Dillon Overton’s Home Run Problem

I watched the news and the Partridge Family episode “Hel-l-l-p.”  I wondered if it was really Laurie’s hand that tied the knot to fix the tent.  I also watched the NUMB3RS episode “Shadow Markets.”  I left for the stadium rather early.  I took my seat.  Some of the fans in the right field bleachers put up angry signs expressing their disgust with the A’s ownership.  The A’s starting pitcher was Dillon Overton.  Just as Ken Korach said on the radio that Dillon’s mission in this game was to avoid giving up home runs, Dillon did exactly that with the Cubs’ first batter.  Dillon struck out the second batter, but then gave up a single.  He got the second out on a ball hit to left field, but then quickly gave up a single, and then a home run, so the Cubs were ahead, 4-0.  He got a strikeout to end the inning.  On offense, the A’s would do almost nothing for the first five innings.  They got only a single from Khris Davis in the second inning, but he was out trying to steal second base.  Overton got the first out of the second inning on a line drive to centerfield.  The at-bat was prolonged by one pitch when a foul ball dropped untouched, even though it was pretty close to Bruce Maxwell, who was the A’s catcher.  With two outs, Overton gave up two singles to get into a bit of trouble, but then he managed to get a fly ball to right field for the third out.  It felt like a miracle that he got out of the inning without giving up any runs.  The third inning did in Overton.  He started by giving up a double and hitting a batter with a pitch.  A force play put runners at first and third with one out.   A single made the score 5-0, and a wild pitch put runners at second and third.  Overton then gave up a double, and the score was 7-0.  He managed to get the next two batters out to end the inning, but that was the end of his night.  Korach kept pointing out to us that Overton had done everything he could in the minor leagues, and he also said that the gap between AAA and the Major Leagues was great.  Korach is one of those people who says, “Not to be redundant” exactly when he is going to be redundant.  The A’s did get good performances from their relief pitchers, as Andrew Triggs would pitch the fourth and fifth innings and allow only one hit.  Daniel Coulombe would pitch the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings and allow only one walk.  Marc Rzepczynski pitched the ninth inning and allowed a two-out single and nothing else.  The three pitchers kept the Cubs from scoring any more runs through six innings.  The A’s broke through in the sixth inning when newcomer Brett Eibner swung at the first pitch and sent the ball into the left field bleachers.  After Tyler Ladendorf struck out, Maxwell doubled and Marcus Semien singled to make the score 7-2.  Jake Smolinski kept things going with a single.  Danny Valencia could have made things interesting with at least a sacrifice fly, but he struck out and was ejected.  He had been upset that a couple of low pitches were called strikes.  Davis had a chance to do something, but he just hit a ground ball back to the pitcher for the last out.  We saw a close Big Head race, which Rollie Fingers barely won.  Rickey Henderson was looking very short these days.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “That’s Amore” because this was Italian Heritage Night.  In the bottom of the inning, Ryon Healy would hit a single with one out, but that would be the last A’s hit of the game.  In the eighth inning, the A’s did nothing, and in the ninth inning, they got only a two-out walk from Billy Butler.  Healy made the last out of the game on a ball hit to left field.  The game began at 7:09 with a game time temperature of 59 degrees, and it ended at 10:05.  The attendance was 25,182.  The Cubs have certainly been playing like World Series contenders as of late.  I didn’t hear Ken Korach talk about the incident involving one of the A’s coaches and a hidden camera, which I heard on the news.  I wanted to get back home quickly so that I could get to bed and wake up early.  I wanted to pick up my BillyBall T-shirt.  I watched a little bit of Lucille Ball on The Dick Cavett Show.  Some of the people who died on August 6 include Preston Sturges (1959), Everett Sloane (1965), Harry Reasoner (1991), Jorge Amado (2001), Rick James (2004), Willy DeVille (2009), and John Hughes (2009).  Today is a birthday for M. Night Shyamalan (46) and David Robinson (51).

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