Finally!!

Nothing makes a story better than a win and that’s what the Dodgers finally did on Wednesday during their final game with the Giants avoiding a sweep and ending their 5 game losing streak. I seriously believe it was Austin’s good luck jersey that I was wearing.

The day started with batting practice as usual with the guys wearing their uniforms….NOT!

What’s wrong with comfort?

And then there’s Will, Kenta’s translator.

After all it is very hot in the dead of summer. It’s been 90’s on the field for days now.

No one can tell me that Kenta wasn’t part of Will’s interesting outfit on Laker Day. It looks like Sue is totally enjoying the whole thing.

Joc

Can’t forget to go up to the club to eat. Even if the game isn’t much fun, at least the food is always pretty awesome.

It was Ryu’s first day back from DL. Before he went on DL he was doing well. We all had our fingers crossed that he would continue the trend. I know that he wasn’t looking at me. No one notices me.

The starting pitchers have been doing their job but the relief pitchers have pretty much sunk the boat lately. The offense also has been taking a nap.

I was hoping that Wednesday would be the turning point. It is nearing the end of the season when the games really count, not that each one doesn’t already count. The Western Division is pretty tight.

I forgot to add this selfie with Dylan Floro which was taken a few days ago. I’m pretty bad identifying the relief pitchers and seriously wasn’t sure who this was. My bad.

It was Laker Night

So of course they had some Lakers and Laker girls there. My niece is a Laker Girl but I guess she didn’t make the bus.

Austin was starting and I was wearing his ST jersey as good luck. Love you Austin.

He was mesmerized by the Andre retirement tribute they were showing on Dodger Vision.

They’re always friends before the game, even with the Giants.

We found out that Puig was suspended for 2 games after that benches clearing incident the day before. Not good as the season nears its end.

National Anthem

Austin has a different look. His hair is longer and curly with something going on around his chin.

First pitch

Derek Holland was the Giants pitcher

In the top of the first inning Brandon Belt hit a ground rule double as the ball jumped over to the left field crowd. He was left on base.

Manny singled to left field. I thought it’s good that at least the Dodgers are hitting.

Matt walked.

Chris Taylor struck out as he’s been doing lately leaving Matt and Manny on base.

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

In the bottom of the 2nd inning Kike doubled but was left on base with Puig grounding out, and both Austin and Ryu striking out.

In the top of the 3rd inning the Giants all struck out.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Manny singled but was left on base. All these players left on base is frustrating!!!

In the top of the 4th inning, the Giants were again out in order. Ryu is keeping the Giants in line. If only the Dodgers could score some of these runners!

In the bottom of the 4th inning Kike singled to left field and went to 2nd on a wild pitch.

The Giants intentionally walked Austin in case he started hitting and then struck Ryu out. Everyone again left on base.

In the top of the 5th inning Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence both singled but were left on base. Ryu got out of that inning. It was still a scoreless game.

In the bottom of the 5th inning Brian hit a ground rule double and Manny was intentionally walked.

Matt singled and Brian was out at home when the play was challenged.

Chris walked. And Cody finally popped out leaving everyone on base.

With all that I think the score keeper must have been confused because that run in the 5th for the Dodgers remained there for a while. I was confused.

In the top of the 6th inning, the Gians were again out in order with Ryu still pitching. He is still maintaining the top notch pitching he had before going on DL.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Puig doubled

Joc hit a sacrifice fly scoring Puig. 1-0.

In the top of the 7th inning Chargois replaced the marvelous Ryu. The Giants were out in order.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Justin walked and Manny doubled

Scoring Justin

Score was now 2-0.

Matt hit a single to left field scoring Manny. 3-0.

Chris ground into a force out with Matt out at 2nd. Chris was caught stealing 2nd base.

Cody singled but was left on base when Puig popped out.

In the top of the 8th inning Chargois was replaced by Ferguson. I had a bad feeling about this. Hunter Pence hit a single to left field. Chase d’Arnaud walked. And then Andrew McCutchen hit a 3 run homerun making it a tie score. 3-3. Not happy. Not sure why Dave left Ferguson in when he obviously was messing up.

In the bottom of the 8th inning Brian walked but was left on base. This is frustrating.

In the top of the 9th inning the Giants were out in order when Ferguson was finally replaced by Erik Goeddel after the damage had already been done.

In the bottom of the 9th inning Chris singled to center

The Giants where definitely visiting the mound frequently during this game. Is there a limit?

