More problems with WordPress.  I’ve been trying to write my blog but the site keeps crashing.  It is very frustrating.  I may have to go to another medium like MEDIUM.  The blogs were all supposed to go there but I had decided to be loyal to WordPress.  Maybe it’s time to switch.  

Let me try posting a few pictures.

How about hero for the game: Logan Forsythe?  It was difficult even to type this much.  I’ll try again a little later. 
Thanks for checking in.  If it doesn’t work out today I’ll have to go to Medium.  GO DODGERS!!!

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Amy will be at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, hopefully on aisle 39. Please talk to her and find out more about her team and what you can do to help get them to Italy!!
Thanks again for stopping by. Please try to go see Amy tonight. GO DODGERS!!!

Frying the Fish

It was a great weekend, at least part of it was.  We were unable to get the sweep because Saturday’s game was a lost cause.  Julio Urias just didn’t have it.  Best thing would be is to send him back to minors so he can fix what’s wrong before he loses confidence. Sunday’s game was better but it was so freaking hot.  It was over 85 degrees on the field.  We at least won the series.

It didn’t help that the Marlins put their ace Dan Straily on the mound against our rookie Julio Urias who is still finding his ground.  Julio only pitched 2 1/3 innings but gave up 7 runs before leaving the game.  

Saturday started out as usual with early batting practice.  The players were out on the field warming up.
Do you recognize these two without the twins??  It was a 3 day honeymoon for them without children.  
I had my eye on Chris Taylor.  I bought his Mothers Day hat and thought it would be an easy autograph.  Wrong.  Cancel that.
There’s one of my favorites, Brandon McCarthy.  We all know that he is doing well because I wear his jersey every time he pitches.  That’s a given.  I assured him that I would continue to do so.  
A few more familiar faces
Saturday was also Pups in the Park.  Lots of poop to go around.
I was lamenting the fact that I haven’t gotten any selfies with the players this season yet.  It doesn’t help that my Dodger rep Eric has disappeared and I have no rep.

My first official selfie with one of the nicest Dodger pitchers, one of our best this season Alex Wood
Justin Turner came by limping a little.  He said that it wasn’t that bad but that he would be going on DL.  Someone asked him for an autograph so I got one just because.  I don’t get into autographs much but sometimes I’m in the mood.  I would rather have pictures.
I went over to the Marlins side to give them another chance to be a little friendlier.  I ran into the original Mr Nice Guy Marlins coach Donnie Mattingly.  He never changes.  He is always the same:  warm, friendly, personable.

My second official selfie with one of my all time favorites.  First there were hugs all around.  I love this guy.
I went up to the club and ate in a hurry.   The food was really good especially the roast beef which I covered with horse radish sauce,  It tasted like prime rib.
Yasmani beat me out to the field.  Pups in the Park and going to the enemy side threw my routine off.
Julio Urias walked to the bullpen and started warming up.
Then they all came out to stretch.  
The shadows were already overtaking the stadium.
National Anthem time
Apparently there were no hard feelings from the benches clearing incident the night before
And they walked to the dugout
First pitch
After the first inning it was apparent Julio was having problems.  Dee Gordon singled, Christian Yelich walked, Marcell Ozuna walked.  Dee Gordon scored on a Giancarlo Stanton groundout.  0-1.  The Dodgers were out in order in the bottom of the first.  I was already getting a little frustrated.
In the top of the 2nd inning, Derek Dietrich tripled with JT Riddle hitting Dietrich in with a ground ball single to left field. 0-2.  Dee Gordon singled scoring Riddle.  0-3.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the only action was a Chris Taylor walk.
In the top of the 3rd inning, Ozuna went to first on a throwing error by Chris. Julio balked with Ozuna going to 2nd.  Stanton doubled scoring Ozuna.  0-4.  Mistakes were costing the Dodgers big time.  Justin Bour singled scoring Stanton with Bour going to 2nd on a throwing error by Joc. 0-5.  It was starting to look really bad both offensively and defensively.  I was eyeing the club because it was torturous watching the game.  Riddle doubled scoring Bour and Realmuto who had walked.  0-7.  I was wondering when Doc would take Julio out.  There was already too much damage to salvage this game.  Seven runs is usually insurmountable barring a miracle.  At this point I went up to the club to take a breather.  Luis Avilan replaced Julio.  

