Freeway Series

Monday and Tuesday were the first two games of the “Freeway Series.”  The first game was forgettable so I just forgot about it.  Please forgive me.  It was a game that I just wanted to turn the page on.  The Dodgers lost 0-4.  Former Dodger Ricky Nolasco returned to Dodger Stadium to totally perplex former teammates.  Why does it seem like former Dodgers do well after being traded?  Rich Hill who went 7 innings for the first time this season, struck out 7 and only allowed 3 runs.  He did not get any run support.  How about JJ and family?  We are trying to convert a certain someone over to the Dodgers side.  I think it’s working.  It helps when someone gives you a ball!!

Tuesday’s game with the Angels started out as a pitchers duel.  Kenta Maeda pitched the best game he’s ever had.  The Dodgers seem to think he is better suited for a middle reliever but with this performance in Tuesday’s game, I’m sure he earned himself another start.  Former Dodger Jesse Chavez also pitched a great game until the 6th inning when everything just seemed to fall apart for him.

I was thrilled that Trayce was back.  I found out that he was starting in right field which made it all the more exciting.  I was wearing his shirt…#21 was emblazoned on the back with his name THOMPSON in bold letters.  I’m sure I was the only one in the stadium wearing  his shirt.  I was hoping that he would remember he promised me a selfie the day before but I doubted that he would with so much going on.

I took a few pictures during batting practice but I was all eyes for Trayce.
Clayton is always fun to watch.
ChaseKenleyThey went through their stretching and shagging balls.  
By the time we were allowed to get closer to the dugout, Trayce had already gone in.  It was a big day for him.  Yasiel and Corey both weren’t on DL but were kept out of the lineup for aches and pains.  Here was Trayce’s chance.  He’d been doing well in minors.  I kept putting the bug in Dave’s ear not to forget Trayce.  And here he was…!  Finally!!  Thank you Dave.

My buddies Norma and Donna had arrived early.
Valerie’s family was on the field….luckies!!  I had asked to be on the field but there was no room.  I had to admit it was pretty crowded.
The players were rushing in for team meeting or to eat or just to relax before the game.
The food was pretty good in the club but I just picked at my food.  I was in a hurry to get back out to the field so I could get my usual picture taking spot.  Sometimes someone will be in my spot which totally ruins my day.
Kenta was in a hurry…his translator Will had trouble keeping up.
His pregame warmup was totally different…unusual for any of the baseball players who always have their set routine.
I was hoping that Kenta didn’t notice I wasn’t wearing his shirt.  He looked right at me.  Uh oh.
He was doing this strange jumping. Yes…his routine was totally different.  He even looked different.  Something about him.
He only threw a few warmup pitches and then went into the bullpen.
Have to make sure the shoes are right first.
Trayce was the first one out of the dugout which must have disrupted Chase’s routine.  Chase is always the first one out.
Chase came onto the field only a few moments later.
Joc and Chris Taylor also came out onto the field to stretch.
But I couldn’t take my eyes off of Trayce.  I’d been waiting all season for him to be brought back up.  The fans were  calling him but he was very focused.  He never even looked at the crowd.  I was losing hope that he would remember me.
The sun had changed position so there were shadows everywhere.  It was starting to get a little cooler.  The day couldn’t have been nicer.  
But the day did become more special.  Trayce finally looked at the crowd and saw me.  
He came right to me and took a selfie with me.  With that Cody fiasco, I took the selfie myself.  I know Trayce doesn’t do many pictures so I wanted to make sure I got a good one.  I have a few pics with him but none are  really nice.  He signed a few more autographs for the kids since they were begging him and then ran away.  I was shaking with excitement.  Life doesn’t get better than this.  He only took one picture and that was with me.    And better yet…he remembered me.
The National Anthem
Those darn pants are never right.
They ran and threw the ball for a while.
Trayce went back into the dugout early.
And Cody signed for the kids.  I was surprised.  He’s been signing a little more often.
Here’s my selfie with Cody.  This is how you do it when you’re chicken.

Here they come.  The excitement is building.
When Trayce took the field, I was beyond excited.  How wonderful he looks in right field.
I almost missed the first pitch.  Yikes.  Go Kenta-San!!!
There was really no score until the 6th inning which made the game pretty boring.  

In the top of the 1st inning, Eric Young singled into right field but was caught stealing at 2nd with a quick throw by Austin to Kike.    Kole Calhoun hit a fly and Yunel Escobar lined out to right field.

