I've said it before. And I will say it every time --- I love day baseball. And a day game gives me time tonight to pack for the first leg to the M's massive road trip. I will be heading to scenic Cleveland and Baltimore.
What happened on August 11? Well in 1965, the Watts riots broke out in LA, and over the next four days 34 people would be killed, 1,032 people would be injured and 3,438 people would be arrested.
Let's get to birthdays -- in 1986, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval -- also known as Kung Fu Panda -- was born. I'm sure he wasn't a smile baby. Also celebrating B-days today are Melky Cabrera and a guy named Terry Gene Bollea was born on this day in 1953 in Augusta Georgia .. you may know him better as this guy ...
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1929 -- At League Park in Cleveland, Babe Ruth hits Willis Hudlin’s first delivery in the second inning over the right field fence to record his 500th career home run. He became the first player to hit 500 homers in his career. He had more than twice the number of round-trippers than Phillies Cy Williams who was #2 on the all-time list with 237 at that itme.
1994 -- Randy Johnson’s pitch to strike out A's Ernie Young will become the last ball thrown in the major leagues for seven and half months. The longest work stoppage in baseball history will cancel the remaining games on the schedule, including the post-season, and will impact the start of 1995 campaign. First inning
The A's are probably glad to see Luke French on the mound after seeing Felix Hernandez last night. To put it nicely, they have a little different stuff, velocity and pitching styles. Daric Barton rips a one-out double, and Kevin Kouzmanoff got a two-out walk, but French was able to get out of the inning.
Dallas Braden of the 209 gives up a one-out walk to Chone Figgins but then gets Jose S-Lopez to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
The A's grab a 1-0 lead as Mark Ellis rips a lead-off double and later steals third with two outs and scores on Coco Crisp's single to left field.
M's get an infield single from Franklin Gutierrez, but he's quickly erased by Casey Kotchman's 4-6-3 double play that he hits into.
1-2-3 for French
1-2-3 for Braden
Rajai Davis doubles down the line as Jose Lopez looks like a rec league softball player trying to get that hard ground ball. Davis later scores on Landon Powell's two-out single to left. A's leads 2-0.
Another 1-2-3 for Braden.
The score is now 4-0 as Kurt Suzuki and Cliff Pennington score on Mark Ellis' single.
M's get a soft single from Russell Branyan but Casey Kotchman ends the inning by hitting into his second 4-6-3 double play of the game.
Hey the A's go down 1-2-3 for the first time since the third inning, and just the second time in the game.
The M's go down 1-2-3 for the third time in the game and have just two hits off Braden.
Brian Sweeney replaces French and works a scoreless inning.
The M's load the bases with one out and get a sac fly from Franklin Gutierrez. In some parks, the ball Guti hit to the warning track may have been gone. In Safeco, it's an out. Casey Kotchman then grounds out to end the inning. A's lead 3-1. 4-1
Well, at least Dallas Braden didn't throw another perfect game. But he did pick up a complete game win. Welcome Daren Brown to the real Mariners.