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Dodgers were again out in order.  No hits yet.  Avilan didn’t seem to do much better allowing a Yelich walk, an Ozuna single and a Stanton double scoring Yellich.  0-8.  The damage continues.  I was already thinking about going home. Josh Fields replaced Avilan.  Realmuto singled scoring Ozuna.  0-9.   I guess that pitching change didn’t work.  What was with our pitchers on Saturday???

In the 4th inning Corey walked but was left on base.  Still no hits.
In the top of the 5th inning Riddle hit a solo homerun 0-10.  I was starting to feel a little sick.

Kike finally was able to score with a solo homerun.  1-10.  At least the Dodgers scored

Baez replaced Fields but he allowed a double in the 6th inning.  At least Stanton was left on base without scoring 

Dan Straily was his usual perfection.
He was perfect until Corey hit a ground rule double, the ball jumping to left field.
Cody then singled with Corey to 3rd.
Yasmani doubled scoring Corey.  2-10.  Chris Taylor walked.  Ziegler replaced Straily.  Maybe the Dodgers have a chance.  Ziegler threw a wild pitch with Yasmani to 3rd and Chris to 2nd and Cody scoring.  3-10.  
With Stripling pitching in the 7th inning the Marlins were out in order.

In the bottom of the 7th, Kike singled.
Corey hit a 2 run homerun with Kike scoring.  5-10.
A pause in the action as Marcell Ozuna threw a beach ball back into the stands.
Cody hit a solo homerun making the score a little closer. 6-10.
In the top of the 8th inning with Stripling pitching Ozuna singled but was left on base.

Oh hello.  Is that Andre?
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Austin walked but was left on base.  The Dodgers chances were dwindling down.
The game ended with a score of 6-10.  At least it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  No sweep though.

Sunday was a day game.  It was going to be a very hot one with the temperature soaring into the mid 80’s.  And it’s not even summer yet!  I was going to sit in the air conditioned club but would try to make it to the 2nd inning.

Very few players were out on the field because it was so hot.  Of course Kershaw was out there since he doesn’t stray from his routine.  Don’t you think he resembles a crane when he pitches?  He is so graceful, it’s fun watching him.
I went up to the club to eat and hurried back to the field.
My favorite Brandon McCarthy pitched Sunday,  He has been amazing with a record of 4-1.
The sun was already suffocating me.
Not sure how they can stand being out there in the sun with no shade for so long
National Anthem
And here they come.
First pitch.  I was already planning my getaway.  Yasmani has said he likes the hot weather because his muscles aren’t cold.  My muscles were roasting.
Yah….you are a sissy.  
It was a really great game.  Adrian had his best game since coming off of the DL. He went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s.  The Marlins were only able to get one hit off of Brandon McCarthy.  It was a good day for Joc who hit his first homerun since opening day.  

In the first inning the Marlins were out in order.  In the bottom of the 1st inning Cody singled to right field.  Aha Stanton.
Yasmani doubled with Cody going to 3rd.  This was the 1st of 3 hits this game for Yasmani.
Adrian doubled scoring Cody and Yasmani.  2-0.
In the top of the 2nd inning the Marlins were out in order.

In the bottom of the 2nd  inning, Joc walked but was left on base.  I went to the club,  it was too hot,

In the top of the 3rd inning the Marlins again were out in order.  In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Yasmani singled, Adrian doubled but both were left on base.  

In the top of the 4th inning, the Marlins were out in order.  In the bottom of the 4th inning Joc hit a solo homerun 3-0.

In the top of the 5th inning the Marlins got their first hits a double to Dietrich,  a single to former Dodger AJ Ellis scoring Dietrich 3-1.  In the bottom of the 5th inning, Yasmani doubled, Adrian singled scoring Yasmani.  4-1.  

In the top of the 6th  inning, Dee Gordon doubled, Yelich walked but they were unable to score.  In the bottom of the 6th inning, Joc walked after getting hit by a pitch.  Kike doubled with Joc going to 3rd.  Eibner singled scoring Joc and Kike. 6-1.

