Ryan Dull’s Loss

I took the BART train to the Coliseum and arrived for the A’s game just before the national anthem, which a middle school band performed.  I thought they needed more practice.  Sean Manaea was the starting pitcher for the A’s, and he began the game by getting the first four Angels batters out.  In the bottom of the first inning, Ryon Healy gave him a lead with a home run.  Manaea couldn’t hold down the Angels in the second inning, when after that first out, he loaded the bases with a walk and two singles.  He got the second out with a fly ball to right field, but a single from the ninth hitter produced two runs, and another single made the score 3-1.  The A’s got back one run when Jed Lowrie hit a home run.  Manaea had clean innings in the third and fourth, but in the fifth with two outs, he allowed a walk, which brought up Mike Trout, who hit a triple.  It was 4-2 at that point.  Instead of a Big Head race, we saw the Flex Cam.  Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the seventh inning, replacing Manaea, and he had a clean inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Shake Your Groove Thing.”  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie singled and went to second base on a wild pitch, but Trevor Plouffe struck out.  Yonder Alonso singled to bring in Lowrie and make the score 4-3.  Semien doubled.  Rajai Davis hit a ball that the first baseman couldn’t catch, and it went for a triple, and with an error, Davis came home.  It was the highlight of the night for the home team, as the score was 6-4.  Ryan Madson pitched the top of the eighth inning.  He allowed a single but got out of the inning with a double play.  Instead of bringing out Santiago Casilla, Bob Melvin sent out Ryan Dull to save the game in the ninth inning.  Dull gave up an infield hit, and a second hit put him into trouble.  A force play at second base gave him a chance to end the game with a double play, and he had the count at 0-2 to the eighth hitter in the lineup, but then he gave up a big home run.  Suddenly, the Angels were ahead, 7-6.  Dull got out of the inning by getting the next two hitters out.  The A’s went down quietly in the bottom of the inning to put an end to a frustrating game.  Even during one of Kara Tsuboi’s segments, a video did not play.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 10:24.  Attendance was 11,125.  A lot of fans had left before the ninth inning, thinking that it was a sure win for the A’s.  On the way out the stadium to the BART station, I saw some Warriors fans also heading home.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 5, public television station WGBH in Boston carried a James Brown concert at the Boston Garden on short notice in an effort to calm the city following Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968.  In 1975, Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You” reached Number One on the singles chart.  In 1987, the Fox television network began its official primetime schedule with “Married… with Children” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.”

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