It was the first game of the Padres series. Padres are in last place. The Dodgers are 3 1/2 games out of first place and have won 6 out of the last 7 games. With Justin Turner back, the Dodgers are winning again.
It was a nice peaceful day. It wasn’t a bobblehead or as a matter of fact, not any giveaway night. It was a Friday so it was fireworks night and the crowd was a mere 44,612. The Dodgers were busy stretching and throwing when I got to the field for batting practice. Note Kike’s attire.
Justin was there although he had spent the morning giving away eyeglasses to students in Compton. Earlier he and wife Kourtney had cut the ribbon on a homeless shelter for female veterans as part of the Dream Foundation. They are a busy couple. Yesterday Kourtney had built a fence for Habitat for Humanity.
Another look at Kike and his interesting attire.
And “Dad” also had an interesting look.
An errant ball went into the stands and Kike went to fetch it himself.
Kenley was pitching to Austin. Austin told a kid who was in the stands behind him to move. It would not have been good if the child was hit by one of Kenley’s pitches. Where are the parents? I saw an adult get hit in the face by a Padilla throw during practice. It was a bloody sight. Parents need to keep an eye on their children and not let them wander around by themselves in the field section. They wander to the rail by the field by themselves and stand at the gate and this is during the game. The balls are hard hit and do quite a bit of damage. Case in point, my friend Norma who was hit in the face by a foul ball last homestand. She suffered a concussion. My friend JoAnna was hit in the jaw by a foul ball 2 seasons ago and had trouble chewing for a long time. I have been hit in the face, the back, the wrist, other very close calls. Years ago Russell Martin’s foul ball hit a little girl in the head. She had to have brain surgery. Parents…please watch your children.
Later at the dugout, Chris Taylor signed autographs for some fans on the field.
I thought I would try a dugout selfie with him.
Still a work in progress.
This is what you call a very close up. OK, time to eat.
Of course the food was wonderful. The crispy pork with bok choy was delicious. The rice underneath had soaked up the tasty juices. The broccoli beef was the best I’ve ever had.
Back to the field.
Ross taking the trip from dugout to bullpen.
He did his usual stretching and throwing
Logan signed for some kids but turned my friend Cindy down when she asked if she could take his picture. I guess he doesn’t see me everyday taking pictures of everyone.
Or yesterday when I took this picture. Hehe.
This one was taken last year. I guess it was ok then.
Hi Matt. He gave me a nod and a smile.
Cody signed for the kids. He is the only one who usually signs. Thank you for that Cody. The kids were very happy.
Some happy fans ready for a win.
A little love for the trainers.
Here come Austin and Ross
Austin called a great game. Let’s give the catcher some credit.
In the first inning, Eric Hosmer singled, Jose Pirela singled but ground into a double play. No score.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, Chris Taylor walked. Those walks are important.
Justin walked after almost getting hit a few times.
And then Matt was up to bat. Drum roll!!!
He hit a 3 run homerun that pretty much was the end of the game for the Padres especially with Ross’s perfect pitching. 3-0. Did I take enough pictures??
Cody reached first on a fielding error but was out at 2nd when Logan ground into a force out.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the Padres were out in order.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Dodgers also were out in order.
In the top of the 3rd inning Manuel Margot doubled but advanced to 3rd when Puig bobbled the ball and then didn’t pick up the ball right away. Travis Jankowski ground out allowing Margot to score since he was on 3rd. 3-1. This was the only Padres score which was an unearned run. Roberts was not happy with Puig.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Kike hit a solo homerun to right center. 4-1.
In the top of the 4th inning, Pirela doubled but was left on base.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Logan singled to left. He was left on base.
In the top of the 5th inning, the Padres were out in order.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Dodgers were also out in order.
In the top of the 6th inning, Pirela singled and with a wild pitch went to 2nd. He was left on base.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Matt singled.
Cody walked. But both were left on base.
In the top of the 7th inning, Freddy Galvis singled.
Ross was replaced by Petey Baez. Margot struck out ending the inning.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Dodgers were out in order.
In the top of the 8th inning, Cingrani replaced Petey. The Padres were out in order.
In the bottom of the 8th inning Matt again singled but he was out at 2nd.No harm in trying.
In the top of the 9th inning, Kenley came out to close the game.
The score made us smile. It is much more fun to win.
Waiting for the win
It was exciting to watch the score.
And Dodgers win!!!
It was a satisfying win. The offense and defense all clicked.
On Saturday Alex Wood 1-4 ERA 3.32 will face Jordan Lyles 1-1 ERA 3.11. There is a Cody-Corey tee shirt giveaway. It should be a good game.
Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!!!