Jesse Hahn’s Second Loss

I awoke early and watched television.  My parents phoned me.  I walked over to Trader Joe’s to buy some groceries.  I listened to the radio as I took the bus over to the Fruitvale BART station.  The morning had been cloudy, but I didn’t think it would rain.  I arrived at the Coliseum early, just before the gates opened.  I looked through the team store for a jacket.  One of these days I’d like to stop wearing my jacket from 20 years ago.  I took my seat.  I didn’t see as many Yankees fans during these four games as in seasons past.  I heard the news that Sonny Gray had been placed on the disabled list.  I had the feeling that something was wrong with him physically.  I also wondered how much of the story we were getting.  Well, this was discouraging news, both for the players and the fans.  Jesse Hahn was the A’s pitcher of the afternoon.  He had a good, clean first inning.  The home team managed to get a run for him.  It was Billy Burns who got it done with a single and two stolen runs.  He scored on Stephen Vogt’s ground ball.  Hahn couldn’t get past the first batter in the second inning in attempting to maintain the 1-0 lead.  With his third pitch, Hahn gave up a home run.  In the third inning, Hahn allowed a single to the next batter.  He got a double play ground ball, which was fortunate, because he gave up a loud home run to the next batter.  Hahn managed one more clean inning in the fourth and gave up only a two-out single in the fifth.  The A’s let a chance to score slip away in the third.  Coco Crisp led off with a double, but Billy Burns didn’t advance him, hitting a ball back to the pitcher.  Stephen Vogt and Danny Valencia both struck out.  In the fifth inning, Jake Smolinski got his first hit of the season.  The one thing about raising your batting average above .000 is that you can never return to it no matter how badly you do.  Coco Crisp lined out to center, but Billy Burns singled and Stephen Vogt got a big double down the left field line for two runs and a 3-2 lead.  That would be the highlight of the game for the A’s.  Hahn got the first batter in the sixth inning to ground out, but then he gave up two singles before getting a strikeout.  Bob Melvin brought in John Axford, who couldn’t keep the Yankees from scoring.  A ground out to second resulted in a single, with the speedy runner scoring from second base.  Another single resulted in another run.  Axford hit a batter with a pitch before getting the third out.  The A’s were unable to reply in the bottom of the inning.  In the Big Head race, Dennis Eckersley looked like a different person in winning.  Sean Doolittle pitched the top of the seventh inning, and he gave up a single and a double for a very big run.  The Yankees brought out the first of their big three relief pitchers for the bottom of the inning, and the A’s went down quietly.  Daniel Coulombe took the mound for the eighth inning with an ERA of 13.50.  He pitched a clean inning, however.  In the bottom of the inning, the A’s got two breaks with two errors, putting Burns and Vogt on base.  Valencia could have done so much with a base hit, but he struck out.  Billy Butler pinch hit for Alonso and avoided a double play, but grounded out, although the play brought in one run.  Khris Davis came in to pinch hit for Coghlan, and he swung at the first pitch, grounding out.  Coulombe pitched the ninth inning.  Butler made an error on a ball hit to him, and it looked like his face turned red from embarrassment.  Coulombe got a strikeout and a ground ball out to Tyler Ladendorf at second base before picking off a runner to end the inning.  The A’s were down by one run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and they had to face the hardest-throwing pitcher of the entire afternoon.  Semien grounded out to shortstop.  Matt McBride had to deal with a pitch that went 101.6 mph on the way to striking out.  Smolinski was unable to do anything, either, as he grounded out for the last out of the game.  The A’s had just lost four consecutive games to a Yankees team that didn’t look very good, and it was the first time that they had been swept in a four-game series at the Coliseum since 1999 against the Indians.  I quietly went home.  I sat down to listen to the Warriors game.  They were tied at 40-40 before the game got out of hand.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN.  He played tracks from Lucinda Williams’ Artist Choice album from several years ago.  I would say that my favorite song during the hour was “Sweet Old World.”  The Columbo episode from 1975 was “Troubled Waters,” which had in its cast Robert Vaughn, Dean Stockwell, Bernard Fox, and Patrick McNee.  I looked through a list I had compiled of movies that I had seen with my late brother.  It went all the way from “The Absent-Minded Professor” to “Avatar.”  Some of the people who died on May 23 include Victor Hugo (1885), Clyde Barrow (1934), Bonnie Parker (1934), Sterling Hayden (1986), Anne Meara (2015), and John Nash (2015).  Today is a birthday for Drew Carey (58) and Joan Collins (83).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 23, Danny Kaye’s soundtrack album to “Hans Christian Andersen” was Number One on the album chart in 1953.  In 1973, Jefferson Airplane was denied permission to play a free concert in Golden Gate Park when the city passed a resolution banning amplified instruments in the park.  In 2003, “Bruce Almighty,” starring Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman, was released.

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