Billy Butler’s 3 RBI

I awoke early and watched CBS This Morning and its chef segment.  Sam Hazen’s signature dishes include Key Lime Pie and Grilled Pineapple Smash.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on May 29, 1976 were “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again,” “Sara Smile,” “Shannon,” “Welcome Back,” “Happy Days,” “Misty Blue,” “Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right),” “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” “Silly Love Songs,” and “Love Hangover.”  I went out to the BART station and took the train to the Coliseum.  One of the fans waiting in line recognized me and waved to me.  I got into line and sat down, listening to the radio.  I got my Josh Reddick bobblehead and took my seat.  Jesse Hahn was the A’s starting pitcher, and he threw the first pitch of the game for a strike before the batter apparently had a complaint about his sleeve.  He gave up a single, but then got a double play and would face only nine Tigers batters through the first three innings.  He would fall behind in the count to the hitters frequently, which would hurt him later.  The A’s hitters started with four consecutive strikeouts, but with two outs in the second inning, Billy Butler would finally hit his first home run of the season for a 1-0 lead.  Josh Phegly and Marcus Semien followed with singles, but Jake Smolinski struck out. Hahn got into trouble in the fourth inning with two singles and a walk.  An error by Semien on what should have been a double play extended the inning painfully.  One pitch got away from Josh Phegley during a stolen base, but Phegley threw to Hahn at home plate to get an out.  Hahn survived the jam with a strikeout to somehow keep the score at 1-0.  Danny Valencia would extend the A’s lead to 2-0 with a home run.  Unfortunately, Hahn gave up a run in the fifth inning on a double, a force out that advanced the runner to third base, and a wild pitch.  In the bottom of the inning, however, the A’s would get the run back on one of those Coliseum sun triples on a fly ball from Jake Smolinski and a single by Coco Crisp.  We heard the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop,” but it seemed to inspire the Tigers, as Hahn quickly gave up a walk and a home run to suddenly make the score 3-3.  Hahn got the next three batters out.  The A’s came up with a lot of hits in the bottom of the inning to take the lead again.  Danny Valencia singled and Khris Davis doubled.  Billy Butler singled to drive in two runs, making the score 5-3.  Josh Phegley singled.  Marcus Semien doubled to make the score 6-3.  Jake Smolinski hit a sacrifice fly for one more run.  After a pitching change, Coco Crisp singled, making the score 8-3.  Billy Burns hit into a double play to end the inning.  In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson looked bigger and faster than he did on Friday, and he won the race.  Fernando Rodriguez pitched the top of the seventh inning.  He allowed a double with one out but no runs.  The A’s got more runs in the bottom of the inning.  Jed Lowrie and Danny Valencia both singled, and then Khris Davis took one of his mighty swings for a home run and a 12-3 score.  Marc Rzepczynski pitched a clean eighth inning for the A’s.  Zach Neal went out to the mound for the top of the ninth inning.  He got some help with good defense from Valencia, and he had a clean inning to close out the game.  The A’s had scored the most runs in a game this season with this one.  The fans were pretty happy.  They got the bobbleheads and got to see a win with a lot of home runs.  Butler had three RBI, although he made a bad play on a foul ball.  Valencia got three hits and one RBI and played good defense.  Davis drove in three runs with the home run, and he also doubled and scored two runs.  The game had begun at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 77 degrees, and it ended at 4:04.  The attendance was 24,154.  I made my way to Target, where I bought some Tide detergent and a plastic container.  I went home to listen to the Warriors game on the radio.  They were in some danger of being eliminated as they were behind by eight points to start the fourth quarter.  However, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry came up with the points late in the game to win, 108-101.  I went out to buy a hamburger, and everyone was talking about this game.  I watched my Saturday night television programs, including All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and M*A*S*H.  Some of the people who died on May 29 include Fanny Brice (1951), Mary Pickford (1979), Romy Schneider (1982), Jeff Buckley (1997), Harvey Korman (2008), and Dennis Hopper (2010).  Today is a birthday for Noel Gallagher (49) and Danny Elfman (63).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 29, Fanny Brice, the inspiration for Barbra Streisand’s “Funny Girl,” died at age 59 at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1951.  In 1987, John Landis was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in the Twilight Zone movie accident that resulted in the death of Vic Morrow and two child actors.  In 1999, the remains of Philip Taylor Kramer of Iron Butterfly were found in a canyon near Malibu after he had been missing for four years.

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