Coco Crisp’s 13th Inning Walk-Off Single

I went to work.  My first task was to fix a stapler.  I talked about Michel Gondry’s “Microbe and Gasoline,” and how it already left the theatres.  It was showing in San Diego, apparently.  Someone talked to me about Donald Trump’s speech and asked me if I was a Republican.  I was glad to finish and leave for the stadium.  I thought about buying a hamburger at the place across the street from the BART station, but they didn’t have anywhere to sit.  I looked through the Warriors team store before heading to the gate.  I didn’t think I wanted stadium food, so I just went to my seat.  It was Bark at the Park Day, but I had neither a special ticket nor a dog, so I had to be a spectator as far as the dogs in the stadium went.  Dick Callahan had an illness that affected his voice, so Chris Townsend was the announcer for this game.  Sean Manaea would start the game by getting the first eleven Tampa Bay batters out before giving up two singles, and then he would get four of the next five batters out to get through the first six innings without giving up a run.  After Dennis Eckersley won the Big Head race, Manaea allowed a single before getting three consecutive outs.  He did the same thing in the eighth inning, so the Rays were still without a run after eight innings.  Unfortunately, the A’s weren’t scoring any runs, either.  Over the first seven innings, they got singles from Arismendy Alcantara, Khris Davis, and Jake Smolinski, and nothing else.  In the eighth inning, Smolinski singled with one out but was caught stealing.  Yonder Alonso reached base on an error, and Ryon Healy singled, but when Danny Valencia came in to pinch hit for Alcantara, he fit a foul ball that the catcher caught for the last out.  Ryan Madson hadn’t pitched in the last three games.  He came out to pitch the top of the ninth inning, and he walked the first batter on four pitches, but he got a double play ground ball and a strikeout to maintain the scoreless tie.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Coco Crisp grounded out to the pitcher and Josh Reddick made an out to the left fielder.  After a pitching change, Khris Davis struck out, and we were going into extra innings.  Ryan Dull took over for Madon and pitched a clean tenth inning, but the A’s did nothing in the bottom of the inning.  Dull gave up only a two-out single in the eleventh inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Yonder Alonso singled and was sacrificed to second base.  Marcus Semien grounded out.  Crisp and Reddick walked to load the bases, but Davis hit into a force play, so we went on to the twelfth inning.  John Axford came out to pitch for the A’s.  He fell behind in the count to each of the first three batters, but allowed only a two-out walk.  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie and Smolinski both one-out singles, but Alonso hit into a double play, so it was on to the thirteenth inning.  Axford again took the mound, and he allowed only a two-out single with two strikeouts.  In the bottom of the thirteenth inning, Ryon Healy did something we hadn’t seen all night, which was get an extra-base hit.  He doubled, giving the fans hope for a win and an end to a long game.  Semien did not bunt, and he grounded out without advancing Healy.  Coco Crisp came up to bat, and on a 3-1 count, he got a hit, which brought in Healy for the game’s only run and the walk-off win.  It was four years ago to the day that Coco Crisp had a big walk-off hit against the Yankees.  We saw it during the game on This Day in A’s History.  It showed that Coco Crisp has been getting big hits for the team for quite a few years.  Through the first eight innings, this game looked like it was going to end in two hours.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 69 degrees, and it ended at 10:38.  The attendance was 15,250, not counting the dogs.  We saw many of them during the Simba Cam break.  On the scoreboard, the Giants lost again, although the Dodgers lost their long game in St. Louis.  The A’s gained a game on the Rangers and the Angels.  One of the encouraging things about this game was Sean Manaea’s very good performance, lowering his ERA from 5.13 to 4.61.  The A’s also had their second consecutive game without an error.  One good thing for us was that the next game would start at six o’clock instead of one o’clock because of the scheduled fireworks show.  I thought about which movies I should go out to see once the A’s go on their road trip.  I listened to a Bruce Springsteen album.  My favorite song was “Thunder Road.”  I hurried home and skipped the pizza and went to sleep.  Some of the people who died on July 23 include Ulysses S. Grant (1865), Robert J. Flaherty (1951), Montgomery Clift (1966), Van Heflin (1971), Vic Morrow (1982), Eudora Welty (2001), Leo McKern (2002), Chaim Potok (2002), Amy Winehouse (2011), and Sally Ride (2012).  Today is a birthday for Alison Krauss (45) and Woody Harrelson (55).

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