Cody was intentionally walked.

And Kenta came out to pinch hit since he was the only one available. Of course he struck out ending the 9th inning.

In the top of the 10th inning with Scott Alexander pitching (seriously?) Hunter Pence singled. McCutchen was intentionally walked but both were amazingly left on base. Many fans left when Alexander replaced Goeddel. Alexander seems to invite base hits and homeruns.

In the bottom of the 10th inning Brian walked

Justin singled. Two mound visits by the Giants.

Manny struck out leaving Brian and Justin on base. The stadium started to really clear out.

Pedro Baez replace Scott Alexander. Thank goodness.

The Giants were out in order at the top of the 11th inning.

In the bottom of the 11th inning Matt walked. Chris Taylor ground into a double play with Matt out at 2nd.

Cody was intentionally walked.

Baez, yes Baez was allowed to take a stab at hitting but popped out ending the inning.

In the top of the 12th inning the Giants were out in order. I was praying this would be the last inning but I had a feeling that it would be. I had decided to stick it out. Those of us who stayed were glad we did.

Yasmani doubled to right field.

Max singled to right field with Yasmani going to 3rd. The remaining fans were on their feet.

Giants mound visit again as usual.

The guys were all ready with their phones set to camera. You can see there weren’t many fans left. I was exhausted and I’m sure the Dodgers all were too.

Brian Dozier who has played his heart out since coming to the Dodgers was up to bat. I had a good feeling about this. It was Brian. He always gives it his all.

And he did just that! He hit a sacrifice fly clear out to center field giving even slow-running Grandal a chance to score.

Dodgers win it all with a score of 4-3 in 12 innings.

It was a good feeling for everyone. The 5 game losing streak ended with this huge win. Brian got a well deserved Gatorade shower.

The Dodgers are 2 games behind the D Backs and are now in 3rd place. They are in Seattle and will play Friday.

Our Walker Buehler 5-4 ERA 3.32 will face Wade LeBlanc 7-2 ERA 3.80. Walker had thrown 7 scoreless innings the last time he pitched so hopefully he continues his tear.

I want to thank Amanda my very special Dodger rep for the kids backpack. I am a big kid at heart. Don’t ask me how much I love Hello Kitty.

I never give credit to two of my favorite Dodger people: Jessica my server and Amanda my guest services person. Thank you so much. You make it so much better.

Thank you everyone who takes the time to read my blog. This entry took me two days. The Dodgers will return to Chavez Ravine on Monday for a 3 game series against the Cardinals and a 3 game series against last place Padres. There are only 19 home games left in the season.

I wanted to end this blog remembering Aretha Franklin who passed away from pancreatic cancer. She is the end of an era. Who can forget Respect or You Make Me Feel Like a Woman? She is definitely in heaven singing with Elvis and Marvin Gaye.

See everyone soon!!

Five Games

The Dodgers are on a 5 game losing streak. It’s been difficult to watch. The bullpen, no matter which pitcher, has literally lost all 5 games. Yesterday it was Kenta Maeda who was relegated to the bullpen after the Dodgers’ miserable losses in the previous 4 games.

It’s really bad when the exciting point of the game is the benches clearing incident.

I had high hopes on Tuesday that the Dodgers could stop the 4 game skid.

There was no early batting practice. The way the Dodger bats have been silent lately, it was surprising. Yes I know that they had batting cages underground but it’s not the same as actually batting on the field. So the field was silent during batting practice.

So I went up to the club to eat. At least the food was good.

I caught Yasmani as he was going out on the field. Of course he never looked up.

It was Rich Hill bobblehead night so his 6 year old son was throwing out the first pitch.

And there was Alex Wood warming up. The stage was set for a win.

More Rich Hill

National Anthem

First pitch

Everyone was in a hurry to get back to the dugout. They probably don’t want to be asked when they would finally start hitting and win a game.

Alex and Yasmani on their way to the dugout

First pitch

And from there I started to feel sleepy. The Dodgers just weren’t hitting, except Justin.

In the bottom of the first inning, Justin doubled.

Manny walked. Kike ground out.

Matt walked with Kike going to 2nd.

With the bases loaded, Cody ground out. Lost chances. That’s the way it’s been. There should have been at least one run scored in this inning.

The Giants scored a run with Longoria hit by a pitch, Hanson singling scoring Longoria. Those walks are always a killer. 0-1.

