Chris Bassitt’s Durability

I watched the Today show anchors trying the new Oscar Meyer Ice Dogs, and they did not like it. I took the buses out to the Coliseum. I passed on the tent sale this time and headed for my promotion item pickup. I got a tote bag, a bat, an Oakland Larks cap, a Semien shirt, a Piscotty shirt, and an Olson bobblehead. I went to the Community Fund counter and bought a Memorial Day cap for $20. I bought a burger and sat down to eat. At one of the food trucks, I bought an ice cream sandwich, and then I headed to my seat. The woman who took the seat next to me to my right told me that her minister would be throwing out the first pitch. Chris Bassitt was the A’s starting pitcher facing the Astros on this Saturday afternoon. Bassitt allowed two singles and a walk in the first inning, but he managed to avoid disaster with a strikeout and a fly ball to center to keep the Astros from scoring. In the second inning, he allowed just a single with one out. In the third inning, Bassitt got into trouble by giving up singles to the first two hitters. He then allowed a double, which gave the Astros their first run of the game, and then a sacrifice fly made the score 2-0. After a walk, Bassitt got two strikeouts to end the inning. The A’s did reply in the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph singled, and Josh Phegley also singled. Marcus Semien hit the ball softly for another single to load the bases. Robbie Grossman lined the ball to center field for the fourth consecutive single, giving the A’s their first run. Matt Chapman walked with the bases loaded to tie the score at 2-2. Matt Olson singled, giving the A’s a 3-2 lead. Mark Canha singled to right field, driving in Grossman and Chapman for a 5-2 score. Stephen Piscotty struck out, and Khris Davis grounded out to end the inning. The fourth inning was a quiet inning, as no one on either team reached base. In the fifth inning, Bassitt made a mistake on a 3-0 pitch with two outs. It was a home team, making the score 5-3. In the bottom of the inning, the A’s made another reply. Grossman walked, and Chapman was hit by a pitch. Matt Olson singled, with Grossman scoring and Chapman going to third base. Mark Canha singled for another run, and Olson went to third base. Piscott hit a sacrifice fly to right field, and Olson scored a run to make it a 8-3 game. Davis grounded into a force out, and Joseph flied out to end the inning. Bassitt made it through the sixth inning. He allowed a single, but then he got a double play with a ground ball, and a pop out was the third out. Rickey Henderson won the Big Head race. Blake Treinen went out to pitch the top of the seventh inning. He allowed a single, but then he got the next three batters out. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life.” Ryan Buchter took the mound for the top of the eighth inning. He allowed a home run on his first pitch, reminded me of why he is not my favorite A’s player. He did next the next three Astros out, and the score was now 8-4. Yusmeiro Petit took over for Buchter in the ninth inning. A strikeout was the first out, and a fly ball to right field was the second out. Jose Altuve swung at the first pitch, and it was a ground ball to Semien for the out that ended the game. This game has started at 1:06 with a game time temperature of 75 degrees, and it ended at 4:10. The attendance was 21,428. The A’s had gained a game on Cleveland. Khris Davis was the only A’s starting player who went without a hit. He went 0-for-4, and his batting average was down to .222. I headed home to take a nap. I shopped for groceries at Trader Joe’s, and I watched a Woodstock documentary on KQED. I didn’t want to watch the Star Trek episode on Me TV. Some of the people who died on August 18 include Honoré de Balzac (1850), Anita Loos (1981), John Sturges (1992), Elmer Bernstein (2004), and Scott McKenzie (2012). Today is a birthday for Denis Leary (62), Robert Redford (83), and Roman Polanski (86). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 18, The Police performed their first concert as a trio at Rebecca’s club in Birmingham, England in 1977. In 1993, “Manhattan Murder Mystery” was released. In 2003, Elmer Bernstein, composer of scores for movies such as “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Great Escape,” died of cancer at age 82 at his home in Ojai, California. In 2006, “Snakes on a Plane,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, was released in the United States.

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