I went to work and talked about “Suicide Squad” and had a productive shift. I had my late lunch and took the buses out to the Coliseum. Waiting for me at the season ticket holder line was Stomper, who didn’t seem to recognize me from the library visit two weeks ago. I took my seat and listened to Boston’s “More Than a Feeling.” Ruby Lopez was substituting for Kara Tsuboi as the in-game host because Kara was away in Vermont to attend a wedding. Sean Manaea was the starting for the A’s against the Mariners on this night. He began each of the first three innings by walking the first batter, and he ended each of the first three innings with a double play. The A’s would take the lead in the bottom of the first inning. After one out, Marcus Semien singled, and then Stephen Vogt double to drive in the first run of the game. Khris Davis then hit a home run over the fence in right field for a 3-0 score. The A’s got singles from Coco Crisp and Marcus Semien in the third inning, but a double lay ended that inning. Manaea had a clean fourth inning, but then he gave up a home run with two outs in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, he gave up a single and then a triple to make the score 3-2. A sacrifice fly tied the game at 3-3. Manaea finished the inning with two ground balls. The A’s scored again in the bottom of the inning. Semien, Vogt, Davis, Alonso, and Valencia all hit singles, even though Davis’ hit bounced at the centerfield wall. Alonso’s hit drove in two runs, and Valencia’s hit brought in one more for a 6-3 score. Smolinski hit into a double play, and Healy grounded out to end the inning. We got another Big Head race, and Rollie Fingers looked unbeatable. Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the inning, and he did well, striking out the three hitters he faced. Ryan Dull pitched the top of the eighth inning. Tyler Ladendorf made a good play for the first out. Dull gave up a two-out single, but the score remained at 6-3 when he was done with the inning. Ryan Madson came in for the top of the ninth inning. A fly ball to centerfield was the first out. A ground ball to Healy was the second out. Another ball hit to Healy was the last out of the game. The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 67 degrees, and it ended at 9:26. The attendance was 14,073. I listened to Mark Mulder on the radio postgame show, and he commented on Manaea’s improvement. I listened to Elton John’s “Madman Across the Water” album when my train went into a tunnel. Back at home, I watched Art Carney on The Dick Cavett Show.
Some of the people who died on August 13 include Florence Nightingale (1910), H.G. Wells (1946), Jane Darwell (1967), King Curtis (1971), Joe Tex (1982), Mickey Mantle (1995), Julia Child (2004), and Edwin Newman (2010). Today is a birthday for Danny Bonaduce (57).