Daniel Coulombe’s Grand Slam Pitch

I left early for the Coliseum.  Two girls were standing in the BART station passing out free samples of popsicles, but I didn’t get one.  The Warriors team store was open, and they had a lot of items with prices reduced by half.  I was tempted to buy a shirt or an ugly Christmas sweater.  I headed next door to the stadium and looked around for a jacket or a sweatshirt in the A’s team store before I went to my seat.  I heard Dick Callahan on the radio pregame show.  The A’s had been getting good pitching in this series with the Baltimore Orioles.  Andrew Triggs started off well, getting the first seven Orioles out, and allowing only a single through the first three innings.  Ryon Healy made a great play in the first inning in which he spun around twice and threw to first base for the out.  Triggs ran into trouble in the fourth inning with one out.  He allowed three consecutive singles, and a double, making the score 3-0.  Triggs then got the last two outs, but that would be all for him for this game.  Daniel Coulombe pitched the fifth inning, and after he got the first out, he allowed a hit to left field, and Coco Crisp made a bad error on the play, allowing the runner to get to second base.  Perhaps the play affected Coulombe, because the inning would take a turn for the worse.  He did get the next batter out on a line drive to Coco Crisp.  An intentional walk would have been a good idea if Coulombe had been throwing well, but he would walk the bases loaded and then fall behind in the count 3-1 before giving up the biggest hit of the game for the grand slam, making the score 7-0.  Coulombe would get the last out one batter too late.  The A’s managed to reply in the bottom of the inning.  Billy Butler singled, and after Jake Smolinski lined out to left, Ryon Healy hit a home run just above the left field scoreboard, making the score 7-2.  Chris Smith pitched the top of the sixth inning.  He allowed a walk, but a double play helped him out in shutting down the Orioles in the inning.  We didn’t get a Big Head race.  We did see a pair of young girl twins answer a trivia question about Ulysses S. Grant.  Unfortunately, Chris Smith couldn’t keep the Orioles from scoring in the seventh inning.  He gave up a home run to make the score 8-2.  After a walk and two singles, the score was 9-2.  During the seventh inning stretch, we would hear the Miracles’ “Love Machine.”  Smith managed a clean eighth inning, but the score was still 9-2 going to the bottom of the eighth inning.  Max Muncy got things started with a home run just inside the right field foul pole.  Coco Crisp walked, but on a 3-2 pitch, Marcus Semien hit into a frustrating double play.  Stephen Vogt walked, and Danny Valencia walked, and then Yonder Alonso doubled for two runs.  Billy Butler followed with a single that scored Alonso.  It would have been great if Smolinski could have gotten a hit to bring the A’s closer, but he hit a fly ball to center for the last out.  With a 9-6 score going to the ninth inning, at least there was a slight chance of a comeback.  Marc Rzepczynski came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  He allowed a double with one out, but then got two strikeouts to keep the score where it was.  We didn’t see the John Belushi Animal House video clip, but the bottom of the ninth inning would be eventful.  Healy grounded out, but Brett Eibner, pinch-hitting for Muncy, drew a walk.  Coco Crisp flied out to left field.  Marcus Semien singled to at least bring the tying run to home plate.  Khris Davis was up to pinch-hit for Vogt.  He singled, but Eibner was foolishly far from third base and was ruled to be tagged out on a ball thrown behind him to end the game.  However, the A’s challenged the call, and Eibner was fortunate not to be the goat of the game, as the call was reversed after the review.  The bases were loaded with two outs and the A’s behind by three runs, and Danny Valencia was coming up to bat.  There was no dramatic ending to the game, because fortunately, Valencia quietly grounded out to second, and the A’s scored no runs at all in the inning.  Still, the A’s did manage to win three out of four against a contending team.  They helped out the Toronto Blue Jays a bit.  The game began at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 70 degrees, and it ended at 3:47.  The attendance was 16,610.  I went home and ate some chicken fried rice.  I went over to the record store to browse, and I bought a compilation album called “Troublemakers” and Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.  I wanted something to listen to after the next game.  I went out to Trader Joe’s.  Back at home, I watched a movie with Rosalind Russell as a nun, and Robin Williams on the Dick Cavett Show.  The latest news on Donald Trump was hard to believe.  He said that his ISIS comments about Obama and Clinton were “sarcasm,” which makes as much sense as the original comments.  Trump doesn’t know what sarcasm is.  Some of the people who died on August 12 include William Blake (1827), Thomas Mann (1955), Ian Fleming (1964), Henry Fonda (1982), Loretta Young (2000), Merv Griffin (2007), Les Paul (2009), and Lauren Bacall (2014).  Today is a birthday for Sam J. Jones (62), Mark Knopfler (67), and George Hamilton (77).

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