Ryon Healy’s First MLB Hit, Home Run, and 3 RBI

I watched CBS This Morning and the segments on Buzz Aldrin and the Ghost Busters television show from 1975.  I also saw the chef segment.  Some of Missy Robbins’ signature dishes are Rigatoni diavola, Mafaldine with pink peppercorns and Parmigiana-Reggiano, Olive oil cake, and Bianco bianco.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on July 17, 1971 were “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” “Draggin’ the Line,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Mr. Big Stuff,” “Treat Her Like a Lady,” “Don’t Pull Your Love,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Indian Reservation,” and “It’s Too Late.”  I hung around the coffee shop for an hour before I headed out to the BART station.  I reached the Coliseum more than an hour before the gates opened.  The season ticket holder wasn’t very long.  The giveaway was a Hello Kitty bobblehead.  I took my seat and felt sleepy as I waited for the game to start.  I heard that news that Nate Thurmond had died.  Ken Korach on the radio would say that he met Nate Thurmond at Bill King’s memorial service.  The mayor was out on the field, declaring that it was Roscoe Bryant Day in Oakland.  Sonny Gray was pitching for the A’s.  He didn’t have his greatest game, not getting a single clean inning among the six innings that he pitched.  On the other hand, the Blue Jays scored in only two of the six innings.  Toronto scored first, in the second inning, as Gray allowed two doubles and two walks on the way to giving up two runs.  Annoyingly, Gray gave up the two runs to a hitter whose batting average was .141.  Josh Donaldson reached base on a throwing error by Marcus Semien, but for some reason a runner was caught between third base and home for that last out.  It turned out to be a big play in the game.  In the bottom of the inning, Khris Davis gave the A’s a lift with a home run, making the score 2-1.  Stephen Vogt singled, Marcus Semien walked.  After Jake Smolinski flied out to right field, Ryon Healy came up to bat.  He got his first major league hit, which was his first major league home run, for his first three major league RBI.  Gray couldn’t come up with the shutdown inning.  In the top of the third inning, he gave up a home run that made the score 4-3.  Gray got five consecutive outs before allowing two consecutive singles in the fourth inning.  He got a force out to end the fourth inning.  Gray allowed a single to start the fifth inning, and then he got four consecutive outs until he allowed a walk in the sixth inning.  On the last pitch he threw, he got a 3-6-1 double play to end the sixth inning.  That was Gray’s afternoon on the mound, and at the end of it, the score was still 4-3, and so he had the chance to get a win.  After the Healy home run, the A’s offense went cold for a while, as their hitters made eleven consecutive outs.  In the bottom of the sixth inning, Josh Reddick walked, but then Danny Valencia swing at the first pitch into a 6-4-3 double play.  Davis hit his second home run of the game, making the score 5-3.  I kept thinking that the lead could have been greater if not for Valencia.  The Big Head race was back, and the tall Rollie Fingers was back, but Rickey Henderson was short.  Dennis Eckersley won the race for the 18th time.  Ryan Dull pitched a clean seventh inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Ray Charles’ “Shake a Tail Feather.”  In the bottom of the inning, Semien walked, and Smolinski was hit by a pitch.  Healy followed with a single which appeared to score Semien, but the Blue Jays challenged the play.  The A’s lost the run and wouldn’t score in the inning.  John Axford pitched the top of the eighth inning and had a clean inning.  In the bottom of the inning, the A’s got only a two-out walk from Vogt, so it was up to Ryan Madson to protect the 5-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning.  Madson gave up a home run to the first batter, making the score 5-4 and making the fans uncomfortable.  Tyler Ladendorf caught a ball for the first out, and a ground ball hit to Healy at third base went for the second out.  The last out was a ball that Semien caught.  The A’s had won a second consecutive game against a good team, and Gray had his first win since April.  The fans felt happy with the win and their bobbleheads.  The game began at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 69 degrees, and it ended at 3:48.  The attendance was 27,510.  I was anxious to get back home quickly because I was hungry.  Back at home, I ate a burrito and a salad and took a nap.  I watched the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold” with John Fiedler.  The crew was on drugs for a while, and it seemed that Sulu had a strong reaction.  Spock said that women experiences fear more intensely than men, and I wondered if today he would consider his own comment to be sexist.  Some of the people who died on July 17 include Robert Wiene (1938), Billie Holiday (1959), John Coltrane (1967), Harry Guardino (1995), Geraldine Fitzgerald (2005), Mickey Spillane (2006), Walter Cronkite (2009), and Elaine Stritch (2014).  Today is a birthday for David Hasselhoff (64) and Donald Sutherland (81).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 17, Disneyland opened in Anaheim in 1955.  In 1965, James Brown released the single “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”  In 1968, the Beatles’ animated film “Yellow Submarine” premiered at the London Pavilion.  In 1986, 50 people were injured as a result of gang violence outside a Run-DMC concert in Long Beach.  In 1991, the state of Georgia honored James Brown for his comeback following a two-year prison term.

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