In the bottom the 1st inning, the Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 2nd inning, the Angels were out in order.

There was a little action in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Cody drew a walk but was caught stealing at 2nd.
In the top of the 3rd inning, the Angels were again out in order.  Kenta Maeda has been amazing.  In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Dodgers were also out in order.  Could Jesse Chavez be that good?

In the top of the 4th inning, Eric Young singled to 2nd, Yunel Escobar singled but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 5th inning Chris Taylor hit a double to center field.  The fielder had a problem with the sun in his eyes.
There was a little discussion before they pitched to Cody.
Cody drew a walk.
In the top of the 5th inning, Cliff Pennington hit a double but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Kike walked but was left on base.  No score yet.  The Dodgers have had their chances but no luck yet.  I went up to the club and suddenly there was some action.  That’s usually the case.  Everyone thinks I should stay in the club.

In the top of the 6th inning the Angels were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Chase hit a double to center field.  Logan walked.  The Angles replaced Jesse Chavez with Jose Alvarez.  Maybe that wasn’t such a smart move because Cody singled scoring Chase.  1-0.  First score of the game.  

Then Joc went up to the plate and hit a 3 run homerun scoring Logan and and Cody.  4-0.  That would be enough to win the game.
In the top of the 7th inning the Angels were out in order.  Kenta was still pitching, his longest outing yet this season.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Jose Alvarez was replaced with Huston Street.  Too little too late.   There was no more scoring on either side.  Final score was 4-0.

It was a good feeling to look at the score board.
The Dodgers pretty much jumped over the railing.  It was an amazing win.  No Corey.  No Puig.  No Justin.
I always love the victory pics.  I post a lot so you can pick out your favorites.
It was a nice victory for Kenta who improved his record to 6-3.  He’s 5-1 in his last 8 starts.  Joc hit his 5th homerun since returning from concussion DL.  He credits hitting instructor Shawn Wooten.  There was also excellent defense in this game especially Kike’s diving catch.  The Dodgers have the best record in baseball for the month of June, 19-6.  The Dodgers have also tied the Astros for most games won, 52.  Former #1 in the Western Division Rockies are now 5 1/2 games back.  The D Backs are keeping up being only 1 1/2 games back.

The Dodgers will drive up the freeway to Angel Stadium to finish up the Freeway series Wednesday.  Hyun-Jin Ryu 3-6 ERA 4.30 will face Angels pitcher Alex Meyer 3-4 ERA 4.20.  I’m back at work or I would have loved to see the remaining games of the series.

It was a great day except for one thing.  When I got home I knew I had to call Triple A to have one of my cars jumped.  The battery was dead and I didn’t have time before the game to take care of it.  Just a little snag in an absolutely perfect day.  Thank you Trayce for being so sweet to me.  That is the reason you are my absolutely  favorite Dodger.

See you next homestand!!!
Thanks everyone for stopping by.  You are what makes this blog worth writing.  Have a great week.  GO DODGERS!!!!

The Only Positives

It’s not a good day when all the positives you can think of are only indirectly related to the game.  Here is all I could take away from Monday’s game with the Angels where our 10 game winning streak was snapped.  The number of games where there was at least homerun was stalled at 17.  It definitely was not a good day for the Dodgers or for me.  Below are the positives I took away from the game:

Trayce is back!!!  I’ve waited all season for this.
He autographed his Fathers Day jersey for me.  Oddly enough I just got it a couple of days before and had it with me when I found out he was back up.
Thank you to Tyler and Amanda for my kids day water bottle
The cookies were the best.  Thanks to Bud!!  Those tasty morsels made up for most of the negatives of the day.
Otherwise the day was one I just want to forget.  It didn’t help that I had to go 48 hours without sleep with work and the games overlapping.  

The only comment I have about the actual game on Sunday is why Mike Freeman who was just called up from minors was called on to pinch hit.  With Yasiel and Kike on 2nd and 3rd, a good hit could have tied the game.  Why put the kid under pressure right off the bat.  It didn’t work of course…no shocker with that.  The excitement balloon deflated with that decision.  I had my eye on the exit very quickly.  I knew then that the Dodgers wouldn’t come back.

I’m hoping that Tuesday will be better….how could it possibly be worse.  All I have to look forward to is TRAYCE!!

GO DODGERS!!  I’ll actually write a real blog tomorrow.  I just don’t have the energy today.

