Blake Treinen’s Loss

I took the buses over to Laney College and saw an almost empty campus.  I stuck around for just a few minutes before I got on the 1 bus to take me to the Fruitvale BART station, and I went from there to the Coliseum.  I went over to the food trucks and bought a tri-tip beef sandwich and then a creamsicle shake.  I had forgotten to bring my sunscreen.  Paul Blackburn was the A’s starting pitcher, and he had a tough time getting through four innings against the Royals on this afternoon.  He allowed two walks and two singles in the first inning but escaped giving up only one run.  After a clean second inning, he gave up two singles and a walk in the third run, but a strikeout and a double play got him out of the jam without allowing any runs.  On offense, the A’s had singles from Marcus Semien and Jed Lowrie in the first inning but failed to score.  After a quiet second inning, Dustin Garneau walked to start the third inning, and after Rajai Davis struck out, Semien hit a ball that bounced off the top of the left field scoreboard for a home run and a 2-1 A’s lead.  However, Blackburn couldn’t come up with the shutdown inning in the fourth.  On a single, Matt Chapman made a bad throw, and the runner went all the way to third base.  After a ground out to first, a single tied the score at 2-2, and after a fly ball for an out to right field, Blackburn went to a 3-1 count before giving up a home run, making the score 4-2.  He struck out the following hitter to end his afternoon, having thrown 97 pitches in four innings and seeing his ERA increase from 3.12 to 3.46.  Simon Castro pitched the top of the fifth inning, and he gave up two singles and a walk for one run.  The A’s did answer in the bottom of the inning.  Garneau drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch, and Rajai Davis doubled.  After Semien struck out, Lowrie singled for two runs, making the score 5-4.  Chris Hatcher, who had come over in a trade with the Dodgers, pitched the top of the sixth inning, and he had a clean inning.  The A’s wasted a scoring chance in the bottom of the inning, as Chad Pinder walked and Matt Chapman singled, but Matt Joyce, Matt Olson, and Rajai Davis all made outs.  In the Big Head race, everyone got off to a slow start, and Dennis Eckersley barely finished past Rollie Fingers.  Before the next home game on the 25th, Gate D of the Coliseum will officially be renamed after Eckersley.  Daniel Coulombe pitched the top of the seventh inning and gave up only a two-out hit and a wild pitch.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Stuck in the Middle with You,” bringing back memories of “Reservoir Dogs.”  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Ryan Dull went to the mound for the top of the eighth inning.  He walked the first batter.  After a force play and a stolen base, Dull hit a batter with a pitch.  A single gave the Royals a run.  After a passed ball put the runners at second and third, Dull got a strikeout for the second out.  After going to a 2-0 count, he intentionally walked the batter to load the bases.  He was in danger of giving up at least one more run when he got to another 3-2 count, but then got the strikeout to end the inning.  The question was whether the A’s could duplicate the eighth inning magic they had on Tuesday night.  Healy singled, but Pinder struck out.  Chapman swung at the first pitch for a home run that tied the game at 6-6.  Joyce struck out on three pitches, but Bruce Maxwell singled.  Rajai Davis singled, and Maxwell went to third base on an error.  Rajai stole second base, but Semien grounded out for the third out.  Blake Treinen had thrown a lot of pitches on Tuesday night, but Bob Melvin sent him out for the top of the ninth inning.  He got into trouble almost immediately, as he went 2-0 to the first hitter before giving up a double.  Treinen went to a 3-2 count to the following hitter before giving up a single, which gave the Royals a 7-6.  Maxwell got the first out by throwing out the runner trying to steal second base, and then Treinen got a ground ball to Chapman and a strikeout to end the inning.  We saw the Belushi Animal House video clip, but the team in the dugout was indifferent to it  Lowrie flied out to center on a 3-2 pitch.  Khris Davis had struck out his previous four times at bat, but on a 2-0 pitch, this time he also flied out to center.  Healy hit a ground ball that was a close play at first base.  He was ruled safe, but the play was reviewed.  There was a bit of suspense in the decision, because an overturned call would end the game.  Boog Powell pinch-ran for Healy.  The ruling was safe, bringing Pinder up to bat.  A wild pitch allowed Boog to go to second base, but Pinder struck out to end the game.  The A’s had lost two out of three to the Royals.  The game had started at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 68 degrees, and it ended at 4:14.  The attendance was 15,239.  There are only fifteen games left for the A’s at the Coliseum this season.  The A’s were going on a road trip to Houston and Baltimore, and I was taking the train back home.  Some of the people who died on August 17 include Vivian Vance (1979), Ira Gershwin (1983), and Pearl Bailey (1990).  Today is a birthday for Sean Penn (57), Belinda Carlisle (59), and Robert De Niro (74).

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