Sean Manaea’s First Win

I didn’t feel too good as I left work.  I looked through the record store and bought two Herb Alpert albums and DVDs of “The Four Musketeers” and “That Thing You Do!”  I took the bus to the BART station and took the train to the Coliseum.  I was annoyed that I had to ride a five-car train that was packed full of people.  When I got to the stadium, the gates were opened.  The giveaway was a calendar.  I walked to the food trucks.  I bought a lobster roll, which was pretty good if expensive.  I bought a mango flavored Italian ice and headed for my seat.  I saw Ryon Healy signing autographs.  Sean Manaea was the A’s starting pitcher facing the Mariners.  He gave up a single in the first inning, and a walk and a single in the second inning, but the score was still 0-0 going into the third inning.  With two outs in the third, Manaea gave up a single and then a triple, putting the Mariners ahead, 1-0.  He had a clean fourth inning.  The A’s tied the score in the fifth inning when Trevor Plouffe hit a home run.  Manaea allowed a single and a walk in the sixth inning, but he got the last out on a strikeout.  Yonder Alonso swung at the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning and hit an impressive home run, putting the A’s ahead, 2-1.  Jed Lowrie doubled and went to third base when Khris Davis hit a ground ball for an out.  Stephen Vogt hit a fly ball to right field that scored Lowrie for a 3-1 lead.  We saw a Big Head race, which Dennis Eckersley managed to win, closely followed by Rollie Fingers.  Ryan Dull came in to pitch the top of the seventh inning, and he made things slightly uncomfortable by allowing a walk and a single, but he did get the outs without giving up any runs.  The A’s loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but didn’t score.  We wondered if the team would regret letting this chance to score slip away.  Sean Doolittle pitched the top of the eighth inning, and he did pitch a clean inning.  Santiago Casilla pitched the top of the ninth inning, and after a strikeout, he got some help from a good catch of a ball by Khris Davis.  The last out of the game was a fly ball.  The A’s record was 9-8, and so the crowd was happy.  The game had started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 68 degrees, and it ended at 9:58.  The attendance was 15,255.  I wasn’t too interested in basketball scores.  I heard that Madison Bumgarner had suffered an injury from a dirt bike accident.  Some of the people who died on April 22 include Miguel de Cervantes (1616), Will Geer (1978), Ansel Adams (1984), Richard Nixon (1994), Erma Bombeck (1996), Linda Lovelace (2002), Felice Bryant (2003), and Richie Havens (2013).  Today is a birthday for Peter Frampton (67), Jack Nicholson (80), and Glen Campbell (81).

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