Kendall Graveman’s Strong Start and Tenth Win

I looked at the box score of Tuesday night’s game to see what I missed, and then I headed out to the Coliseum.  I saw Roberta Gonzales from KPIX entering the stadium.  I bought a raffle ticket for a quilt, and I talked with an usher about the new school year.  The starting pitcher for the A’s this afternoon was Kendall Graveman.  He pitched a very good seven innings against the Indians.  He allowed two men to reach base in the first inning, one man to reach base in each of the second through fifth innings, and none in the sixth.  The A’s had their big inning of scoring runs in the second inning.  Khris Davis started things off with a triple.  Yonder Alonso walked, and then Ryon Healy singled for the game’s first run.  Brett Eibner grounded out on a 3-1 play.  Max Muncy singled for another run.  Chad Pinder hit a line drive to right field, but it brought in a third run.  Jake Smolinski singled and went to second base on a wild pitch.  Danny Valencia hit an infield fly that looked like the last out, but Carlos Santana at first base misplayed it, and the ball dropped for two more runs.  With a 5-0 lead and Graveman pitching well, this game looked like a win for the home team at this point.  Before the fifth inning, Kara Tsuboi asked a few questions to Mehershala Ali, trying to get him to say something about “House of Cards.”  Before the seventh inning, we saw a Big Head race, and Rollie Fingers won another close one.  Graveman got the first two batters of the seventh inning out, but then he gave up a home run to a hitter whose batting average was .096 to start the day.  It was a ball that bounced off the top of the outfield wall for what we thought was a single, but then the umpires got together to discuss it and gave the Indians the home run, making the score 5-1.  Graveman got into a bit of trouble with a single and a walk, but then Alonso caught a line drive for the last out.  Graveman did lower his ERA from 4.09 to 3.97 in his seven innings.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough.”  In the bottom of the inning, Valencia singled, but Vogt hit into a double play.  Davis and Alonso both singled, and Healy walked to load the bases, but Eibner swung at the first pitch and made the last out.  Ryan Dull pitched the top of the eighth inning.  Alonso made another good play on a line drive hit his way for the first out.  He also caught an infield fly for the second out.  After Dull gave up a double, he got a strikeout for the last out.  The A’s got a walk from Muncy in the bottom of the inning, but Pinder struck out, and Smolinski grounded into a double play.  Ryan Madson entered the game in the top of the ninth inning.  He gave up a single, but then got a double play ground ball.  The play was reviewed, but the call stood.  That was fortunate, because Madson allowed another single.  However, he struck out the next batter to end the game.  The A’s pitchers allowed the Indians only one run in each of the three games in this series, and the A’s outscored them in the three games, 14-3.  The A’s won two of the three games because they didn’t score any runs in Monday’s game.  The game started at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 62 degrees, and it ended at 3:14.  The attendance was 12,795.  It was an enjoyable afternoon.  I didn’t go straight home, taking BART to the MacArthur station and then the 57 bus into Emeryville.  I browsed through Barnes and Noble and bought the issue of Rolling Stone magazine with Paul McCartney on the cover.  I took the bus back home and thought about seeing “Hell or High Water,” but I was too late for the matinee showing.  I bought a burrito and sat in front of the television.  Later I would watch the Dick Cavett Show with John Hartford, Julie Harris, Woody Allen, and Joe Frazier.  Julie Harris recited a poem by Emily Dickinson.  Woody Allen said that Hartford sneezed on his arm, referring to him as “this guy,” and he also gave bizarre answers to questions from audience members.  He said that he rushed through a play to get to a boxing match.  Some of the people who died on August 25 include Paul Muni (1967), Stan Kenton (1979), Truman Capote (1984), Jack Nitzsche (2000), Aaliyah (2001), Ted Kennedy (2009), and Neil Armstrong (2012).  Today is a birthday for Tim Burton (58), Elvis Costello (62), Gene Simmons (67), Regis Philbin (85), and Sean Connery (86).

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