Kendall Graveman’s Steady Presence

I went to work and put in a quiet shift.  No one seemed to notice me leaving the building.  I returned home and had my lunch and fell asleep while listening to the radio.  I took the buses out to the Coliseum.  As I headed toward the gate, I saw a man lying on the ground while someone was giving him CPR.  An ambulance came to take him away.  I headed to my seat.  The usher asked me if I was listening to the radio.  It was a pretty good night.  A lot of sports fans were at home watching the Olympics.  I was not excited with the basketball team.  Kendall Graveman was the starting pitcher for the A’s.  The Baltimore Orioles were in first place, but their record in their road games wasn’t so good.  Graveman gave up a single to the game’s first batter, and then he got seven consecutive outs.  He got some help from Coco Crisp, who made a good catch at the centerfield wall.  The Orioles scored first.  In the third inning, three singles loaded the bases, and then a sacrifice fly in foul ground brought in one run.  Graveman would then get another seven consecutive outs.  Meanwhile, the A’s didn’t get around to scoring until the fourth inning.  They stranded a runner at second base in both the first and second innings.  Coco Crisp had a double in the first inning, and Billy Butler singled in the second inning.  Butler took forever to advance to second base on a wild pitch.  Stephen Vogt tied the game in the fourth inning with a home run.  Khris Davis followed with a double, but Danny Valencia, Yonder Alonso, and Billy Butler all made outs.  One amusing fact was that the Baltimore Orioles had a player named Chris Davis.  Graveman gave up only a two-out single in the fifth inning, and he had a clean sixth inning.  In the bottom of the sixth inning, the A’s scored again.  Vogt drew a walk.  Davis and Valencia made outs, but Alonso singled.  Butler followed with another single, which gave the A’s the lead at 2-1.  Semien struck out.  In the top of the seventh inning, Graveman allowed only a single with one out.  He threw 99 pitches and had a very good game.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Dancing in the Street.”  In the bottom of the inning, Ryon Healy walked on four pitches.  Coco Crisp made an out.  Max Muncy grounded out, with Healy going to second base.  Vogt came through with another big hit, a single that made the score 3-1.  Davis made the last out.  Ryan Dull replaced Graveman in the top of the eighth inning.  He got the first two batters out, but on a 3-2 count, he gave up a long home run, making the score 3-2.  Dull got to another 3-2 count, but got the last out.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning, so it was up to Ryan Madson to save the game.  He struck out the first two batters in the top of the ninth inning, then got a ground ball to third for the last out of the game.  After a horrible weekend against the Cubs, this was a good win.  The game started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 61 degrees, and it ended at 9:36.  The attendance was 10,407.  I was eager to return home.  I heard that the Giants finally won their game in Miami.  When I got home, I saw The Dick Cavett Show with guest Walter Cronkite.  Some of the people who died on August 9 include Hieronymus Bosch (1516), Ruggero Leoncavallo (1919), Hermann Hesse (1962), Joe Orton (1967), Jerry Garcia (1995), Gregory Hines (2003), Mel Stuart (2012), and Frank Gifford (2015).  Today is a birthday for Melanie Griffith (59) and Sam Elliott (72).

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