Justin hit another double in the bottom of the 3rd inning but was left on base.

I seriously was falling asleep. A game like this is hard to watch. Monday’s game was hard to watch as well. In the top of the 7th, Kike walked and was left on base. With the score 0-1 and the Dodgers sleepwalking through the game, half the stadium cleared out.

By this time, Alex had been retired and Chargois was pitching. In the bottom of the 7th something actually woke me up.

With 2 out in the bottom of the 7th after everyone had cheerfully sung “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, there was a bit of a disagreement between the way Puig acted when he disappointedly fouled a ball. I figure Hundley the Giants catcher caught Puig looking at him. And you know what happened.

Here’s Puig taking that fateful swing. He’s an emotional guy and lays all his feelings out.

Lots of pushing and shoving going on.

And here comes the bullpen running faster than they ever have had to.

Ok, now let’s play the blame game.

Joc seems to be enjoying the whole thing. I have to admit this was the high point of the game for me. Remember that I was falling asleep from this horrible boring game.

The bullpen slowly walked back. That definitely warmed everyone up.

It took a while for the situation to be sorted out. Of course Hundley was doing a lot of pointing and sniveling. That big guy pushed me. He started it. I always said that the two Dodgers who shouldn’t be messed with are Puig and Matt. Not smart to start anything there. It just seems that the home plate umpire could have diffused the situation right away but where was he anyway? I wasn’t happy the way he was calling the pitches and strikes as it was. Are you blind, Ump?

So the umpires put there heads together and decided to eject both Puig and Hundley since they seriously couldn’t figure it out. Yes, let’s ask Longoria for an unbiased opinion about what happened. Figures.

So let’s put poor Austin out there to get the last strike and last out of the inning after all that drama. Haha and MLB@bat states that Austin suddenly became Puig and struck out swinging. So Puig/Barnes struck out.

Poor Justin kept pounding out those doubles to no avail. He doubled in the bottom of the 8th inning giving everyone some hope.

Manny singled scoring Justin and tying the score. 1-1. New game.

In the top of the 9th inning, Kenta came out in relief.

Longoria singled, Brandon Belt singled. Alen Hanson singled scoring Belt. Slater was out at home thanks to Kenta. Belt should not have scored but the ball was overthrown and Yasmani couldn’t handle the ball. The Giants were ahead 2-1. I started to pack up my stuff. The Dodgers have not lately come from behind. I lost hope.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Cody singled and stole 2nd with Max Muncy batting.

We had our hopes on Max but since the homerun derby during the All Star game, he’s gone cold. The jinx of the homerun derby. Max struck out ending the game miserably. Why. Didn’t. I. Leave. Early? It has been so disappointing. The Dodgers are now 2 games out of first place and the Giants are only 3 games behind the Dodgers. Suddenly the season is almost over and the Dodgers are slumping badly. The division is very close so they can’t afford to be lackadaisical about the games. Every one counts. We can’t assume that the Dodgers will win the division as they consistently have the last few seasons. They need to put their big boy pants on and start HITTING!!! And do something about the horrible bullpen!!!! They have consistently lost games. Why get outfielders, infielders, whatever, when what the Dodgers need are good relievers. Why expect Kenta to be the savior when he is a starter. He needs a couple of innings to warm up and settle down. Come on management.!! There will be no postseason this year if something doesn’t change.

On Wednesday in the last game of this 3 game series, Giant Derek Holland 6-8 ERA 3.97 will face Hyun-Jin Ryu fresh off of DL. Before he went on DL, Ryu was outstanding. I’m hoping he will come back strong because this is what we need. Hopefully the Dodgers don’t make Holland look like Cy Young.

Congratulations to former Dodger Brandon McCarthy who is retiring after this season. He is now with the Braves.

And Happy Anniversary to my parents in heaven

Thanks for stopping by. I wish I had something good to write about. Maybe tomorrow?? Love all of you. GO DODGERS!!!

Seriously

My question for a while has been why the management has not gone out to get good relievers for the bullpen and not leftovers. The bullpen has lost the last 4 games…get a hint guys. Yes, the offense may have faltered but when the game was lost in the last inning…it should tell the management something. Spend some money guys.

I’m not one to be critical of my team but it’s getting frustrating. I left Monday night’s game before it was over because I was so frustrated.

