Andrew Triggs’ Not-Smooth Ride

I watched CBS Sunday Morning and a segment about Bette Midler.  My parents talked with me briefly over the phone.  I went out to Trader Joe’s and then took the buses over to the Fruitvale BART station.  I went over to the food trucks and bought a shish rice plate.  I bought the orange pineapple Italian ice from Rita’s and headed to my seat.  I watched the kids who sang the national anthem, and I saw one of them singing along to Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” which was on the stadium’s sound system. Things didn’t go well for Andrew Triggs, the A’s starting pitcher, right from the start.  He walked the game’s first batter, and then a fly ball fell in front of Mark Canha in right field for a hit, and then Canha made a poor throw back to the infield for an error.  Before we knew it, the Red Sox had scored a run.  A wild pitch put the runner at third base, and after a strikeout, a sacrifice fly made the score 2-0.  In the second inning, a good catch by Rajai Davis helped out Triggs because it resulted in a double play.  The A’s got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Chad Pinder doubled, followed by a single from Josh Phegley.  Triggs pitched a clean third inning.  He allowed a single and a walked in the fourth inning, and the Red Sox had two stolen bases, but Triggs struck out two to get out of the inning.  The bright moment of the afternoon for the A’s came in the bottom of the inning.  With one out, Ryon Healy singled, and Chad Pinder followed with a home run to give the A’s a 3-2 lead.  Triggs couldn’t hold the lead in the fifth inning.  He allowed a single, and after a stolen base with a throwing error by Phegley, two singles scored two runs for Boston.  After another walk and another stolen base, the Red Sox were in a position for another run, but Triggs got a fly ball out to center to end the inning.  In the sixth inning, Triggs looked like he was worn down when he walked the first batter, and then he gave up a home run to put the Red Sox ahead 6-3.  It certainly felt like this was the big blow of the game.  Triggs struck out the next batter, but then he gave up a single, prompting Bob Melvin to bring Bobby Wahl into the game.  Wahl allowed a walk but got the two outs to end the inning.  In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers had a big lead but suspiciously fell down, allowing Dennis Eckersley to win.  Wahl got one out but allowed two singles in the top of the seventh inning. Daniel Coulombe came in and threw two pitches, getting a double play ground ball.  In the eighth inning, John Axford came in to pitch for the first time in 2017.  He allowed a hit and somehow turned into a double because of apparently loose defense.  A fly ball to center and a ground out led to the seventh Red Sox run.  Josh Smith was asked to pitch the top of the ninth for the A’s, and he had a terrible inning.  He alternated outs with allowing three consecutive batters to reach base, and at the end of it all, the Red Sox had scored five more runs to make the score 12-3.  Smith had allowed two walks, two singles, and two doubles.  The sea gulls had started to arrive at 2:57 and were a Hitchcock-like presence in the top of the inning, but they backed off a bit while Smith was enduring his ordeal.  The A’s went down quietly in the bottom of the ninth inning, with Matt Joyce, Ryon Healy, and Chad Pinder making the outs.  In fact, after Pinder’s home run in the fourth inning, the A’s nearly made seventeen consecutive outs, interrupted only by a walk by Adam Rosales with two outs in the seventh inning.  The A’s had failed to sweep the Red Sox in a four-game series for the first time since 1971.  Andrew Triggs’ ERA had increased from 2.12 to 2.77.  We did see Mayor Libby Schaaf on the scoreboard video screen in the middle of the second inning.  We were left with some good memories of the weekend, with the Canha walk-off home run, and the fireworks, and the massive Chad Pinder home run.  The game started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 77 degrees, and it ended at 4:18.  The attendance was 20,691.  The next home game would be on Tuesday night with the Miami Marlins, a team we hardly ever see come to Oakland.  I hurried on home and listened to the Robert Hilburn Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played songs by Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Harry Nilsson, Willie Nelson, Dr. John, and Linda Ronstadt.  I browsed through the record store.  Some old guy told me how good Ronnie Montrose was.  I found a Kung Fu DVD box set, which I thought I should buy if it’s still there when I go back.  I watched a Columbo episode with Sledge Hammer in it.  You should not kill anyone if you don’t have to, because the police with Columbo will always piece things together.  The episode of Kolchak had a ridiculous lizard creature in it.  I placed on order on Amazon for one of the Billboard Top 40 books by Joel Whitburn.  One of the older editions was helpful to me when I wanted to know about Ernie K-Doe.  I kept thinking how I didn’t want to go back to work on a Monday morning.  One of the channels was showing a lot of episodes of Dan August, which was a Burt Reynolds television series.  This was before “Deliverance.”  He didn’t have a mustache.  Another channel was showing “Mission: Impossible” all weekend.

 

Some of the people who died on May 22 include Martha Washington (1802), Edward Bellamy (1898), Langston Hughes (1967), Margaret Rutherford (1972), Lefty Grove (1975), John Derek (1998), Whitman Mayo (2001), and Martin Gardner (2010).  Today is a birthday for Morrissey (58) and John Flanagan (73).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 22, Ernie K-Doe had the Number One single “Mother-in-Law” in 1961.  In 1969, the Paul Newman movie “Winning” was released.  In 1965, The Beatles were at Number One on the singles chart with “Ticket to Ride.”  In 1971, Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World” was Number One on the singles chart for the sixth week.  In 1976, Paul McCartney reached Number One on the singles chart with “Silly Love Songs.” In 1985, “A View to a Kill,” Roger Moore’s last James Bond film, which featured Christopher Walken as the villain, premiered at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  In 1996, “Mission: Impossible,” starring Tom Cruise, was released nationwide.

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