Sean Manaea’s Masterful But Wasted Start

I worked for a long time at the office, and I hated dealing with some of the students.  I rushed off to BART and to the Coliseum and took my seat.  Not much happened during the first five innings, although Sean Manaea pitched well.  He gave up three hits, all singles, and two walks.  He had three clean innings, including the fifth, when he struck out the side.  He finished the top of the sixth inning without giving up any runs.  The A’s hadn’t had any hits through the first five innings, but with one out, Jake Smolinski singled.  Joey Wendle followed with another single.  Marcus Semien walked to load the bases.  Stephen Vogt grounded out, but Smolinski scored on the play for the game’s first run.  Unfortunately, Danny Valencia also grounded out.  John Axford replaced Manaea for the top of the seventh inning.  Axford gave up a single, then got a force play.  A ground ball for the second out advanced the runner to third base.  With the chance to get out of the inning, Axford give up a double, allowing the Astros to tie the score at 1-1.  A walk and a passed ball got Axford into some trouble, but he escaped with a strikeout.  It was a shame that Manaea lost his chance at getting a win.  Liam Hendriks allowed a single in the eighth inning, but had a clean ninth inning to keep the score at 1-1.  The A’s would do nothing on offense in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings.  Valencia managed to get ejected at the end of the ninth inning.  In the top of the tenth inning, Sean Doolittle made a mistake in allowing a double.  I don’t know what pitch he threw, but it was hittable.  After a sacrifice, Doolittle allowed a hit, giving the Astros the lead at 2-1.  He got the next two batters out.  In the bottom of the inning, Ryon Healy struck out.  Yonder Alonso walked, and Arismendy Alcantara to in to pinch-run for him.  Brett Eibner singled and Bruce Maxwell walked to load the bases, giving the A’s the opportunity to win the game with a hit.  However, Jake Smolinski popped up to second for a critical out.  Joey Wendle couldn’t come up with the big hit, striking out to end the game.  The game began at 7:07 and ended at 10:08.  The attendance was 12,139.  Now there are only four home games left on the A’s schedule for this season.  I listened to the radio on the way home.  Chris Townsend said he was happy with the last two games.  I had to disagree with him.  He said the Sean Doolittle needs to come up with another pitch.  It is rather alarming to see him give up those big hits.  I tried not to let thoughts about my students bother me too much.  I can’t believe how mediocre many of them are.  I watched Match Game and still couldn’t believe the contestant who didn’t know what Mount Rushmore was.  Some of the people who died on September 21 include Virgil (19 BC), Walter Brennan (1974), Jacqueline Susann (1974), Jaco Pastorius (1987), Florence Griffith Joyner (1998), Alice Ghostley (2007).  Today is a birthday for Bill Murray (66) and Stephen King (69).

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