Andrew Triggs’ Strong Start

I brought my plastic poncho with me to the stadium, as it was raining lightly.  After the gates opened, I headed to the food trucks and bought a carne asada burrito from El Gran Taco Loco.  I then bought a watermelon ice from Kona Ice and headed to my seat.  During the early innings, it looked as though we might have a rain delay, as some fans headed for cover.  Andrew Triggs was the A’s starting pitcher, and he would have a good game, lasting one out short of six innings.  He walked the first Angels batter, who went to second base on a fly ball, but then he got two fly ball outs to right field to end the inning.  In the second inning, Triggs allowed a single with two outs, with the runner going to second base on Mark Canha’s error, the first error for the A’s this season.  After a walk, though, Triggs got out of the ending with a fly ball to center.  However, in the third inning, Triggs allowed a hit to centerfield, and the ball bounced off Rajai Davis for another error.  A ground ball out to first base moved the runner to third base, and after a walk, a ground ball out to second base brought in the run for the Angels, although it was an unearned run.  A fly ball to left ended the inning.  The A’s did respond in the bottom of the inning with some runs.  Adam Rosales singled on the first pitch.  Marcus Semien singled to center, and Mike Trout committed an error on the play, so Rosales tied the score.  Jed Lowrie walked, and then Khris Davis hit a line drive out to right field, allowing Semien to score.  Ryon Healy took a big swing for a home run, and the score was 4-1.  Triggs pitched clean innings in the fourth and fifth, while the A’s offense was also quiet in those innings.  Triggs got the first two batters out in the sixth inning before he allowed two singles.  Bob Melvin brought in Liam Hendriks, who got a ground ball for a force out that the Angels challenged.  Ken Korach on the radio kept saying that it looked as though the Angels would get the call, but they didn’t.  The A’s had one more run left in them on this afternoon.  In the bottom of the sixth inning, Khris Davis doubled, and after Healy struck out, Trevor Plouffe singled, and the score was 5-1.  Hendriks pitched the top of the seventh and struck out two and got a ground ball to shortstop for a clean inning.  The A’s did nothing in their half of the inning.  Santiago Casilla appeared in the top of the eighth inning and also pitched a clean inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Healy walked with two outs, but that was it.  The A’s had only five hits in the game, but three of them came in the third inning with a walk that led to a run.  Rajai Davis’ batting average was .154 at the beginning of the afternoon, and he went 0-for-4.  Mark Canha and Josh Phegley both went 0-for-3.  Sean Doolittle went out to the mound to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  He struck out the first two batters before giving up a single.  The Angels sent a pinch hitter for their last chance, but Doolittle got the strikeout to end the game.  The game had begun at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 3:21.  Attendance was 13,292.  During the game, Ken Korach said several times that the A’s did not want to hit the road with a record of 1-3 after the home opening series.  He also mentioned the news that Don Rickles had died at age 90.  With more rain about to hit, I was in a rush to get out of the stadium and on the train back home.  Some of the people who died on April 7 include El Greco (1614), P.T. Barnum (1891), Walter Huston (1950), Jim Thompson (1977), Beatrice Straight (2001), Johnny Hart (2007), and Mike Wallace (2012).  Today is a birthday for Russell Crowe (53), Jackie Chan (63), and Jerry Brown (79).

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