Andrew Triggs’ Stellar Outing

I gave a lecture and wished that I was still on spring break.  I sent out my income tax return by mail.  I rushed over to the Coliseum and got to the game late.  Andrew Triggs was the A’s starting pitcher.  Neither the A’s nor the Rangers did anything during the first inning.  Through the first three innings, both teams had only one hit.  In the fourth inning, the Rangers had one more hit, but the A’s did nothing.  In the fifth inning, both teams were quiet.  It seemed for a while that the game would end in two hours.  In the sixth inning, Yonder Alonso’s error led to trouble.  A wild pitch allowed the runner to take second base, and after a strikeout, a single gave the Rangers the first run of the game.  The crowd was alarmed that the runner stole both second and third.  On a ground ball, Adam Rosales throw to the plate was too late, and so the Rangers were ahead, 2-0.  Triggs got out of the inning with a double play.  Trevor Plouffe started the bottom of the inning with a walk.  After Bruce Maxwell lined out to left field, Rosales hit a home run that got the crowd excited.  Jaff Decker hit a double to keep things going, and then Alonso and Jed Lowrie both walked to load the bases.  Khris Davis just missed a grand slam, but the fly ball to center produced a run.  Ryon Healy pinch hit for Stephen Vogt, and he hit a ball that dropped in for a single and another run.  Rajai Davis hit a fly ball to end the inning, but the A’s were ahead by 4-2.  Sean Doolittle pitched the top of the seventh inning, and he pitched a clean inning.  Maxwell and Rosales got hits in the bottom of the inning, but Decker and Alonso couldn’t bring in either of them.  Doolittle got the first batter out in the top of the eighth inning, and then Ryan Dull got the next two Rangers out.  In the bottom of the inning, the A’s got a walk from Healy, but that was it.  Santiago Casilla pitched the top of the ninth, and it was a clean inning for him.  The game had begun at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees and ended at 9:55. The attendance was 12,091.  Andrew Triggs’ record had improved to 3-0, while his ERA remained at 0.00.  On the postgame radio show, Chris Townsend praised Triggs and Rosales as the stars of the game.  Some of the people who died on April 19 include Charles Darwin (1882), Daphne du Maurier (1989), J.G. Ballard (2009), and Levon Helm (2012).  Today is a birthday for James Franco (39), Ashley Judd (49), and Tim Curry (71).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind segment for April 19, “Carousel” opened on Broadway in 1945.  The Beatles released their single “Ticket to Ride” in the United States in 1965.  In 1973, “Soylent Green,” starring Charlton Heston, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, and Edward G. Robinson, was released.In 1975, Elton John was Number One on the singles chart with “Philadelphia Freedom.”  In 1978, the television series “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Nicholas Hammond premiered on CBS.  In 1980, Blondie had the Number One single, “Call Me.”  In 1982, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announced that they would continue their reunion performances that began with a Central Park concert.  In 1988, Sonny Bono was inaugurated as mayor of Palm Springs.  In 2001, the Mel Brooks musical “The Producers” opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre.  In 2012, Levon Helm died of cancer at age 71 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

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