Kendall Graveman’s Movement

Waking up on a Monday morning was a bit painful.  I hurried to the office and set out to put in a five-hour shift.  I talked with someone about the new Ghostbusters movie.  After I returned home, I had my late lunch and fell asleep as I had TMZ Live on the television.  I wasn’t too well rested, but I went out to the bus stop and waited for the 6 bus.  I hated the changes in the bus routes and schedule because it takes me even longer to get to the Coliseum this way.  On the stadium’s video screen, I watched a feature on the best mustaches in baseball history.  The A’s were represented by people like Jason Giambi, John Axford, Scott Spiezio, Dennis Eckersley, Johnny Damon, and Rollie Fingers.  I thought the singer performing the national anthem missed a few words.  The A’s starting pitcher was Kendall Graveman, who did a good job on this night.  He takes the mound while “Sweet Home Alabama” plays.  He gave up the first run of the game in the second inning on a triple and a sacrifice fly.  The A’s got the run back in the bottom of the inning with two outs on a single from Marcus Semien and a double by Yonder Alonso.  A fan answering a trivia question didn’t know that Babe Ruth did not have the single season home run record, and his girlfriend didn’t help out at all.  He was given the prize, anyway, and drew some boos from the crowd.  Graveman allowed a double and a walk with one out in the fourth inning, and after a strikeout, he gave up a single.  On that play, the runner seemed to interfere with Ryon Healy, who made a throwing error which allowed the Astros’ second run to score.  In the bottom of the inning, the A’s again scored with two outs.  Stephen Vogt doubled and went to third base on a wild pitch.  Marcus Semien walked and stole second base.  That set things up nicely for Yonder Alonso, who singled for two runs and a 3-2 lead.  Ken Korach on the radio commented on Alonso’s tendency to start off the season slowly.  His batting average has been increasing.  Ryon Healy doubled to make the score 4-2.  After Coco Crisp walked, the Astros made a pitching change, leading to some arguments in their dugout.  The new pitcher walked Jed Lowrie to load the bases, and then walked Josh Reddick to make the score 5-2.  Yet another walk, this time to Danny Valencia, made the score 6-2.  Khris Davis tried to really stretch the lead with hard swings, and he sent a ball into right field, but a catch over the shoulder was the last out.  Graveman didn’t get the shutdown inning, as he gave up a home run with two outs in the fifth inning, but he would pitch a clean inning in the sixth inning.  He went back out to the mound in the seventh inning having thrown 100 pitches, but he made his way through three outs, allowing only a single with one out.  Healy helped him out with a good play.  Korach said a few times that Graveman had great movement with his pitches during this game.  We heard “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough” during the seventh inning stretch.  In the bottom of the inning, Reddick singled, but Valencia lined out to second, leading to a double play.  However, the A’s had the two out offense going, as Davis hit his 23rd home run of the season, making the score 7-3.  Vogt and Semien followed with singles, but Alonso hit into a force play at third.  Ryan Dull wasn’t as sharp as usual, giving up a single and a double for an Astros run to start the top of the eighth inning.  However, he got the next three batters out, the last two by strikeouts.  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie singled and Reddick doubled with two outs, but Valencia struck out.  Ryan Madson pitched in the top of the ninth inning.  One of his pitches to the first batters hit 95.7 mph.  After two outs, he allowed a single, but then he got a ground ball to shortstop to end the game.  The night was getting pretty cold, so I was anxious to get back home.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 66 degrees, and it ended at 10:13.  The attendance was 10,651.  I rushed out to the BART station, listening to the postgame radio show.  I listened to a Bruce Springsteen album on the way home.  I saw a bit of an interview with Janis Joplin on The Dick Cavett Show and went to bed.  Some of the people who died on July 19 include Joe Flynn (1974), Jack Warden (2006), and James Garner (2014).  Today is a birthday for Benedict Cumberbatch (40) and Anthony Edwards (54).

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