Matt Chapman’s Tenth-Inning Walk-Off Single

I awoke and watched CBS Sunday Morning, which had segments on The Go-Go’s and Billy Joel. My parents spoke to me briefly on the phone. I headed over to the BART station and took the train to the Coliseum. I got my Rickey Henderson Bobblelegs figure and headed to the food trucks. I got the yakisoba with chicken and a Mango King smoothie. I headed for my seat. Harvey the rabbit made his first appearance in a while. Rickey naturally threw out the first pitch. I’m amazed at the applause he gets each and every time he steps onto the field. Sean Manaea was the A’s starting pitcher facing the Giants on this afternoon, and he started off by getting 13 consecutive outs. The team did give him some runs. In the bottom of the first inning, Nick Martini singled, and two outs later, Khris Davis hit a home run, making the score 2-0. The bottom of the third inning began with Franklin Barreto getting a single and moving to second base on an error. Nick Martini was hit by a pitch, and Marcus Semien bunted to move the runners. Barreto was out at the plate on the so-called contact play, which I think I hate. Davis struck out to end the inning. The A’s did get a run in the fourth inning when Matt Olson hit a home run. Matt Chapman followed with a double, but Lucroy, Fowler, and Barreto all made outs. Manaea gave up his first hit with one out in the fifth inning. After two outs, he allowed a double, which made the score 3-1. In the sixth inning, he allowed a single with one out but kept the Giants from scoring. In the bottom of the inning with one out, Olson hit a ball that stayed to the left of the right field foul pole for a home run and a 4-1 score. Rickey Henderson won the Big Head Race very easily. It didn’t seem that Rollie Fingers was trying very hard. Manaea got the first out in the top of the seventh inning with a ground ball. He allowed a single, but then got the second out on a fly ball hit to centerfield. Manaea had thrown 98 pitches to this point, and Bob Melvin decided to bring in Emilio Pagan, although with A’s relief pitchers throwing quite a few innings as of late, leaving Manaea in a bit longer seemed like a good option. Anyway, Pagan didn’t do the job, as a single dropped in. Melvin called in Lou Trivino who gave up a double to the pinch-hitting Panda on his first pitch, and suddenly the score was 4-3. Facing another pinch-hitter, Trivino allowed a single that tied the score at 4-4. Finally, a strikeout ended the inning. During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Dazz.” In the bottom of the inning, Martini drew a two-out walk but that was it. We heard “Stayin’ Alive” in the stadium. Yusmeiro Petit pitched the top of the eighth inning, and he allowed a home run that gave the Giants the lead at 5-4. After a walk, Petit got the last two outs. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Piscotty struck out, but Khris Davis came through with a home run that tied the score again at 5-5. Olson walked, but Chapman hit into a double play. Bob Melvin called upon Jeurys Familia, the new pitcher the A’s acquired in a trade with the New York Mets, to go out and pitch the top of the ninth inning. He allowed a single to the first batter, but then got a strikeout and a double play. In the bottom of the inning, Lucroy walked and Phegley went in to pinch-run for him. Fowler hit into a force play. Jed Lowrie pinch-hit for Barreto but made an out. Fowler stole second base, but Martini made an out, and so we went out to the tenth inning. Familia pitched a clean inning. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Semien drew a walk. Piscotty hit a fly ball for an out, but Semien was able to go to second base. Khris Davis was intentionally walked. Olson hit a ball to left field for the second out. Matt Chapman came up to bat, and a lot of fans wanted to see a hit to end the game. We didn’t want to see Buchter in the eleventh inning. Chapman hit a ground ball towards shortstop, and Brandon Crawford missed it, as the bouncing ball bounced away from the infield. Semien stopped for a moment at third base but came to his senses and ran towards home. It was a walk-off win for the second consecutive game. I struck around for a few minutes to see Chapman get the Gatorade splashed onto his back. The A’s were awarded the Bay Bridge Series trophy. It was a satisfying final two games of the series. The game began at 1:08 with a game time temperature of 72 degrees, and it ended at 4:27. The attendance was 44,374. I headed home and took a shower and listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN, which featured music from albums released this year. Hilburn played songs by Ashley McBryde and Ry Cooder. I watched some sports highlights. Some of the people who died on July 23 include Ulysses S. Grant (1865), Robert J. Flaherty (1951), Montgomery Clift (1966), Van Heflin (1971), Vic Morrow (1982), Eudora Welty (2001), Leo McKern (2002), Chaim Potok (2002), Amy Winehouse (2011), and Sally Ride (2012). Today is a birthday for Alison Krauss (47) and Woody Harrelson (57). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 23, Montgomery Clift died of a heart attack at age 45 in 1966. Also in 1966, “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” by Napoleon XIV was released. In 1967, “The Dirty Dozen” was the Number One movie at the box office. In 1982, the Robin Williams movie “The World According to Garp” was released. Also in 1982, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” with Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, was released. In 1992, Chicago received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, the Disney film “Inspector Gadget” was released.

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