Rich Hill’s 6-3 Record

I woke up slowly and went out to do my laundry.  I listened to some Guy Clark music and read for a while.  I took the 1R bus over to the Fruitvale BART station, where I took a train to the Coliseum.  I listened to the radio as I waited for the game to begin.  It was a warm, sunny day, and a good day to be out for a baseball game.  We heard “All Right Now” just before the first pitch.  Rich Hill would pitch a very good six innings for the A’s, coming up with clean innings in the first, third, and fourth.  The home team would score some runs in the bottom of the first inning.  With one out, Billy Burns singled and Josh Reddick walked.  They succeeded with a double steal, and so Danny Valencia’s single drove in the game’s first two runs.  Khris Davis walked.  Billy Butler struck out, but Marcus Semien singled to make the score 3-0.  Hill got into a bit of trouble in the top of the second inning, as he hit a batter with a pitch and allowed a hit, but he also got two strikeouts to keep the score at 3-0.  The A’s had another chance in the third inning when Valencia and Davis both singled with one out, but then Butler hit into a 5-4-3 double play.  Hill gave up a walk with two outs in the fifth inning, and the runner stole second base, but Hill got a ground ball out.  In the sixth inning, Hill got the first batter out, but then allowed a single.  After a foul out, the runner stole second base, and another single gave the Rangers a run.  The last batter Hill would face on this afternoon made an out with a fly ball to center.  The A’s did have a reply in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Khris Davis came up to bat and hit a 1-0 pitch over the centerfield fence to make the score 4-1.  It was his fourth home run in two days.  He was winning over a lot of the home fans.  In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers won for the 32nd time.  Ken Korach noted that the other racers would have to do a lot to chance up to him.  Fernando Rodriguez took over for Hill, with “Money for Nothing” playing as he took the mound.  Valencia made a good sliding catch on a foul ball for the first out of the seventh inning, and he fielded a ground ball to make the second out.  Rodriguez struck out the next batter to finish a clean inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Tyler Swift’s “Shake It Off,” which made me wonder what the appeal of Tyler Swift was.  Stephen Vogt singled and Coco Crisp doubled in the bottom of the inning, but Tyler Ladendorf hit into a double play, and Billy Burns struck out, and so the A’s didn’t score any runs.  Rodriguez continued pitching, and in the eighth inning, he allowed a single with two outs, which was the Rangers’ fourth hit of the game.  As I watched the fans dancing to “2 Legit 2 Quit,” I wondered what happened to the feature which had the kids showing off their home run swings.  The bottom of the eighth inning began with the first five batters reaching base safely.  Reddick singled, and after a pitching change, Valencia singled, and after a passed ball, Davis walked to load the bases.  Yonder Alonso singled for one RBI.  Marcus Semien singled for one more run.  The A’s had done a lot of moving around the bases one base at a time.  After another pitching change, Vogt struck out for the first out.  Ladendorf’s batting average was still at .000, but he drew a walk with the bases loaded for one RBI.  Coco Crisp hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, making the score 8-1.  Burns made the last out of the inning, striking out.  With the comfortable lead, Bob Melvin didn’t bring out Ryan Dull or John Axford for the ninth inning.  Instead, it was Andrew Triggs who went out to the mound.  Ladendorf helped him out with a good play for the first out.  After a strikeout, Triggs got the last out of the game with a ground ball to first.  The game had started at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 72 degrees, and it ended at 3:08.  We heard Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” and saw Stomper waving around a broom.  The Rangers were six games ahead of the A’s two days before, and now they were only three games ahead.  It was an enjoyable afternoon, and I almost hated to leave the ballpark at the end.  The attendance was 14,323.  Rich Hill’s record had improved to 6-3 with an ERA of 2.54.  I went back to the BART station while listening to the radio, and I made my way to Target in Emeryville.  I ended up buying only a plastic storage container for five dollars.  I returned home to listen to the Warriors game on the radio.  They won by 27 points.  I watched part of an episode of the Beverly Hillbillies that aired on May 18, 1966.  It was about Jethro going to college.  The Dick Cavett Show had Gloria Swanson as one of the guests.  She lived a lot longer than I thought she did.  I don’t think I’d ever seen her before in color.  I noticed that she was wearing gloves.  I wonder if that was to hide signs of aging.  She wore a black dress with one polka dots with a white skirt with black polka dots.  The Twilight Zone episode was “I Sing the Body Electric.”  It was hard to imagine a robot that didn’t break down a lot over the years.  Some of the people who died on May 19 include T.E. Lawrence (1935), Booth Tarkington (1946), Charles Ives (1954), Coleman Hawkins (1969), Ogden Nash (1971), and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1994).  Today is a birthday for Grace Jones (68) and Pete Townshend (71).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 19, “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” was released in 1958.  In 1977, “Smokey and the Bandit” premiered in New York.  In 1995, “Die Hard with a Vengeance” was released.  In 2006, the movie version of “The Da Vinci Code,” starring Tom Hanks, opened.

This entry was posted in Sports. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s