Rich Hill’s Blister

I watched CBS Sunday Morning and segments about Cleveland and Florence Foster Jenkins.  There was a report on the band Chicago.  I think I couldn’t stand them after Peter Cetera had those hits.  I went over to Trader Joe’s and had a late breakfast before heading out to the bus stop.  I fell asleep while on the 1 bus and had to walk a few blocks back to catch the 73 bus to the Coliseum.  On the BART bridge, someone was handing out popsicles and handed me two.  I thought they tasted quite good.  I checked out the tent sale and didn’t see anything of interest.  I went to my seat.  I listened to Susan Slusser on the radio talking about the A’s.  She felt that Rich Hill would be traded soon, and that Danny Valencia’s defensive play at third base was very poor.  There was a sticky situation with Coco Crisp and the number of games he plays this season affecting his money.  One of the ushers talked to me about my teaching job.  The woman who threw out the first pitch was 90 years old and an employee of Sutter Health since 1946.  Ken Korach on the radio said that in 70 years of work, she missed only four days.  We didn’t get the pitching duel we wanted to see.  Rich Hill threw only five pitches before he was taken out of the game, apparently because a blister on his finger was bothering him.  Andrew Triggs replaced Hill and got the batter out on a line drive to left field.  Triggs was hit by a batted ball that went for a single.  He allowed another hit, and a run scored on an error by Khris Davis in left field.  Triggs managed to finish the inning, but he too would leave the game with a contusion.  The A’s did nothing on offense during the first three innings, making nine consecutive outs.  Sean Manaea came into the game in the top of the second inning, and he would go on to get six consecutive outs.  In the fourth inning, he allowed a double and a home run so that the Blue Jays had a 3-0 lead.  In the bottom of the inning, Jed Lowrie and Danny Valencia got hits, but the A’s didn’t score.  After striking out, Josh Reddick hit himself on his helmet.  Manaea had a clean fifth inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Smolinski got a single, but that was it.  In the top of the sixth inning, Manaea gave up a single with one out, but kept the score at 3-0, and that was the end of his afternoon.  The A’s got back into the game in the bottom of the inning.  With one out, Marcus Semien hit a home run, making the score 3-1.  Josh Reddick grounded out to the pitcher, but Danny Valencia singled again and Khris Davis drew a walk.  Bob Melvin sent Yonder Alonso to pinch hit for Billy Butler, and he came through with a double to tie the score at 3-3.  Smolinski was hit by a pitch, and Ryon Healy singled, but McBride made the last out.  In the Big Head race, the tall Dennis Eckersley beat the short Rollie Fingers and the short Rickey Henderson.  In the top of the seventh inning, Marc Rzepczynski gave up two singles and then struck out the next two batters.  Melvin brought in Liam Hendriks to face the dangerous Josh Donaldson, who was responsible for Triggs’ injury.  Healy caught the foul ball for the last out.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Livin’ la Vida Loca.”  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie singled, but Semien struck out, and Reddick hit into a double play.  Reddick had a bad game, going 0-for-4.  Hendriks got through the top of the eighth inning, allowing just a two-out walk.  However, Valencia, Davis, and Alonso all made outs in the bottom of the inning, with Valencia and Davis both striking out.  John Axford was brought in for the third consecutive game.  After getting a ground out, Axford gave up a single on a weak ground ball to the left side.  Healy wasn’t positioned anywhere near the ball.  Sometimes I truly hate the shift.  Axford gave up another single, and then got a strikeout, but then had to face Donaldson.  I would have suggested that walking Donaldson to load the bases with two outs would have been better than trying to get a fastball by him.  The result was a double and a 5-3 lead for the Blue Jays.  Another an intentional walk, Axford got to a 3-2 count before giving up another walk.  Melvin brought in Patrick Schuster, who nearly walked the next batter, but he did get the strikeout to keep the score at 5-3.  In the bottom of the inning, Smolinski hit a foul ball that Donaldson caught, Healy struck out, and McBride flied out for the final out of the game.  Two out of three wasn’t bad, but what happened to Hill and Triggs was troubling.  The game began at 1:06 with a game time temperature of 65 degrees, and it ended at 4:18.  I wished for more popsicles, but got none.  I went home and listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  I saw from my notes that it was a repeat of a program from March 29, 2015.  He played tracks by Patti Smith and Elliott Smith.  I liked “Because the Night.”  I went out to buy a burrito and sat down to watch the Columbo episode with Robert Culp and Ray Milland, called “Death Lends a Hand.”  I watched Match Game but didn’t really enjoy it.  It was loud and obnoxious and not really a game at all.  If everyone’s looking at each other’s answers, then they’re deciding who is going to win.  There was a Brian Wilson special on KQED.  I watched him sing “Good Vibrations,” but I just wanted to go to sleep after that.  One of the channels had an Ironside marathon going.  I wanted to see what Loretta Swit looked like at that time.  She was a waitress.  Some of the people who died on July 18 include Caravaggio (1610), Jane Austen (1813), Bobby Fuller (1966), and Nico (1988).  Today is a birthday for Richard Branson (66) and John Glenn (95).

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