the A’s took the field.  Kendall Graveman pitched for the A’s, and he got into trouble in the first inning with a walk and a single.  However, Josh Reddick made a good catch on a line drive for the last out.  Graveman pitched clean second and third innings, getting four strikeouts in his best stretch of pitching all night.  Meanwhile, the A’s took the lead in the bottom of the second inning with a home run from Khris Davis, making the score 1-0.  Stephen Vogt followed with a single, but Chris Coghlan lined into a double play.  The Mariners tied the score in the top of the fourth inning when Graveman allowed a double and two singles.  During his second time through Seattle’s lineup, his pitches were looking hittable.  Billy Burns caught a fly ball and made a good throw to third base to complete a double play to end that inning.  The A’s didn’t do anything on offense during the fourth through sixth innings except for a single from Vogt.  The Mariners took the lead in the top of the sixth inning when some of those batters seeing Graveman’s pitches for a third time hit some balls very hard.  After four hits, the Mariners had scored two runs.  In the seventh inning, Graveman faced two batters.  He got the first one out, but then he gave up a double.  Marc Rzepczynski got an out, but the inherited runner scored, although it was on a stolen base and a Vogt throwing error.  That fourth Seattle run would prove costly.  Ryan Dull got the last out on two pitches.  In the bottom of the inning, Reddick singled, and Khris Davis followed with an impressive home run that hit the wall above the cameraman behind the centerfield fence.  Vogt doubled to give the A’s a chance to tie the score, but Coghlan didn’t bunt, and he ended up hitting a fly ball that didn’t move Vogt to third base.  Mark Canha then struck out, and Yonder Alonso grounded out.  It was a prime opportunity that the team squandered.  Sean Doolittle pitched the top of the eighth inning, and he did manage a clean inning, which was encouraging.  Marcus Semien, Billy Burns, and Coco Crisp did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  Fernando Rodriguez pitched the top of the ninth inning, and he allowed a single.  After a sacrifice bunt, though, he did get the two outs to keep the score at 4-3.  With three outs left, Reddick hit a soft line drive to first for the first out.  It was one out on one pitch and one swing, which was annoying.  Davis couldn’t duplicate his magic, and he struck out.  Vogt struck out, but a wild pitch allowed him to reach first base, extending the game.  Tyler Ladendorf came in to pinch run.  He would steal second base.  Coghlan drew a walk.  Jed Lowrie came in to pinch hit for Canha.  However, he struck out to end the game.  It was a rather discouraging loss, because an error and a failure to move a runner to third with no outs contributed to the loss.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 62 degrees, and it ended at 9:57.  The attendance was 10,535.  I hurried home to have something to eat and get to bed.  Some of the people who died on May 3 include Bruce Cabot (1972), Christine Jorgensen (1989), Jerzy Kosinski (1991), Jack Weston (!996), Zulu (2004), and Jackie Cooper (2011).  Today is a birthday for Frankie Valli (82).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 3, Jimi Hendrix recorded “Voodoo Child” in 1968.  In 1980, Bob Seger reached Number One on the album chart with “Against the Wind.”  In 1986, Robert Palmer had the Number One single, “Addicted to Love.”  In 2003, Matt LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight.

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