In the top of the 7th inning,  Luis Avilan replaced Brandon.  Bour struck out and Kietrich hit a fly to Joc. Fields replaced Avilan.  

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Chris Taylor doubled  but was left on base.

In the top of the 8th inning, Dee again singled.  Yelich walked.  Ozuna singled scoring Dee. 6-2

In the bottom of the 8th inning Chase singled, Corey walked but both were left on base

Closer Jensen came out to finish up and the weirdest thing happened.  Bour hit a homerun.  6-3.  then  Dietrich singled.  What’s going on with Kenley? ?  Finally the Dodgers won with the score 6-3.   A little bit of nail biting.
I have to confess I spent most of the game in the club.  It looks like Clayton had his shirt unbuttoned.
So did a few other smart people. Hey Valerie!!!
Well ok so maybe they were working.
Poor Amy out in the hot sun.
Monday is a day off.  It’s also the day of Puig’s poker tournament for charity.  Norma and I are going.  I’ll let you know how it is.  I had to go shopping for a top to wear. My wardrobe consists of scrubs, Dodger clothes and tee shirts from Target.  Clothes are not my thing.  I really couldn’t find anything to wear so I am just wearing a blue tee shirt.  I hope everyone isn’t dressed up.  I don’t even have a dress or shoes other than Dodger shoes, clogs for work and sandals.  I don’t wear sandals to the game because my feet always get stepped on.  Life can be so complicated!!!  I’m hoping to get some selfies at the tournament.  I’m not much for autographs but I’ll bring one ball just in case.

Thanks everyone for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!  They  will be back on Tuesday with a series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pitching on Tuesday will be Clayton Kershaw.  Coming up this week will be Hello Kitty Day on Thursday and Joc Peterson bobblehead on Tuesday.  I hate bobblehead days BTW.   Have a great day!!

A Different Day

It  was a gorgeous day.  It was hot during the daytime but it was cooling off early.  It started out much like any other day.  The traffic was heavy again but not as bad as the day before.  Friday wasn’t a giveaway day so I knew there wouldn’t be a crowd.  I was right.  There weren’t too many fans at early batting practice.  I like it that way.

This was the second game of a four game series with the Marlins.  They were on a four game losing streak so I felt confident we could get a win.  And also Alex Wood was pitching.  He has been the surprise so far of the season with his undefeated streak.  He is also the reigning MLB National League player of the week.  
All of our pitchers have been doing well and we seem to have plenty of them which is different from seasons past.  
Yasmani came out in full gear.  I never see him during early batting practice.  I figured that he was probably out on the field to catch for a pitcher ready to come off of DL…maybe Rich Hill.  I congratulated him on his way back.  He knew what I was talking about.  His wife Heather is expecting their first baby together.
Down by the dugout Clayton was all smiles.  I went up to see Max who had told me he would have the Mothers Day jerseys on Friday.  I had to decide which one I wanted.  I had my eye out for Trayce’s but he still is in Triple A.  The price of the jerseys ranged from $299 to thousands for Kershaw or Bellinger.  I crossed those two off my list right away.  I decided on my usual standby Andre Ethier.  He has always been one of my favorites anyway.  I then went to the other side of the field in hopes of seeing Dee Gordon and AJ Ellis.  I’m not one to scope out anyone on the opposing team but I made an exception in this case.  I saw AJ in the dugout.  He did say hi, how are you, as he quickly disappeared into the clubhouse.  I saw Dee out on the field.  He waved to me and he too disappeared into the clubhouse.  Fine then.  I give up.  The visitor’s side of the stadium was still hot and I really didn’t think it was worth it to stand in that baking sun for players in a bad mood.  So let’s sweep those losers.
I soothed my hurt feelings with the food in the club.  The honey bourbon beef tips helped.  So did the roasted turkey breast with cranberry chutney and creamed sweet potatoes.  
Joc was being interviewed by SportsNet when I returned to the seats.
Austin and Alex were already by the bullpen warming up.  I really like Austin although he isn’t the friendliest player on the Dodgers.  I wanted to buy his Mothers Day jersey but his uncle had beat me to it.  

