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