Marcus Semien’s 3 RBI

I went to the cupcake shop and bought a chocolate toffee cupcake.  I made a stop to talk about my time card and vacation hours before I walked to the bus stop on the way to the Coliseum.  It was hot in the bus, and some generous person handed out little tubs of ice cream to other riders.  I arrived rather early, so I went over to the team store at the Oracle Arena to browse.  What a contrast with last year, when the store was jammed with people buying hats and shirts.  It was empty just before closing time on this late afternoon.  After the gates to the stadium opened, the temperature cooled down quite a bit, so the atmosphere was comfortable.  The Milwaukee Brewers were in town.  Sonny Gray was pitching for the A’s, and he gave up two runs in sixth innings, which would not be enough to get a win this time.  He allowed two singles and a double for the first run of the game in the fourth inning.  In the sixth inning, he gave up a single and committed a throwing error that allowed the runner to get to third base, and a single with one out accounted for the Brewers’ second run.  The A’s got the run that tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Max Muncy singled, Jed Lowrie singled with one out, and Stephen Vogt hit a ground ball that the Brewers couldn’t turn into a double play.  The A’s tied the score again, at 2-2, in the sixth inning.  Khris Davis singled, went to second base on a passed ball, went to third base on a ground ball from Billy Butler, and scored on a two-out single from Marcus Semien.  Sean Doolittle pitched the top of the seventh inning.  He allowed a single with his first pitch.  After a sacrifice bunt, however, he got a double play on a line drive to Semien.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Livin’ la Vida Loca.”  The A’s would take the lead in the bottom of the inning.  Stephen Vogt tripled.  After a pitching change, Danny Valencia reached base on an error, but Vogt was unable to score on the play.  Khris Davis hit a ground ball, and Vogt was caught between third base and home for an out.  Billy Butler struck out, and it looked like this inning was going to be wasted.  However, Yonder Alonso singled, scoring Valencia and giving the A’s a 3-2 lead.  Marcus Semien hit one of those perfectly placed balls that got between the left fielder and the center fielder for a triple and two more runs.  After another pitching change, Max Muncy walked, but Coco Crisp grounded out to first to end the inning.  John Axford came out to pitch the top of the eighth inning, and he also gave up a hit on his first pitch, although this one was a double.  Axford’s second pitch also resulted in a double, and this one brought the Brewers to within 5-3 in the score.  Bob Melvin brought in Ryan Dull, who got a fly ball out to right field, although the runner at second base advanced to third on the play.  Could Dull continue to be perfect in stranding inherited runners?  He got a big strikeout for the second out, and then the next batter popped out to second for the last out.  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie singled but Vogt hit into a double play.  Valencia had been hit by a pitch in the third inning, but he stayed in the game and he doubled this time.  Davis struck out, and so the A’s had to make do with a two-run margin going to the ninth inning.  Ryan Madson came out to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  He did not give up a hit on his first pitch.  He would get a fly ball to center for the first out.  He struck out the second batter, and then he got a ground ball to second for the last out of the game.  Two French tourist couples had been sitting in front of me and trying to figure out the game by reading the rules of baseball on their phone as they were watching.  They did understand what a run was, and they knew that players would toss a ball into the stands coming into the dugout after the third out.  I’m not sure that they knew exactly that the game was over until the scoreboard said “A’s WIN!” and the players shook hands out on the field.  Anyway, it was a good night after some recent frustrating losses.  The game started at 7:07 with a game time temperature, and it ended at 10:39.  This was a long nine-inning game.  The attendance was 14,810.  I think that 14,806 of them understood the game of baseball.  I was anxious to get quickly and get to bed.  I hated how BART had a five-car train along the line I was taking.  The cars get horribly packed and uncomfortable.  It was the first full day of summer, and the moon was bright in the sky.  I was glad to be home again.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 22, the Disney animated film “The Rescuers” was released in 1977.  In 1984, “The Karate Kid,” starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Elisabeth Shue, was released.  In 1985, Bryan Adams had the Number One single, “Heaven.”  Today is the 67th birthday for Lindsay Wagner, known as The Bionic Woman from television.

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