Rajai Davis’ Walk-Off Home Run for Bob Melvin’s 1000th Win

I watched the chef segment of CBS This Morning.  Some of Bruner-Yang’s signature recipes include Taiwanese Fried Chicken, One pot ramen, Prahok K’tiss, and Chocolate chip cookies with red miso buttercream.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on July 26, 1975 were “Rockin’ Chair,” “Midnight Blue,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Jive Talkin’,” Swearin’ to God,” “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Please Mr. Please,” “One of These Nights,” “I’m Not in Love,” and “The Hustle.”  I went to work for five hours, going through a quiet shift.  I heard the news that Patti Deutsch had died.  I found that quite sad because she was on Laugh-In and Match Game, which have been shown a lot on television during the past year.  I took the bus and went to my ATM for some cash.  I took BART to the Coliseum and took a seat on a blue bench as I waited for the gates to open.  At one of the food trucks, I bought a super beef burrito, and then I bought a pineapple Italian ice.  Chris Smith was the A’s starting pitcher.  He would get through five innings against the Twins.  He gave up a single to the game’s first batter before getting three consecutive outs.  The home team would give Smith one run in the bottom of the inning with doubles from Rajai Davis and Ryon Healy.  Smith again couldn’t get the first batter out in the second inning, and in fact, the first five batters all reached base on three singles and two walks, with two runs scoring.  The sixth batter hit into a force play at home plate that Yonder Alonso thought was a double play.  After a review of the play, the runner at first base was still safe.  Smith then struck out two to end the ending to keep the score at 2-1.  In the bottom of the inning, Alonso walked and Brugman and Rajai Davis singled, but the A’s left the bases loaded.  Smith again allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in the third inning, this time with a walk, but then he got six consecutive outs.  In the contest to steal third base, a kid in his Harry Potter ran out and stumbled running back with the base.  In the contest for the watch, a fan had some difficulty with the focus on the camera in finding Stomper in the crowd.  Smith gave up a single to the first batter in the fifth inning.  He did get through the inning, giving up a two-out double.  Rajai Davis made a good catch of a line drive for the third out.  The A’s answered in the bottom of the inning.  Healy started things off with a double.  Khris Davis and Jed Lowrie both grounded out, but Alonso hit a ball that dropped into left field, making the score 4-2.  Ryan Dull came into the game in the sixth inning with a 6.06 ERA.  He allowed a single to the first batter, but Ryan Lavarnway threw him out trying to steal second base.  Dull struck out the next batter, then got a ground ball out to end the inning.  We saw a Wheel of Base contest, with a fan eating a bad tasting jelly bean.  In the Big Head race, a magical creature distracted the runners, but Rollie Fingers managed to win for the 50th time.  Santiago Casilla pitched the top of the seventh inning.  He struck out the first two batters before getting into trouble with a walk and a single.  However, he did get a ground ball out to end the inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Walk This Way.”  In the bottom of the inning, Marcus Semien singled, but Ryon Healy hit into a double play.  Healy thought he was safe, but Bob Melvin didn’t call for a review.  Khris Davis struck out to end the inning.  He was 0-for-4 on the night.  Josh Smith pitched the top of the eighth inning.  He allowed only a two-out double.  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie walked, but Alonso hit into a double play.  With the inning about to go down the drain, Matt Chapman hit a home run to make the score 4-3.  Maxwell made the last out on a foul ball to the third baseman.  The crowd started The Wave at about 8:58 and kept it going for about six minutes.  Daniel Coulombe went out to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  He struck out the first two batters, then gave up a four-pitch walk.  The runner went to second base on a wild pitch, but Coulombe got the third out on a ground ball to third.  We watched the John Belushi Animal House video clip before the bottom of the ninth inning.  Adam Rosales pinch-hit for Jaycob Brugman and walked on a 3-2 pitch.  Rajai Davis came up to bat.  We took a strong swing at a 1-0 pitch and hit the ball over the fence for the walk-off win with the 5-4 score.  This was the day that Bill King entered the Hall of Fame with the Ford C. Frick Award, and this win was Bob Melvin’s 1000th win as a manager.  We still had a Witches and Wizards fireworks show to see.  The game had started at 6:08 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees and ended at 9:30.  The attendance was 27,047.  I stood in line to get onto the field, and I listened to the postgame radio show.  I saw Adam Rosales not too far away from my spot.  The fireworks show wasn’t the most spectacular of the year, but it was a good end to the night.  I managed to get ahead of the crowd and get to my train quickly.  I was back home in about 45 minutes.  I watched the end of a Kung Fu episode before going to bed.  Some of the people who died on July 30 include Junichiro Tanizaki (1965), James Blish (1975), Claudette Colbert (1996), Buffalo Bob Smith (1998), Michelangelo Antonioni (2007), Ingmar Bergman (2007), Bill Walsh (2007), Lynn Anderson (2015), and Gloria DeHaven (2016).  Today is a birthday for Hilary Swank (43), Christopher Nolan (47), Laurence Fishburne (56), Kate Bush (59), Arnold Schwarzenegger (70), Paul Anka (76).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind segment for July 30, The Beatles reached Number One on the album chart with “Yesterday and Today” in 1965.  In 1977, Andy Gibb had the Number One single, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything.”  In 1986, “Flight of the Navigator” was released.  In 1999, “The Blair With Project” was released.

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