Khris Davis’ Two-Out Two-Run Tenth Inning Walk-Off Single

I awoke and set out for the Warriors victory parade pretty early, but there were already many people lined up along the streets.  I managed to find a spot behind a camera setup that gave me a clear view.  A reporter from the local NBC took shots of the crowd, so perhaps I ended up on television.  I did get good looks at Draymond Green and Stephen Curry.  I saw Steve Kerr not in a car, but walking down the street.  I took a walk along with the rest of the crowd towards the rally.  Walking through Laney College, I caught a glimpse of Barry Bonds going in the opposite direction.  The traffic of people got a bit frightening as they pushed along, but in the end I found myself in a decent location underneath a tree with a decent view after a few people left following Steve Kerr’s comments.  A couple of people talked for far too long, as we were out there under the hot sun.  I was satisfied, as I did well with this experience, considering that there were a million other people there.  I walked towards the 12th Street BART station, stopping to buy a hat at the team store tent.  I couldn’t take my normal bus towards the Fruitvale BART station, so I took the train to the Coliseum.  I was too early, but I rested at a bench.  The giveaway was a scarf.  I stood in line behind an obnoxious Yankees fan who claimed that he was not an obnoxious Yankees fan.  On the radio, I heard the news that pitching coach Curt Young had been fired, and Trevor Plouffe was off the team in favor of Matt Chapman.  After the gates opened, I headed to the food trucks and had a California burrito with a watermelon drink.  I headed to my seat feeling better after the food.  The starting pitcher for the A’s was Sonny Gray.  He gave up a double to the first batter of the game, and a single with one out and a walk with two outs loaded the bases, but he escaped that jam.  In the bottom of the inning, Jed Lowrie hit a home run with two outs, giving the A’s a 1-0 lead.  In the second inning, Gray allowed a single, but a double play and a fly ball to right field gave him the shutdown inning.  In the bottom of the inning with two outs, Matt Chapman drew a walk in his first major league at-bat.  Josh Phegley doubled, and Adam Rosales drove in two runs with another double.  Gray had a clean third inning for a second shutdown inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie tripled with one out, but Khris Davis struck out, and Yonder Alonso grounded out.  In the fourth inning, Gray allowed a single, a wild pitch, and a walk, but no runs.  He had a clean fifth inning, but ran into trouble with one out in the sixth inning.  After a single, a walk, and three singles, the score was tied at 3-3, and Gray was out of the game.  Sean Doolittle came in and got a strikeout and ground ball to keep the score tied.  In the bottom of the inning, Yonder Alonso hit a home run that Ken Korach on the radio described as a rainmaker, giving the A’s a 4-3 lead.  Korach told us that Plouffe was gracious in accepting the news of his departure, shaking hands with everyone on the plane from Miami.  We saw a Big Head race, and again, Rollie Fingers pushed Dennis Eckersley so that Rickey Henderson had an easy victory.  Kara Tsuboi was on maternity leave, and so she was not around for the bits between innings.  Ruby Lopez didn’t take her place.  Doolittle got a strikeout to start the seventh inning, but Ryan Madson then took over.  During the rest of the night, the relief pitchers seemed unable to get a strike on the first pitch.  Madson got the second out on one pitch, but then gave up a single and a double, making the score 4-4.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Shake It Off.”  In the bottom of the inning, Matt Joyce pinch-hit for Rosales and singled.  After Rajai Davis put down a sacrifice bunt, Chad Pinder singled to give the A’s the lead again at 5-4.  John Axford pitched the top of the eighth inning, and after a strikeout, he gave up a home run, tying the score again at 5-5.  After giving up a single to the next batter, Daniel Coulombe came in and got two outs.  In the bottom of the inning, Alonso singled.  After Ryon Healy struck out, Matt Chapman walked.  Stephen Vogt pinch-hit for Phegley and walked to load the bases.  Joyce hit a ground ball to second base, and trying to avoid a double play, he dived to first base.  Alonso did score the run to give the A’s yet another one-run lead at 6-5.  Santiago Casilla had the chance to save the game in the ninth inning.  He went to a 3-2 count to the first batter before getting a strikeout.  He went to a 2-0 count to the next batter and gave up a double, and a single again tied the score, this time at 6-6.  After a stolen base and a fly ball out, Casilla gave one of those two-pitch intentional walks before finally getting a strikeout to end the inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Lowrie singled with one out, and then Khris Davis walked.  Alonso had the chance to be the hero, but he struck out.  We were informed earlier that he was leading the vote for first basemen for the All-Star Game.  Ryon Healy was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.  Chapman was unable to bring in any runs, as he struck out.  The game was already running late, past eleven o’clock.  Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the tenth inning.  After a strikeout, he allowed two singles and a walk.  A fly ball out to right field gave the Yankees the lead for the first time all night at 7-6.  Hendriks struck out the next batter.  At least he allowed only one run, so the A’s still had a reasonable chance to come back.  In the bottom of the tenth inning, Vogt grounded out and Joyce struck out, so things looked bleak.  However, Rajai Davis singled and Chad Pinder doubled, giving the A’s a chance to win with another hit.  Lowrie was intentionally walked.  He was a double short of the cycle.  Khris Davis came up to bat.  The count went to 2-2 when he hit the ball that looked like it could drop beyond the second baseman, and the ball did bounce off his glove.  Two runs scored in the walk-off win.  It was a good end to a very long day.  The game started at 7:08 with a game time temperature of 75 degrees, and it ended at 11:38.  That sure was a long time for ten innings.  It seemed that pitchers spend a lot of time not pitching.  The attendance was 21,838.  I was eager to get home quickly.  It was past midnight when I caught the train home.  Some of the people who died on June 16 include George Reeves (1959), Brian Piccolo (1970), Nicholas Ray (1979), Mel Allen (1996), and Susan Tyrrell (2012).  Today is a birthday for John Cho (45), Laurie Metcalf (62), and Gino Vannelli (65).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 16, the ant movie “Them!” had its New York premiere in 1954.  In 1965, Bob Dylan recorded “Like a Rolling Stone.”  In 1970, “Two Mules for Sister Sara” was released.  In 1980, “The Blues Brothers” had its premiere in Chicago.

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