Win One

I like to think that it is my Alex Wood Memorial Day jersey that brought him luck on Friday.  But Alex has been that good all season, undefeated with 8 wins.  He showed his best stuff against the Rockies who had claimed the number one spot in the National League West for a very long time.  The Dodgers now are number one.

Everyone was on the field during batting practice including the kids.
Clayton actually stopped to sign autographs
This is a failed selfie.  I couldn’t resist posting it to show you that my pics don’t always work!!  I couldn’t stop laughing.  FAIL!!
Some faces and back of heads in the dugout
It was Filipino Day so the club was serving up some Filipino dishes including the traditional Pancit and chicken macaroni with pineapple.
Eddie had the honors of carving up that turkey.  Nice tools Eddie.
Some of my favorite folks
Everyone was excited about Lonzo Ball  throwing out that first pitch, even Austin
They were warming up by the bullpen
All eyes on Lonzo.

My eyes were on Dave Styles, my favorite on-field announcer whom I am crushing on.  I almost fainted when he waved at me from far far away!!
Mark Dacascos, a Filipino celebrity threw out the ceremonial first pitch but not before doing some acrobatics.  I didn’t realize my favorite Grimm celebrity Reggie Lee AKA Sargent Woo was also there.
National Anthem.  Clayton couldn’t take his eyes off Lonzo
And then finally Lonzo Ball  threw the first pitch to none other than Kenley Jansen who was wearing a Laker jersey
One final look at Mr Ball
And here come Honey, Austin and Alex.   Austin: I tell you Cat is wearing your jersey!!  Alex:  I can’t look.  It’s not part of my routine.”
First pitch by phenomenal Alex Wood
In the top of the first inning Charlie Blackmon singled to center.  DJ LeMahieu walked but both were left on base.

There was a bit of a collision between two Rockies when Logan hit a fly to center in the bottom of the 1st inning. Everyone got up and was ok.
Corey hit a single to right field
A throwing error during a pick off attempt sent Corey to 2nd
Justin singled with Corey going to 3rd base.
Cody was out on a sacrifice fly but Corey scored.  1-0.
Kike singled with Justin to 2nd base
Chris Taylor singled with Justin to 3rd and Kike to 2nd.  With bases loaded Franklin ground out.  There went the air out of the excitement balloon.
In the 2nd inning, Trevor Story singled but was out at 2nd in the next play with a force out.  Tom Murphy doubled with Tapia scoring. 1-1.  That was all the damage.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning Austin walked
Corey hit a single scoring Austin. 2-1.
But with that play, Corey injured his hamstring.  He stayed in the game temporarily.
Justin hit a single to right field scoring Corey.  3-1.  You can tell by Corey’s face that something wasn’t quite right.
Cody doubled scoring Justin.  4-1.
In the top of the 3rd inning, Yasiel came in to replace Corey who went directly into the clubhouse after scoring the run.  Yasiel went to right field and Kike went to shortstop.

Mark Reynolds walked but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Franklin singled.
Austin walked.
A whole lot of discussion.  I thought they did this to stop the momentum that was going the Dodgers way.  Alex bunted into a double play so everyone was left on base.
In the top of the 4th inning the Rockies were out in order.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Yasiel did what he does best….he added that special dazzle to the game.  He hit a huge homerun to center field making the score 5-1.

Justin hit a double but was left on base.
In the top of the 5th inning, the Rockies were again out in order. In the bottom of the 5th inning, surprisingly the Dodgers also were out in order.

In the top of the 6th inning the Rockies were out in order.  In the bottom of the 6th inning, Yasiel walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 7th inning, the Rockies were out in order.  In the bottom of the 7th inning, Kike walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 8th inning, the Rockies were out in order again.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Austin tripled to right field.

Chase Utley walked.
Logan hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Austin 6-1.
Sergio Romo came in to close the game.  He was again fantastic. The Dodgers were looking good.  The Rockies were out in order.
Here they come over the rail.  Be careful guys!
This win is the Dodgers’ 8th in a row.  They have won 14 of their last 15.  They are firmly in 1st place in the National League West with the Rockies 2 1/2 games  back, the D Backs also are 2 1/2 back.  The Dodgers  have the best record in the National League and is 2nd in baseball, 2nd only to the Astros who lost yesterday.

Saturday Clayton Kershaw 10-2 ERA 2.61 will face Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood 6-7 ERA 4.08.  It is beach towel giveaway day so it may be a busy day.  There are still 4 more games in this long homestand.

WordPress is holding my blog entry for Thursday hostage.  I’ll post it as soon as I can.  Thanks everyone for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!

