Sean Manaea’s Terrible First Inning

I left the movie theatre and walked through that spot in Orinda back to the BART station.  Going back to Oakland, the temperature went down from terribly hot to slightly breezy, and the setting went from a lot of trees to a lot of asphalt.  I got to the stadium just as the gates were opening.  I bought the taco sampler from one of the food trucks and watched some people playing a bit of miniature golf as I sat in the shade.  The 1989 World Series trophy was on display, but I didn’t have my phone with me to take a photo of it.  I bought an Italian ice and finished it before heading to the team store.  I bought a green Sonny Gray jersey that was marked down, and then I took my seat.  I fell asleep for a while, although I don’t know if the usher noticed it.  Sean Manaea was the starting pitcher against the Giants on this first night of August, and he showed that he wasn’t sharp right from the first batter.  Manaea got to a 3-2 count and threw nine pitches before giving up a double.  Three pitches later, a single put the Giants ahead, 1-0.  A ground ball to Yonder Alonso should have been a double play, but it was an error with no outs.  A single put the Giants ahead, 2-0.  Manaea finally got the first out with a fly ball to center.  Another ground ball to Alonso looked like it should have been a double play but for the throw to second base that at least got the second out.  Next came the blow that looked like it was going to decide the game, a two-run home run, making the score 5-0.  Manaea struggled to get out of the first inning, allowing a walk and a single, before finally getting the third out with a fly ball to right field with his 40th pitch.  The A’s did come back with a run in the bottom of the inning, although there was a missed chance in there.  Matt Joyce doubled but made the mistake of trying to take third base on a ball that bounced away from the catcher, as he was thrown out.  Ken Korach on the radio sounded disgusted that the first out was made at third base when taking that base wouldn’t have been much difference.  I have noticed this year that Korach has a habit of mindlessly saying “No doubt” to some of Vince Cotroneo’s comments.  Marcus Semien singled, and after an out, went to second base when Khris Davis walked.  Alonso singled for the run.  Manaea couldn’t shut down the Giants in the second inning, as he gave up two doubles with one out, making the score 6-1.  He got the next two batters out.  He had thrown 58 pitches through two innings.  The A’s managed to come back in the bottom of the inning.  After Bruce Maxwell struck out, Matt Chapman walked.  Jeff Samardzija gloved a ground ball and made a horrendous throw to second base for an error, with Chapman going on to third base.  Matt Joyce hit a sacrifice fly to left field, making the score 6-2.  Manaea did manage the shutdown inning in the third, although the shutting down came too late, and he still allowed two more hits.  That was it for him on this night, with 70 pitches through three innings.  His ERA increased from 3.82 to only 3.96 because only two of the six runs were earned.  Michael Brady replaced Manaea in the fourth inning, and he gave up a home run on his second pitch, so now the score was 7-2.  Brady allowed a single to the next batter, but then got six consecutive outs.  The A’s had done nothing on offense in the third and fourth innings, but in the fifth, Jaycob Brugman singled, and Matt Joyce hit a home run to make the score 7-4 and make it seem for a while that the A’s were back in the game.  However, Brady began the sixth inning by giving up a triple.  After a strikeout, he intentionally walked Buster Posey, which looked like the right move, but then he threw a bad pitch that was the killing blow, a three-run home run that made the score 10-4.  That completed the scoring for the night, as Brady’s job after that was to get to the end of the game without Bob Melvin’s having to bring in another relief pitcher.  Brady allowed a walk to start the seventh inning, a walk to start the eighth inning, and a double with one out in the ninth inning.  He did get all the way through the last six innings.  The A’s offense did nothing in the sixth and eighth innings.  In the seventh, Chapman singled, and in the ninth, Ryan Lavarnway pinch-hit for a single, and Chapman walked, and that was it.  The game began at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 66 degrees, and it ended at 9:48.  The attendance was 38,871.  On This Day I MLB History, we were reminded that the A’s retired Rickey Henderson’s number 24 in 2009.  We saw Rickey Henderson win the Big Head race, and I saw that towards the end of the race, Rickey’s Adam’s apple looked unusually big, like a cancerous tumor.  After the seventh inning stretch, we saw a marriage proposal.  I wanted to shout out, “Don’t do it!”  How can a woman marry someone who proposes at a baseball game?  I was sad that this day off came to an end.  There seemed to be some kind of incident on the BART train that made us wait an extra 17 minutes.  Back at home, I found a package waiting for me, my Blu-ray discs of “The Lodger” and “Straw Dogs.”  I watched a bit of Stephen Colbert before I went to bed.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for August 2, Brian Cole of The Association died of a heroin overdose in 1972.  The funeral service for Mama Cass was held in Hollywood in 1974.  It is also the 64th birthday for Butch Patrick.

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