Ryon Healy’s 2 HR and 5 RBI

Before the start of work, someone asked me about Stern Grove, where Kool and the Gang would be playing for free.  Someone else asked me about the five scenes during the end credits of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”  I suggested a search on the Internet for discussions about the references.  I couldn’t remember who Adam was.  I watched an episode of Laugh-In with Karen Valentine, making me wonder what she was doing these days.  I have some memories of Room 222.  I took a nap before taking the buses over to the Fruitvale BART station.  I arrived at the Coliseum just as the gates were opening.  I stopped by the food trucks and bought a beef quesadilla and then a cherry Italian ice.  During the Canadian national anthem, some of the A’s were facing the American flag.  ByThey talk about baseball players being creatures of habit.  The Toronto Blue Jays don’t play many games at the Coliseum each year.  Sean Manaea was the A’s starting pitcher, and he had been throwing the ball well as of late.  He walked the first batter of the game.  Josh Donaldson was ready to swing at the first pitch, and he hit a double for the Blue Jays’ first run.  Manaea got the next three batters out.  In the second inning, Manaea gave up a double, but then got two strikeouts and a ground out.  In the bottom of the inning, Khris Davis walked and Yonder Alonso singled, and then Ryon Healy hit a home run to give the A’s a 3-1 lead.  Kara Tsuboi gave a fan a question about Canadian Football League teams, leading me to wonder if would be possible for cities like Oakland, St. Louis, and San Diego would be able to get a Canadian Football League team.  Manaea allowed only a one-out walk in the third inning, and a single in the fourth inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Khris Davis walked again.  Alonso struck out on three pitches, but then Healy wowed the crowd with another home run, making the score 5-1.  The fifth inning for Manaea started off like the first, with a walk and a double that scored a run.  A 6-3 ground out moved the runner to third base.  A key play in the game followed, a ground ball that Trevor Plouffe fielded and threw to home plate for the second out.  Manaea struck out the next batter for the third out.  He had thrown 100 pitches in five innings.  In the bottom of the inning, a fan fell onto the field going after a foul ball off the bat of Josh Phegley, and after a couple of minutes, the fan was ejected.  Rajai Davis walked, stole second base, and went to third base on a wild pitch.  However, neither Chad Pinder nor Jed Lowrie was able to bring him home.  Ken Korach on the radio told us that the stadium lights had taken full effect at 8:56.  Sean Manaea was able to get through the sixth inning throwing only 11 pitches, as he had his only clean inning of the night.  In the bottom of the inning, Yonder Alonso doubled with one out, but the A’s were unable to score.  John Axford pitched the top of the seventh inning.  He allowed only a single with one out.  Plouffe caught a line drive for the third out.  Liam Hendriks went to the mound to pitch the top of the eighth inning.  The first batter was out on a good play by Plouffe on a line drive.  The Holy Toledo sign doesn’t seem to light up on good defensive plays, although it does for strikeouts.  After getting a strikeout, Hendriks allowed a home run, making the score 5-3.  He got the count on the next batter to 0-2 before giving up a single, and again got the count to 0-2 on the following batter before getting the third out with a strikeout.  A cameraman caught the fans sitting next to me to my right dancing along to “2 Legit 2 Quit.”  I felt my phone fall out of my pocket and hit my seat, but I got up and couldn’t find it.  All that happened in the bottom of the eighth inning was a Chad Pinder single.  The A’s players who didn’t reach base in the game were Jed Lowrie, Trevor Plouffe, Mark Canha, and Josh Phegley.  After Hendriks gave up the home run, one of the fans sitting behind kept yelling for Jairo Garcia to pitch.  This was Santiago Casilla’s name in earlier times.  The fan got his wish in the top of the ninth inning.  Does Casilla ever get the first batter out?  The first batter in the inning doubled.  A fly ball to right field was the first out, a ground ball to first base was the second out, and a ground ball to second base was the third out.  The game had started at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 66 degrees, and it ended at 10:12.  The attendance was 12,890.  I nervously searched for my phone but didn’t see it, and one of the ushers helped me until I finally saw it stuck in my seat, lodged in a space underneath the arm rest on the left side.  It was kind of a freaky occurrence.  I was relieved to get it back, even though it’s not any kind of a valuable phone.  I hurried home to catch the sports highlights.  Ryon Healy is gaining some fame with his home runs.  The radio announcers suggested that he may be a good hitter already.  The Nashville Predators won a big game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  I watched Stephen Colbert and worked on my Donald Trump imitation during his opening bit.  Every comedian in the world does an impersonation of Donald Trump.  I thought that doing Trump was similar to doing James Cagney.  I was too tired to continue watching television past midnight.  Some of the people who died on June 6 include Louis (1948), Carl Jung (1961), Robert F. Kennedy (1968), Jack Haley (1979), Stan Getz (1991), James Bridges (1993), Anne Bancroft (2005), Billy Preston (2006), and Esther Williams (2013).  Today is a birthday for Paul Giamatti (50), Bjorn Borg (61), Cynthia Rylant (63), and Gary U.S. Bonds (78).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 6, The Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love” was the Number One single in 1964.  In 1972, David Bowie released his album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.”  In 1979, the Mel Gibson movie “Mad Max” was released.  Also in 1979, Jack Haley, who was the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz,” died of cancer at age 79.  In 1992, David Bowie married Iman in Switzerland.

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