Joey Wendle’s Two-Run Single

In the A’s game, both teams scored all their runs in one inning, the Angels in the fourth and the A’s in the eighth.  Zach Neal gave up only one single over the first three innings, but he began the fourth with a walk and a single.  Those runners would come around to score on a double and a sacrifice fly.  Neal would allow only one more hit, a single during the fifth and sixth innings, which would be his last innings for the night.  John Axford pitched the seventh and eighth innings.  He allowed a single to his first batter, but then got the next five batters out, with Smolinski throwing out a runner trying to advance to second.  What were the A’s doing on offense all this time?  Ricky Nolasco got fifteen consecutive outs to start the game, and only a single by Ryon Healy through the first seven innings.  Yonder Alonso started the bottom of the eighth with a walk on four pitches.  Billy Butler singled, and Arismendy Alcantara came in to pinch-run for him.  Marcus Semien walked on four pitches to load the bases with no outs.  After a pitching change, Ryon Healy got his second hit of the game to make the score 2-1.  Joey Wendle singled for two more runs and an unbelievable 3-2 A’s lead.  Jake Smolinski sacrificed for the first out.  Stephen Vogt was intentionally walked.  Valencia hit into a 5-2 force play.  Khris Davis struck out.  Ryan Madson went out to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  He got Mike Trout out on a ground ball to Semien.  He struck out Albert Pujols for the second out and then struck out C.J. Cron for the last out of the game.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 66 degrees, and it ended at 9:21.  The attendance was 12, 298. I hurried back home to have some chicken and rice.  I listened to Elton John’s “Here and There” album, which had John Lennon performing on “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”  I watched some Match Game episodes from 1973 before going to sleep.  Some of the people who died on September 7 include Karen Blixen (1962), Keith Moon (1978), James Clavell (1994), Terence Young (1994), and Warren Zevon (2003).  Today is a birthday for Corbin Bernsen (62) and Gloria Gaynor (67).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 7, Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles were married in 1943.  In 1963, the American Bandstand television program was moved from weekdays to Saturday afternoons.  In 1991, Harry Hamlin married Nicollette Sheridan.

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