Matt Chapman’s First Major League Hit

I went out to work and stayed inside an air-conditioned room for a while.  I went home for a salad, and then I went out to take BART to the Coliseum.  The gates were opening earlier than usual because it was a fireworks night.  I went over to the food trucks and bought only the orange mango Italian ice.  I took my seat and fell asleep for a while.  One Yankees fan sitting near me was wearing a wig and a judge’s robe with the number 99 on the back.  Sean Manaea, the A’s starting pitcher started off well, pitching a clean first inning, and giving up just a single in the second inning.  The bottom of that second inning was productive for the A’s.  Khris Davis and Yonder Alonso both walked, but Ryon Healy struck out.  Stephen Vogt doubled to give the A’s the first run of the game.  Matt Chapman grounded out but drove in the second run.  Jaycob Brugman, Matt Joyce and Jed Lowrie all singled.  At the ending of the inning, the A’s had scored four runs.  Unfortunately, Manaea couldn’t produce the shutdown inning.  In the third inning with one out, he allowed a single.  After a 3-6 out, he gave up a single and a home run, so now the Yankees were within 4-3.  A fly ball out to right field was the third out, and Manaea struck out the next four batters, but then allowed a double and a single to tie the game at 4-4.  He allowed two walks to load the bases before he got out of the inning.  We saw a pie-eating contest in which one person tried to eat neatly.  In the sixth inning, Manaea gave up a home run, giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead.  After a single, Manaea got three consecutive outs with the help of Matt Chapman with a good play.  In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson won again.  Josh Smith took over for Manaea, and in between the two outs that he got, he allowed a triple, a walk, and a single that made the score 6-4.  Daniel Coulombe got a strikeout to end the inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Run-DMC’s “Walk This Way.”  In the bottom of the inning, Chapman struck out, but Rajai Davis, pinch-hitting for Brugman, walked.  Matt Joyce singled, advancing Davis to third.  Chad Pinder hit a fly ball to center, bringing in the run to make the score 6-5.  Joyce went to second base on a wild pitch, but Jed Lowrie lined out to end the inning.  Coulombe pitched a clean eighth inning.  At 9:17, the stadium lights had taken full effect, according to Ken Korach on the radio, and at 9:18, the crowd started The Wave.  In the bottom of the eighth inning, Khris Davis popped out to the second baseman.  Yonder Alonso walked on four pitches.  Ryon Healy doubled.  Stephen Vogt was intentionally walked, bringing up the rookie Matt Chapman.  The count went to 0-2 on him, but he came through with a single down the left field line, bringing in Alonso and Healy for a 7-6 lead.  Rajai Davis hit into a double play, so the A’s had to settle for a one-run lead for Santiago Casilla to save.  Casilla went to a 1-2 count on the first batter of the ninth inning in getting a strikeout.  He went to a 3-2 count before surrendering a walk.  He went to a 2-2 count before getting a strikeout.  Casilla again went to a 2-2, and this time he got the strikeout to end the game.  The crowd was happy about the 7-6 win, and they were ready to see their fireworks show.  The game had started at 6:37 with a game time temperature of 77 degrees, and it ended at 9:50.  The attendance was 30,184.  There was a good number of fans who bought tickets for the third deck.  I headed to field to see the fireworks as I listened to the postgame radio show.  I sat on the grass in front of the A’s dugout.  The theme was karaoke songs, like “Love Shack,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”  After it was all over, I headed to the BART station and got on a train at 11 o’clock, and I got home just after midnight.  I saw Loni Anderson on Match Game before I went to sleep. Some of the people who died on June 17 include Jeff Chandler (1961), Kate Smith (1986), John Matuszak (1989), and Cyd Charisse (2008).  Today is a birthday for Kendrick Lamar (30), Thomas Haden Church (57), Jello Biafra (59), and Barry Manilow (74).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 17, “The Terror,” starring Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson, was released in 1963.  In 1977, “Exorcist II: The Heretic,” featuring Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher, Richard Burton, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul Henreid, James Earl Jones, and Ned Beatty, was released.  In 1994, “Wolf,” starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and James Spader, was released.

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