Trevor Cahill’s Six Innings and Khris Davis’ 29th Home Run

I took the shuttle bus from the shopping mall in Emeryville to the MacArthur BART station, and I took a train over to the Coliseum.  If I’d known that the gates wouldn’t open for another forty minutes, I would have taken my time getting there.  A bratty kid was at the front of the line, talking about the players’ injuries and asking the other fans where their seats were.  After the door opened, I headed for my seat to watch batting practice.  It looked like Josh Phegley was hitting the ball hard.  One of the ushers handed me a temporary tattoo, which I did not use.  Because Monday night’s radio broadcast of the game was so great, I was displeased that I had forgotten to bring my radio this time.  I heard the rehearsal of the Canadian and American national anthems.  I used my tablet to check game information.  The A’s starting pitcher was Trevor Cahill.  I didn’t know what Josh Donaldson’s injury was.  The Blue Jays’ record was not too good at 48-57.  After batting practice, I went over to the food trucks and bought a Cali burrito, which was too much for me, so I saved some of it for later, and I also bought a strawberry lemonade Italian ice.  After the Blue Jays concluded their batting practice, one worker prepared the pitching mound.  I counted five different people throwing out the first pitch.  We heard “White Rabbit” before Cahill went out to the mound.  He gave up a double and a single in the first inning, so the A’s were behind 1-0 before their hitters had their first chance.  Nick Martini and Matt Chapman both reached a 3-2 count and walked.  Jed Lowrie lined out to right field.  Khris Davis singled to load the bases, and Matt Olson followed with another single, giving the A’s the lead at 2-1.  Unfortunately, Stephen Piscotty and Mark Canha both made outs, and so the A’s couldn’t extend their lead.  Cahill walked the first batter of the second inning, but he struck out the next batter, and then Martini made a diving catch with the runner far off first base, and so the play became a double play.  Cahill pitched a clean third inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Khris Davis hit a high fly ball that bounced high off the wall behind the fence in centerfield.  It was his 29th home run of the season.  Matt Olson doubled on a 3-2 pitch, and he went to third base on Piscotty’s ground out.  Mark Canha doubled, making the score 4-1.  Marcus Semien singled, and Canha went to third base.  Semien stole second base, and on the throw to second, Canha was running to home plate, sliding as the throw from the second baseman was coming in to the catcher and scoring a run.  The Blue Jays challenged the play, but the ruling held, and it was a double steal with the score now at 5-1.  When was the last time I witnessed a double steal?  Lucroy lined out to left field, and the Blue Jays made a pitching change.  Martini walked on four pitches, but Chapman made an out, so Semien was left at second base.  Cahill couldn’t get the shutdown inning, as he gave up a home run in the fourth inning, so the score was 5-2.  After a single and a sacrifice bunt, a fly ball to center and a strikeout ending the inning.  In the fifth inning, Cahill allowed only a single with two outs.  We heard “Takin’ Care of Business.”  In the bottom of the inning, Canha doubled again and Lucroy walked, but the A’s didn’t score.  At 9:00, the crowd attempted The Wave, but the fans weren’t too enthusiastic.  In the third inning, we had heard “Call Me Maybe,” but it seemed that quite a few fans had forgotten the song.  Bob Melvin wanted Cahill to get through the sixth inning, and he went to a 3-2 count on the first hitter before getting a strikeout.  He went to another 3-2 count and gave up a walk.  On the next pitch, Olson caught a line drive and stepped over to first base for the double play.  Two runs in six innings was a good game for Cahill, and he lowered his ERA slightly, from 3.43 to 3.39.  A Twitter vote of three songs resulted in Toto’s “Africa” the winner.  I didn’t recognize the other two choices.  Chapman started off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double.  One out later, Khris Davis singled for his third hit of the game and his second RBI.  The score was now 6-2.  We didn’t see a Big Head race on this night.  In fact, Ruby Lopez was the in-game host in place of Kara Tsuboi.  Yusmeiro Petit went out to pitch the top of the seventh inning.  After the good plays he made in this game, Olson made a terrible error, not being able to pick up the ball off the ground and then apparently trying to flip the ball over to Petit.  Semien followed with another error on a ground ball that could have been a force play at second base.  Petit managed to get the next three hitters out, with Olson catching the first out in foul ground.  In the eighth inning, Jeurys Familia pitched.  He struck out the first two batters before allowing a walk on a 3-2 pitch.  Chapman made a great play on a ball hit to his right, and he threw out the runner at first with some help from Olson’s reach.  Matt Treinen went to the mound for the top of the ninth inning.  A line drive to Treinen was the first out.  After a single, a ground ball to Lowrie went for the 4-6-3 double play that ended the game.  It was a 6-2 win.  It started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 10:17.  The attendance was 17,325.  I finished filling out my scorecard, and a fan asked me about Semien’s error, calling the play “showboating.”  I walked past the crowd around Stomper and said good night to one of the ushers.  I was tired and eager to get home and get some sleep.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 1, “Rear Window” was released in 1954.  In 1964, The Beatles had the Number One single, “A Hard Day’s Night.”  Also in 1964, Johnny Burnette drowned in a boating accident.  In 1973, George Lucas showed his film “American Graffiti” on the screen at the Avco Cinema Center in Los Angeles.  In 1977, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was released.  In 1981, MTV made its debut with the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

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