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Games 129-131: Into the land of haboobs 114

A lovely late August weekend in Phoenix finds the Bob Melvins duking it out with the Chip Hales in a three-game series at Chase Field. It’s your final opportunity of the season to watch the A’s play some exciting National League rules ball.

Friday at 6:40: Sonny Gray vs. Chase Anderson.
Saturday at 5:10: Felix Doubront Aaron Brooks vs. Jhoulys Chacin.
Sunday at 1:10: Jesse Chavez vs. Robbie Ray Allen Webster.

One thing about haboobs: They’re real, and they’re spectacular.

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114 thoughts on “Games 129-131: Into the land of haboobs

  1. Soaker Soaker Aug 28,2015 6:43 pm

    I haven’t been to a D’Backs game at Chase Field, but did go to a couple World Baseball Classic games in there, which happened to be fortuitously scheduled on a day when the Cactus League was rained out. It’s an aircraft hangar, nothing very charming about it by the standards of new ballparks, and holy crap you can be way way up in the rafters in the upper deck down the base lines. I go to Phoenix enough, have no particular desire to see regular season games there and consider it checked off my list.

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  2. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 28,2015 6:56 pm

    110? odd

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  3. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2015 7:15 pm

    I always hope to see haboobs when I come the ballpark, but I rarely do.

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  4. doctorK doctorK Aug 28,2015 7:17 pm

    HABOOBIES

    (had to)

    Also, w00t Billy Burns

  5. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 28,2015 7:33 pm

    the copy of the green day fireworks promo is terrrrrrrible

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  6. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 28,2015 8:04 pm

    its gonna be breslow v cwspedes ftw in new york

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  7. Jennifer Jennifer Aug 28,2015 8:08 pm

    HA! Boobs!

  8. Jennifer Jennifer Aug 28,2015 8:13 pm

    I just found out some people pout the MILK for their cereal BEFORE the actual cereal. My world has changed, and not for the better.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2015 8:30 pm || Up

      That’s outrageous. Those people are sick.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 28,2015 8:37 pm || Up

      I wouldn’t do that to start, but occasionally I want a little more cereal so I dump some into the milk after I’ve finished the first serving. You do want to be sure there’s only milk left when you do that, because otherwise a Cap’n Crunch morsel that’s been floating around in there for 10 minutes will be a gross glob of sog by the time you get to it.

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      • doctorK doctorK Aug 28,2015 8:38 pm || Up

        This.

        Also, I love you.

        • Soaker Soaker Aug 28,2015 8:43 pm || Up

          Not sure whether that refers to the Cap’n or the belated but previously intended addition of Teri Hatcher.

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      • Jennifer Jennifer Aug 28,2015 8:42 pm || Up

        Same. Sometimes I will sometimes do this when I can’t decide what cereal I want. BOTH.

        • Jennifer Jennifer Aug 28,2015 9:04 pm || Up

          Now I want breakfast.

          • Jennifer Jennifer Aug 28,2015 9:05 pm || Up

            That could be an offer.

            • MikeV MikeV Aug 30,2015 10:37 pm || Up

              So if I make dinner…

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              • grover Aug 30,2015 11:02 pm || Up

                Way too late with the effort, Mike.

                • MikeV MikeV Aug 30,2015 11:04 pm || Up

                  ah, well.

                  You keeping safe dude?

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                • grover Aug 31,2015 12:58 am || Up

                  Very.

                  And I spent the last 4 days at home with the family. My temp gig outside SLO might be ending mid-September and I can’t say I have a problem with that.

                • MikeV MikeV Aug 31,2015 9:14 am || Up

                  Awesome.

                  And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

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  9. Soaker Soaker Aug 28,2015 8:29 pm

    I guess Sonny’s stuff is so good that Vogt can’t deal with it?

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  10. doctorK doctorK Aug 28,2015 8:31 pm

    Catch
    the
    FKing
    ball

  11. doctorK doctorK Aug 28,2015 8:35 pm

    What the FKing FK, Canha????

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2015 8:37 pm || Up

      He better sit of the far side of the dugout bus plane from Reddick for the rest of the night series season.

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  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2015 8:38 pm

    Flipping over to the California Classico en español because FK this shit. I like the red and white look for the Quakes a lot.

    • MikeV MikeV Aug 30,2015 10:37 pm || Up

      YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS

      FK what a great game to be at.

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  13. Soaker Soaker Aug 28,2015 9:04 pm

    When Venditte hangs one, oh god, even I could hit those a long way.

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  14. Soaker Soaker Aug 28,2015 9:36 pm

    Not even a real teAse. At this point it’s nothing more than 129 down, 33 to go, and my best guess is 68-94.

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    • andeux andeux Oct 4,2015 2:58 pm || Up

      Good call.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 4,2015 6:59 pm || Up

        you people are witches

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        • Soaker Soaker Oct 4,2015 9:50 pm || Up

          They were well into the death spiral of pitching collapse by then. Anybody making a prediction on August 28 shouldn’t have missed by more than two games.

