Chad Pinder’s Unbelievable Opposite Field Power

I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station and arrived at the Coliseum before the gates opened.  I went over to a food truck and bought a fish sandwich.  I took a walk around the stadium to see if anyone was selling ice cream.  I took my seat and listened to the radio.  Andrew Triggs walked the first three batters of the game, and so the afternoon was looking like a disaster for the home team.  Triggs went to a 3-2 count to the next Angels batter, but then struck him out.  He got the next batter to hit a ground ball to third, but then a not-so-smooth attempt at a double play resulted in just one out at second base, and so the Angels took the early lead at 1-0.  Triggs got the next batter to hit a ball out to centerfield for the third out.  Triggs pitched a clean second inning, and in the third he allowed just a two-out single, which was followed by a double play ball.  In the fourth, he gave up just a double with one out.  The fifth inning was a bit messy, with a one-out double followed by an error by Ryon Healy at third base.  A force play moved the runner to third base, but then Triggs got a strikeout to end the inning.  The stadium organist played the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” before the bottom of the fifth inning.  Mark Canha single, and then Chad Pinder hit a home run that put the A’s ahead, 2-1.  The ball bounced off the top of the outfield fence.  Ray Fosse on the radio said that Pinder had displayed “unbelievable opposite field power.”  Later in the inning, Rajai Davis reached base on an error and stole second base, but Healy was unable to bring him in.  Kara Tsuboi asked a kid a math question involving four tons, but the kid had to take some time to answer, even though he had the assistance of multiple choices.  You’re not a genius if you need help to see that four tons is eight thousand pounds, kid.  Triggs had a clean sixth inning, although he did throw a lot of pitches, a total of 105.  We got to see a Big Head race, which Dennis Eckersley won again.  Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the seventh and had a clean inning, aided by Pinder on a line drive that looked as though it would get past him.  Ryan Madson pitched the top of the eighth inning, and he also had a clean inning.  After Rajai Davis made an out in the bottom of the inning, Healy singled, Yonder Alonso walked, and then Khris Davis singled to score Healy, and an error on the play allowed Alonso to go to third base.  Jed Lowrie got to a 3-2 count before drawing a walk, loading the bases with one out.  However, Canha and then Pinder both struck out, so Santiago Casilla would have to enter the game in the top of the ninth inning with just the two-run lead.  Casilla went to a 3-2 count to the first batter, but then struck him out.  He also struck out the second batter.  Casilla then allowed a single on a 3-1 pitch.  On the next pitch, he got the fly ball out at centerfield to end the game.  Albert Pujols was left without the chance to pinch-hit.  The game had started at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees and ended at 3:32. The attendance was 11,061.  I took my time leaving the stadium, as I was not eager to face the real world.  I stopped at Trader Joe’s and brought home a bag of food.  I took a shower and went out to the laundromat to do my laundry, which included my green jersey stained from a chocolate malt.  I went to one of my hangouts and had a hamburger, and then browsed through a bookstore.  I bought an Avengers guide book, another book of Beatles photos, and a DVD copy of Billy Wilder’s “One, Two, Three.”  I watched Fred Astaire on the Dick Cavett Show and then fell asleep.  Some of the people who died on May 11 include Juan Gris (1927), Lester Flatt (1979), Bob Marley (1981), Douglas Adams (2001), and Noel Redding (2003).  Today is a birthday for Mike Lupica (65) and Eric Burdon (76).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 11, Led Zeppelin met Elvis Presley for the first time at a Presley concert in Los Angeles in 1974.  In 1981, “Firestarter,” starring Drew Barrymore and based on a Stephen King novel, was released.  In 1984, “The Natural,” with Robert Redford and Glenn Close, was released.  In 1985, Madonna’s single “Crazy for You” reached Number One on the charts.  In 2001, Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” died of a heart attack at age 49.  Also in 2001, Suzanne Pleshette married Tom Poston.

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