Tinku turned five years old today. There was a big birthday party for him. Tinku and Peter had stuffed their mouths with the double chocolate cake. Tinku loved baseball. With his mouth full of cake, he told Peter and Tanya that after the party his grandpa would take him to watch the Yankees play the Oakland Athletics.
Grandpa asked Tinku, “All set for the big game?” Tinku nodded his head happily, and off they went. They had a really good seat. Grandpa also bought Tinku some peanuts and a pop. Tinku sat and watched the game with great interest. This is the first time he had gone to a stadium to watch a game.
Go Yankees go
Suddenly Tinku heard every one cheering “GO YANKEES GO”. Tinku asked grandpa what the score was. Grandpa showed him the scoreboard. The score board had Yankees and Visitors printed on it. It also showed a bunch of numbers. These were the number of runs scored by either team in each inning. Grandpa showed Tinku how each team had played six innings. Tinku then counted on his fingers Visitors had scored 2 runs in the third inning and 1 in the sixth, and that added up to 3. Yankees had a total of 4 runs.
Yankees are winning
Tinku: Grandpa, Yankees are winning 4 to 3.
Grandpa: Is n’t it great ?
The game went on and no one scored any runs in the seventh inning or in the eighth. But the ninth inning there was a big bang. There was no stopping the Visitors. They hit a grand slam giving them 4 runs, and capped it off with a one run homer. The score board looked like this:
I wish Yankees would hit a grand slam
Tinku figured that the Athletics had 3 runs already and 5 more gave them 8. Yankees had only 4 runs so far. He counted on his fingers and figured that they had 4 runs and that they would need 4 more to equal 8 and get a tie.
Tinku: Grandpa, how I wish Yankees would hit a grand slam.
Grandpa: Yes, the 4 runs from a grand slam will tie the game.
Looked like it was going to happen! There were two outs with the bases were loaded and the batter got a really good hit. The fielder leapt over the fence and caught it. Yankees got no runs.
Tinku saw Peter and Tanya after the game and said: It was close but the next time Yankees are going to get the Athletics.
Game on TV
Tanya: Yankees are going to play the Athletics again tomorrow.
They agreed to watch the game together on the TV. The next day Peter, Tanya and Tinku watched the game on the TV. At the end of the ninth inning the score‑board looked like this:
Everyone in the stadium seemed very excited.
Tanya: I just added. Visitors and Yankees each have 6 runs. It is a tie. Now they will play the extra innings.
In the tenth inning the batter from the Athletics hit a home run and that put the Visitors at 7. Yankees got their chance to bat too but lost out.
Here are some box scores from the TV.
Tinku figures that Toronto, Chicago and Texas won that day. Is he right?
Here are the answers for the box scores from the TV.
Toronto, Chicago and Texas won that day. He is right.