Kendall Graveman’s Perfect Six Innings and Imperfect Seven Innings

I spent some energy doing my laundry and borrowing some movies from the library.  I took the bus out to the MacArthur BART station.  The usher in my station asked me if I was going to be around next season.  Kendall Graveman was the starting pitcher for the A’s, and he was excellent for the first six innings, as they were six perfect innings.  Unfortunately, the rest of the team couldn’t provide any runs for him.  They had a chance when Renato Nuñez singled with two outs, followed by a double from Chad Pinder.  However, Nuñez was thrown out at home plate.  The A’s didn’t do anything in the third or sixth innings, but otherwise in those first six innings they left at least one runner on base.  Graveman’s bid for a perfect game ended with the first Texas batter in the seventh inning, who hit a ball that bounced over Ryon Healey, leaving Marcus Semien without a play.  Graveman then gave up another single, with the runner moving all the way over to third base.  A ground ball went to Valencia at first base, and he thought about throwing to home plate, but backed up and got the out at first.  Graveman made a mistake on his next pitch, which went over the fence for a big home run, making the score 3-0.  He allowed one more hit before getting out of the inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Get Down Tonight.”  In the bottom of the inning, Stephen Vogt hit a single, but Jake Smolinski hit into a double play.  Nuñez struck out.  John Axford pitched a clean eighth inning.  The A’s couldn’t do anything in their half of the inning, as Smith and Eibner struck out.  Chris Smith went to a 3-2 count to the first two batters in the ninth inning, and walked the second.  He did keep the Rangers from scoring.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Healy struck out.  Khris Davis grounded out.  Dannny Valencia singled, and Vogt walked.  Bob Melvin sent Yonder Alonso to pinch-hit for Smolinski, but he grounded into a force play to end the game.  This game began at 6:37 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees, and it ended at 8:56.  The attendance was 26,367.  The Rangers celebrated their American League West division championship.  Chris Townsend substituted for Ken Korach on the radio broadcast.  We stuck around for the superhero fireworks show.  I saw Eric Sogard and his family sitting on the grass.  The musical highlight of the fireworks show was Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  I was eager to get home.  Some of the people who died on September 24 include John Bonham (1980), Neil Hamilton (1984), and Dr. Seuss (1991).  Today is a birthday for Joe Greene (70).

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