Someone asked me who that pitcher was out on the field during batting practice. I had to say I really don’t know the relievers by face because I cover my eyes when they are pitching during the last innings.

That being sad, the Dodgers were one out away from winning in the 9th inning, 2 strikes, 2 outs and Scott Alexander hit the batter. That’s when the Giants scored 4 runs to win the game. I mean, seriously?

The guys were out on the field during batting practice Monday wearing their official practice gear….NOT.

I realized that Austin was starting and I left his jersey home. I was hoping he wouldn’t notice.

It was getting shady by my seat already so I was happy. Many of the guys were wearing new tee shirts that said “Culture” on the front.

By the dugout I got my second autograph of the season from Walker Buehler. Hmmm, my first was from Walker too.

Time to go to the Club to eat. It was ridiculously crowded. They didn’t expect a lot of people during this Monday game. Everyone must have been in the club. It was hard to find a seat.

The food was really spectacular especially the Memphis chicken and the hot Cheetos encrusted macaroni and cheese.

I rushed back to the field after eating.

Clayton made his way down the field to warm up. He has his routine which rarely ever wavers.

He did some stretching

running

Serious contemplation. Will the guys give me run support?

And there was Austin. I tried not to turn around so he couldn’t see I wasn’t wearing his jersey. I forgot that the shirt I was wearing had the number on the front. I was wearing Clayton’s tee shirt since he was pitching. He didn’t look in my direction, thank goodness.

My boo Dave was there. Nice surprise.

I’m taking a pic of him taking a pic. So nice he came close enough that he could give me a gigantic hug. Sweet!!

Kike ran out to the field in time to stand with the guys for the National Anthem

Everyone ran in to the dugout without signing any autographs.

Kike gave trainer Travis a little love.

They all love the trainers.

I was busy trying to hide from Austin. He fortunately didn’t look my way. He was focused.

Austin did pretty well during the game with a single, walk and also scored a run even thought I wasn’t wearing his jersey. I think he didn’t notice.

Manny is not a man of the people (As Alanna calls it when players sign…they sign more at other stadiums) He came this close to the fans.

And there he goes without even looking.

First pitch. Better be on time. At exactly 7:10. Unfortunately Clayton did not get a win although he should have. He only allowed one run, no walks. Going into the 9th inning, it looked likely. We were already missing Kenley who is out with atrial fibrillation, I heard that Brian Dozier complained about dizziness and also has an irregular heart beat. I know it’s not contagious so what is going on???

There aren’t many highlights to report. It was definitely a pitchers game.

Madison Bumgarner was on his game.

Austin was able to get on base with a single in the 4th inning.

Clayton gave himself run support by hitting a double to Brandon Crawford scoring Austin. 0-1.

There was a horrific crash with Hernandez kneeing Crawford in the head right in front of me.

It looks like Hernandez’s knee got the worst of it although it was Crawford who came out of the game.

Everyone came to fetch Hernandez and Crawford although the inning was over with Kershaw out trying to get to third but not before Austin scored.

The only other score was Justin’s homerun in the 5th inning which should have been enough to win the game. Clayton’s efforts were wasted however.

Dave Roberts decided to take Clayton out in the 9th and replace him with Scott Alexander. I covered my eyes.

Sure enough. D’Arnaud singled, Buster Posey singled. With 2 strikes and 2 outs, Alexander hit Slater with a pitch. That was the beginning of the end. I had already packed up ready to take my final victory pictures and suddenly the game turned. The game the Dodgers should have won became a sad disheartening loss. Nick Hundley singled with the bases loaded. d’Arnaud and Longoria scored making it 2-3. The Giants took over the lead and that was that. After the Giants scored 4 runs, Baez was brought out to control the damage but it was too late. The Giants were able to pull off a win thanks to Scott Alexander. He did not speak to the press after the game. Clayton however being the optimist said that the Dodgers had not lost ground because the D Backs had lost to Texas. However now Colorado and the Dodgers are tired for 2nd.

On Tuesday our Alex Wood 7-6 ERA 3.58 will meet Giants Andrew Suarez 4-8 ERA 4.64. I already have Alex’s jersey in my car ready to go.

Oops, I almost forgot. Look who sat near me at the Stadium last night.

He took the selfie himself stating he was pretty good at it. What do you think? He was so funny!!

And look who was sitting right in front of me!

So all was not lost last night.

By the way, look at my new pop socket.

Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully the Dodgers can finally win after losing 4 games in a row. GO DODGERS!!!

The Happiest Place On Earth

You probably think I’m writing about another place. No, actually my happiest place is Dodger Stadium. If I had to choose a place where I could go where all my dreams come true, it would have to be the most classic baseball stadium of stadiums…the “Blue Heaven On Earth” (as Tommy would say) Dodger Stadium.

It was my birthday weekend. I have never had a more wonderful, fulfilling birthday as I did this year. No, the Dodgers did not win all their games but they did avoid a sweep. It was a hard fought week for them but they were able to win more games than they lost. They did finish the home stand still in first place. What else could we fans ask for?

I want to first of all thank everyone who made my weekend special.

Thank you first of all to my Dodger rep Amanda for arranging my time on the field.

Thank you to Tony who accompanied us down to the field and took all of our pictures.

A special thanks to my friend Norma who I invited to participate in my field experience with me. Here she is with Max Muncy. Thank you Max.

Thank you Dodgers for my birthday present

Thank you to the Baseline Club runners and kitchen for my birthday treat. Isn’t it magnificent??

And thank you Dodgers for making my birthday the best.

Matt…always my number one who had sweat dripping in his eyes as he posed for picture #2000 with me. Does he ever say no to me? This is our classic picture. I have several pictures taken in this same spot over the years. You are the best Matt!!!

Yasiel…notice the ball in my hand? Everyone knows I don’t get many autographs. But seriously…I didn’t get a single one. I guess I never asked anyone.

Brian Dozier is happy to be a Dodger. You can tell by his smiles and his love of the Dodger fans. He hadn’t put his hat on so his hair looks perfect.

Cody Bellinger who signs almost every game.

Coach Chris Woodward who was the first to say happy birthday to me. I love him more than anything although he does block a lot of my pictures. He is excused. He does make a nice background for my pics.

Chris Taylor who did take a picture with me. This was probably the picture of pictures since he rarely signs or takes pics.

Max Muncy who doesn’t sign or take pictures was nice enough to stop to take a pic with me. Of course he was bombarded by the others for autographs and pics after he took this pic with me.

Rich Hill who always has time for the fans

Walker Buehler who is quickly becoming my favorite pitcher.

A selfie you take when you want a picture with someone but not really.

My boo Dave was on the field but was otherwise occupied. That’s ok Dave. I know you’re busy.

Nomar Garciaparra, everyone’s favorite.

And then there was batting practice. It was cool being so close.

The craziest moment of the day was my chance meeting with Yuli Gurriel, We all know about the racist gesture he made during the World Series. I saw him and decided to take action. I asked him if I could have a picture with him. He paused for half a second and said “Of course.” All eyes were on him. Notice how close we are. I have to say he was very polite. Funny how that picture turned out so perfect. Chance meetings are always meant to happen. God arranges them. He found out that I don’t bite.

The food in the club was delicious as usual. It was a nicer birthday dinner.

The game was not so good.

It was one forgettable one. The Dodgers were blanked 0-14. It was one of the worst at Dodger Stadium. Oh well! I told everyone that Sunday was a day game and the Dodgers tend to do well when it is a day game.

Highlights for Saturday? None. I quickly turned the page to Sunday.

I hate day games but Aug 5 had to produce a win for the Dodgers. It was like game 7. We had to do it. It was a steamy hot day game. Walker Buehler, the rookie was facing powerhouse Gerritt Cole. Never know what will happen. I had my fingers crossed that we would not get swept. I knew I wouldn’t stay in my seat during the game. I want to live.

I met an interesting family outside the gate: half Astros fans and half Dodgers fans. They said it was very stressful during the World Series. I bet.

I have great faith in Walker. He reminds me of Corey Seager in that he is very polite.

A little stretching in that heat.

National Anthem time.

Cody signing for the fans as he usually does almost every game. Notice Sue’s different look: glasses and hair up. She totally photobombed me.

Yasmani always dressed to kill with all the latest equipment.

Walker made his way down the field with his glove on his head. Uh, hi Yaz. I know he’s not looking at me.

First pitch

A look at Gerritt Cole.

Lots of discussion between Astros pitcher and catcher that game. What the hell is going on?? This is a rookie pitcher.

I was determined to last through at least 3 innings in my seat. I thought I would die. Imagine 88 degree sun pounding down on your head, the sweat pouring down your face. I am not a sun person so this was torture.

