Ryon Healy’s Four Big Hits

I awoke and watched the chef segment of CBS This Morning.  Some of Sarah Grueneberg’s signature recipes were Roasted asparagus and morels, Oma’s Mountain salad, Grilled redfish acqua pazza, Gnocchetti con pesto, and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta.  I also looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on June 3, 1978 were “This Time I’m in It for Love,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “On Broadway,” “Imaginary Lover,” “The Closer I Get to You,” “Feels So Good,” “With a Little Luck,” “Shadow Dancing,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late.”  I took the bus to the BART station and got to the Coliseum early.  There was no need to get to the gate that early because they had a lot of Khris Davis bobbleheads to give away.  I was one of the first people in the season ticket holder line.  I listened to one of my Sgt. Pepper discs as I waited.  Once I got my bobblehead, I went over to a food truck to buy a brisket adobo.  There was no dessert, so I went to my seat.  Daniel Mengden was the starting pitcher for the A’s against the Nationals on this afternoon, and he had a good, clean first inning.  In the bottom of the inning with one out, Chad Pinder went to first base on catcher’s interference.  Jed Lowrie went to a 3-2 count before hitting a two-run home run.  Khris Davis struck out, but Yonder Alonso singled, and Ryon Healy hit a two-run home run, making the score 4-0.  Mengden couldn’t keep the Nationals from scoring in the next inning, as he allowed a double with one out.  After a wild pitch and a walk, a line drive to center field scored a run.  The A’s scored in the bottom of the inning.  With one out, Josh Pheglely singled and Matt Joyce walked.  After Pinder lined out to left, Jed Lowrie doubled for two runs and a 6-1 score.  However, Mengden once again couldn’t stop the Nationals.  After Pinder made an error, he caught a ball for an out, and Mengden threw out the runner trying to steal second base.  However, Mengden couldn’t quickly close out the inning.  A ball that Pinder apparently lost in the sun dropped in for a single, and after another single, Mengden threw an ineffective curve ball that became a three-run home run.  What was a promising 6-1 score became an uncomfortable 6-4 score, particularly as the Nationals had demonstrated their ability to score a lot of runs.  The A’s got one run back in the bottom of the inning, as Alonso walked, went to third base on Healy’s double, and scored on an error.  Mengden had a clean fourth inning and got the first two batters of the fifth inning out, but then he allowed a single and a walk.  Bob Melvin summoned Liam Hendriks to replace Mengden, and he walked the next batter to load the bases, but he got a strikeout to end the inning.  Hendriks got the first two batters in the sixth inning out, but then allowed a single.  The next batter hit a ground out that Hendriks managed to grab, but Alonso dropped the throw for an error that put runners at first and third.  Hendriks got another inning-ending strikeout.  In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson won easily.  Daniel Coulombe took the mound for the top of the seventh inning.  He allowed a double, and he threw what was going to be a wild pitch, but it bounced back to Phegley who threw to third base for the out.  The play was actually reviewed and overturned in the A’s favor.  Coulombe would walk the hitter at the plate, but then got a strikeout.  Melvin brought in Ryan Madson, who got an inning-ending strikeout.  That was four consecutive innings that ended with a strikeout.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard The Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”  In the bottom of the inning, Khris Davis singled.  Yonder Alonso had the count at 3-0 when he hit a home run for a 9-4 lead for what was pretty much the killing blow.  Ryon Healy followed with another home run and a 10-4 score.  Madson pitched a clean eighth inning.  John Axford pitched the top of the ninth inning.  After a strikeout, Matt Joyce dropped a ball in right field for an error.  Axford hit the next batter with a pitch.  A fly ball to center was the second ball, although the runner at second base moved to third.  A four-pitch walk loaded the bases, but Alonso caught a foul ball to end the game.  The game had started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 68 degrees, and it ended at 4:40.  The attendance was 23,921.  I was tired and hungry and eager to return home.  I watched part of a television program showing Paul Simon performing at Hyde Park.  Some of the people who died on June 4 include Giacomo Casanova (1798), Charles Vidor (1959), Dorothy Gish (1968), and John Wooden (2010).  Today is a birthday for Angelina Jolie (42).

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