Chad Pinder’s Second Chance

I was sleepy when I went off to work, so when I returned home, I took a nap.  I watched the Partridge Family episode “Soul Club.”  I wondered what they did with all the food they had in one scene.  I didn’t see anyone eating during the block party.  I took BART out to the Coliseum and saw the food trucks out in the parking lot.  I took a seat in the shade as I waited for the gates to open.  As I entered the stadium, I was handed a Sonny Gray trading card and a Ryon Healy cheer card.  I thought about buying a chicken sandwich with tots but just took my seat.  The radio announcers said that Paul Blackburn was the A’s most consistent starting pitcher of recent weeks, but this wouldn’t be one of his best performances.  Boog Powell, the player the team got in the trade of Yonder Alonso to the Mariners, was originally set to play in this game, but was scratched from the lineup due to a mysterious illness.  Before the game began, we heard “Come and Get Your Love.”  The Orioles had a hot hitter leading off, and he hit Blackburn’s first pitch of the night for a single.  Blackburn’s second pitch was a line drive hit to Jed Lowrie at second base, which became a double play with a throw to first base.  A fly ball to right field was the third out.  Blackburn gave up a home run on a 1-2 pitch in the second inning, but then got six consecutive outs to get through the second and third innings.  Meanwhile, what was happening with the A’s on offense in the first three innings was a lot of strikeouts.  Eight of the first eleven batters struck out, with only Matt Joyce and Chad Pinder avoiding the strikeout.  Joyce had flied out to left field and walked, and Pinder had the A’s first hit, a single.  For This Date in A’s History, we saw Jason and Jeremy Giambi hit home runs in the same game for the third and final time in 2001.  We also heard “Groove is in the Heart.”  Blackburn teetered in the fourth inning, as he allowed a double, two singles, and two walks, although only one run.  The run scored on a double play, and Blackburn got out of a bases-loaded jam with a ground ball to Lowrie.  After a Dot Race, the A’s replied in the bottom of the inning.  Lowrie doubled, and Khris Davis followed with another double for the A’s first run of the game.  Pinder struck out, but Matt Olson hit a home run that put the A’s ahead, 3-2.  Matt Chapman struck out, the tenth A’s batter to strike out in the game, and Bruce Maxwell grounded out.  We heard “Born to Be Wild” before the start of the fifth inning.  Blackburn couldn’t hold down the Orioles, as with one out, he gave up two singles and a double for two runs, giving the Orioles the lead again at 4-3.  At this point, Blackburn had increased from 2.60 at the start of the game to 3.10.  In the bottom of the inning, Rajai Davis singled and stole second base, but was stranded there.  Blackburn gave up a single to start the sixth inning, but then got the unusual 3-5-3 double play.  After giving up another single, Blackburn was out of the game, Bob Melvin bringing in Simon Castro.  Castro got the third out on one pitch with a fly ball to right field.  In the bottom of the inning, Pinder singled with one out, but after a pitching change, Olson hit into a double play.  In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson held off Dennis Eckersley for a win, closing in on Rollie Fingers’ 50 wins.  Castro pitched a clean seventh inning.  The bottom of the seventh inning was almost a repeat of the bottom of the sixth inning.  With one out, Bruce Maxwell singled, but Rajai Davis swung at the first pitch and into a double play.  The first out was a strikeout, Matt Chapman’s third of the game, and the A’s twelfth of the game.  Santiago Casilla took the mound for the top of the eighth inning.  He got to a 3-2 count to the first batter before getting a strikeout and going on to a clean inning.  We heard about another bit of A’s team history from Ken Korach, who said that on this date in 2003, Tim Hudson pitched a two-hit shutout against the Boston Red Sox, throwing only 93 pitches.  We also heard a Bill King highlight from April 30, 2000, a triple from Adam Piatt.  Matt Joyce started off the bottom of the eighth inning with a double.  Marcus Semien followed with a single on a 3-2 pitch.  Jed Lowrie hit a ball that initially looked like it might be a home run, but it bounced on the track over the wall for a ground rule double, but it did tie the score at 4-4.  Khris Davis hit a fly ball out to left field that was not far enough to score the run.  Chad Pinder hit a foul ball that looked like it was going to be caught, but it was an error by the first baseman on the play.  With the second chance, Pinder hit a fly ball to right field.  The throw to home plate was very strong, making the play closer than expected, but Semien was still safe with the A’s fifth run of the game.  Lowrie was now at third base, but Olson grounded out to end the inning.  Blake Treinen entered the game to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  He made a good play on a ground ball right hit to him, as the out went 1-3.  He struck out the next batter, and he went to a 3-2 count on the third batter before getting a 6-3 ground ball to end the game.  It was the end of a three-game losing streak, all three of those games at home.  Jed Lowrie was leading the American League with 36 doubles on the season.  The game had started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 66 degrees, and it ended at 9:55.  The attendance was 14,330.  We had heard the radio announcers discussing the A’s 50th anniversary season next year and talking a bit about the A’s 50 greatest players.  I will have to compile my own list, which will be the definitive list.  Some of the people who died on August 12 include Thomas Mann (1955), Ian Fleming (1964), Henry Fonda (1982), Loretta Young (2000), and Merv Griffin (2007).  Today is a birthday for Mark Knopfler (68) and George Hamilton (78).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 12, Ian Fleming died of a heart attack at age 56 in 1971.  In 1983, “Cujo,” the movie based on a Stephen King novel, was released.  In 1985, Kyo Sakamoto, who had a hit with “Sukiyaki,” died in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123.  In 2007, Merv Griffin died of prostate cancer at age 82

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