Chad Pinder’s 460-Foot Home Run

I watched CBS This Morning and caught the chef segment.  Some of Tony Mantuano’s signature recipes include Porterhouse with truffle hollandaise, Honey fritters, Crispy Parmigiano flatbread, Flaming ouzo shrimp, and Crescenza ravioletto with spring vegetables and Parmigiano-Reggiano.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on May 19, 1973 were “Wildflower,” “Pillow Talk,” “Stuck in the Middle with You,” “Drift Away,” “My Love,” “Daniel,” “Frankenstein,” “Little Willy,” “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.”  I used the Internet to order some items from Amazon, and then I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station.  I arrived at the Coliseum sooner than I planned, so I took a seat at a bench as I waited for the gates to open.  I went to the table with Sean Doolittle’s T-shirts, and I stood in line waiting for him to show so that I could buy one and get his autograph.  I don’t know how much he liked mingling with the fans, but he seemed friendly enough.  I went to the food trucks and bought a BBQ chicken sandwich with fries.  I sat down to eat and saw the big headed Rollie Fingers kick at some Jenga blocks, causing them to fall.  I bought a chocolate malt and headed to my seat.  I listened to the radio.  Sean Manaea was the starting pitcher for the A’s against the Red Sox on this warm afternoon.  He pitched a clean first inning but gave up a home run and a double to start the second inning.  Two 6-3 ground outs moved the runner and thus made the score 2-0.  Manaea then allowed a single before getting a strikeout to end the inning.  The A’s responded in the bottom of the inning.  Trevor Plouffe walked.  After Ryon Healy struck out, Chad Pinder walked, and then Josh Phegley weakly hit a ground ball, resulting in a hit, and with a throwing error by the catcher, Plouffe scored, and Pinder and Phegley were at third and second, respectively.  Adam Rosales struck out, but Rajai Davis bunted for a single, tying the score at 2-2.  Rajai stole second base, but Mark Canha hit a ball to right field for the third out.  Manaea pitched a clean third inning with help from Healy on a line drive.  In the fourth inning, a single with one out and a passed ball put Manaea in a bit of trouble, but Rosales made a good play to end the inning.  After we saw a pie eating contest, the fifth inning started.  With one out, Healy made an error, and the run would come around to score on a single with two outs.  Manaea would get his last out on a strikeout.  He had thrown 85 pitches in five innings.  The fifth inning would prove to be productive for the A’s offense.  The starting for the Red Sox, the former A’s pitcher Drew Pomeranz, was out of the game after throwing nearly 100 pitches in only four innings.  Mark Canha came through for the second consecutive game with a home run, this one tying the score at 3-3.  Jed Lowrie singled, and then Khris Davis hit a home run to make the score 5-3.  Trevor Plouffe walked, prompting a pitching change.  Ryon Healy hit a ground ball for a 4-3 out, with Plouffe going to second base.  Chad Pinder hit the next pitch into the plaza reserved seats for a distance of 460 feet, one of the most impressive home runs ever hit at the Coliseum.  Pinder joined the likes of Mark McGwire, Larry Walker, Nelson Cruz, and Jarrett Parker on the list of players who hit a home run into those seats.  How is it that this team has come to hit so many homer runs?  For This Date in MLB History, we saw a brawl between the Cubs and the White Sox in 2006.  We then saw Frankie Montas replace Manaea on the mound, and he pitched a clean sixth inning with two strikeouts, one of his pitches hitting 100.7 mph.  In the bottom of the inning, Jed Lowrie hit a home run to make the score 8-3.  Khris Davis hit a single, but Plouffe and Healy made outs.  In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers won for the 48th time, finishing just ahead of Dennis Eckersley.  Montas pitched another clean inning in the seventh.  In the eighth, he alternated outs with singles, accomplishing his goals of keeping the Red Sox from scoring and getting through three innings.  Josh Smith went out to the mound for the top of the ninth, and he had a clean inning.  The last out was a ground ball to Lowrie.  The game had started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 79 degrees, and it ended at 4:29.  The sea gulls had arrived at 4:16, and they were ready to take over the stadium.  The attendance was 20,235.  Bob Melvin wasn’t in the dugout for most of game because he had been ejected after the error on Phegley’s hit.  I was sleepy and thirsty and ready to go home and catch the Warriors playoff game in San Antonio.  I stopped by the record store and bought Blu-ray copies of “Niagara” and the third season of Downton Abbey.  The Svengoolie movie was another Japanese monster movie.  Some of the people who died on May 21 include John Garfield (1952), Kenneth Clark (1983), Alejandro Rey (1987), and John Gielgud (2000).  Today is a birthday for Mr. T (65), Al Franken (66), Leo Sayer (69), and Ronald Isley (76).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 21, Chuck Berry recorded his single, “Maybellene,” in 1955.  In 1959, the original Broadway production of “Gypsy” with Ethel Merman debuted at the Broadway Theatre and would run for 702 performances.  In 1971, the Marvin Gaye album “What’s Going On” was released.  In 1990, the last episode of “Newhart” was aired on CBS.

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