Kendall Graveman’s Eighth Loss

I watched CBS This Morning and their chef segment.  Jeff Mauro’s signature dishes include the New Pastra-Mindy sandwich, Pig candy, Sweet potato potato salad, P&M baked beans, Holy Cannoli Nado’, and Watermelon and Fresno Mezcalarita.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on August 12, 1972 were “School’s Out,” “How Do You Do,” “Too Late to Turn Back Now,” “I’m Still in Love with You,” “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress),” “Where is the Love,” “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast,” “(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right,” “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” and “Alone Again (Naturally).”  I watched the Partridge Family episode “Promise Her Anything But Give Her a Punch.”  I wonder whatever happened to Patti Cohoon.  I noticed that Laurie had her shoes on while she was sitting on her bed.  I took a nap while watching the Alfred Hitchcock Hour, then took the buses out to the Coliseum.  It was a warm afternoon.  I sweated a bit under my Star Wars shirt.  I got to my seat early and listened to the news on the radio.  I also heard songs by Aerosmith and Nirvana.  I saw Chris Smith meeting with members of his family and posing for some photos on the field.  Ray Fosse was signing some autographs.  Star Wars characters walked across the field, and we had a moment of remembrance for Kenny Baker.  Ruby Lopez was dressed like Daisy Ridley.  Kendall Graveman was the starting pitcher for the A’s in this game with the Mariners.  He kept the Mariners from scoring in the first three innings.  He gave up two singles in the first inning, had a clean second inning, and gave up one single in the third inning.  Several plays went to Max Muncy at second base.  The A’s had two singles in the first inning, but didn’t score.  Billy Butler started the second inning with a single.  After one out, Ryon Healy singled, moving Butler to second base.  Muncy hit into a force play at second.  Coco Crisp singled to give the A’s a 1-0 lead.  That lead lasted until the first pitch of the fourth inning, when Graveman gave up a home run.  He got the next three batters out.  In the bottom of the inning, Butler doubled.  He would move to third base on a Smolinski ground out, but he would stay there.  Graveman began the fifth inning by allowing a single.  After a force play, a ground ball to third was an out at first base, with the runner going to second base.  A single gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead, and one pitch later, Graveman allowed another home run, making the score 4-1.  Graveman would make it through the sixth inning.  He would allow a walk, but he was helped out by a good play by Yonder Alonso, and also a double play.  Ken Korach on the radio said that Alonso should be considered for a Gold Glove.  The A’s got more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Khris Davis hit a home run on the first pitch, and the ball had an exit velocity of 110 mph and traveled 431 feet.  After Alonso struck out, Butler doubled, and Smolinski followed with a single that scored Butler.  Unfortunately, Healy and Muncy both made outs.  We saw another Big Head race, and Rollie Fingers won yet again, even after Rickey Henderson had jumped out to a lead.  John Axford pitched the top of the seventh, and he annoyingly gave up a walk to a .212 hitter.  The runner would move to second base on a wild pitch, and then to third base on a ground out, but Axford got out of the inning with a ground ball to first.  In the bottom of the inning, Coco Crisp singled and stole second base, but was unable to score.  Marc Rzepczynski pitched the top of the eighth inning and had a clean inning.  In the bottom of the inning, the A’s did nothing.  Rzepczynski gave up a single to start the ninth inning.  After getting a force out at second base, Liam Hendriks came in the game.  He allowed a double to put runners at second and third with one out.  Another hit would have sunk the A’s, but Henriks got a pop fly to shortstop and then a ground ball to second to keep the score at 4-3.  The sound system went out in the middle of the inning.  Healy swung at the first pitch and hit a foul ball that was caught for one out.  Danny Valencia hit a ground ball for an out.  Coco Crisp struck out to end the game.  This game began at 6:07 with a game time temperature of 67 degrees, and it ended at 9:05.  The attendance was 35.067.  I got into the line to go onto the field.  The Star Wars characters took the field before us.  I took a spot on the grass and would notice that Billy Butler and his family sat down nearby.  I saw that he was singing along to “Lights” just before the lights went off for the fireworks show.  The music was from different Star Wars movies.  I saw a brief Rogue One preview, and then it was time to go home.  I wanted to go home quickly so that I could get some sleep.  I heard the latest Olympics news.  The Rams played an exhibition game with the Dallas Cowboys at the Los Angeles Coliseum.Some of the people who died on August 14 include Johnny Burnette (1964), Dorothy Stratten (1980), Gale Sondergaard (1985), Roy Buchanan (1988), Czeslaw Milosz (2004), Bruno Kirby (2006), and Ron Palillo (2012).  Today is a birthday for Susan Olsen (55), Magic Johnson (57), and Steve Martin (71).

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