The first inning started out with the worst possible thing. George Springer hit a homerun right off the bat. Literally. 0-1.

Remember it is a day game and the Dodgers surprise everyone even when it is very hot. Yaz always said he likes it hot because he doesn’t have to warm up his muscles. Hot enough Yaz?

Joc led off with a walk. I was getting optimistic but still wasn’t planning on sitting in my seat the entire game.

Manny Machado who has been seriously slumping, singled to left with Joc going to 2nd.

Brian Dozier doubled scoring Joc and Manny. 2-1. The Dodgers pulled ahead and would stay there for the rest of the game.

In the top of the 2nd inning, the Astros were out in order.In the bottom of the 2nd inning Kiké doubled to center but was left on base.

In the top of the 3rd inning, George Springer walked but was left on base. I was eyeing the club at this point. I was panting from the heat. (Well maybe not really but it was horribly hot).

In the bottom of the 3rd George Springer was replaced after hurting his thumb.

Manny singled. Cody doubled scoring Manny. 3-1. By this time I was out of my seat and in the air conditioned store.

In the top of the 5th inning, Tony Kemp hit a solo homerun to right field. 3-2.

In the bottom of the 5th inning Manny doubled but was left on base.

In the top of the 6th inning, Dylan Floro replaced Walker who had done a great job.

In the top of the 8th inning Scott Alexander replaced Floro. Bergman walked but that was all the damage.

It was the bottom of the 8th inning and the Dodgers were still on top 3-2.

Cody singled to right field.

And stole 2nd base in dramatic fashion. But unfortunately Belli was left on base when Brian was struck out. Dodgers still ahead.

In the top of the 9th inning Kenley came out with the weight of the world on his shoulders, to close the game. All our hopes were with Kenley. We had to avoid the sweep against the team who beat us in the World Series last season.

The team watched with anticipation and hope.

We started to feel better. It was still a one run game.

More of the guys came out of the shade to get ready to celebrate.

And they waited for that last pitch….!

And with the last strike, they jumped over the fence to celebrate. I love watching them.

The Dodgers win the final game of the series with a score of 3-2. It felt like they had swept the Astros. What a game for Walker Buehler!!

It was a great weekend for me. I had never felt so happy and excited as I was on this birthday. It was a great feeling. Thank you to all the people who made this special day so much better. I love you guys!!

Thank you also to everyone who stopped by to read my blog and for sharing my experience with me. I appreciate all of you.

A special hello to Molly Malloy and Danielle who stopped by to talk to me.

Thank you to my son for the beautiful flowers. Philip you are my heart and soul.

I wished for white kittens but OMG look what I found this morning!!! Who and where is the mom? I hope she is ok. There is dried blood on one of the kittens’ back. I must be an elected foster mom!

The Dodgers have a day off on Monday and then will face Oakland for a two game series and then on to Colorado for a 4 game series before returning to Dodger Stadium on Aug 13 to face the Giants for a quick 3 game series before going back on the road. It’s already August so EVERY game counts. The season is winding down.

GO DODGERS!!!!

Dre Day

Friday was a special day. It was the day that Andre Ethier officially retired from baseball.

All of us Dodger fans have fond memories with this guy.

His family was there to take part in the celebration of his career with the Dodgers. It spanned about 14 years.

His Dodger teammates helped him celebrate: Clayton, Matty and Kenley

Matty and Andre’s parents

The new baby

The boys threw out the first pitch to Matty

Alex and Yasmani walking down the field

First pitch

It was the first game of a 3 game series with the Houston Astros. I had a feeling with the 21 runs the day before that the next day the Dodgers would have trouble even getting one run. I was even wearing Alex’s good luck jersey.

The only run was the homerun hit by Joc in the 1st inning.

The Dodgers had a total of 4 hits but no more runs.

Justin Verlander kept the Dodgers at bay and the Astros won the game 2-1.

OH WELL!

On Saturday our Kenta Maeda7-6 ERA 3.48 will face Astros Lance McCullers 10-5 ERA 4.06.

It’s my birthday…please win for me. I’ll be on the field with my friend Norma. I hope to get some nice selfies and Norma would like to get autographs.

It was a sad day…Andre’s retirement and the Dodgers’ dismal loss to the Astros. But like they say, let’s turn the page.

Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!