Back to First Place

Wednesday was Andre Ethier  bobblehead day but I don’t remember it being so terrible.  It was crowded as usual.  It was the hottest day of the week but it wasn’t all that bad.  It was the third game of the series with the Mets.  The Dodgers had resoundingly beat them in games one and two.  It was so hot that the Dodgers didn’t have batting practice.  Sergio Romo signed autographs and took pictures for a long time which is an unusual occurrence.  It was National Selfie Day so I snagged Hyun-Jin Ryu to take a selfie of us.It’s kind of cute and displays Ryu’s playful personality.

Clayton pitched a few to a trainer.  Kenta was playing catch with his translator and little buddy Will.  And Kenley was just being Kenley.
Here is Hyun-Jin shortly after the selfie.
Kenley at the dugout
Time to eat.

The roast beef was delicious as were the Brussels sprouts.  The salads are always yummy.  I took my time eating since there was no batting practice, few of the players were out on the field and in the dugout so I had gone up to the club a little early.
The nice guys at the door of the club told me to get a pair of sunglasses at the podium.  They were given out by DonJulio who sponsors the club.  They came complete with soft cloth case.  Not so shabby.
I was happy to see gorgeous Alyssa.  I told her I was making myself her god aunt.I was greeted by Robert with his 10 month old lookalike daughter Elsa.  She’s not sure if she likes me.
The guys were warming up as though they had to in this horrible heat.
Rich Hill was stretching and throwing some practice pitches.
What???  Cat is wearing a shirt with my name on it??  How awesome is that?
The ball in his back pocket looks weird.
Since it was Andre Ethier bobblehead day, his boys Dreson and Retton threw out the first pitch.  One of them looked unhappy with his pitch.
I had never seen his daughter before.  Apparently she doesn’t like me either.
Weird thing about this game…Cody didn’t hit a homerun.  I’m sure there will be talk about what could be wrong with Cody.
National Anthem.  Hyun-Jin seemed to be gesturing at me.  He was holding up two fingers.  I looked around and there was no one looking at him except me.  I wonder what he wanted.
Yasiel, Cory and Joc.  No one signed for the kids.  Too focused.
Here come Yasmani and Rich

First pitch….oops wrong picture.
Getting ready for that first pitch
And here we go.
Right off the bat, first Met up Curtis Granderson hit a solo homerun.  We all kind of sank into our seats.  0-1.  Next up Wilmer Flores doubled but thankfully was left on base.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers were out in order.  I was starting to feel a little uncomfortable.

In the top of the 2nd inning the Mets 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 Granderson singled to center field but was left on base.  

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Joc showed great patience and walked.
Yasiel went to 2nd base on an error by one of the Riveras.  Joc went to 3rd on that play.  We were on our feet with excitement.
And Rich Hill our starting pitcher who is not known for his hitting prowess, hit a huge sacrifice fly scoring Joc, tying the score!!! 1-1.  This was Rich’s first RBI in many years.
In the top of the 4th inning, there was a lot of activity with Jay Bruce walking, Travis d’Arnaud hitting a single and TJ Rivera reaching 1st on a Dodger error.  All were left on base.  Whew!!!  Good job Rich.  However it did drive his pitch count up.

Some discussion between Tyler Pill and his catcher d’Arnaud.
Danger danger Will Robinson…here comes Cody.  He hit a double to right field and advanced to 3rd on an error by Jay Bruce.  The Mets defense was looking pretty awful.
Logan doubled scoring Cody.  2-1.
Are you serious?  They’re intentionally walking me to pitch to Yasiel.  Who decided that? Big mistake.
Yasiel hit a 3 run homerun admidst all the Mets complaining and crying.  First baseman Wilmer Flores apparently told Yasiel to run faster.  Yasiel slowed down as he ran to 2nd but kept on going which showed a lot of character but threw back the f-bomb at him.  The catcher took his mask off to give Yasiel a piece of his mind.  The Mets are obviously upset about their #@%^ playing but come on guys,  just play better!!  Wah wah wah. Oh, and the score 5-1.  The Dodgers never looked back.
In the top of the 5th, with his pitch count mounting, Hill walked Cespedes and Bruce but was able to get out of the inning unscathed.  He had only allowed one run.

Honey came out to talk to Rich and make sure everything was ok.


In the bottom of the 5th inning, Corey hit a single to right field but was left on base.

