Andrew Triggs’ Steady Improvement

I went out to work and prepared for my first day of class.  I ate my late lunch and took a nap.  I watched a bit of TMZ Live, and they talked about Ryan Lochte and Lindsay Lohan.  I went back to the office and worked a little more, then took BART over to the Coliseum.  With the season apparently taking a turn for the worse, hardly any fans showed up.  Marcus Semien was out of the game, waiting for a baby to be born.  Billy Butler was out for a week after his incident with Danny Valencia.  Andrew Triggs was the starting pitcher for the A’s against the Indians.  He pitched clean innings in the first, second, and fourth.  He allowed a single in the third inning, but Stephen Vogt threw out the runner trying to steal second base.  Triggs gave up a two-out single in the fifth.  He got into a bit of trouble in the sixth inning when he allowed a walk and a double with two outs, but then he got a fly ball to right for the last out.  The score was still 0-0 when he pitched his last inning.  His ERA dropped from 4.98 to 4.38.  During the first five innings, the A’s managed only two hits and two runners on base, both of them Ryon Healy.  In the sixth inning with one out, Coco Crisp doubled and ran to third, but was thrown out on a 9-4-5 play.  The play was reviewed, and it looked to many of us like Coco got his right hand to the base before he was tagged on the side, but the ruling was that the play stood.  What was frustrating immediately afterward was that Jake Smolinski got a hit.  Stephen Vogt reached base on an murder by the second baseman, but Khris Davis struck out, so out of all of that, the A’s got no runs.  Triggs would not be getting a win for his effort.  Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the seventh inning.  He gave up a single, and then Vogt caught a foul ball.  Hendriks gave up a double, but then got tough and struck out the next two batters to keep the score at 0-0.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  Ryan Dull took the mound in the top of the eighth inning.  He got the first batter out on a ball hit to left field.  However, he made a mistake to the famous Carlos Santana, who hit a long ball just inside the right field foul pole for a home run.  Dull went to a 3-2 count to two hitters and gave up two hits.  He did get a strikeout to end the inning with the score at 1-0.  The A’s again did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  Ryan Madson pitched the top of the ninth and had a clean inning.  The A’s had to face the tough Andrew Miller in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Jake Smolinski struck out.  Danny Valencia came in to pinch-hit for Vogt, and he struck out.  Davis had struck out his three previous time and thus had a chance to redeem himself.  He struck out to end the game.  The Coco Crisp play felt painful in light of this loss.  Their record was now 53-72.  The A’s had their worst record after 125 game since 1997, when they were 50-75.  This game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 58 degrees, and it ended at 9:36.  The attendance was 10,114.  About an hour into the game, a security talked to the three fans sitting behind me to my right, and took them away for bring a bottle of liquor.  Kara Tsuboi told two fans to wrap a roll of toilet paper around their wrist within thirty seconds as a contest.  I listened to Chris Townsend on the radio, and he said that he enjoyed watching Andrew Triggs pitch.  Townsend said he appreciated what Triggs was doing.  Townsend pitched nine innings only once, and he felt exhausted for two days afterwards.  I listened to Lucinda Williams.  I hurried back home and watched Valerie Harper on The Dick Cavett Show.  I was interested in seeing Hillary Clinton on the Jimmy Kimmel show.  Hillary said that she had to be alert to wacky Republican strategies, and she proved that she was healthy by opening a jar of pickles.  I don’t think that she would do better with Jimmy as her running mate.  She didn’t seem to notice that she made a mistake in referring to Facebook as “Facetime.”  I don’t think her mistake was a big deal.  Facebook is largely a way of spreading mediocre thoughts and trite observations.  Some of the people who died on August 23 include Rudolph Valentino (1926), Oscar Hammerstein III (1960), Alfred Eisenstaedt (1995), Kathleen Freeman (2001), Peter Maas (2001), Bobby Bonds (2003), and Maynard Ferguson (2006).  Today is a birthday for Shelley Long (67), Rick Springfield (67), and Barbara Eden (85).

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