Daniel Mengden’s Pummeling

I watched CBS This Morning.  They noted the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.  I watched the chef segment.  Bill Durney’s signature dishes include Mac n’ cheese, Sauerkraut, Cole slaw, Smoked pit beans, and The Billy Hoyle drink.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on September 1, 1973 were “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “Loves Me Like a Rock,” “Get Down,” “The Morning After,” “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose,” “Live and Let Die,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Delta Dawn,” “Let’s Get It On,” and “Brother Louie.”  I went to work and put in five hours before heading to the Coliseum.  I listened to the radio and waited for the gates to open so that I could get my Jose Canseco bobblehead.  I craved pizza but resisted buying one.  The Banjo Man walked by me, and I took a photo of him.  Jose Canseco showed up to throw out the first pitch, although I don’t know why he had to wear his cap backwards.  I was surrounded by Red Sox fans all night.  The Red Sox had a pitcher who was on his way to 20 wins on the season, where the A’s were sending Daniel Mengden out to the mound.  Ken Korach had a problem with his microphone to start the radio broadcast, which seemed symbolic of the troubles the A’s were having in this series.  It didn’t take long for Mengden to give up two runs.  Three of the first four Boston batters got hits, which were a single and two doubles.  Mengden allowed a single and a walk with two outs in the second inning, but he got out of trouble with a strikeout.  He even got the first two Boston batters in the third inning out, but then everything went to hell.  Mengden first gave up a home run, then a double, a walk, another double, and a single.  An error by Khris Davis allowed a run to score.  Melvin had seen enough, and replaced Mengden with John Axford, who promptly allowed two singles and a double before finally getting the strikeout to end the inning.  After the dust had settled on this disastrous inning, the score was 9-0.  We heard Jose Canseco on the radio with Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo during this inning.  Canseco talked about the beginning of his career in September 1985.  He said he was nervous about his first ten or fifteen times at bat, and Dwayne Murphy helped him out with some advice.  He also said he enjoyed his two seasons with the Red Sox.  Axford pitched the fourth inning and got into trouble with a walk, a single, and a wild pitch, but then he got three straight outs that kept the Red Sox from scoring.  Chris Smith pitched the next four innings for the A’s.  He allowed only one hit in the first three of those innings, and he managed clean innings in the sixth and the seventh.  On offense, the A’s were weak, making sixteen consecutive outs to start the game.  In the sixth inning with one out, Jake Smolinski doubled for the A’s first hit of the game, and Bruce Maxwell singled to make the score 9-1.  In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson would a close one with Rollie Fingers close behind him.  In the bottom of the seventh inning, the A’s scored, as Stephen Vogt singled, moved to second base on a Khris Davis ground out to third, and scored on a single from Alonso, although Alonso would be thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double.  Smith looked like he might be tiring in this fourth inning of work, as he allowed a single which would turn into the 10th Boston run of the game, aided by a Marcus Semien error.  Daniel Coulombe pitched the top of the ninth inning.  He got three strikeouts, but also gave up three singles, which produced the last Boston run of the night.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Chad Pinder doubled, and Max Muncy’s fly ball out to right got Pinder to third base, but then Matt McBride flied out to left, and Brett Eibner struck out to end the game.  This game began at 6:07 and ended at 9:08.  The attendance was 30,045.  In the first two games of this series, the Red Sox scored 27 runs, and the A’s scored 4.  It seems that the A’s have to make a vast improvement with their team if they want to contend for a championship.  We have to wonder why some of these pitchers can be successful at Nashville and then look bad in the majors.  If the A’s were going to win one game in this series, it figured to be today’s game, because Kendall Graveman has been pitching well, while Boston’s pitcher has an ERA of 5.35.  I hurried out of the stadium.  I listened to Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” album on the way home.  I listened to what was Side One of the album, ending with “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.”  I didn’t see a movie on the KQED schedule, so I didn’t think that there was a good reason to stay up late.  Some of the people who died on September 4 include Edvard Grieg (1907), Irene Dunne (1990), Hervé Villachaize (1993), Steve Irwin (2006), Paul Conrad (2010), and Joan Rivers (2014).  Today is a birthday for Damon Wayans (56).

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