Pitching change took place before the 6th inning with Sergio Romo in relief.  The Mets were out in order.  Good job Sergio.
Then Yasmani surprised us with a solo homerun in the bottom of the 6th.  6-1.
In the top of the 7th inning with Grant Dayton pitching, the Mets were out in order.

In the bottom of the 7th inning the Dodgers also were out in order.

In the top of the 8th inning Brandon Morrow replaced Grant Dayton.  Who is that?  Yikes…Cespedes hit a double but thankfully was left on base.

In the bottom of the 8th inning after Cody struck out and Logan hit a fly out, Yasmani hit his 2nd homerun of the game.  7-1.
Joc drew a walk.
Yasiel also walked with Joc going to 2nd.
After the Mets had a discussion, pinch hitter Austin Barnes hit a huge single to center field scoring Joc.  8-1.
In the top of the 9th inning, Luis Avilan replaced Brandon Morrow.  Ceccini singled but was a force out at second in the next play. Granderson who was the only Met with success against the Dodgers hit a double to right field scoring Conforto who was part of the force out in the previous play. 8-2.  Wilmer Flores who had given Yasiel a hard time was the final strike out.  Karma.  The Dodgers win 8-2.
Everyone took the shortcut out of the dugout.
It was a satisfying win.  It brought the Dodgers back into first place with the Rockies losing to the D Backs.  There was another hero in this game, one of my guys #puigmyfriend.  Cody and Cory don’t have to carry the team every game.  It was good to see Yasmani with homeruns in the last two games.  No one works harder than he does.
Thursday I will be attending a luncheon in the Dugout Club with Dave Roberts.  It will be an all day affair for me with the game that night.  It is also Game of Thrones day.  I’ll be getting the awesome Game of Thrones tee shirt at the special events tent in the right field pavilion area.  The weather is predicted to be in the 70’s.  So glad that the heat wave is finally over.

In this final game of the Mets series Dodger pitcher Ryu 3-6 ERA 4.35 will face Steven Matz 1-1 ERA 3.21. Hopefully we can sweep the Mets and remain in first place.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your support.  GO DODGERS!!

Mets Game 2

Tuesday was another hot day.  It was also Hawaiian Day.  There was a tote bag giveaway which really didn’t bring a huge crowd.  Wednesday would be the crowd with an Andre Ethier bobblehead.  Andre hasn’t played this year at all because of a back issue.  He had a broken leg last year.  But we all still love Andre.  He deserves a bobblehead.  There couldn’t be a nicer Dodger.

I didn’t take any pictures during batting practice because I was just too hot.  I couldn’t pass up a picture with the elusive Sergio Romo though.  Thanks to Sergio who took this selfie for me.  Nice job.
I took a couple of Cody pics in the dugout with my Iphone.
Dave Roberts
Kenta
#puigmyfriend who seems to be giving a fan a hard look.  This “fan” must have at least 30 autographed balls signed by Yasiel.  How many does a person need?
I ran over to the special events tent and picked up my Dodger Hawaiian shirt.  It’s a nice shirt.
And then I went to the club to eat the Hawaiian food that the chefs had prepared.  I wasn’t disapppointed.  The Kahlua pork melted in your mouth.  The Huli Huli turkey made with garlic, ginger, scallions, brown sugar glaze, rice vinegar and pineapple juice was out of this world.  I couldn’t believe how wonderful the Hawaiian lasagna was.  It was made with pizza sauce, pineapple, ham and shredded cheese.  The salads were amazing.  They included pina colada slaw salad made with pineapple, toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and coconut pineapple vinaigrette.  There was a macaroni salad and pineapple chicken salad made with romaine, pineapple, carrots, almonds and honey pineapple vinaigrette.  The menu was outstanding.  
First Yasmani and then Brandon McCarthy made their way down the field.  I was wearing my McCarthy jersey as I promised Brandon I would.  It’s our good luck jersey.   I’m the only one with his personal jersey so I treasure it.
He threw some warm up pitches.  Brandon has worked through injuries to have an amazing season so far.
The guys came out to warm up.  I was wearing Chris Taylor’s tee shirt under my McCarthy jersey so I took off the jersey for a few minutes hoping that Brandon didn’t look my way.   Chris didn’t look at me once.  However I have a feeling he saw it.
The National Anthem was sung by George “Fiji” Veikoso who was born in Fiji but was brought up in Hawaii.
And here comes Brandon, Yasmani and Honey
There was a bit of preparation before that first pitch
Let’s see.  Cat…do you have my jersey on.  OK now I’m ready.
First pitch
In the top of the 1st inning, the Mets were out in order.  That was definitely a good start.  For some reason bad things happen in that first inning.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers started their domination of the Mets with a Logan Forsythe single to center.

