Stephen Vogt’s 3 RBI

On the radio, I heard the news that Mick Jagger was going to become a father again at age 72.  There is an age difference of about 43 years between him and the mother-to-be.  I went to work.  I read a negative review of the new Ghostbusters movie.  I didn’t have the time to look up ukulele facts, and so I just left.  I had my late lunch and took a nap.  I tried to take the buses out to the Coliseum, but the 1 would not arrive, so I took a BART train.  I listened to 95.7 FM but was hearing far too much about the Giants for some reason.  I thought that a decent crowd showed up for a losing team playing against the Toronto Blue Jays.  I was glad that the singer did not change the words to “O Canada.”  Daniel Mengden was the starting pitcher for the A’s, and he had a good, clean first inning.  Little would we know that he would have trouble the rest of the night.  Billy Burns was sent down to the minors, and the team had a new third baseman named Ryon Healy.  The name was Ryon and not Ryan.  The team had others named Ryan, such as Ryan Dull and Ryan Madson.  The A’s used to have a lot of players named Brandon, and then Josh.  The A’s took the lead in the bottom of the first inning.  After one out, Jed Lowrie singled and Josh Reddick walked.  Khris Davis singled in one run, and then Stephen Vogt grounded out but drove in the A’s second run.  Mengden couldn’t get the shutdown inning, although a throwing error by Vogt was the key play.  The Blue Jays made it 2-1.  Mengden started the third inning by giving up a single.  After a force out, Mengden gave up two walks, although the A’s thought they had a strikeout that the umpire didn’t call.  The Blue Jays scored one run on a wild pitch, and one more run on a foul ball that Khris Davis caught.  In the bottom of the inning, Josh Reddick hit a home run to tie the score at 3-3.  Mengden couldn’t make it through the fourth inning.  He again allowed the first batter to get on base, this time with a single.  After another walk, he threw another wild pitch.  Two more singles scored two more runs.  Mengden got one out with a ground ball, but another run scored on the play.  Bob Melvin wanted Mengden to string together some consecutive outs, but he allowed another single and a seventh run, and that was it for Mengden.  Liam Hendriks came in and got a double play to finally end the end.  The score was 7-3, and things weren’t looking too good.  In the bottom of the inning, Vogt singled.  Marcus Semien and Yonder Alonso both struck out, but Alonso argued the call and got ejected from the game.  Bob Melvin seemed like he was fed up with the umpire, too, and he was also ejected.  Vogt had reached second base on a passed ball, and he scored on a single by Jake Smolinski.  The score was 7-4, and it felt like there was still hope.  Hendriks allowed a walk and a single to start the fifth inning, but he kept the score where it was by getting three consecutive outs.  In the bottom of the inning, Coco Crisp grounded out, and Jed Lowrie got angry at being called out on strikes, but then Josh Reddick singled and Khris Davis hit a two-run home run.  Stephen Vogt followed with another home run that tied the score at 7-7.  In the top of the sixth inning, John Axford came in to pitch, and he made us feel uncomfortable when he gave up a four-pitch walk, but then he got the next three batters out.  In the bottom of the inning, Danny Valencia singled, but Healy hit into a double play as the score remained tied.  The Big Head race had the short Rollie Fingers running, so Rickey Henderson won easily.  Marc Rzepczynski pitched the top of the seventh inning.  He allowed a walk before getting an out.  Ryan Dull finished the inning not quite cleanly, as he gave up a walk, but he stranded the runners.  The lead-off hitter had reached base for the sixth consecutive inning, and so it seemed that the A’s were flirting with disaster.  In the bottom of the inning, Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie made outs, but then Reddick walked and Davis singled.  Vogt followed with a hit, and the throw to home plate was close, but Josh Reddick was called out.  The A’s challenged the play, and 2:56 later, the call was reversed, and the A’s finally led in the score again at 8-7.  The home plate umpire certainly had a bad night.  Alonso, Lowrie, and Melvin were all disgusted with him.  Dull pitched the top of the eighth inning.  He struck out the first batter before allowing a walk.  He got out of the inning with a 5-4-3 double play.  The A’s got a walk from Jake Smolinski in the bottom of the inning, but that was all.  The A’s had gotten at least one hit in each of the first seven innings.  As it turned out, it wouldn’t be eight consecutive innings, but they had at least one baserunner in each of the eight innings.  Ryan Madson came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  Some of us were rather nervous in thinking about this previous two games in Houston.  He would have a good, clean, and quick inning, however, as he got a save.  It was one of the more memorable games of the season.  The game had started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 10:16.  The attendance was 19,192.  Josh Reddick had a good game, with a home run, a single, two walks, and four runs.  Khris Davis had a home run, two singles, and three RBI.  Stephen Vogt also had a home run, two singles, and three RBI, and he drove in the tying and winning runs.  I was anxious to hurry home and get to sleep quickly because I was planning to be back early for Hello Kitty Bobblehead Day.  The good news from the scoreboard was that the Giants and the Rangers lost.  Looking at Stephen Colbert, I thought he was dyeing his hair.  Three of his guests were Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah O’Donnell.  Some of the people who died on July 16 include Harry Chapin (1981), Heinrich Böll (1985), and Herbert von Karajan (1989).  Today is a birthday for Barry Sanders (48), Will Farrell (49), Phoebe Cates (53), and Jimmy Johnson (73).

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