Daniel Mengden’s Good Effort

I borrowed a pile of DVDs from the library and came home to watch the end of “Spring Breakers” again.  I took BART out to the Coliseum and reached the stadium at six o’clock.  I took my seat and listened to the radio.  I saw the woman in the front row of the section to my left out on the field warming up playing catch.  She would throw out the first pitch, but I didn’t catch her name.  Daniel Mengden was the A’s starting pitcher, and he got the first two Mariner batters out before giving up a walk.  He then threw 13 pitches to Nelson Cruz before surrendering a double for a run.  Mengden gave up a double to start the second inning, but he got out of the inning with the help of a double play.  His first pitch of the third inning left the ballpark for one more Mariners run.  He allowed two consecutive singles before getting two consecutive outs.  He walked the bases loaded, but got a strikeout to end the inning.  That was the first of seven consecutive outs that Mengden would get to close out his five innings of work.  On offense, the A’s got a single from Joey Wendle in the first inning, a single from Yonder Alonso in the second inning, and a single from Bruce Maxwell in the third inning.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the fourth inning, but in the fifth inning with one out, Max Muncy singled.  He was forced out at second as Jake made it to first base.  Maxwell singled, moving Smolinski to second base.  Wendle got a single to score one run.  Marcus Semien could have tied the game with a hit, but he grounded out.  After we saw the Slow Dance Cam, Daniel Coulombe pitched the top of the sixth inning, and he had a clean inning.  However, in the bottom of the inning, Stephen Vogt, Khris Davis, and Yonder Alonso all struck out.  In the Big Head race, Dennis Eckersley managed to finish just ahead of Rickey Henderson.  Coulombe gave up a home run to start the seventh inning but then got the next three batters out.  In the bottom of the inning, Muncy walked with one out, and Maxwell’s double with two outs made the score 3-2.  Sean Doolittle pitched a strong eighth inning, getting two strikeouts.  The A’s, unfortunately, responded in the bottom of the inning by doing nothing.  John Axford pitched the top of the ninth inning, and he gave up a walk with two outs, but nothing more.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Alonso grounded out.  Ryon Heal struck out looking, which was highly annoying.  Muncy grounded out for the third out.  Bob Melvin didn’t use any pinch-hitters in this game.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 60 degrees, and it ended at 10:07.  The attendance was 19,385.  On the postgame radio show, Ken Korach said that Mengden had done a good job in not letting the game get out of hand in the first three innings.  I headed home, and when I got to my train, I heard teenagers in the car singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Mamma Mia.”  I was glad to return home.  Some of the people who died on September 10 include Dalton Trumbo (1976), Joanne Dru (1996), Jane Wyman (2007), Cliff Robertson (2011), and Richard Kiel (2014).  Today is a birthday for Colin Firth (56), Joe Perry (66), and Arnold Palmer (87).

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