Jed Lowrie’s Walk-Off Home Run

I found it exhausting to put in a five-hour shift at work.  I returned home and took a nap.  I stopped at the office for a few minutes before taking BART to the Coliseum.  One of the poor guys trying to sell tickets outside the stadium asked me what the expected attendance would be, and I said about 10,000.  I got in line behind the twins who sit in Section 126.  I went to the food truck for the beef short ribs, and then I bought a chocolate malt before heading to my seat.  It was a good night for baseball, although somewhat breezy.  The night would turn cold and prevent some fly balls from being home runs late in the game.  The girls who sang the national anthem also sang along to “Get Ready” as they were walking off the field.  Kendall Graveman would be a rough first inning pitching to the Angels, as he gave up a single to the game’s first batter, and then a home run after two outs.  He also hit a batter with a pitch before getting the third out.  He allowed a double and a walk to start the second inning before getting a strikeout and a double play.  In the third inning, he allowed a single with one out, and he finally had a clean fourth inning.  The A’s got a double from Trevor Plouffe in the third inning, but he was left at third base.  Jed Lowrie hit a home run on the first pitch in the fourth inning, bringing the A’s to within 2-1.  Kara Tsuboi asked a fan a historical trivia question about Samuel Adams before the fifth inning.  Graveman encountered a bit of trouble with two outs when he allowed two singles, but a fly ball to center ended the inning.  It was Trevor Plouffe in the bottom of the inning who contributed with a home run with one out, again for only one run, but it tied the score at 2-2.  Graveman gave up a double with two outs in the sixth inning, but he finished with a clean seventh inning.  He threw 95 pitches.  Unfortunately, the A’s couldn’t score for him in the bottom of the inning, as they got only a single from Stephen Vogt.  Several of the fans sitting near me kept chanting “I believe in Stephen Vogt” every time he came up to bat.  Ryan Madson pitched a clean eighth inning, with one of his pitches hitting 95.7 mph.  One fan dancing to my left saw himself on the video screen during “2 Legit 2 Quit.”  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  Santiago Casilla pitched the top of the ninth inning and allowed a single with one out, but kept the score tied.  We heard “Livin’ on a Prayer,” which got a lot of the crowd singing, but the A’s again did nothing in the bottom of the inning, so we were going to the tenth inning.  Liam Hendriks, the pitcher I sometimes call Liam Neeson, came in to pitch the top of the tenth, and he had a clean inning, but again the A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  Hendriks allowed a single to start the eleventh inning, but then he leaped to catch a bunt for the first out.  Adam Rosales made an unfortunate error, and a force play put the runner at third base.  The runner at first stole second base, but Hendriks did get the third out with a ball hit to left field.  In the bottom of the eleventh inning, Rosales and Matt Joyce made outs.  Joyce had a difficult time at the plate, starting the game with a .195 batting average and then going 0-for-5 on the night.  We dreaded having to sit through a twelfth inning, as it was already past 10 o’clock.  The radio announcers said that with the night air so cold, fly balls hit to centerfield were dying, and so a home run would have to be hit to right or left field.  Jed Lowrie came up to bat and took the first pitch for a ball.  He took a good swing at the second pitch, and it was a home run to right field.  It was the third walk-off win for the A’s in three days.  The crowd was happy, and I was certainly ready to go home.  It was a 3-2 win, and the A’s scored all of the runs on three home runs, while the Angels scored both of their runs in the first inning.  We did get to see the last minute of the Warriors’ win against the Utah Jazz.  The good thing was that we wouldn’t be getting a dual event on Wednesday, with basketball and baseball fans crowding the area.  This game started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees, and it ended at 10:13.  The attendance was 10,292.  I listened to my Beatles Let It Be rehearsal session CD as I made my way home.  Some of the people who died on May 9 include James Jones (1977), Edmond O’Brien (1985), Herschel Bernardi (1986), Alan King (2004), Lena Horne (2010), and Vidal Sassoon (2012).  Today is a birthday for Rosario Dawson (38) and Albert Finney (81).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 9, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, premiered in San Francisco at the Stage Door Theater at Mason and Geary in 1958.  In 1964, Louis Armstrong had the Number One single in 1964, “Hello, Dolly!”  In 1965, Bob Dylan played the first of two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.  In 1971, “All in the Family” won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding New Series, with Jean Stapleton receiving an award for her performance as Edith Bunker.  In 1986, “Short Circuit,” starring Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy, was released.  In 1992, NBC aired the final episode of “The Golden Girls.”  In 1994, Willie Nelson was arrested on a marijuana charge in Texas after police found a butt in his Mercedes-Benz.  In 2010, Lena Horne died of heart failure at age 92 in New York City.

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