Healy hits two homers drives in all five runs powers A’s to victory over the Blue Jays 5-3

June 5, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- The A’s won the first game of the three-game series with the Blue JaysMonday night by a score of 5-3. The A’s Sean Manaea continued to pitch well. Manaea won his fourth consecutive game, and he went six innings and allowed just four hits and two runs. The offense was supplied by Ryon Healy. Healy drove in all five runs on the strength of a three-run homer in the second and a two-run blast in the fourth. The A’s bullpen did the job although Toronto did score a run in the eighThe visiting Toronto Blue Jays plated a run in the very first inning. Sean Manaea walked leadoff hitter Kevin Pillar. The next hitter, former A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson, rifled the first pitch from Manaea into the left field for a double. Pillar, who has a lot of speed, was able to score all the way from first. Toronto leads 1-0 with the A’s coming up to hit in the bottom of the first.

The A’s took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Khris Davis walked to start the rally going. Yonder Alonso followed with a sharp single to right to put men on at first and second with no out. The designated hitter Ryon Healy hit a 0-1 pitch deep into the left-center field bleachers for his 12th dinger of the year. Oakland leads 3-1 after two complete.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ryon Healy did it again. With a man on first, Healy sent J.A. Happ’s 2-2 pitch into the exact same spot as his first homer. For Healy, it was his second multi-homer game of his career. His first came against Washington this past weekend. The five RBIs in a game is a career-high for Healy. The A’s lead 5-1.

The Blue Jays scored their second run of the game in the fifth. A walk to Carrera was followed by a Kevin Pillar double that allowed Carrera to score from first. Manaea retired the side with no further damage.

The Jays cut the deficit to two in the top of the eighth. With two out, Jays’ first baseman Justin Smoak took Liam Hendriks deep to make it a 5-3 game. Hendriks closed out the inning with no further damage.

Santiago Casilla closed out the ninth for Oakland to preserve the win for Oakland.  The A’s win 5-3.

Game Notes- Sean Manaea improved his record to 5-3 and Toronto starter J.A. Happ dropped to 0-4. Happ had never lost to the A’s in seven previous starts and never allowed more than 3 earned runs in any including five quality starts. Santiago Casilla recorded his ninth save of the year. The A’s did not commit an error and Trevor Plouffe made three outstanding fielding plays at third base.

The A’s are now 25-32 for the year, and Toronto drops to 28-30. Game Two of the series will be Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Jesse Hahn returns from the 10-day DL to pitch for Oakland. Marco Estrada will go for Toronto. Game time is at 7:05 pm

Time of game was three hours and five minutes and 12,890 fans were on hand to see the A’s win.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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