Andrew Triggs’ Fifth Loss

At Barnes and Noble, I saw a special edition of Rolling Stone magazine that was about Fleetwood Mac.  After I returned home, I watched a bit of Match Game before taking a bus out to the MacArthur BART station.  I got to the Coliseum shortly after the gates had opened.  I made my way to the food trucks and bought a sandwich called the Kaval.  It sure had a lot of food.  It felt like I had eaten enough for two days.  Andrew Triggs was the starting pitcher for the A’s against the Nationals.  Triggs allowed singled to two of the game’s first three hitters, but he got out of the inning without giving up any runs.  With two outs in the second inning, Triggs gave up a home run.  In the third inning with one out, he gave up another home run that put the Nationals ahead, 2-0.  With the bottom of the inning, Rajai Davis walked with one out, and then Matt Joyce followed with a home run, which was the A’s first hit of the game, and which also tied the score at 2-2.  That would turn out to be the highlight of the night for the A’s. as Triggs was unable to provide the shutdown inning for the team.  Triggs allowed doubles to the first two batters in the top of the fourth inning, and so quickly the Nationals had regained the lead at 3-2.  Triggs got the next two batters out, but then allowed a single, a walk, and a single for two more runs.  Bob Melvin took Triggs out of the game and sent Frankie Montas out to the mound.  He allowed a single that made the score 6-2, and then he allowed a walk before getting the last out.  Zach Neal came out to pitch the top of the fifth inning.  He gave up a single with two outs but kept the score at 6-2 until the sixth inning.  He allowed a home run, which put the score at 7-2, before he got the next two outs.  We saw a Big Head race, and Dennis Eckersley won this one.  Neal pitched the top of the seventh inning, and he got two outs before he gave up a double and then a home run, making the score 9-2.  He gave up a single before getting the third out.  Through the first six innings, the A’s had only two hits, which were the Joyce home run and a double from Yonder Alonso in the fourth inning.  They finally got two more hits in the seventh inning.  Vogt and Rajai Davis both singled, but in between, Trevor Plouffe for some reason swung at the first pitch and hit into a double play.  Bob Melvin wanted Neal to get through the eighth inning, but he couldn’t do it.  The first four batters all got hits, with three singles and a home run, making the score 13-2.  Neal did get one out before Melvin brought in Daniel Coulombe, who got two out of the three batters he faced out, although the one hit he did give up was a triple.  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie drew a walk with one out, but then Alonso hit into a double play.  Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the ninth.  He allowed a walk with two outs.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Alonso hit a home run to make the score 13-3.  Ryon Healy and Stephen Vogt both singled.  However, Plouffe struck out, and then Rajai Davis hit into the double play that ended the game.  The Game had begun at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees, and it ended at 10:22.  The attendance was 20,813.  The Washington Nationals had 20 hits in the game with five home runs, while the A’s had seven hits and two home runs.  Mark Mulder would say that there was a bad vibe around the team the day after completing a road trip with a 2-5 and not playing well upon their return to their home field.  I was eager to get back home and get some sleep so that I could be rested for Khris Davis Bobblehead Day.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 3, the sequel “Psycho II,” with Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles, was released in 1983.  In 2009, David Carradine died of asphyxiation at age 72 in his hotel room in Bangkok.  In 2011, James Arness died at age 88 at his home in Brentwood.

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