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  15. James V. James V. Aug 28,2015 10:48 pm

    So, um, that Lawrie homer went really, really far. 476 feet. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when it hit off the second level of seats way back there in left. Goldschmidt’s went 470.

  16. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 29,2015 5:33 pm

    the A’s are winning, seemingly.

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  17. doctorK doctorK Aug 29,2015 5:39 pm

    I believe that ball is wet.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 29,2015 5:43 pm || Up

      i want the practice to stop

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  18. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 29,2015 5:49 pm

    brooks looked like a batter

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 29,2015 6:07 pm || Up

      And not a broken ladder?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  19. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 29,2015 6:10 pm

    diamondback tv guys don’t talk at all. which is an impovement over vince or glen and ray

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 29,2015 6:23 pm || Up

      They do that with consistency?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  20. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 29,2015 6:35 pm

    vince is confused. Brooks was pitching with such confidence

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  21. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 29,2015 6:36 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Vince “the conversation was make sure you pitcvh with conviction”

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  22. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 29,2015 6:37 pm

    I would believe the comerica commercials more if they hadn’t made a small business loan to one of the chevron cars

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  23. Soaker Soaker Aug 29,2015 7:02 pm

    The best thing about NL Rules games is that Butler is one and done as a pinch-hitter.

    Also noticed that JamesV got some nice television face time a few minutes ago. Phoenix in August, woo hoo!!

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  24. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 29,2015 7:17 pm

    something has been bugging me for a while and I haven’t typed it here

    the a’s sell kids butler and lawrie shirts.
    never sold a donaldson. you look at any highlight from skydome and there are dozens of donaldson jerseys

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  25. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 29,2015 7:24 pm

    Guys! Guys! guys!

    a lead

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  26. Thunderbutt Thunderbutt Aug 29,2015 7:38 pm

    I wonder, can he doo it?

    There is always a score.
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 29,2015 7:49 pm || Up

      Drew wasn’t doo! How about that!

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  27. doctorK doctorK Aug 29,2015 7:49 pm



  28. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 1:15 pm

    he was safe

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  29. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 1:16 pm

    brenley on reddicks stirrups

    “apparantly they don’t have mirrors in the visiting clubhouse”

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  30. mother pucker Aug 30,2015 1:20 pm

    Does Melvin’s neglect to use the challenge suggest he wants to distance himself as quickly from this season as do the rest of us?

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 1:29 pm || Up

      The message was “don’t wander that far off the base if you’re not going and then ask me to decide whether to use a challenge in the top of the first inning.”

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  31. Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 1:48 pm

    Hey Jesse, you’d be in the dugout with zero runs allowed if you could have either fielded the ball cleanly or thrown it accurately.

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  32. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 2:18 pm

    4th best catcher by f war

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  33. Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 2:25 pm

    Are the Diamondbacks the first baseball team to wear those non-glossy batting helmets? I’ve noticed in this series both their red and black versions are like that; have seen it on some college football teams as well, but I don’t remember seeing it previously in MLB.

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  34. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 2:35 pm

    national league baseball

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 2:38 pm || Up

      In the minor leagues pitchers hitting is down to AAA and AA when two NL affiliates are playing each other. That’s not very many games. It’s just not much of a step anymore to make the DH universal. The 2017 CBA is probably a good opportunity to pave that path.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 2:47 pm || Up

        i wish. not going to happen until the 20s

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        • Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 2:53 pm || Up

          It won’t be universal for the 2017 season, but the next CBA could stipulate that it will be universal starting in 2021 or whenever.

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  35. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 3:15 pm

    so, coco to left, vendetti replaces canha? is that how the nl works?

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 3:26 pm || Up

      Ask Bob Geren, the double-switch expert. (I loved it when Ken and Vince made reference to that a few days ago.)

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  36. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 3:52 pm

    brenley just joked about a guy who went over a railing after a foul ball

    “he’s not doing too good now”

    read the paper bob

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  37. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 3:57 pm

    butler’s current ops? 666

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 4:03 pm || Up

      Which reminds me that Brandon Moss is .687 combined Tribe/Cards.

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  38. Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 4:10 pm

    Drew pitched like DOO last night, but bringing him back for a second game in a row, I fear doo doo.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 4:12 pm || Up

      drew doo?

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      • Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 4:14 pm || Up

        I don’t blame Inciarte for being mad there. “I know it’s not intentional, but why do you suck so much?”

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  39. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 4:26 pm

    the yelling at pomeranz likly contributed to pich selection and the failure here

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  40. sslinger Aug 30,2015 4:34 pm

    C’mon guys, if you’re going to blow a save can’t you just let it be over already?

