Andrew Triggs’ Second Loss

After I went the Grand Lake Theatre, I caught the 12 bus and then the 1 bus out to the Fruitvale BART station.  I made my way to the Coliseum and spent a few minutes browsing through the team store.  I had my eye on a green jersey, but I just headed to the season ticket holder line.  As I entered the stadium, I was given a Khris Davis cheer card.  I took a look at the food trucks, and saw the team president at Sam’s Chowdermobile.  I bought a California burrito from Los Altos Truck.  I thought I could a lot for my money.  I bought a root beer float and made my way to my seat.  The highlight of the night came before the game, as Ken Korach pushed the button to light up the new Holy Toledo sign behind and above the centerfield fence.  During the national anthem, it was lit up in red, white, and blue.  Andrew Triggs was the A’s starting pitcher against the Tigers, and he got into trouble quickly, as three of the game’s first four batters got singles.  Triggs nearly gave up a grand slam, as a hard-hit ball went foul, but he got a double play to get out of the inning.  He had a clean second inning with the help of Adam Rosales on a low line drive.  However, Rosales committed an error to start the third inning, and a hit set up a situation with runners at second and third with two outs, and Triggs gave up the hit that put the Tigers ahead, 2-0.  The A’s in the bottom of the inning had the bases loaded with one out, but then Matt Joyce struck out, and then Jed Lowrie grounded out to first on the first pitch.  Triggs had another two clean innings in the fourth and fifth.  After one out in the sixth inning, however, a double, single and walk loaded the bases, and then Triggs gave up a triple, putting Detroit ahead, 5-0, and that was the game.  Liam Hendriks came in to strike out the next two batters.  The A’s did score in the bottom of the inning, as Lowrie singled and would come home on a hit by Yonder Alonso.  The Big Head race had Rollie Fingers and Dennis Eckersley tangled with each other for a moment for some reason, allowing Rickey Henderson to win by a big margin.  Josh Smith pitched the top of the seventh inning for the A’s, and he got into trouble with two outs with a double and two walks, although one walk was intentional.  He did escape, however, with a ground ball to third.  However, in the eighth inning, a double, triple, and sacrifice fly produced two more runs for the Tigers.  The inning ended after the sacrifice fly, as Rajai Davis threw to second base for the last out.  There was some debate about whether the Tigers scored the run before the out, which left some fans confused.  The A’s scored another run in the bottom of the inning, as Lowrie singled and Alonso doubled.  Bobby Wahl pitched the top of the ninth and had a clean inning with two strikeouts.  In the bottom of the ninth, the A’s managed only a single from Rajai Davis with two outs.  It was fitting that Matt Joyce made the last out, as his struggle seemed representative of what happened during the night.  He started with a .197 batting average and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 59 degrees, and it ended at 10:01.  The attendance was 17,519.  The radio announcers kidded Korach about not pushing the Holy Toledo button even once during the night, although it did light up after a fan made a marriage proposal.  There must be a second button somewhere.  I listened to a Beatles CD called “Turn Me On Dead Man: The John Barrett Tapes.”  I heard the news that Loretta Lynn had suffered a stroke.  I watched a little bit of Match Game before I went to bed.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 6, Keith Richards came up with the opening guitar riff to “Satisfaction” in a Clearwater, Florida hotel room in 1965.  In 1977, Led Zeppelin performed to an audience of 76,229 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, setting a record for attendance at a single-act concert.  In 1978, The Knack was formed in Los Angeles.  In 1994, during a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Bobcat Goldthwait set his chair on fire and would be fined $3888.

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