Trevor Cahill’s Seven Strong Innings in a Loss

I graded a lot of exams and homework assignment and nearly completed everything necessary to submit grades.  I waited around for two students but then boarded a bus to get to a Big 5 Sporting Goods store, which I bought two more baseball scorebooks to get me through this season.  I took a bus to downtown Oakland and boarded BART.  Basketball fans were ahead of me, going to the Oracle Arena for the Warriors game with the Rockets.  I went to the deserted Gate B, and I was apparently one of the first fans to go inside the stadium.  I wanted to buy a new Memorial Day cap but didn’t see it in the stores.  I watched the A’s batting practice before buying a cheeseburger with tots.  Perhaps I should have gone to the Treehouse and bought something from El Gran Taco Loco, like a quesadilla.  The performers of the national anthem were the choir from Monte Vista High School.  They were a huge group, mostly girls, and they made up a big part of this sparse crowd for this game between the A’s and the Mariners.  There were more people in the Oracle Arena next door for the Warriors game.  Trevor Cahill took the mound as Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” played.  He pitched a clean first inning and a clean third inning.  He allowed two hits in the second inning but pitched out of that jam.  He allowed one runner in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings with a hit batter, a single, and a walk, respectively.  On offense, only one of the A’s reached base in the first three innings, and that was Mark Canha with a single with two outs in the third.  He was wearing his ski mask on this cool and misty night as he played left field.  Marcus Semien singled to start the fourth inning, and Jed Lowrie hit a ground ball to the pitcher, who showed sticky fingers as he made a bad throw to second base for an error.  Matt Olson singled to load the bases with no outs, but then Matt Chapman hit into a 6-3 double play, although the play did score one run.  In the fifth inning, Canha was hit by a pitch, and he went to third base on Matt Joyce’s single, and then he scored on Marcus Semien’s hit.  They were ahead of the Mariners at 2-0.  Cahill got the first out of the seventh inning with only one pitch, but then he walked the next batter, whose batting average was only .214, and then he gave up a home run to the next batter, who was hitting .208.  I had an inkling that Cahill could have been tiring once he allowed the walk.  He did finish the inning, although the score was 2-2 when he left.  In the bottom of the inning, Canha doubled with two out, but Chad Pinder, pinch-hitting for Matt Joyce, struck out looking.  Lou Trivino came into the game for Cahill in the eighth inning, and he continued to pitch well, getting three strikeouts and allowing just a walk with one out.  We saw the Kiss Cam.  In the bottom of the inning, the A’s again got a two-out double, this time from Olson, but Chapman flied out.  Blake Treinen pitched the top of the ninth inning, and he had nearly an identical inning to Trivino’s, except that there was a passed ball.  With the chance to win the game in the bottom of the inning, Stephen Piscotty, Jonathan Lucroy, and Dustin Fowler did nothing.  None of them, in fact, reached base at all during the game, along with Matt Chapman.  The mist in the air was more like rain, and it became difficult to write in my scorebook.  Warriors fans had the bad news that the team next door had lost to the Rockets.  The A’s failure to score in the last two innings meant that Yusmeiro Petit was coming into the game for the tenth inning.  He struck out the first batter, but then he single and then a fatal double, putting the Mariners ahead, 3-2, before getting two ground balls to end the inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Canha struck out, failing to reach base for the only time all night.  Pinder grounded out, and then Semien struck out to end the game.  Since Semien’s hit to make the score 2-0 five innings earlier, 16 out of 18 of the A’s batters made outs, with only the two doubles giving the team chances to score.  The game had begun at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 57 degrees, and it ended at 9:57.  The attendance was 9,408.  The game marked the first time we had seen Ryon Healy in a Mariners jersey.  The Warriors fans had already left, so the BART station was empty.  I had forgotten about the basketball game and thus forgotten to bring my AM radio to listen to Ken Korach on 1050 AM, so I didn’t hear his comments about this tough loss.  With the Angels losing, a win could have brought the A’s closer to two of the teams ahead of them in the standings.  The Astros continued to win.  I wanted to get quickly out of the wet weather and back home.  It seemed that everyone in the stadium and the BART train was talking about the Warriors game.  Two people were loudly talking about basketball players like Magic Johnson, and they seemed too young to have ever seen them firsthand.  Some of the people who died on May 23 include Henrik Ibsen (1906), Clyde Barrow (1934), Bonnie Parker (1934), Sterling Hayden (1986), Sam Snead (2002), Anne Meara (2015), John Nash (2015), and Roger Moore (2017).  Today is a birthday for Drew Carey (60) and Joan Collins (84).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 23, The Who released their rock opera “Tommy” in 1969.  In 1971, Iron Butterfly performed a final show before disbanding.  In 1973, the Sam Peckinpah Western “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan, was released.  In 1986, the sequel “Poltergeist II: The Other Side,” starring JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, and Geraldine Fitzgerald, was released.  In 1990, the IRS auctioned off Willie Nelson’s golf course, collecting $230,000 towards his debt.  In 1997, Tim Allen was arrested for drunken driving.  In 1999, wrestler Owen Hart fell to his death in Kemper Arena in Kansas City when his harness line malfunctioned.

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