Raul Alcantara’s Bounceback Game

I watched CBS Sunday Morning.  I went to the coffee shop for hot chocolate, and then I took the bus out to the Fruitvale BART station.  The big team news of the day was that Billy Butler had been released.  He was still owed a lot of money through next year.  Raul Alcantara was trying to improve upon a rocky debut performance last Monday night.  His ERA was 15.00.  After a clean first inning, it went down to 11.25.  After two outs in the second inning, he allowed a walk and a home run, giving the Mariners a 2-0 lead.  After a double, he allowed another hit, but he got the third out when Marcus Semien alertly threw behind the runner who went past third base, the playing going 6-5-2.  The A’s came back in the bottom of the inning.  Khris Davis, Ryon Healy, and Stephen Vogt all singled to load the bases.  Brett Eibner walked to bring in one run, and Yonder Alonso hit a sacrifice fly to center for the tying run.  Unfortunately, Chad Pinder then hit into a double play.  Alcantara give up a single in the third inning, and also a single in the fourth inning without giving up a run.  He hit a batter to start the fifth inning, but a 3-6-3 double play helped him out.  He couldn’t quite get through the sixth inning, as he got the first batter out but then allowed a single.  After the second out on a fly ball to left, he gave up a double.  Ryan Dull came into the game and got the third out.  Alcantara’s ERA had decreased to 7.27.  We saw another Big Head race with only Dennis Eckersley and Rollie Fingers, and Rollie Fingers won.  I thought I heard Dick Callahan say that Rickey Henderson was on a flight to Portland.  Dull got one out in the seventh inning before allowing a hit, and an error put the runner at second base.  Sean Doolittle came in and got two outs.  During the third through sixth innings, the A’s did almost nothing on offense.  They got a two-out single from Vogt in the fourth inning and a one-out walk from Oinder in the fifth inning, and that was it.  In the seventh inning with one out, Brett Eibner tripled off the wall.  Alonso was intentionally walked.  Joey Wendle pinch-hit for Pinder, and he quickly grounded into a 5-6-3 double play.  Ken Korach on the radio called it the play that changed the game.  Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the eighth inning and gave up a single but kept the score tied at 2-2.  In the bottom of the inning, Jake Smolinski singled and went to second base on a sacrifice by Semien, but Danny Valencia and Khris Davis made outs.  Ryan Madson pitched for the A’s in the top of the ninth inning, and he got into trouble with his first pitch, which was hit for a double.  After two more singles, the Mariners took the lead, 3-2.  A 1-4 out moved the runners, and a 5-2 out at home plate prevented a fourth run from scoring.  A fly ball to center ended the inning.  We saw the John Belushi Animal House video clip, but it didn’t inspire the A’s in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Ryon Healy struck out looking, which was rather frustrating.  Vogt hit a fly ball to left for the second out.  Max Muncy pinch-hit for Eibner and had the count at 3-2 before striking out looking to end the game.  The A’s had lost all three games of the series to the Mariners over the weekend. The game began at 1:08 with a game time temperature of 61 degrees, and it ended at 4:00.  The attendance was 13,610.  I believe a lot of fans stayed at home on this Sunday to watch the Raiders game against the Saints.  I headed home.  There are only six home games left in the A’s season, from September 19 to September 25 with one day off on a Thursday.  Some of the people who died on September 12 include Steve Biko (1977), Anthony Perkins (1992), Raymond Burr (1993), Tom Ewell (1994), Victor Wong (2001), Johnny Cash (2003), and Claude Chabrol (2010).  Today is a birthday for Hans Zimmer (59).

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