Sean Manaea’s One-Out Night

After seeing “Detroit,” I briefly thought of going to Taco Bell, but I just took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station.  Apparently, the buses had stopped making detours because of the marathon, so my path was straight and not confusing.  When I arrived at the Coliseum, I saw the food trucks and bought the BBQ Nachos and a snow cone in a color-changing cup.  I headed to the gate, and on my way to my seat, I saw a few people lined up for Liam Hendriks’ t-shirt and autograph.  I thought about getting into that line, but I felt that I wasn’t invited.  Someone tossed some packages of baseball cards into the stands.  I couldn’t quite get one.  Some superstitious people think that the A’s are cursed on fireworks nights because they seemed to play badly in those games.  This game had a rotten first inning for the home fans, as something appeared to be wrong with Sean Manaea.  Having to face the Baltimore Orioles made things worse for him.  The first batter was a bad sign for him, as he went to a 3-2 before giving up a walk.  From that point, Manaea gave up six consecutive hits, alternating doubles with singles.  The one out that he got he didn’t really get, as it came on a hit with a very good 7-6-2 play at home plate.  Both starting pitchers entered the game with a 4.15 ERA.  Manaea left after seven batters with a 4-0 score, and his ERA would end up at 4.59.  The reason for that was that the Orioles still weren’t done with their scoring in the inning.  Michael Brady replaced Manaea, and after four pitches, he got the first out of the game on a force play, although the Orioles scored another run on the play.  Brady gave up a single with his next pitch, and then a double which gave the Orioles another two runs for a 7-0 score.  The eleventh batter of the game finally made the third out with a strikeout.  The game figured to be over already, but the crowd was still going to hang around through the end because of the fireworks.  It’s like we had to suffer before we would get our reward.  The A’s did answer back in the bottom of the inning somewhat, as the new A’s player Boog Powell walked on four pitches, and after two outs, Khris Davis hit a home run to make the score 7-2.  Brady would pitch two clean innings in the second and third, which at least picked up the pace of the game after the first half-inning took nearly thirty minutes.  A fan played a jersey number game with Kara Tsuboi, and he didn’t know that Jason Giambi’s number was 16 and not 26.  A look at the board would have shown him that 26 wasn’t one of the choices in the first place.  After the game, we heard the song from the 1980s, “867-5309.”  Matt Olson hit a home run to start the bottom of the second inning, making the score 7-3.  With two outs, Marcus Semien walked and Powell singled, but Chad Pinder flied out to right field.  In the third inning, the A’s got a single from Ryon Healy with two outs, but nothing else.  Brady couldn’t hold down the Orioles in the fourth inning, as he hit the first batter with a pitch and then gave up a double.  Brady got the next two batters out with two balls hit to Jed Lowrie at second base, but then he allowed a single that brought in two runs.  The score was now 9-3.  In the bottom of the inning, Matt Chapman doubled, but then Bruce Maxwell struck out, Marcus Semien flied out to right field, and Boog Powell struck out.  It was annoying that they didn’t even move Chapman over to third base.  We saw the Bongo Cam again.  Brady gave up a hit to start the fifth inning, but the play ended with an out, as the runner tried to stretch the single into a double, and Boog threw to Olson at second base for the unusual 8-3 out.  Brady then got two strikeouts to end the inning.  The bottom of the fifth inning was almost a duplicate of the bottom of the third, as the A’s got only a two-out single, but this time from Khris Davis.  Brady showed signs of tiring in the sixth inning, as he gave up singles to the first two batters.  After a 5-4-3 double play gave him a chance to end the inning, he hit the next batter with a pitch, and so Bob Melvin sent Liam Hendriks out to the mound.  Hendriks struck out the hitter to end the inning.  We saw a highlight on This Date in MLB History which seemed more like a lowlight, as it was a brawl between the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves in 1984.  In the bottom of the sixth inning, Chapman walked with one out, and Maxwell followed with a single, but Semien and Powell both struck out.  Dennis Eckersley won the Big Head race again, as Rollie Fingers this year seems hopelessly slow.  For the fourth consecutive inning, the leadoff hitter for the Orioles reached base, as Hendriks gave up a single to start the seventh inning.  However, he would allow only a walk with one out in getting through the rest of the inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Katy Perry’s “Firework” in anticipation of the fireworks show we would see after the game.  The A’s went down 1-2-3 for the first and only time in the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Josh Smith pitched the top of the eighth inning, and he ran into a bit of trouble with two outs, as he allowed a walk and a single, but Olson caught a foul ball for the third out.  The crowd annoyingly began doing The Wave at about 8:32, and they continued for a fairly long time, about ten minutes.  The A’s scored again in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Healy singled, and after Olson made an out, Chapman doubled.  Maxwell hit a sacrifice fly to score Healy and move Chapman to third base. Semien then singled to make the score 9-5.  We were left to think about the two two-run hits with two outs that Brady allowed.  Boog struck out for the third consecutive time to end the inning.  We heard a Bill King highlight from August 30, 2001, which was a three-run home run that Eric Chavez hit against the Orioles.  Someone tried to sneak into the row into in front of me, but the usher escorted him away.  I saw him stuffing a liquor bottle into his back pocket.  Daniel Coulombe pitched the top of the ninth inning.  He allowed a double, and then a single for a run.  A 5-4-3 double play looked like it would limit the damage, but then gave up two more doubles and another single for two more runs.  Finally, he got a strikeout to end the inning.  Coulombe’s ERA was 3.03 at the start of the inning and 3.66 at the end.  A’s pitchers had given up 12 runs on 20 hits in this game.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Chad Pinder reached base on an error, but Dustin Garneau, pinch-hitting for Lowrie, hit into a 1-4-3 double play.  Khris Davis prolonged the inning with a walk on a 3-2 pitch, but Healy made the last out of the game on a fly ball to center.  The game started at 6:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 9:27.  Ken Korach was not on the radio for this game.  The Raiders game was going on at the same game, and they didn’t do well, either.  I lined up to get onto the field for the fireworks show.  Stomper fired his t-shirt gun, which is exceptionally powerful, so much so that it should be considered a deadly weapon, as many of the shirts end up in the third deck.  Someone in a Simpsons episode died in this manner.  I took a photo of myself sitting in front of the A’s dugout and send it to a couple of people.  I didn’t see any of the players sitting on the grass to take in the fireworks.  I didn’t recognize the songs during the show.  My knowledge of pop music after 1989 isn’t so good.  Before I went home, I stopped for frozen yogurt.  I had no energy to watch the end of the Svengoolie movie on television, and so I just went to bed.

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