Robbie Grossman’s Walk-Off Single in the 13th Inning

After I finished up at work, I took the 51B bus and then the 51A bus into downtown Oakland. I listened to the “Woodstock” CD and stopped at my ATM before taking more buses, the 1 and then the 73 the rest of the way to the Coliseum. The afternoon was hot as hot as Thursday was. I saw a tent sale going on in the parking lot, and I had to look around. I didn’t seem many items that I liked. I settled on a Rickey Henderson t-shirt that I got for $19.11 including sales tax. I headed to the season ticket holder line and got there as the doors opened. I sat down to watch a little bit of batting practice, and then I headed for the food trucks. I bought a chicken and beef plate and then I had a pink lemonade popsicle. I went back to my seat. I fell asleep for a while. I listened to the radio and heard the news about the death of Peter Fonda, who was 79 years old. I’ll always remember seeing “Easy Rider.” Tanner Roark was the A’s pitcher starting against the Astros. He gave up a single to the first batter of the game, but then he got a double play on a ground ball, and then a fly out to center field. In the second inning, he allowed only a walk with one out. In the third inning, he allowed only a walk with one out. Matt Chapman made a good play on a ground ball for the second out. After three innings, however, the score was still 0-0 because Justin Verlander had pitched three perfect innings with seven strikeouts. Roark allowed a double and a walk in the fourth inning, but he got out of the inning with a fly ball to right field and a ground ball hit to me. In the bottom of the inning, Marcus Semien hit a double, but he made it only to third base, as Chapman and Olson both made outs. Roark pitched a clean fifth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Khris Davis struck out, but Mark Canha hit the ball over the fence for a 1-0 score. In the top of the sixth inning, Roark allowed a double and a walk with one out, and then a single to load the bases. On the next pitch, a sacrifice fly to right field tied the score at 1-1. Two pitches later, a single to center field gave the Astros a 2-1 lead, but Mark Canha threw out the runner at second base for the third out. In the bottom of the inning with one out, Marcus Semien tied the score at 2-2 with a home run. Rollie Fingers managed to win the Big Head race. Blake Treinen replaced Tanner Roark for the top of the seventh inning. He allowed a single to the first hitter before getting the next three out. In the bottom of the inning, the A’s got only a single from Canha with two outs. Jake Diekman came into the game for the top of the eighth inning. He gave up a double with two outs, but then he got a fly ball for the third out. In the bottom of the inning, Semien walked with two outs. He stole second base and went to third base on a throwing error, but Grossman grounded out. Joakim Soria replaced Diekman for the top of the ninth inning, and Soria had a clean inning with three ground outs. In the bottom of the inning, Chapman and Olson both struck out, and Khris Davis grounded out, and so it was on to extra innings. In the top of the tenth inning, Soria got the first two hitters out, but then Corban Joseph committed an error on what looked like a routine play. Soria gave up a four-pitch walk, but he struck out a pinch-hitter for the third out. In the bottom of the inning, Canha, Piscotty, and Joseph all made outs, and so we went on to the eleventh inning. Lou Trivino replaced Soria, and he had a clean inning. All but one of his pitches were strikes. In the bottom of the inning, the A’s bats were still quiet, as Herrmann, Semien, and Grossman made the three outs. In the top of the twelfth inning, Trivino allowed Jose Altuve’s first hit of this four-game series with two outs, but then a ground out to Olson was the third out. In the bottom of the inning, the A’s finally got a hit, as Chapman doubled on the first pitch. Olson grounded out, but Chapman went to third base on the play. Davis reached base on a fielder’s choice, as the contact play which never works went 6-2-5-1. Chapman was out at home, and Davis was at second base. Jurickson Profar went in to pinch-run for Davis. Canha singled, and Profar went to third base, but on a 2-0 pitch, Piscotty grounded out to the shortstop. Trivino remained on the mound for the thirteenth inning, his third inning. He got two strikeouts, but the following batter reached second base on a fielding error by Chapman. Ken Korach on the radio said that Chapman was caught between hops. After an intentional walk, a force out at second base that looked like a close play was the third out. In the bottom of the inning, Corban Joseph singled, but Chris Herrmann put down a sacrifice bunt, as Joseph went to second base. Marcus Semien struck out, Robbie Grossman hit a 2-0 pitch for a single to center field, and Joseph came around to score the winning run. This game had started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 69 degrees, and it ended at 11:20. The attendance was 22,768. I, like many others in the crowd, decided not to stick around for the fireworks because the game went on to such a late hour. I had ten minutes to get to the BART ramp before they closed it. The scoreboard results were good for the A’s, as Tampa Bay and Cleveland both lost. Roark almost matched Justin Verlander in allowing two runs in six innings. The A’s relief pitchers had an exceptional game with no runs over seven innings. Trivino’s ERA decreased from 5.14 to 4.85. Mark Canha was 3-for-5 in the game. On the other hand, Khris Davis went 0-for-5, and his batting average went down from .227 to .224. Olson and Piscotty also went 0-for-5, and Herrmann went 0-for-4. It was about 12:15 when I got home. It was a night to sleep fast because of an afternoon game to come. 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 (59), Belinda Carlisle (61), and Robert De Niro (76). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 17, FTD made a record number of floral arrangement deliveries with 3,116 after Elvis Presley’s death in 1977. In 1983, Ira Gershwin died at age 86. In 1984, the Clint Eastwood movie “Tightrope” was released.

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