Ryon Healy’s Two Home Runs

I awoke early and headed to the BART station.  I arrived at the Coliseum too early, and so I sat at the Amtrak station for a while.  I went over to the C Gate, which was being renamed the Catfish Hunter Gate this morning in a ceremony.  Joe Rudi, Vida Blue, Bert Campaneris, Blue Moon Odom, and Rickey Henderson were present.  One of the staff handed me a Catfish Hunter pin.  I walked all the way around the stadium to get to the season ticket holder line.  After the gates opened, I went to a food truck to buy tacos.  Walking through the plaza, I saw three A’s employees carrying three World Series trophies.  I bought a Creamsicle shake and headed for my seat.  It would turn out to be a hot afternoon.  Before the ceremonial first pitch, Reggie Jackson joined his 1970s A’s teammates on the field.  To my eyes, it seemed that Reggie had shrunk since I last saw him as a player on the field in 1987.  Jesse Hahn, the starting pitcher for the A’s, got into a bit of trouble in the first inning when he walked two batters with one out, but then he got a strikeout and a ground out.  In the bottom of the inning, Matt Joyce swung at the first pitch for a home run.  Hahn was unable to provide the shutdown inning, however.  In the second inning with one out, three hits and a sacrifice fly gave the Yankees two runs.  In the bottom of the inning with one out, Ryon Healy hit a home run to tie the score at 2-2.  Matt Chapman followed with a double and one out later Josh Phegley reached base on a wild pitch on a strikeout.  Joyce walked to load the bases, but Adam Rosales struck out.  Hahn did produce the shutdown inning with a clean third inning, and he also had a good fourth inning but for a two-base throwing error by Rosales.  The bottom of the fourth inning was a good one for the A’s.  Healy hit a second home run to make the score 3-2.  Jaycob Brugman and Josh Phegley both struck out, but then Matt Joyce, Adam Rosales, and Jed Lowrie hit consecutive singles to push the score to 5-2.  Hahn walked the first batter in the fifth inning, but he got the next three batters out.  He threw more than 100 pitches in getting through five innings.  The Yankees went to the relief pitching after only four innings.  Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the sixth inning and had a clean and quick inning with two strikeouts and a ground ball.  The A’s loaded the bases in the bottom of the innings as Brugman singled, Joyce walked with one out, and Lowrie walked with two outs.  However, Khris Davis struck out for the third time in the game.  In the third inning, he had a bad moment when he hit a high pop that looked like a sure out in foul ground, but the third baseman couldn’t catch it.  The catcher picked up the ball that threw to first base for the out as Davis was standing around home plate.  The fans didn’t like seeing that.  The Big Head race turned out the same way it has been of late, with Rollie Fingers grabbing Dennis Eckersley, allowing Rickey Henderson to win.  Josh Smith pitched the top of the seventh inning.  He had a 6.88 ERA, but he did well and had a clean inning.  The A’s loaded the bases again in the bottom of the inning.  Yonder Alonso and Ryon Healy both singled, and after Chapman struck out, Brugman walked.  However, Josh Phegley hit into a double play.  He went 0-for-4 for the day.  Ryan Madson pitched the top of the eighth inning and gave up only a two-out single.  The A’s got only a double from Matt Joyce in the bottom of the inning.  He had three hits and two walks for the game, missing the cycle by a triple.  Sean Doolittle came out to pitch the top of the ninth inning.  He struck out the first batter, but gave up a single to the second.  He struck out the next two to end the game, as he saved the 5-2 win.  The relief pitchers did a great job with four scoreless innings.  Jesse Hahn got the win.  While Joyce had a great game, Khris Davis struck out four times and had that embarrassing moment.  The game had started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 81 degrees, and it ended at 4:24.  The attendance was 31,418.  It was three consecutive wins over the Yankees.  I was anxious to get back home and drink a lot of water.  I stopped by Trader Joe’s to buy some lemonade.  I watched the Pirates and Cubs on television, and then I saw the Partridge Family episode “Queen for a Minute.”  I thought that one flaw was that Frankie didn’t look like a good basketball player.  Another was Laurie’s speech, which didn’t make it clear what she was doing.  I watched the Star Trek episode with Christopher Pike and Talos IV.  They were going to show part two next Saturday.  Some of the people who died on June 18 include Ethel Barrymore (1959), Eddie Gaedel (1961), John Cheever (1982), Curd Jürgens (1982), Alan Berg (1984), Peter Allen (1992), Nancy Merchand (2000), Jack Buck (2002), Clarence Clemons (2011), and Victor Spinetti (2012).  Today is a birthday for Carol Kane (65), Isabella Rossellini (65), and Paul McCartney (75).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 18, the “Gunsmoke” radio program aired for the last time in 1961.  In 1969, “The Wild Bunch,” starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, was released.  In 1971, “Willard,” starring Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Borgnine, and Sondra Locke, was released.  In 1993, the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “Last Action Hero” was released.

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