The JT Effect

It was like deja vu all over again. When Justin Turner returns from DL (this being the second time this season), it somehow ignites the Dodgers offense. This happened on a warm night in August when records were broken in Chavez Ravine.

Clayton Kershaw was on the mound. He doesn’t usually get any run support. On Thursday night he got run support plus.

It didn’t start out any differently if you call having a movie shot on the field the usual.

They were shooting a show with Kevin Hart and Kourtney Kardashian. They first cleared out the Baseline section of everyone not having a ticket in Baseline which left pretty much only me. One isn’t the loneliest number…it was kind of nice to be by myself in the front watching the filming.

The guys were having a great time watching it.

And then it was batting practice as usual.

Back at the dugout, the Dodgers seemed to be in a great mood and signed for the fans.

Brian Dozier on the sweet spot!!

Matt very close up

Time to eat!! And then back on the field

Just in time to see Clayton Kershaw come out to warm up

And Yasmani

One of my favorite shots of Clayton..a peaceful moment he has while waiting for the trainer.

A little warmup

National Anthem

Manny greeting the opposing team

Clayton and Yasmani on their way to the dugout…It seemed like any other day but it definitely wasn’t

First pitch.

In the top of the first inning, Christian Yelich doubled, Jesus Aguilar walked. With a wild pitch by Clayton, Yelich went to third. Another wild pitch by Clayton scored Yelich. What was going on. It seemed like the first inning from the day before with the Brewers pulling ahead and scoring first in the 1st inning! 0-1. Clayton was able to strike out the next two batters: Schloop and Braun.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Joc hit a solo homerun to right field tying the score. 1-1.

Yasmani walked but was left on base.

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

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Dodgers also were out in order. I was thinking about going shopping.

In the top of the 3rd inning the pitcher Chacin doubled, Cain singled but thankfully everyone was left on base.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Joc reached first on a fielding error.

Manny singled with Joc scoring.

Manny singled

Justin was hit by a pitch in the back. Meanwhile Manny stole 2nd base.

Yasmani walked

Then Cody was up to bat. He hit a grand slam homerun scoring Manny, Justin and Yasmani.

Suddenly the tie score was no more, 6-1.

In the top of the 4th inning Arcia singled but was left on base.

It definitely wasn’t Chacin’s night.

In the bottom of the 4th inning Yasiel hit a solo homerun to left field. Clayton singled. He now has a 2 game hitting streak. He was left on base.

In the top of the 5th inning, Yelich hit a solo homerun making the score 7-2.

In the bottom of the 5th inning Justin walked again.

Cody walked. And then Brian was up to bat.

He hit a 3 run homerun scoring Cody and Justin. 10-2.

Max walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 6th inning, the Brewers were out in order

In the bottom of the 6th inning Kiké singled.

Justin hit a 2 run homerun scoring Kiké. 12-2.

Cody singled but was left on base.

In the top of the 7th inning Eric Thames walked. Erik Goeddel was pitching in relief. He allowed a 3 run homerun to Aguilar with Thames and Yelich scoring. 12-5. I hoped Doc wasn’t planning on keeping Goeddel in until the score was tied.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Muncy doubled and Yasiel singled scoring Max. 13-5.

Chris Taylor walked

Joc hit his second homerun of the game scoring Yasiel and Chris. 16-5.

Kiké singled and Yasmani doubled.

Cody ground out scoring Kiké. 17-5

Brian doubled scoring Yasmani. 18-5.

Max doubled scoring Brian. And then Yasiel hit a 2 run homerun scoring Max. 21-5.

In the top of the 8th inning Braun doubled but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 8th inning the Dodgers were out in order. What?

In the top of the 9th inning, you really couldn’t tell the Dodgers were winning by looking at the guys in the dugout.

And the Dodgers win. There they go over the rail!! 21-5.

Today is a new day. It is Andre Ethier’s retirement day. We’ll all be crying!! Our Alex Wood 7-5 ERA 3.68 will be facing Astro Justin Verlander 10-6 ERA 2.24.

Thanks for stopping by. Wow, what a game. The 21 runs was the highest ever scored at Dodger Stadium. The 9 runs scored in one inning also set a record.

GO DODGERS!! Let’s beat the Astros.

Beating the Brewers

The Dodgers were threatening to increase their 3 game losing streak to 4 when the unexpected happened…The Dodgers were able to pull off a walk off homerun, only the second walkoff this season. It hasn’t been the year for walkoffs for the Dodgers so it was a nice surprise.

