Mark Canha’s Walk-Off Home Run

I went out to see “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at the Grand Lake Theatre again.  It wasn’t being shown on the main screen anymore.  I thought a bit about the unspoken thing between Peter and Gamora.  I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station, and then I went on to the Coliseum.  I went to one of the food trucks and ordered a burrito.  I thought I got a lot for my money, so I was satisfied.  I went over to the Shibe Park Tavern for the book signing.  It was Tabitha Soren, and the book was “Fantasy Life.”  I went back to another food truck and bought a soda float and went over to my seat.  The pitching matchup for this game was Kendall Graveman for the A’s going against Chris Sale for the Red Sox.  Graveman had a clean first inning.  He gave up a double in the second inning, and then got the next three batters out.  In the third inning, he allowed a single before getting a double play ground ball.  He allowed another double before getting a ground ball to shortstop for the third out.  In the fourth inning, Graveman gave up another double, and then got two strikeouts.  He went to a 3-0 count to the next batter and got it to 3-2 before making his big mistake of the night, a cutter that apparently didn’t cut, but instead went out of the park, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.  Trevor Plouffe committed an error, putting a runner on first base, but Graveman got the next batter out. Graveman got into some more trouble in the fifth inning with two outs, as he allowed a single and two walks to load the bases, but then Plouffe made a good defensive play for the last out.  The A’s finally scored in the bottom of the fifth inning.  With one out, Ryon Healy singled, and then Mark Canha tripled.  Chris Sale, though, got Pinder to strike out and Josh Phegley to fly out to keep the score at 2-1.  I thought that the failure to score the runner at third with one out would be the difference of the game with the runs so scarce in this game.  Graveman pitched the top of the sixth inning, and he allowed a walk with one out, but then got the next batter to hit into a double play.  After a dance-off in which the Red Sox fan looked terrible and Stomper did a handstand, Rajai Davis singled to start the bottom of the sixth inning.  Adam Rosales hit a fly ball that the second baseman caught, but then Jed Lowrie singled, and Khris Davis doubled to tie the score at 2-2.  With runners at second and third with one out, Chris Sale got tough, striking out Plouffe and Healy.  I thought that the A’s had blown their last chance to score.  In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers inexplicably held onto Dennis Eckersley’s jersey, allowing Rickey Henderson to win by a large margin.  Ryan Madson pitched the top of the seventh inning, and he annoyingly allowed a walk to that first batter.  The runner was caught stealing on a play that was reviewed.  Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the eighth inning, and he allowed only one two-out single.  Meanwhile, the A’s did nothing on offense in both the seventh and eighth innings.  One of the fans sitting behind me said that Santiago Casilla was not a good pitcher anymore.  Casilla did strike out the first batter he faced in the ninth inning, but then he gave up singles to the next two batters, so that the Red Sox had runners at first and third with one out.  However, Plouffe caught a line drive, which saved two runs, and a force play was the third out.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Khris Davis struck out Trevor Plouffe hit a fly ball to right field for the second out.  Ryon Healy hit a long fly ball that sent the centerfielder to the wall.  Ken Korach for a moment thought that it was the home run that won the ball game, but it was caught for the third out, meaning we had to go on to the tenth inning.  Ryan Dull went to the mound to pitch the top of the inning.  He struck out the first batter, but then allowed a single.  He struck out the next batter for the second out.  A wild pitch put the runner at second base, but Dull got a fly out to left for the third out.  In the bottom of the inning, Mark Canha came up to bat, and he had the count at 2-0 when he took a big swing and sent the ball over the fence for the walk-off home run.  After the miserable road trip, it was good to see the team win two consecutive wins at home.  The game started at 6:36 with a game time temperature of 75 degrees, and it ended at 9:48.  The attendance was 24,728.  I stood in line to get on the field for the fireworks show.  I listened to the radio postgame show.  From where I sat on the field, I could see Adam Rosales with his family also getting ready to see the fireworks.  The musical theme was Bay Area hip-hop.  I took a few photos of the big finale.  I headed for the BART station.  When I got to the platform, someone said to me that he’s been seeing me take BART for as long as he’s been an A’s fan.  I was tired and hungry and had to use the toilet.  It felt like a long but satisfying day.  Back at home, I watched Stephen Colbert talking with Jennifer Garner.  Jennifer said that she used to do something babysitting for Colbert.  I watched the Partridge Familyi episode “Maid in San Pueblo.”  I think it was the last Ricky episode.  Laurie did make some comments about food.  I did not like the interior of the house in the fourth season.  Some of the people who died on May 20 include Christopher Columbus (1506), Clara Schumann (1896), Gilda Radner (1989), Stephen Jay Gould (2002), and Robin Gibb (2012).  Today is a birthday or Bronson Pinchot (58), Mary Pope Osborne (68), and Cher (71).  According to Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 20, the Young Rascals’ “Groovin’” was the Number One single in 1967.  In 1978, Paul McCartney’s “With a Little Luck” reached Number One on the singles chart in 1978.  In 1987, “Beverly Hills Cop II,” starring Eddie Murphy, was released.  In 1994, “Maverick” starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner, was released.  In 2012, Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees died at age 62 from liver and kidney failure resulting from cancer.  In 2013, Ray Manzarek of The Doors died at age 74 of bile duct cancer.  In 2015, David Letterman appeared in his final Late Show.

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