Matt Joyce’s Grand Slam Not Enough

At midnight, I watched an episode of The Rookies called “Angel.”  The guest star was Susan Dey.  She was a naïve young mail who was about to get mixed up in pornographic films, even though Kate Jackson was trying to prevent it.  I watched CBS Sunday Morning and a segment about a 99-year-old usher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Another segment showed Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, and Dick Van Dyke.  After I went grocery shopping, I took the bus out to the MacArthur BART station.  I headed for the Coliseum.  The giveaway on this Sunday was a wiffle ball set.  There were no food trucks in the plaza because of the Warriors game later in the day.  I bought a hamburger with fries and lemonade inside the stadium.  Sonny Gray was the A’s starting pitcher against the Nationals on this afternoon.  He started off the game well with a clean first inning and two strikeouts.  He gave up a single to start off the second inning, but a double play helped him keep the Nationals from scoring.  The A’s scored the first run of the game when Khris Davis doubled, moved to third base on a Yonder Alonso ground out to first, and came home on Ryon Healy’s ground out.  Gray pitched a clean third inning.  He allowed two walks in the fourth inning, but again a doube play helped him out.  Gray had a clean fifth inning.  The sixth inning was the difficult stretch for Gray.  He gave up a walk, a single, and a triple for two runs, and then a sacrifice fly to left field gave the Nationals a third run.  Gray threw a wild pitch on a strikeout, which would extend the inning a bit.  Meanwhile, only two of the A’s reached base safely through six innings, with Khris Davis’ double and a walk by Matt Joyce.  We saw a Big Head race in which only Rickey Henderson seemed to be making an effort.  Gray pitched the top of the seventh inning.  He allowed just a two-out single.  In the bottom of the inning, Jed Lowrie singled and Khris Davis swung at the next pitch for a home run that tied the game at 3-3.  Ryan Madson pitched the top of the eighth inning.  He gave up a single.  After a stolen base, Madson gave an intentional walk after two pitches.  A double steal made it likely that Madson would give up runs in the inning, and that’s what happened with a home run.  Madson got another out, but Bob Melvin brought in Frankie Montas to get the third out.  The score was 6-3.  In the bottom of the inning with two outs, Matt Joyce singled and Chad Pinder doubled to make the score 6-4.  Montas had a disastrous ninth inning.  He started off by giving up a single and two home runs, making the score 9-4.  After getting two outs, he allowed a walk, a double, and a single for two more runs.  Melvin called upon Josh Smith to get the last out.  Facing a score of 11-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, things looked hopeless for the A’s, but then Khris Davis, Yonder Alonso, and Ryon all singled to load the bases with no outs.  Stephen Vogt hit a ground ball and was called out at first, but on review. The play was overturned, and the score was now 11-5 with the bases still loaded with no outs.  Matt Olson had just arrived from the minor leagues, but Melvin threw him into this situation to pinch-hit for Trevor Plouffe.  He walked, getting the first RBI of his career.  After a pitching change, Rajai Davis was up next, and nobody could understand why he should swing at a 1-0 pitch.  It looked as though he was swinging the bat to try for a home run. If only he had found a way to reach base, the afternoon could have turned out better, because Matt Joyce hit a grand slam to get the score to 11-10.  However, Chad Pinder grounded out, and Jed Lowrie hit a foul ball that was caught to end the game.  On my way out, the usher said the end of the game was exciting.  This game had started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 68 degrees, and it ended at 4:40.  The sea gulls had started arriving at 2:32, and quite a few of them were in the sky through the end of the game.  The attendance was 21,265.  As I headed home, a lot of basketball fans were going in the opposite direction for their Warriors game.  I got home just after five o’clock and watched the game on television.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played songs by Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Band, and Arcade Fire. Some of the people who died on June 5 include Carl Maria von Weber (1826), Stephen Crane (1900), O. Henry (1910), Conway Twitty (1993), Vito Scotti (1996), Jeanette Nolan (1998), Dee Dee Ramone (2002), and Ronald Reagan (2004).  Today is a birthday for Marky Mark (46) and Jeff Garlin (55).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June, the Frank Sinatra movie “Come Blow Your Horn” was released in 1963.  In 1974, Sly Stone and Kathy Silva got married during a concert at Madison Square Garden.  In 1977, Alice Cooper’s pet boa constrictor was bitten by a rat it was trying to eat and died.  In 1988, “Phantom of the Opera” won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  In 2002, Dee Dee Ramone was found dead at age 50 from a heroin overdose in his Hollywood apartment.

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