Sean Manaea’s Fifth Win

It was Gene Kelly’s birthday, as he was born in 1912.  I watched a television program about him and thought about how much I liked those old musicals.  I looked through the record store and saw a used copy of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” for four dollars, so I bought it, along with a Stevie Wonder double album.  I had teaching obligations, so I arrived at the Coliseum late.  The usher in my section wondered what had happened to me.  A lot of the action was in the first inning, when Jake Smolinski and Danny Valenica singled, and Khris Davis hit a home run, his 33rd of the season.  The A’s scored two more runs in the third inning, when Valencia doubled ad Davis walked, and Yonder Alonso hit a sacrifice fly, and Chad Pinder got an RBI with a single.  One more run came in the fifth, on doubles by Davis and Healy.  Sean Manaea gave up a home run in the sixth inning for the Indians’ only run.  In the sixth inning, the game was already decided, but I got to see the A’s score three runs.  Ryon Healy started things off with a double.  Max Muncy followed with a single that advanced Healy to third base.  The crowd chanted for Pinder to drive in a run, but he struck out.  Bruce Maxwell doubled to bring in two runs, making the score 8-1.  Coco Crisp singled.  Jake Smolinski hit a ground ball that looked like a double play ball, but the shortstop could get only one out, as he made a high throw to first base.  Maxwell scored on the play, so Smolinski had an RBI.  Danny Valencia hit a fly ball for what should have been the third out, but the second baseman dropped the ball for an error.  The fan next to me to my right said the Indians were looking like the Bad News Bears.  The A’s didn’t get any more runs, though, as Khris Davis struck out.  Chris Smith pitched the top of the ninth inning.  He went to a 3-2 count on each of the three batters he faced, but he had a clean inning to finish the game.  This game started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 60 degrees, and ended at 9:50.  The attendance was 13,141.  If they didn’t count me because of my late arrival, the attendance was actually 13,142.  I was hungry going home.  Some of the people who died on August 24 include Kenji Mizoguchi (1956), Louis Prima (1978), Gary Crosby (1995), and E.G. Marshall (1998).  Today is a birthday for Marlee Martin (51), Steve Guttenberg (58), and Stephen Fry (59).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 24, Little Stevie Wonder’s “Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius” reached Number One on the Billboard album chart in 1963.  In 1978, Louis Prima died at age 67 in New Orleans, three years after falling into a coma following surgery.  In 1985, Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love” was Number One on the singles chart.  In 2014, Richard Attenborough, star of “Jurassic Park” and director of “Ghandhi,” died at age 90.

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