Jesse Hahn’s Strong Return

I went out to the library to get some work done.  I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station, and I got to the stadium just as the gates opened.  I went to my seat to watch the A’s batting practice.  After that was over, I went to the food trucks and bought a tri tip sandwich.  Jesse Hahn was back to pitch for the A’s.  He got into a bit of difficulty in the first inning when the Blue Jays got two singles off him with one out, but then he got a double play to end the inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Rajai Davis doubled.  After Chad Pinder struck out, Jed Lowrie singled.  Khris Davis hit a sacrifice fly to score Rajai Davis, with Lowrie going to second base.  However, Yonder Alonso struck out.  Hahn pitched a clean second inning.  He gave up a single to start the third inning.  A ground out advanced the runner to second base.  After a line drive out to center, that man Josh Donaldson singled, but the runner at second was thrown out at home plate.  The fourth inning started with an error by Ryon Healy.  A single put Hahn into deeper trouble.  The next play was initially a 6-4-3 double play, but a review of the play overturned the out at first base.  A single tied the score at 1-1, although it was an unearned run for Hahn.  Hahn hit the next batter with a pitch, loading the bases.  However, on the next pitch, Hahn got a double play ground ball.  The fifth inning started with a strikeout.  Hahn then allowed a hit, but the runner was out trying to stretch the single into a double.  Chad Pinder made what Ken Korach on the radio said was the signature defensive play of the night, a strong throw from right field to second base for the out.  Hahn got another strikeout to end the inning.  In the bottom of the inning with one out, Stephen Vogt walked.  Mark Canha doubled, but Vogt was thrown out at the plate, with Canha going to third base on the throw.  It looked as if the A’s might come up empty in this inning, but Adam Rosales saved the day with a single, making the score 2-1.  Jesse Hahn pitched the sixth inning, and he concluded his night by getting three of four batters out, allowing just a two-out walk.  The A’s added to their lead in the bottom of the inning.  With one out, Lowrie singled.  Khris Davis doubled to bring Lowrie home for the run.  After Alonso struck out for the third time, Ryon Healy doubled to make the score 4-1.  Daniel Coulombe came in to pitch the top of the seventh inning.  He struck out the next two, but then Bob Melvin brought in Ryan Madson, who got the third out on two pitches.  Before the eighth inning, we heard “Macho Man,” and one people dancing to the song attracted everyone’s attention as he was shown on the big video screen.  Mark Canha would tweet that he liked watching this guy.  Madson walked the first batter of the eighth inning, but then he got a line drive out to centerfield, followed by two strikeouts.  Santiago Casilla pitched the top of the ninth inning.  As usual, he allowed the first batter to get on base with a single.  He got the next three batters out to conclude the game with a 4-1 score.  The game had started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 9:52.  The attendance was 16,643.  It was Pride Night, so a lot of people in the stands were wearing colorful clothes.  As I headed home, I ran into a former co-worker on the BART ramp.  We talked about “Your Name” and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper reissue.  I rushed back home to watch Stephen Colbert.  Salma Hayek was one of the guests.  Some of the people who died on June 7 include Jean Harlow (1934), Alan Turing (1954), Judy Holliday (1965), Dorothy Parker (1967), E.M. Forster (1970), Henry Miller (1980), Jim McKay (2008), Bob Welch (2012), and Christopher Lee (2015).  Today is a birthday for Dave Navarro (50), Liam Neeson (65), and Tom Jones (77).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 7, the Rolling Stones released their first single, “Come On,” in 1965.  In 1966, Roy Orbison witnessed the death of his wife Claudette in a motorcycle accident in Gallatin, Texas.  In 1969, The Who’s “Tommy” album made it onto the album charts on its way into the Top 10.  Also in 1969, The Johnny Cash Show debuted on ABC, featuring Bob Dylan in the first episode.  In 1975, John Denver was Number One on the singles chart with “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”  In 1986, Madonna hit Number One on the singles chart with “Live to Tell.”  In 1991, the Billy Crystal movie “City Slickers” was released.  In 1996, “The Rock” was released.  Dean Martin would have turned 100 years old today.

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