Andrew Triggs’ Terrible Third Inning

I watched CBS Sunday Morning.  Serena Altschul spoke with Rob Lowe about “The Outsiders,” although I had the feeling that she wanted to talk with Tom Cruise.  S.E. Hinton made comments about the popularity of the book.  My parents spoke with me briefly and seemed confused about what time of the year it was.  I went to buy some groceries before heading over to the BART station.  I got to the line outside the gate early, although there was no special rush for the giveaway, which was a pair of striped socks.  I took a look at the food trucks and decided to get a chicken club.  I felt better after eating, and I then bought a chocolate malt and headed for my seat.  The Little Leaguers were taking a walk around the field.  On the pregame radio show, I heard Ray Fosse talking with Catfish Hunter, who said he didn’t like going to 3-2 counts to hitters.  Some of the A’s pitchers could have learned something from what he said.  A’s fans had hopes for a win because starting pitcher Andrew Triggs was bringing an ERA of 0.00 to the game.  Triggs hit the first Seattle batter of the game with a pitch.  After a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt, a single gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead.  Triggs did get the next five batters out, so he did have a clean second inning.  In the third inning, four of the first five Mariners reached base safely, with two singles and two walks and one run scoring.  Triggs got a strikeout, giving the fans hope that he would get out of the inning with the score still at 2-0.  However, with the count at 1-0, Triggs gave up a grand slam.  Suddenly, the score was 6-0, and the game was all but officially over.  Triggs got six out of the next seven Mariners out, getting a clean fourth inning and giving up just a single in the fifth inning.  Bob Melvin called on Daniel Coulombe to take the mound.  He threw a lot of pitches to the first batter he faced but got the out to end the inning.  Coulombe made it through the sixth inning without giving up any runs, although he allowed two walks with one out.  Meanwhile, the A’s had not done much to score any runs of their own.  Only three A’s had reached safely: Stephen Vogt with a single in the first inning, Matt Joyce with a walk in the second inning, and Ryon Healy with a single in the fourth inning.  In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers won again.  Raul Alcantara went out to the mound to pitch the seventh inning, and he was terrible.  He walked the first batter he faced, and then gave up a single, and then a home run, so quickly the score was 9-0.  He got out of the inning with the help of Matt Olson in right field, who made a good catch and threw to first base for a double play.  A’s fans saw on the scoreboard that the Giants had suffered a 8-0 loss against the Rockies and didn’t want to see their team get shut out, too.  In the bottom of the seventh inning, Ryon Healy doubled, making him the only A’s player to get two hits during the afternoon.  Yonder Alonso flied out to left.  Trevor Plouffe singled, allowing Healy to get to third base and prompting a pitching change.  Matt Joyce hit a sacrifice fly to left field, making the score 9-1.  Some fans cheered sarcastically, although some were happy to finally see the home team score a run.  Adam Rosales struck out to end the inning.  During the break, we heard James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”  Alcantara had a clean eighth inning.  The radio announcers talked about the organist who was in the stadium for a Sunday afternoon, and they discussed the differences between a ballpark, a stadium, and a facility.  I didn’t notice any comments about whether the Coliseum was a stadium or a facility.  They also talked about the Kaval sandwich, which had buttermilk waffles, a beef patty, and chicken.  At 2:57, the crowd did The Wave for a few minutes.  At 3:56, the seagulls showed up in the third deck.  They seemed eager for this game to end.  The crowd danced along to “Y.M.C.A.”  Alcantara, though, would not get through the top of the ninth inning cleanly.  He gave up a double to the first batter.  After an out to left field, he got to a 3-2 count before giving up another double for the tenth Mariners run.  A single made the score 11-1.  Bob Melvin sure didn’t want to use another relief pitcher to end this game, which was an obvious lost cause.  Another double put runners and second and third.  Alcantara, though, somehow managed to get the next two batters out on fly balls.  In the bottom of the inning, Stephen Vogt lined out to left.  Healy wasn’t able to get a third hit, as he grounded out to second.  Alonso doubled, but Plouffe struck out to end the game.  This game began at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees, and it ended at 4:18.  The attendance was 24,165.  We had not quite seen ten consecutive days of baseball because of the rainout last Sunday.  We will not have another home game until May 5.  I listened to some Chuck Berry music on the way out of the stadium.  I stopped at the record store and bought vinyl copies of a Beatles album and an Allman Brothers album.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played tracks from a Joni Mitchell tribute album, and also a Leonard Cohen tribute album.  I thought two of the best songs were “Ladies of the Canyon” and “Suzanne.”  The first Columbo episode was “Last Salute to the Commodore” with Robert Vaughn.  The late episode was “A Bird in the Hand.”  I wanted to watch “Kochak: The Night Stalker” before I went to sleep.  Some of the people who died on April 24 include Daniel Defoe (1731), Bud Abbott (1974), Pat Paulsen (1997), and Billy Paul (2016).  Today is a birthday for Barbra Streisand (75) and Shirley MacLaine (83).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 24, Pink Floyd released their first single, “Arnold Layne,” in 1967.  In 1976, Saturday Night Live producer offered The Beatles a certified check for $3000 to appear on the show.

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