Alex and Austin are a good combo.
The players came out to stretch…Franklin and Kike were starting because it was a left handed pitcher Justin Nicolino who was only pitching his second game this season.
National Anthem time.  
Corey signed a few autographs.  He was the only player who even approached the fans.  Not sure why they aren’t signing much lately. I don’t get autographs usually.  I have to confess that I did get Justin Turner’s when I saw him at the dugout only because he stopped to sign someone else’s.  He said he wasn’t that bad but was going on the DL anyway.  Apparently Logan will take third base when he returns from DL on Tuesday. Logan has been on DL since Apr 18 with a broken toe and then with hamstring issues.  Someone argued with me that he was off DL and played a game.  It’s interesting that people would argue things like that with me.  I showed her the transaction list on MLB and she said the list was wrong.  Whatever.
And there goes Alex and Austin.
First pitch
Look who’s sitting behind me.  Surprise!  I blurred out the photobombed behind us.
In the first inning, Marcell Osuna singled but was left on base.   

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Chris Taylor started his pounding of the Marlins with a double to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Corey then singled
With Chris going to 3rd base.
Franklin reached first on fielders choice but Chris was out at home.  
Kike walked, Franklin to 2nd, Corey to 3rd.
Austin ground out with Corey scoring. 1-0.
In the top of the 2nd inning, Realmuto walked but Colon grounded into a double play.  Already 2 out.  Riddle doubled but pitcher Nicolino ground out so he was left on base.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 3rd inning, Dee Gordon hit a single to left field but Yelich struck out and Ozuna ground into a double play.  Oh well Marlins.
Chris Taylor hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 3rd inning. 2-0.  It seemed to change the momentum of the game and it definitely put the Marlins in a bad mood all around.  I guess I won’t go to the enemy side on Saturday to say hi to Dee.  I might not be welcome.
Corey then doubled into right field.  I know Giancarlo was fuming by then,
Franklin ground our with Corey going to 3rd.
Kike singled to center field scoring Corey 3-0.  Austin ground into a double play so the inning ended.
The Marlins were unable to score in the 4th inning with only a Realmuto walk.

Somehow Yasiel hurt himself walking to 1st in the 4th inning.
He stayed in the game but something wasn’t right.
Cody struck out but then Brett Eibner hit a 2 run homerun.  5-0.
Chris singled but was left on base.  Joc replaced Yasiel.
In the top of the 5th inning, the only action on the Marlins side was Dee getting hit by a pitch.  Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 6th inning, Ozuna singled but was left on base.  I can see frustration brewing on the enemy side.  In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Dodgers were again out in order.

In the 7th inning, both sides were out in order.

That’s ok.  I was busy in the club eating ice cream.
I moved to the other side of the stadium.  Everyone thinks I leave early but since I park in Lot K, I have to walk to the enemy side to get a head start.  

In the top of the 8th inning, Tyler Moore singled, Dee singled.  Time for a pitching change.  

Does it look like everyone is scuffling their feet while they wait or is that my imagination?  Everyone seems on edge.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Austin walked but Joc struck out.
Cody Bellinger then hit a 2 run homerun 7-0.
It looked like Brett Eibner was deliberately hit by a pitch.  I suppose when a team is losing so badly, you have nothing to lose.
Ross struck out.  You could feel the tension mounting.  What would happen?  There had been no warning yet.
Ross decided that retribution was in order.  He threw his first pitch BEHIND Giancarlo Stanton.  He did not hit him.
Almost nothing is more exciting than benches clearing.   No one got hurt.  I noticed that Clayton Kershaw was the first one out of the Dodger dugout.  As a result of the incident, Stripling, Dodger bench coach Bob Geren and Marlins coach Donnie Mattingly were ejected.  Not sure why this happened.  No warning had been issued.  

Dodgers relief pitchers returned to the bullpen.

So did the Marlins relief pitchers amidst a lot of boos from Dodger fans.