There was no batting practice. I was thinking that the Dodgers needed batting practice since their offense has been cold lately. But then again, it was really hot out there on the field.

Clayton was pretty much one of the only ones out on the field. It was very hot.

There were a couple of others. I’m sure Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson would not approve of this outfit.

New Dodger Brian Dozier was getting official pics taken.

Why can’t they have baked potato bar everyday?

Back to the field: It was still pretty hot. Hoping for it to cool down a little.

Some of my favorite fans were at the game.

Always new faces. This little one was watching the players intently hoping for an autograph. She did get Belli’s.

What happened? My sweet little girl Coco has grown up.

One of our nicest Dodgers, Rich Hill was the starting pitcher. Does he ever turn down anyone wanting an autograph?

Chris Taylor

A little love for Travis

The National Anthem

Oops. Matt was in the middle of his stretching.

You can always depend on Belli to sign a few autographs.

A little friendly chatter with one of the Brewers

And there goes Cody.

Manny plays a little catch before each game. I guess that’s his thang.

Dodgers love hugging especially Yasiel.

Well Rich…are you coming?

I guess not. So Yasmani and Honey walked down the field without Rich.

How cute is this…Kids take the field.

Christina…one of the sweetest bat girls.

Rich at the mound getting ready for the first pitch.

It just seemed like the other games we had lost to the Brewers. Bats were cold. The Brewers were scoring.

In the top of the first inning, it looked dismal already. Lorenzo Cain tripled right off the bat and scored on a throwing error by newbie Brian Dozier. Already 0-1!!

In the top of the 3rd inning, same guy Cain scored on a wild pitch 0-2. In the other games 2 runs was an insurmountable number of runs for the Dodgers to overcome. I was sitting in my seat brooding.

Then the impossible happened…the Dodgers actually hit the ball. With a no-hitter looming over them in the 5th inning, Yasmani hit a solo homerun into right field.

making the score 1-2.

Then new Dodger Brian Dozier hit another homerun, tying the score. 2-2. Back to back homeruns!

What a welcome to LA!!

What the heck happened? The Dodgers actually hit the ball….twice!!

Cody walked and then stole 2nd base. He unfortunately was left on base.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Joc singled with a weird swing.

Manny walked. Everyone was left on base with Matt lining out and Yaz hitting into a double play, Oh well!!!

In the bottom of the 7th inning Brian singled.

Chris walked

Yasi singled scoring Brian. 3-2!!!

Kiké hit a sacrifice bunt scoring Chris. The Dodgers were now ahead 4-2.

Joc hit into a double play ending the inning,

In the top of the 8th inning, Scott Alexander came to the mound in relief. He either is ok or else he is terrible. On Wednesday night, he was the latter. He walked Aguilar and Braun. Moustakas doubled scoring Aguilar. Perez was intentionally walked but Pina singled scoring Braun, tying the score. Great!!! Why he wasn’t pulled from the game and replaced by Kenley is anyone’s guess. However it did work out ok.

It went from the first score to the second in a matter of minutes.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Yaz singled.

Brian hit a ground rule double.

Cody was intentionally walked to get to Chris who predictably ground out.

In the top of the 9th inning, Kenley came out to pitch and get us through the inning unscathed. Aguilar walked but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 9th, Yasiel doubled but disappointedly was left on base.

Extra innings!! Dodgers don’t typically do well in extra innings. I planned on leaving at the end of the 10th inning.

Dylan Floro came to the mound to pitch. The Brewers were out in order. We were hoping for a miracle and that’s what we got.

Matt who has been in another slump was up to bat. He had been throwing his bat in frustration. He singled, setting Yaz up for a huge ending to a stressful game.

Yasmani hit his second homerun of the game to right field scoring Matt. Final score was 6-4. Dodgers win!!!

It was an ice cold shower of Gato rade for Yasmani but I’m sure he didn’t mind. It was a nice way to start August.

On Thursday, our ace Clayton Kershaw 4-5 ERA 2.52 faces Brewer Jhoulys Chacin 10-3 ERA 3.45. Hopefully Clayton gets some run support from his fellow teammates.

The game begins at 6:00pm and the weather forecast calls for a hot steamy 88 degrees. Help me.

Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully the Dodgers can pull off another win against the Brewers who are 2nd in their division only to the Cubs.

GO DODGERS!!!