Matt Chapman’s 5 RBI

I ended up seeing “Yesterday” for a third time. I noticed that Jack was slightly off with the lyrics. He sang “Now it seems as though they’re here to stay.” The romantic comedy cliché of announcing your love in front of a crowd was painful when taking to an extreme, like a stadium full of people. I took the bus to the Target store, where I bought sunscreen, and then I walked over to Best Buy, where I bought a Blu-ray copy of “Good Morning, Vietnam.” I took the buses over to the Fruitvale BART station and headed to the Coliseum. I listened to the Rolling Stones’ “December’s Children” album. I went to my seat and watched batting practice, and then I headed to the food trucks. I bought the kalua pork and a Rice Krispies ice cream sandwich. I went back to watch the end of the Mariners’ batting practice. Daniel Mengden was the A’s starting pitcher. He allowed only a double with one out in the first inning, but in the second inning, he gave up a home run and a double, so the score was 1-0 after two innings. After the double, however, Mengden pitched a good stretch, getting fifteen consecutive outs. Meanwhile, in the bottom of the third inning, the A’s started scoring runs. With one out, Josh Phegley singled and Marcus Semien doubled. Matt Chapman, looking like one of the best players in the American League, singled for two runs. In the bottom of the fifth inning, after Phegley had grounded into a double play, Semien walked. A wild pitch put Semien at second base, although that wouldn’t matter, as Chapman hit a home run to make the score 4-1. Five pitches later, Matt Olson hit a line drive that went over the fence for a home run and a 5-1 score. In the bottom of the sixth inning with one out, Ramon Laureano doubled. He stole second base, and a bad throw by the second baseman to third base went for an error, allowing Laureano to get to home plate for a 6-1 score. There was no Big Head race on this night. Mengden’s string of consecutive outs ended with a single in the seventh inning, but he got the next two outs on just three pitches, and that would be the end of his night. He lowered his ERA from 4.73 to 4.21. In the bottom of the inning with one out, Semien doubled, and Chapman also doubled to drive in another run and make the score 7-1. Lou Trivino replaced Mengden for the top of the eighth inning. He allowed just a double with one out. In the bottom of the inning, Mark Canha hit a foul ball that was caught for the first out. He was 0-for-4 in the game. Laureano singled, and Chad Pinder followed with a single, and Laureano went to third base. A wild pitch allowed Laureano to get to second base. Franklin Barreto struck out, but Phegley singled for two runs, making the score 9-1. The A’s had scored at least one run in four consecutive innings, and five out of eight innings. Blake Treinen was sent out to pitch the top of the ninth inning. He got the first two batters out on ground balls to Chapman, but he gave up a home run on a 2-2 pitch, giving the Mariners their second run. A line drive to Canha in right field was the out that ended the game. This game started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 67 degrees, and it ended at 9:51. The attendance was 18,718. The Mariners looked ugly on a fly ball that dropped for a hit, with two players running into each other. We saw a delay in the game when the home plate umpire had to leave the game. Kara Tsuboi played a high-low game with a fan, and the first four numbers were 10, 20, 30, and 40. The fan somehow didn’t get it that the next number would be 50 and went low. Kara didn’t reward this lack of perception and gave the tickets to someone else. The scoreboard results were favorable for the A’s, except for the Cleveland Indians’ win. The only negatives from the game were Khris Davis’ 0-for-4 and the run that Treinen gave up. Davis’ batting average went down from .235 to .232, and Treinen’s ERA went up from 4.57 to 4.66. With an afternoon game coming up, we wanted to return home quickly in order to sleep fast. One of the ushers said goodbye to me on my way out, and a few of the fans were friendly to me as I took BART home. Perhaps they recognized me. I listened to a Bob Dylan album. I watched Stephen Colbert talk about The Squad before I went to sleep. Some of the people who died on July 17 include James Whistler (1903), Robert Wiene (1935), Billie Holiday (1959), John Coltrane (1967), Harry Guardino (1995), Geraldine Fitzgerald (2005), Mickey Spillane (2005), Walter Cronkite (2009), and Elaine Stritch (2014). Today is a birthday for David Hasselhoff (67) and Donald Sutherland (84). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 17, “High Society,” starring Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Louis Armstrong, was released in 1956. In 1959, the Alfred Hitchcock film “North by Northwest,” starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint, was released. In 1967, John Coltrane died of cancer at age 40. Also in 1967, The Beatles released their single “All You Need is Love” in the United States. In 1972 in Montreal, a bomb blew up a Rolling Stones equipment van. In 1987, “RoboCop” was released. In 1999, Helen Hunt married Hank Azaria.

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