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 4:36 pm || Up

      I’m glad for the A’s fans who went down there that this has been an entertaining series. The baseball has been largely shitty, but entertaining nonetheless.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 4:41 pm || Up

        there was a hardy “let’s go Oakland” coming through on the AZ broadcast before the director cut it

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  41. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 4:47 pm

    Canha has not been charged with an error, but he has had a bad defensive series

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  42. Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 4:53 pm

    Yikes, who will Bob bring in to close this thing?

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  43. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 4:54 pm

    phegley moved less than tabata

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  44. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 4:56 pm

    DFAbait

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  45. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 5:07 pm

    come on guys. nothing?

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  46. Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 5:12 pm

    I’m pretty sure Venditte is nothing more than a footnote to history, but a W in the big leagues is pretty sweet.

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  47. andeux andeux Aug 30,2015 5:15 pm

    …and out with a nice pair of wins.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 5:48 pm || Up

      It sucks to have to go to Phoenix in August, but if you get your hands on a nice pair the weekend isn’t a total loss.

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  48. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 5:17 pm

    watching ESPN for the first time in 5 years.

    they have one announcer that knows what she is talking about. Is that new?

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 30,2015 5:31 pm || Up

      Ugh, a Furdie.

      She’s filling in for the suspended Schilling; I have never heard her in the booth so no opinion there.

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  49. James V. James V. Aug 30,2015 6:03 pm

    Today’s game was awesome. At least, the Pat Venditte part.

  50. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 6:47 pm

    wow, kruck sounded downright progressive on the broadcast. asked when baseball was getting a woman in the clubhouse

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  51. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 8:33 pm

    dammit. just realized venditte won’t pitch tomorrow.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • James V. James V. Aug 30,2015 8:36 pm || Up

      I have NL ball along with an unlikely 2-out rally to thank for getting to see Venditte bat today (and win), and after starting the game about 10 rows behind the 3B dugout, I moved down to an empty seat in the first row for the 10th and 11th. That was a pretty good spot for some late-game photos.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2015 8:41 pm || Up

        cool, I have the front row seats tomorrow.

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        • James V. James V. Aug 30,2015 8:44 pm || Up

          I’ll be on my way to Denver tomorrow for more games.

          • grover Aug 30,2015 9:54 pm || Up

            Are you on a job or just a kick-ass vacation???

            • James V. James V. Aug 30,2015 9:56 pm || Up

              Just vacationing. I’m no longer doing photography on any kind of ‘pro’ basis.

              • grover Aug 30,2015 11:04 pm || Up

                I didn’t think so but with all the jet-setting I wasn’t sure.

                • James V. James V. Aug 30,2015 11:06 pm || Up

                  First time I’ve flown anywhere since last October, actually.

                • ptbnl Aug 31,2015 1:16 pm || Up

                  I’ve flown 113,834 miles since last October :-(

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • MikeV MikeV Aug 31,2015 1:27 pm || Up

                  and boy are your arms tired

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                • grover Aug 31,2015 8:28 pm || Up

                  Toonces???

                • nevermoor nevermoor Aug 31,2015 5:28 pm || Up

                  Are you going to start building towards perma-status on another airline, just to say you did?

                  "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
                • ptbnl Aug 31,2015 9:40 pm || Up

                  If another airline that flew useful routes offered me complementary status for the first year (which I’ve head of them doing) I’d consider it, especially now United awards air miles based on ticket price rather than distance flown. That’s already cost me about 30K in award miles this year, and I rely on them to get us to Europe every summer to see my lazy stay-at-home family.

                  It’s also the last year of Planck, so I had expected my long-distance travel to drop significantly – though we just got Phase A approval from NASA to work on a Japanese space agency mission, so I’ll probably just replace my current routes with trans-Pacific flights.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • andeux andeux Sep 1,2015 9:40 am || Up

                  Large chunks of natto in your luggage.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • grover Aug 31,2015 8:28 pm || Up

                  Crap.

                  You win.

  52. mother pucker Aug 30,2015 9:54 pm

    Got to see the Raiders for the first time this year (thanks NBC).

    Losing your starting right tackle for the year (in what was a very important year for him personally) certainly blows.

    I continue to be very underwhelmed by Carr whenever I watch him. How many open guys did he completely airmail the ball to?

    On the other hand, Cooper had some awfully impressive routes run against Peterson and the defensive line looked rather dominant, even it was against a below average offensive line. It does not seem that bold to suggest Mack finishes the year as one of the five best defensive players in the entire NFL, either.

    • MikeV MikeV Aug 30,2015 10:38 pm || Up

      I was on the sidelines. That was neat.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

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      • Thunderbutt Thunderbutt Aug 31,2015 4:18 pm || Up

        savoir faire is everywhere

        There is always a score.
  53. Jennifer Jennifer Aug 31,2015 5:30 pm

    I’ve decided to just root for Bryce Harper. Screw teams.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 31,2015 5:33 pm || Up

      I’m rooting for Donaldson and Cespedes. To the extent I’m able to tolerate baseball at all at the moment.

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