Khris Davis’ Walk-Off Grand Slam

I did a lot of grading of papers and prepared for a lecture.  My class is winding down, and I gave the class a review session for the final exam.  After that was over, I took BART over to the Coliseum.  Jesse Hahn allowed two singles and a walk in the first three innings but kept the Rangers from scoring.  Meanwhile, the A’s scored first, as they got home runs on consecutive pitches to Danny Valencia and Khris Davis for the game’s first two runs.  Hahn ran into trouble in the fourth inning when he gave up four consecutive hits, the first two being home runs.  Billy Burns committed an error on the fourth hit, allowing a runner to take third base.  The Rangers’ third run came in on a double play ground ball.  Bob Melvin was on the verge of bringing in a relief pitcher, but after giving up another hit, Hahn got the last out.  In the bottom of the inning, Billy Butler walked with one out, and Marcus Semien singled, but Chris Coghlan hit into a double play.  Hahn gave up a double to the odorous Odor to start the fifth inning, and a ground ball hit to second moved Odor to third base with one out.  However, Danny Valencia made a sliding catch of a foul ball for the second out, and another ground ball was the third out.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  It was Korean Heritage Night, and so Kara Tsuboi quizzed a fan about Korean baseball logos.  Hahn got through the sixth inning giving up only a single with two outs, although it was the ninth hit he had allowed in the game.  In the bottom of the inning, Khris Davis struck again, with a home run that tied the score at 3-3.  Hahn allowed a single to start the seventh inning.  After a fly ball out to centerfield, Hahn struck out the next batter, but the runner stole second base.  Melvin brought in Sean Doolittle, who got the strikeout to end the inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard a James Brown song.  In the bottom of the inning, Matt McBride struck out, but a passed ball on the third strike allowed him to run to first base.  Coco Crisp bunted, but the pitcher threw to second base for a force out.  Billy Burns struck out.  Josh Reddick singled, moving Crisp to second base.  Danny Valencia followed with a single, driving in Crisp to make the score 4-3.  After a pitching change, Davis struck out on a 3-2 pitch.  Doolittle got through the eighth inning, allowing only a two-out hit.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  Ryan Madson went out to the mound for the top of the ninth inning, trying for his 12th save in 12 chances.  He got the first two batters out, but then he gave up a single and a home run.  Suddenly, the Rangers were ahead, 5-4, and the fan right to me on my right started swearing.  Ken Korach on the radio described the home run as back-breaking.  Madson gave up an infield hit to the next batter, and Valencia made things worse with a throwing error, allowing the runner to get to second base.  Madson then gave up another hit, but Burns threw the ball to Yonder Alonso, who threw to McBride at home to get the third out at home plate.  We saw the John Belushi Animal House video clip about rallying the troops.  Stephen Vogt pinch hit for McBride and hit a single.  Coco Crisp got the count to 3-1 and doubled.  Burns hit softly to the second baseman for an out.  Josh Reddick was intentionally walked to load the bases.  Valencia hit a fly ball to right field, but it wasn’t enough to bring in Vogt from third base.  It came down to Khris Davis.  The count was 2-2 when he took a swing that sent the ball into the left field bleachers for a walk-off grand slam.  It was the most exciting finish at the Coliseum in quite some time.  Davis had three home runs and six RBI in the game.  The fans were happy and stuck around for a while.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 76 degrees, and it ended at 9:52.  The attendance was 12,718.  I headed to the BART station and was rather annoyed that my train had only five cars and thus was packed full of people.  I listened to a David Bowie album on my way home.  I watched the eleven o’clock news.  The vote in Kentucky was close.  Should I ever take another flight again in my lifetime with all the long lines to deal with?  Stephen Colbert had Coldplay on his show, but I didn’t stay up to watch the whole thing.  It took him a while to get to his first Donald Trump joke.  I had heard about the death of Guy Clark, so I took one of his albums off the shelf, but didn’t get around to listening to it.  With another baseball game this afternoon, I went to sleep to rest up.  The last time I went to a weekday after game, I fell asleep during batting practice.  Warriors fans will be arriving as I am leaving.  Some of the people who died on May 18 include Gustav Mahler (1911), Arthur O’Connell (1981), William Saroyan (1981), Jill Ireland (1990), Skip Stephenson (1992), Elizabeth Montgomery (1995), and Steve Forrest (2013).  Today is a birthday for Tina Fey (46) and Reggie Jackson (70).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 18, The Beatles began their first tour of the UK as headliners at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough in 1963.  In 1990, Judy Carne was arrested at JFK Airport on an 11-year-old drug warrant.  In 1995, Elizabeth Montgomery died of cancer at age 62.  In 2003, “Les Miserables” ended its 16-year run on Broadway after 6,680 performances.

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