Andrew Triggs’ Grand Slam Inning

I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station.  I got to the Coliseum and saw that they had changed things.  I didn’t see the food trucks.  I looked for a jacket in the team store but didn’t see any in my size, which is small.  I went to take my seat and talked with the usher in my section about what the winter was like, with all the rain.  I listened to the radio as I watched batting practice and waited for the game to start.  Quite a few Giants fans were in the stands.  Andrew Triggs was the starting pitcher for the A’s.  He gave up a double to the second batter of the game.  With two outs, he loaded the bases with a walk and a hit batter, but he managed to escape the first inning without giving up any runs with a fly ball to left field.  In the second inning, Triggs got into another jam with one out as he allowed a single and a double, but again he escaped by catching a line drive and throwing to third base for the double play.  Triggs somehow had a clean third inning.  On offense, the A’s were silent in the first two innings, as they made six consecutive outs.  In the third inning, however, Marcus Semien singled, as well as Yonder Alonso.  After Rajai Davis failed to bunt, he took a big swing and fouled out.  Matt Joyce came up and doubled to give the A’s a 2-0 lead.  Neither Jed Lowrie nor Ryon Healy could bring in Joyce, however.  After the good third inning, Triggs was shaky in the fourth, as he gave up a single and hit the next batter with a pitch.  After another single to load the bases, he allowed the big hit of the game, a grand slam.  He got the next two Giants out, but Bob Melvin brought in Zack Neal to get the last out of the inning.  Raul Alcantara entered the game in the fifth inning, and he got seven consecutive outs before he encountered some trouble.  A walk with one out and a home run with two outs made the score 6-3.  The A’s had scored in the bottom of the sixth with a walk from Jaff Decker and a double from Josh Phegley.  Alcantara ended his afternoon allowing another single and a balk.  Simon Castro and Cesar Valdez got seven consecutive outs to finish the nine innings.  Kara Tsuboi had returned to the stadium, and she looked like she was pregnant.  She sang “Happy Birthday” to recognize Stomper’s 20th year as the team mascot.  We heard James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” during the seventh inning stretch.  A lot of substitutions during the game made my scorecard look very messy and confusing.  Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo on the radio talked a lot about the food samples they got, and they said the nachos and stir-fried tofu were tasty.  The woman sitting in front of me during the game was loud and obnoxious, as she had too much to drink.  The A’s tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with a single from Chris Parmelee and a walk from Andrew Lambo, but Adam Rosales grounded out to end the game.  It had started at 12:08 with a game time temperature of 66 degrees and ended at 3:02.  The attendance was 30,743.  The news of the day was that the A’s were going with eight relief pitchers to begin the season.  If the last three games are an indication, the A’s will have difficulty scoring runs this season.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 2, “2001: A Space Odyssey” was released in 1968.  In 1970, “Patton,” starring George C. Scott, was released.  In 1971, the final episode of “Dark Shadows” was aired on ABC.  In 1978, the first episode of “Dallas” was aired on CBS.

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