Sean Manaea’s Horse Quality

I watched CBS Sunday Morning and hung around for a while, but my parents didn’t phone me.  I later got a message from my father telling me that they had forgotten to make the call.  They are really getting old when they forgot to phone their own son.  I took the 51B bus to get to the BART station so that I could get to the Coliseum.  I missed part of my radio program Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me because of the train trip.  As I made my way to the season ticket holder line, I saw that the food trucks were back in the plaza.  The giveaway was a backpack.  It didn’t come wrapped in plastic.  I bought a waffle sandwich that was called Orange You Hungry.  I bought a watermelon flavored Italian ice and went to my seat.  It was a hot day, and I used a lot of sun lotion.  I heard the news that Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson had been traded to the Washington Nationals.  That was rather sad, because it wasn’t too long ago that I bought one of Doolittle’s special T-shirts and got his autograph on it.  On Saturday night, we saw a video of him naming ten Star Wars characters in fifteen seconds as a game to win free bacon.  Marshawn Lynch threw out the first pitch.  Sean Manaea was the A’s starting pitcher against the Indians on this afternoon.  He faced only nine batters through the first three innings.  He gave up a single to the second batter of the game, but got a 4-6-3 double play to end that first inning.  The A’s scored the decisive runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning.  It started with Matt Joyce’s single, followed by Marcus Semien’s walk on a 3-2 pitch.  Yonder Alonso struck out on a 3-2 pitch, but Khris Davis walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases with one out.  Jed Lowrie struck out on three pitches.  Ryon Healy also had the count at 0-2, but he hit a single for two runs.  Matt Chapman went to a 3-2 count before drawing a walk to load the bases again.  Jaycob Brugman went to the fifth 3-2 count in the inning before hitting a single, bringing in two more runs for a 4-0 score.  The Indians made a pitching change, and Josh Phegley made the third out of the inning.  Joyce singled in the second inning, but was thrown out trying for second base.  Semien had a similar hit, but he did make it to second base.  He was left at third base, as Alonso and Khris Davis both grounded out.  The A’s did score in the third inning, as Lowrie hit a home run to make the score 5-0.  Manaea couldn’t produce the shutdown inning, as he started off the fourth inning with a walk and a double, followed by a single that made the score 5-2.  A stolen base and a walk made things a little uncomfortable, but the Indians didn’t score any more runs.  Manaea had thrown 32 pitches in the inning after throwing a total of 37 pitches through the first three innings.  Manaea had a clean fifth inning.  In the sixth inning, he gave up a double and nothing else.  I saw someone in the A’s dugout buying a frozen lemonade.  In the Big Head race, Dennis Eckersley won, as he held off Rickey Henderson.  The short version of Rollie Fingers didn’t have a chance.  Manaea again gave up a double to the first batter, but allowed only a walk through the rest of the seventh inning.  That was the end of his afternoon, as his ERA was 3.68, and Ken Korach described him as a “horse” for all the innings he had pitched.  In the bottom of the inning, Semien walked and Khris Davis singled, but the score remained at 5-2.  Daniel Coulombe went out to the mound for the top of the eighth inning.  He allowed a double to the first batter.  It seemed that the A’s were flirting with disaster with all of these doubles.  Coulombe got the next batter out, and then Bob Melvin made a pitching change with Liam Hendriks.  Matt Chapman caught a line drive, and a ground ball to Semien was the third out.  With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Chapman hit a ball that looked like it had a chance to go out of the park, but it hit the 388 marker, missing a home run by inches, as he ended up with a double.  He went to third base on Brugman’s ground ball to first base.  Phegley walked and went to second base on a wild pitch.  Matt Joyce singled for two runs and a 7-2 lead.  He went to second base on another wild pitch, but Semien made the third out.  With a score of 7-2 instead of 5-2, Simon Castro, rather than Santiago Casilla, went out to the mound for the top of the ninth inning.  Castro started well, with two strikeouts, but one of those hanging breaking balls resulted in a home run.  The fan in front of me didn’t understand what an ERA was or how it was calculated, as he said he thought Castro’s had started at 1.000 and went to 13.50.  It seemed to be that a lot of baseball fans are idiots.  Castro gave up another hit on a 1-2 pitch, but he struck out the next batter to end the game.  His ERA thus was 9.00 after his first appearance, but I didn’t hear the fan’s comment about it.  The game had started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 88 degrees, and it ended at 4:15.  The attendance was 25,509.  I was eager to get back home, as I was incredibly thirsty.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played the songs from the “Baby Driver” movie.  I liked the T. Rex song “Debora.”  I also heard Carla Thomas’ “B-A-B-Y” and Martha Reeves’ “Nowhere to Run.”  I heard the news about the deaths of Martin Landau and George Romero.  Landau was in “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Ed Wood,” and he was 89.  Romero was 77.  He made the greatest zombie movie ever.  I fell asleep for a while.  Some of the people who died on July 17 include James Whistler (1903), Robert Wiene (1935), Billie Holiday (1959), John Coltrane (1967), Harry Guardino (1995), Geraldine Fitzgerald (2005), Mickey Spillane (2006), Walter Cronkite (2009), and Elaine Stritch (2014).  Today is a birthday for David Hasselhoff (65) and Donald Sutherland (82).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 17, “High Society,” starring Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Louis Armstrong, was released in 1956.  In 1967, John Coltrane died of cancer at age 40.  Also in 1967, The Beatles released their single “All You Need is Love” in the United States.  In 1987, “RoboCop” was released.

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