Khris Davis’ 5 RBI

I went back to work on a Monday morning.  A lot of people wanted to talk about the Warriors.  I returned home to have my late lunch and take a nap.  I took the bus out to the Coliseum.  Warriors fans were already inside the Oracle Arena by the time I got to the stadium next door.  I took my seat.  I spoke with the usher about my summer break from teaching.  The A’s starting pitcher was Sean Manaea.  He kept the Rangers from scoring during the first three innings.  Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien made plays to help him out, and he also escaped trouble with a double by getting two strikeouts.  The A’s scored in the bottom of the first inning.  Coco Crisp, Marcus Semien, and Danny Valencia all singled to load the bases.  Khris hit into a force play but got an RBI on the play.  After Billy Butler walked, Josh Phegley hit into a double play.  The A’s scored again in the third inning.  Crisp walked.  Semien struck out.  Valencia reached base on an error, and Davis hit a home run to make the score 4-0.  Butler walked, Phegley singled, and Jake Smolinski walked to load the bases.  Yonder Alonso hit a sacrifice fly to get Butler home, and Smolinski got caught in a rundown for the third out, but the score was now 5-0.  The last out went 7-2-3-4.  Manaea allowed a run in the fourth inning with two outs.  An infield out and an error by Valencia put a runner at second base.  Manaea grazed Prince Fielder’s jersey with a pitch, putting him on base.  A single made the score 5-1.  The A’s put away the game in the bottom of the inning.  With two outs, Semien singled and stole second base.  Valencia singled for one run.  Davis walked, and then Butler singled for one RBI.  Phegley hit a home run to make the score 10-1.  In the top of the fifth inning, Manaea got one out but then gave up a home run on his last pitch of the night.  Apparently, he suffered an injury, because Bob Melvin came out to talk with him and quickly made a pitching change.  Manaea was two outs away from a probable win.  Daniel Coulombe came in and got the next two batters out.  In the bottom of the fifth inning, the A’s got consecutive singles from Tyler Ladendorf, Coco Crisp, and Marcus Semien for one run.  Valencia hit into a force play at second, but then Davis singled for his fifth RBI of the game.  Butler singled to load the bases.  Phegley hit a foul ball for an out, but Smolinski singled for two more runs, making the score 14-2.  That would turn out to be the last hit of the game for the A’s, along with their last run of the game.  In fact, the next ten A’s batters would all make outs.  Coloumbe pitched the top of the sixth inning.  He gave up a single and a home run, which made the score 14-4.  He got the three of the next four batters out, allowing a two-out single.  Bob Melvin apparently wanted to give his relief pitchers a day off as he sent Zach Neal out to the mound for the last three innings.  Neal allowed a single in the seventh inning and a home run in the ninth inning, which made the score 14-5.  Ladendorf made a great defensive play in the eighth inning, and he started a double play in the ninth.  The last out of the game was a ground ball to third.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 10:13.  The attendance was 13,453.  In the late innings, some Warriors fans made their way into the stands.  It was a 15-point loss for the basketball team.  The only starting player to not get a hit for the A’s was Yonder Alonso, although he did have one RBI.  Billy Burns pinch hit for Coco Crisp in the sixth inning and grounded out.  Tyler Ladendorf got his second hit of the season, which raised his batting average from .048 to .080.  Neal earned a save for pitching the last three innings.  I hurried home because I wanted to get some sleep.  What I missed on television was “Woody Allen Looks at 1967.”  “The Last Hurrah” with Spencer Tracy was on, but I didn’t want to see it again.  I watched Stephen Colbert’s introduction to his show before going to sleep.  Some of the people who died on June 14 include Alan Jay Lerner (1986), Marlin Perkins (1986), Peggy Ashcroft (1991), Henry Mancini (1994), and Richard Jaeckel (1997).  Today is a birthday for Boy George (55) and Donald Trump (70).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 14, America was Number One on the singles chart in 1975 with “Sister Golden Hair.”  In 1980, Billy Joel was Number One on the album chart with “Glass Houses.”  In 1986, Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald had a Number One hit, “On My Own.”  In 1996, “The Cable Guy,” starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick, was released.

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