Sean Manaea’s Stellar Outing

I worked on my writing for a while, and then went out to Bongo Burger for a hamburger.  I took the 6 bus and then the 1 bus towards the Coliseum.  I didn’t like the change in the bus lines because it meant less convenience and more waiting for crowded buses.  I got to the stadium early and browsed through the team store.  I sat on a bench and took notice of a young woman dressed in white who sat next to me.  She didn’t seem like a sports fan.  I took my seat and listened to the radio.  Everyone was still talking about Tuesday night’s game.  It was one of the best ever played between the A’s and the Giants.  I saw Gianna Franco out on the field before the game with a headset and an A’s cap, drinking a Snapple.  Gary Payton threw out the first pitch, and afterwards, he walked by me a few feet away.  The woman in white turned out to be the singer of the national anthem.  Sean Manaea was the starting pitcher for the A’s on this night, and he would do a good job, pitching into the sixth inning without giving up a run.  He pitched his way out of two jams.  In the second inning, he allowed a single and a walk with one out before getting a double play.  Also, in the fourth inning with one out, he allowed three consecutive singles, and then on a 3-2 pitch, he got another double play.  Manaea pitched two clean innings, which were the third and the fifth innings.  In the first and sixth innings, he allowed a double with two outs.  It was the double in the sixth inning that marked his departure from the game.  Liam Hendriks would get the last out in the sixth inning.  In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson would break his sunglasses in the effort, but he would lose to Dennis Eckersley.  Rollie Fingers definitely looked shorter than in the past.  Hendriks would pitch the top of the seventh inning, and he would allow a walk and a single, but a force play and a line drive that Marcus Semien caught ended the threat.  John Axford pitched the top of the eighth inning.  He got the first batter out, but then gave up a walk and a single.  A wild pitch advanced both runners, and a sacrifice fly gave the Giants a run.  Axford struck out the next batter to end the inning.  On offense, the first seven A’s batters made outs.  Later in the game, the A’s would make 11 consecutive outs, but it was what happened in between those two streaks that would be important.  In the bottom of the third inning with one out, Marcus Semien reached on an error that involved two Giants colliding on the field.  Semien made it all the way to third base.  Billy Burns bunted, scoring the first run of the game.  Coco Crisp walked, and Jed Lowrie hit a home run to make the score 3-0.  In the bottom of the fourth inning with one out, Billy Butler walked, and Yonder Alonso followed with an impressive home run that went into the right field bleachers.  The score was 5-0.  Marcus Semien would hit a ball out to the fence that was initially ruled a triple, although it would later be ruled an error.  The Giants’ left fielder had a pretty bad game out in the field playing defense.  Billy Burns doubled to make the score 6-0, and Coco Crisp followed with a single, making the score 7-0.  The A’s offense went quiet after the Crisp hit.  For the rest of the game, they would get only a single from Danny Valencia in the eighth inning.  Ryan Dull pitched the top of the ninth inning, and he did a good job.  It was a clean inning with a ground ball and two fly balls.  It was remarkable that the A’s had defeated the Giants in three consecutive games.  The game started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 59 degrees, and it ended at 9:51.  The attendance was 32,810.  Chris Townsend sounded happy during the postgame radio show.  He said that if the team wants to stay together, they should win more games.  Some of the people who died on June 30 include Lillian Hellman (1984), Gale Gordon (1995), Chet Atkins (2001), Buddy Hackett (2003), Bob Hastings (2014), and Paul Mazursky (2014).  Today is a birthday for Mike Tyson (50) and David Alan Grier (60).

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