Sean Manaea’s Two Mistakes

I watched CBS Sunday Morning.  Serena Altschul did a segment on Robert Mapplethorpe’s brother Edward.  I went grocery shopping, and then I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station.  The sun came out at about 11:20.  I got to the Coliseum, and I took my seat.  The Prairie Home Companion had John Prine singing songs like “One Red Rose,” “Hello in There,” and “The Great Compromise.”  The singer who performed the national anthem paused uncomfortably before every line.  Sean Manaea was the starting pitcher for the A’s.  He would do a pretty good job, but the rest of the team didn’t give him any runs.  He gave up a single to the second batter of the game, but he picked off the runner for the last out of the inning.  He allowed a double and a single in the second game, but got out of trouble with two strikeouts.  Manaea got into deeper trouble in the third inning with a double and two walks.  Yonder Alonso would help out Manaea.  He fielded a ground ball and threw to home plate for a force out, and then he caught a line drive and stepped on first base for the double play to prevent the Cubs from scoring.  Manaea would pitch clean innings in the fourth and fifth.  Meanwhile, the Cubs starting pitcher, Kyle Hendricks, would give up singles to Max Muncy in the first inning and Marcus Semien in the second inning, and then get seventeen consecutive outs.  The score was 0-0 until the top of the sixth inning.  Manaea’s first pitch went out of the park for a home run and a 1-0 Cubs lead.  With the A’s difficulty scoring runs in this series, with only two runs in 23 innings, the game already felt like it was over at that point.  Manaea did maintain his composure after the home run and got three consecutive outs, although he was approaching 100 pitches on the afternoon.  I noticed that the Big Head Rickey Henderson was taller than he had been recently.  Dennis Eckersley won a close race.  Manaea went out to pitch the seventh inning and went to a 3-2 count before giving up another home run for a 2-0 Cubs score.  Ryan Dull came in to pitch, and he allowed a single, but Stephen Vogt threw out the runner trying to steal second base.  Semien fielded a ground ball and made a high throw to first base.  The runner was initially ruled safe, but Alonso was insistent that he tagged the runner, and a review reversed the call.  Andrew Triggs pitched in the eighth inning, but he didn’t get an out, allowing a single and a walk.  Marc Rzepczynski came in and got the batter to hit a high fly ball to left field, but Coco Crisp couldn’t catch it, as it dropped in for a double and a 3-0 score.  After an intentional walk, Bob Melvin brought in Liam Hendriks.  With the bases loaded and no outs, it looked like the game was going to get out of hand, but Hendriks struck out his first two batters, then got a ground ball to end the inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Semien stopped the string of seventeen outs with a home run into the left field bleachers.  The radio announcers said that the ball traveled an estimated 455 feet and left the bat at 107 mph.  There was no momentum from the big hit, however, as the Cubs changed pitchers, and Smolinski struck out, and Healy popped out to second.  We heard “Livin’ la Vida Loca” as Chris Smith took the mound in the top of the ninth inning.  He was 35 years old and coming to the A’s from the minor leagues.  He gave up a single with one out, but kept the score at 3-1.  The famous Aroldis Chapman took the mound for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and he threw some of the hardest pitches I have ever seen.  Coco Crisp grounded out to second for the first out, and Brett Eibner came in to pinch hit for Muncy, but he grounded out to shortstop.  Stephen Vogt was in a tough spot with a 0-2 count against him, but he hit a single out to left field, so at least the tying run got to home plate in the name of Khris Davis.  In this showdown, I didn’t like Davis’ chances.  Usually he swings at anything, but this time he struck out looking to end the game.  One of Chapman’s pitches to Davis was at 104.2 mph.  The A’s had lost three games to a far superior team that looks like the favorite to win the World Series.  The A’s scored only three runs all weekend.  The game started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 3:59.  I hurried back home.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  The songs were by Kris Kristofferson.  I watched the Columbo episode “Lady in Waiting,” and a movie about Lucille Ball.  There was a marathon of The Rookies, and an episode with Sissy Spacek.  Another episode had Nick Nolte and Don Johnson, but I didn’t want to stay up until two o’clock to watch it.  Some of the people who died on August 8 include Shirley Jackson (1965), Sharon Tate (1968), Alan Napier (1998), Fay Wray (2004), Barbara Bel Geddes (2005), Patricia Neal (2010), and Karen Black (2013).  Today is a birthday for The Edge (55) and Dustin Hoffman (79).

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