Trevor Plouffe’s Big Home Run

I finished up my lecture and too BART over to the Coliseum.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to swing by the food trucks.  I got to my seat before the first pitch.  The A’s starting pitcher against the Seattle Mariners on this night was Cesar Valdez.  He got into trouble in the first two innings.  In the first, he gavup two singles that resulted in the Mariners taking a 1-0 lead.  In the second inning, Valdez allowed two doubles, a single, and a walk, giving the Mariners a 3-0 lead.  It looked as though the Mariners would continue to score with a runner at first base and still only one out, but Jed Lowrie made a good play on a 4-3 double play to end the inning.  Valdez would go on to pitch a clean third inning, and the A’s would come back in the bottom of the inning.  Jaff Decker, Rajai Davis, and Adam Rosales each hit singles, and an error on the Rosales hit allowed the second run to score.  After Lowrie and Khris Davis both struck out, Ryon Healy doubled to tie the score at 3-3.  Valdez managed to keep the Mariners from scoring in the fourth inning, as he allowed only a two-out walk, although a wild pitch put the runner at second base.  Frankie Montas pitched a clean fifth inning.  In the bottom of the fifth inning, Rajai Davis singled, but the centerfielder made an error, and so Davis ended up at third base.  Rosales followed with a sacrifice fly, and the A’s took the lead at 4-3.  Lowrie doubled and went to third base on a wild pitch.  Khris Davis walked.  Healy singled to make the score 5-3.  Davis stole third base, but Trevor Plouffe struck out for the third time in the game, and Matt Joyce came in to pinch hit for Chad Pinder but also struck out.  Unfortunately, Montas gave up a double and a home run in the top of the sixth inning, and so the score was 5-5 when Ryan Dull was brought in to pitch.  He got the next two batters out.  In the bottom of the inning, Josh Phegley doubled and went to second base on Decker’s sacrifice bunt. Rajai Davis’ ground out gave the A’s the lead again at 6-5.  Dull got two outs in the top of the seventh inning before giving up a walk.  Sean Doolittle came in and got the third out.  Kara Tsuboi and her crew came by near my seat to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch.  With one out in the bottom of the inning, Khris Davis and Healy both walked on 3-2 pitches, and then Trevor Plouffe swung at the first pitch and hit a three-run home run that seemed to clinch the game.  Ryan Madson pitched a clean eighth inning.  Santiago Casilla came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning, and he gave up a double to the first hitter.  The runner went to third base on a ground out to first.  The next batter walked, and then a sacrifice fly gave the Mariners another run.  A ground ball to Lowrie ended the game.  The fans were pretty happy with three consecutive wins.  My section received Round Table Pizza coupons after the Plouffe home run.  The game had begun at 7:08 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees, and it ended at 10:17.  The attendance was 10,707.  I felt rather happy as I headed home.  I watched Stephen Colbert and ate a couple of oranges before I went to bed.  Some of the people who died on April 21 include Mark Twain (1910), Gummo Marx (1977), Erté (1990), Jimmy the Greek (1996), Nina Simone (2003), and Prince (2016).  Today is a birthday for Andie MacDowell (59), Tony Danza (66), Iggy Pop (70), and Queen Elizabeth II (91).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 21, Elvis Presley had the Number One single “Good Luck Charm” in 1962.  In 1973, the Number One single was Tony Orlando and Dawn’s “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.”  In 1989, “Pet Sematary” was released.  In 1993, “Walker, Texas Ranger” made its debut on CBS.

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