Billy Butler’s Eighth-Inning Home Run

I watched television and went out to Trader Joe’s.  I went out to wait for the 6 bus, which I think must be one of the worst AC Transit bus routes.  I listened to the end of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on 88.5 FM, then took the BART train over to the Coliseum.  I took my seat and watched the speeches Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey, Jr. gave.  Piazza didn’t mention the A’s.  Jesse Hahn was the starting pitcher for the A’s, and he was very strong through seven innings, giving up only three hits and one walk and no runs.  The bottom of the first was good for the A’s, as with one out, Jake Smolinski doubled and Danny Valencia singled.  Khris Davis followed with a double that scored one run, and Billy Butler drove in a second run with a single.  That would be the only scoring until late in the game, as the A’s were quiet with the bats for a long time.  They got a walk from Smolinski in the third inning, a single by Ryon Healy and a walk by Marcus Semien in the fourth inning, a single by Davis and a single by Semien in the sixth inning, and a double by Smolinski in the seventh inning, but the score was still 2-0 after seven innings.  We saw Rollie Fingers win the Big Head race.  The racers looked shorter than usual.  Hahn struck out the first batter in the eighth inning, and then gave up a single.  Smolinski caught a line drive for the second out, and then Bob Melvin decided to change pitchers, going with Ryan Dull.  This wasn’t a great performance from Dull, as he threw two wild pitches before giving up a home run that tied the game at 2-2.  Hahn could no longer win the game.  Dull struck out the next hitter.  In the bottom of the inning, Davis was out on a fly ball to right.  Billy Butler swung at a 0-1 pitch, and it went over the fence, giving the A’s a 3-2 lead.  The fans paid a lot of attention to Hahn during the game, but Butler did have 2 of the 3 RBI for the A’s.  Healy made an out, but Semien reached first base on an error, a play that was reviewed.  Yonder Alonso doubled to give the A’s a chance to get two more runs with a hit, but Bruce Maxwell made the last out, so Ryan Madson would have a margin of only one run in the top of the ninth inning. The first out was a ground ball to shortstop.  Madson went to a 2-2 count to the next batter before striking him out.  The same thing happened with the third batter of the inning, and so it was a 3-2 win for the A’s.  They had won three out of four games in this series, and they were 7-3 since the break for the All-Star Game.  The game had begun at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 71 degrees, and it ended at 3:28.  The attendance was 17,642.  The fans felt happy and optimistic because the team was finally starting to show some life.  On my way home, I was frustrated with the wait for a BART train to Richmond and a 6 bus going north.  I got home and listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN.  He played songs by The Band, Beck, the Eagles, Alison Krauss, and The White Stripes.  I watched a bit of the Columbo episode “Dead Weight” with Eddie Albert and Suzanne Pleshette.  I also watched “Walking Tall.”  Some of the people who died on July 25 include Vicente Minnelli (1986), Charlie Rich (1995), and John Schlesinger (2003).  Today is a birthday for Matt LeBlanc (49) and Rita Marley (70).

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