Ryon Healy’s Walk-Off Home Run

I watched CBS Sunday Morning, which had segments on Lucy Liu and Diane Lane.  My parents phoned me.  I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station and made my way to the Coliseum.  The giveaway for the day was a Sean Manaea LED watch.  I headed for the food trucks and bought a teriyaki chicken rice bowl.  I then bought a strawberry Italian ice and went to my seat.  A lot of Little Leaguers were walking around the field.  I fell asleep in my seat for a few minutes.  The game would go on for so long that some sleep helped me get through all of it.  Sonny Gray was pitching his first home game of the year.  He gave up a double and a walk to the first two Tigers batters of the game, but a double play helped him get out of the first inning.  Adam Rosales committed an error to start the second inning, but Bruce Maxwell would throw out the runner trying to steal second base.  Gray allowed one run in the third inning.  A wild pitch and a ground out moved the runner to third base, and then scored on a double.  In the bottom of the inning, Chad Pinder reached base on an error and then scored on Adam Rosales’ double.  After Maxwell made an out, Rajai Davis doubled, giving the A’s a 2-1 lead.  Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis both made outs.  Gray couldn’t quite get a clean inning in the fourth, as he allowed a single with one out.  The A’s scored more runs in the bottom of the inning.  Ryon Healy walked, and then Yonder Alonso hit a home run.  Trevor Plouffe and Chad Pinder both followed with singles, but the A’s didn’t score, as Rosales, Maxwell, and Rajai Davis all made outs.  A double steal went to waste.  Unfortunately, Gray couldn’t hold onto the 4-1 lead, as he allowed three hits and threw a wild pitch, and Alonso committed an error.  After the third hit, the score was tied at 4-4, and Gray had thrown 98 pitches.  Bob Melvin sent Ryan Dull to the mound to get the last out, which he did with a strikeout.  The A’s did score in the bottom of the inning.  With one out, Khris Davis singled and Ryon Healy walked.  Alonso struck out, but then Plouffe singled to make the score 5-4.  Matt Joyce pinch-hit for Pinder but struck out.  Dull couldn’t hold down the Tigers in the sixth inning, as he allowed a walk and then a home run.  Suddenly, the Tigers were ahead, 6-5.  Dull did get the next three batters out.  In the Big Head race, Dennis Eckersley made a charge down the stretch to win past Rickey Henderson.  It looked as if Rollie Fingers wasn’t trying very hard.  Bobby Wahl pitched the seventh inning and had a clean inning, although the sea gulls arrived.  In the eighth inning, he allowed just a walk with one out.  Santiago Casilla came into the game in the top of the ninth inning, and he had a clean inning.  When Francisco Rodriguez took the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning, many A’s fans felt that their team had a chance to win, considering how Rodriguez lost the game on Saturday night.  Rajai Davis did his job in taking some pitches and drawing a walk.  He didn’t have to steal a base, as Jed Lowrie hit a double, and Davis tied the game at 6-6.  Khris Davis hit a line drive to left field, but it was caught.  Ryon Healy hit a high fly ball that drove the left fielder back to the wall until he ran out of room.  It was the game-winning home run, and the second consecutive walk-off win.  The final score was 8-6.  The game had started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 70 degrees, and it ended at 4:48.  I was glad that the game didn’t go on for four hours.  We saw on the scoreboard that the Giants had lost again to the Reds.  I rushed out of the stadium and to BART.  I had to board a bus between the Fruitvale and 19th Street stations.  I was able to catch the Robert Hilburn Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN at six o’clock.  He played songs by Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Bessie Smith, and Howlin’ Wolf.  I tried to watch Columbo on television but fell asleep.  The later episodes certainly didn’t have the magic of the early ones.  I caught the end of a Night Stalker episode with Erik Estrada about to be sacrificed.  I heard that the game between the Yankees and Cubs went eighteen innings.  Some of the people who died on May 8 include Gustave Flaubert (1880), Robert A. Heinlein (1988), George Peppard (1994), Dirk Bogarde (1999), Maurice Sendak (2012), and William Schallert (2016).  Today is a birthday for Gary Glitter (73) and David Attenborough (91).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 8, Herman’s Hermits reached Number One on the singles chart with “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” a song they recorded in two takes, in 1965.  In 1972, Billy Preston became the first rock performer to headline at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  In 1990, Tom Waits won a $2.5 million lawsuit when a judge in Los Angeles ruled that Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits impersonator in its Doritos commercial.  In 2010, Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live.

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