Then Corey was ready to start his homerun derby 
Corey hit a 2 run homerun scoring Logan.  2-0.
Justin reached 1st on a throwing error
Then Cody hit his 22nd homerun of the season, scoring Justin.  4-0.
Yasmani singled but was out at 2nd with a Puig ground out.
But first Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman almost plowed Yasiel down.
He definitely wasn’t having his best game.
Joc walked, Yasiel to 2nd but both were left on base when Brandon McCarthy was out with a fly ball to center.  Wow!!  That was all in the 1st inning!!
In the top of the 2nd inning,  TJ Rivera singled, Rene Rivera singled (what?  2 Riveras on the Mets?  No wonder it seemed like Rivera was always up) but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Corey doubled with a slide into 2nd.  It looks like he got a little Dodger dirt in his pants.  What a mess.  Poor Corey. 
Cody was intentionally walked.  The Mets might as well have intentionally walked all the Dodgers since all of them are on fire.
Chris Taylor walked loading the bases.
Yasmani ground out with the bases loaded and 2 out.  I’m sure he broke a few things in the dugout.
In the top of the 3rd inning, Conforto was hit by a pitch but was left on base.  In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Dodgers were actually out in order.  What??

In the top of the 4th inning, Jay Bruce singled but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Corey hit a solo homerun.  5-0.  That was homerun #2!!
In the top of the 5th inning, Cecchini singled to right field, Conforto walked but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Yasmani hit a solo homerun to left field. 6-0.
Yasiel doubled to right field
Joc hit a ground rule double scoring Yasiel.  7-0.
Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman was finally replaced by Josh Edgin who didn’t fare any better.
Logan walked
And Corey hit his 3rd homerun of the day scoring Joc and Logan.  10-0.
In the top of the 6th inning, the Mets were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Yasmani singled to left, Yasiel singled also to left, Joc walked, Franklin Gutierrez walked scoring Yasmani.  11-0.  Pitching change again with Fernando Salas replacing Josh Edgin.   Logan singled scoring Yasiel.  12-0.

In the top of the 7th inning, RENE Rivera was hit by a pitch but was left on base.  In the bottom of the 7th inning the Dodgers were amazingly out in order.

In the top of the 8th inning, the Mets were out in order.  In the bottom of the 8th inning, Yasiel walked .  Joc was hit by a pitch but both were left on base with Brock Stewart hitting a fly out to center and Logan striking out.

You feel pretty confident when the score looks like this in your favor.  
Brock Stewart pitched 3 innings in relief allowing no runs.
There goes Clayton.In the top of the 9th inning, Lucas Duda walked but TJ Rivera ground into a double play ending the game.  12-0.
It was another remarkable game for the Dodgers.  Corey had hit 3 homeruns with a one run homerun, a 2 run homerun and a 3 run homerun.  He only needed to hit a grand slam for the cycle.  All the attention has been on Cody Bellinger who hit his 22nd homerun.  At Yankee Stadium, their phenom is Aaron Judge who has hit 24 homeruns.  Judge even has his own section called the Judges Chamber.  It resembles a courtrooms jury box with faux wood paneling.  Only chosen fans and family can sit there.  Remember Mannywood honoring Manny Ramirez who also had brought excitement to Dodger Stadium a few years ago.

Wednesday’s game will be hot and unpleasantly crowded.  I’ll try to ignore all the rude fans.  Rich Hill 3-3 ERA 5.14 will pitch for the Dodgers.  Californian Tyler Pill  0-2 ERA 3.75 will take the ball for the Mets.  Geez…Pill and Hill.  The pitcher would have been Matt Harvey but he went on DL last week.  

The Dodgers still are 1/2 game out of first place behind the terrific Rockies who never seem to lose.  The D Backs have fallen two games back.  The Western Division is a tough division with all 3 top teams winning more than any of the top teams in either the AL and NL with the exception of the Astros who have won 48 games.  The Dodgers have one more game with the Mets after today and then face the Rockies for a 3 game series over the weekend.  That will determine who will be at the top of the Western Division.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate everyone’s support.  Pray for me in all this heat.   I just don’t understand why the guys never even look hot out there.  I know Yasmani has said he likes the heat because he doesn’t have to warm up his muscles…but this hot??   GO DODGERS!!!  Let’s sweep the Mets!!