Khris Davis’ Walk-Off Double

I watched CBS Sunday Morning with their segments on hot air balloons, Edsels, Star Trek, and Jerry Lewis.  I listened to the radio and took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station.  I went over to the Coliseum.  I got in line to buy a Breast Cancer Awareness jersey, which would go on sale at noon.  There was a breeze going through the tunnel where we stood.  I bought one, and a pin, and then went over to my seat.  The obnoxious Red Sox fan from Saturday night was not around to torment me.  The breast cancer survivors out on the field carried pennants instead of balloons this year, and they didn’t retrace their steps in clearing the field of their ribbon formation.  Kendall Graveman pitched well on this afternoon, getting a clean first inning.  He picked off the Red Sox rookie off first base in an embarrassing way in the third inning.  Graveman faced trouble in the fourth inning when he walked the first batter and then gave up a single.  After a fly ball to center, it looked like Danny Valencia had thrown out the runner going to second base, but the call was reviewed and reversed.  Boston now had the bases loaded with one out.  However, Graveman got an out on a line drive to Semien, and then he got a ground ball to Valencia to end the inning.  Graveman gave up only a single in the fifth inning, and he had a clean sixth inning.  In the Big Head race, we saw Rollie Fingers win yet again.  Graveman got the first batter of the seventh inning out, but then he gave up a single and a walk.  Ryan Dull came out to take the mound.  He got the second out on a foul ball to right, although the runner at second went to third on the play.  A fly ball was the third out.  It seemed miraculous that the Red Sox hadn’t scored in seven innings after they had scored 27 runs in the first two games of the series.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”  Dull gave up a walk to start the eighth inning, but he got the next three batters out, two of them by strikeouts.  During all this time, what were the A’s doing on offense?  Practically nothing.  Valencia walked in the first inning.  Ryon Healy reached base in the second inning, but on an error.  Chad Pinder walked in the fifth inning.  Jake Smolinski was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.  The Boston pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, had a clean inning in the seventh, and so found himself two innings away from a no-hitter.  In the bottom of the eighth inning, he got Brett Eibner and Chad Pinder out on ground balls to third.  Marcus Semien hit a ground ball that bounded off Rodriguez’s foot, and Rodriguez threw to first base for the third out, but the play went to review, and the call was overturned.  It actually wasn’t too close.  The third out came on a play another ground ball that went to Rodriguez.  Thus, the no-hitter was gone, but there was a game to settle, and neither team has scored a run through eight innings.  The A’s sent Ryan Madson out to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  He got the first two batters out on ground balls and the third out on a fly ball to left.  The Red Sox made a pitching change because Rodriguez had thrown 110 pitches.  I don’t think of Danny Valencia as being a patient hitter, but he drew a walk to start the bottom of the ninth.  The inning was go on for only one more pitch, as Khris Davis swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a double into left field.  The Boston left fielder couldn’t handle the ball cleanly, as he committed an error which allowed Valencia to run from third base to home plate for the winning run.  It was a happy ending for one day, at least.  The Red Sox had outscored the A’s in these three games, 27-5, and yet the A’s managed to win one game.  The Red Sox fans sitting to my left, who had been boasting all afternoon of the greatness of their team, quickly left after the winning run scored.  The game began at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 65 degrees, and it ended at 3:46.  I tried to get home quickly, but the BART station was clogged with people.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played tracks from Elvis Costello’s Artist’s Choice album.  I would say that the songs I liked most were Joni Mitchell’s “The Last Time I Saw Richard” and Dusty Springfield’s “I Don’t Want to Hear It Anymore.”  I watched a Columbo episode with Robert Culp and Dean Stockwell.  It was called “The Most Crucial Game.”  I liked the moment where the little girl wanted to buy an ice cream, but Culp just drove away so that he could commit a murder.  There were a couple of Jackie Chan movies on television.  “The Last Picture Show” was being shown again.  I like the movie a lot, but there are only so many times I can sit down and watch it.  I saw Richard Widmark and William Holden in “Alvarez Kelly.”  Some of the people who died on September 5 include Crazy Horse (1877), Georg Solti (1997), Mother Teresa (1997), Allen Funt (1999), and Joe South (2012).  Today is a birthday for Michael Keaton (65), Raquel Welch (76), George Lazenby (77), and Bob Newhart (87).

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