Chris Hatcher replaced Ross Stripling so he could do his damage.  Giancarlo Stanton struck out. I give Hatcher credit for that.  We all cheered.  But Hatcher allowed a homerun to Bour 7-1, a single to Realmuto, a double to Colon and a sacrifice fly to Riddle scoring Realmuto 7-2.  Finally Dietrich struck  out ending the game.  So nerve wracking.  Hatcher kills me.

Saturday is  another giveaway day so it might be crowded.  After the benches clearing incident , fans may want to come to the game.  Dodgers will face right handed Dan Straily 3.56 ERA.  Pitching for the Dodgers will be Julio Urias ERA 3.43.  I’m hoping for another exciting game.

Much luck to Ashley who is expecting her first baby in 3 weeks.  
It was wonderful seeing Cindy’s family again.
Thanks for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!  Thank you Yoshiko.  

Japan Day

The Dodgers were finally back in town after a long road trip.  It was Japan Day.  Ryu would be pitching.  He’s been getting better with each game.  I was excited to finally return again to Dodger Stadium.  However the  traffic was horrendous.  There were a couple of cars stopped in the middle of the freeway which probably contributed to the traffic problems.  I finally got to the stadium and thankfully in plenty of time.

The team was already warming up on the field.  Always good to see Yasiel.
They looked happy to be home finally
Here comes the big guy Kenley
They all love to bat, Clayton is no exception.
Kenta, on Japan Day, doing some interesting stretching.  Remember you’re on DL!!
Familiar faces…
Wonderful Yasiel stopped to make a boy’s dream come true.  Hey Michael!!  8 year old fan made out with the autographs.  
Almost every player he asked stopped to sign for him.
I took that trek up to reserve level to get my Japan Day tee shirts:  one for my son and one for ME!!  They are really nice shirts.  On the back is #18 and Kenta’s name in Japanese.
I then went to the club and rewarded myself to some fantastic Japanese themed food:  miso glazed tri tip, Japanese chicken seasoned with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, fresh garlic and hot pepper, lime Japanese yams, yakisoba spaghetti, Mango teriyaki salad, Japanese potato salad (something my mom made to perfection) and pasta salad.  The food was excellent.
I returned to the field to find that Hyun-Jin was already stretching on the field.  He never makes the traditional walk from the dugout to the bullpen.  Yasmani also was already by the bullpen.  I spent too much time eating in the club.  Going to Reserve level had taken time plus I had to scan my extra tickets to get the special Clayton Kershaw giveaway coin to commemorate his perfect game.
It’s always nice to see CJ, future SF Giant ace.  Wrong team but who knows what the future holds for this talented young man.
First pitch by Japanese Olympic swimmer Kosuke Kitajima.
Pregame entertainment was provided by Japanese group MIZMO.  They also sang the National Anthems of Japan and the US.  Super job considering they probably didn’t understand a word of our National Anthem.
National Anthem 
I didn’t realize how tall Kelli Tennant with SportsNet was until she stood next to Kenta who is over 6 feet tall.  She looks almost a foot taller than Juan Castro.
Cody Bellinger signed way over there.  Unusual happening that he signed.  He never signs.  Funny thing..He was the only player who signed.
Joc who always looks happy
#Puigmyfriend seems to be everyone’s friend..even the opposing side.
Austin Barnes chatting with friends
Norma and me….Yikes do I look like I had worked all night the night before which I had!!  Is that Cody in the background photobombing us?
Yasmani and Honey walked to the dugout without Ryu who never takes the walk ever.
Getting ready for the first pitch
And here we go!!
In the first inning, the Marlins were out in order

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Chase Utley singled with Edinson Volquez pitching.  Volquez hasn’t won a game yet.
Corey also singled with Chase going to 2nd base.
Justin Turner singled with Chase going to 3rd, Corey to 2nd.
Cody grounded into a force out with Justin out at 2nd, Chase scoring, Corey to 3rd. 1-0.  We’re on the board in the 1st inning!!!
It started to look like trouble in the 2nd inning when Giancarlo Stanton doubled but was out on 3rd.  Huh?  Justin Bour (who’s that) hit a homerun tying the score 1-1.  Realmuto doubled but was left on base.  Limited damage.

Joc hit a single to right field.
Then Yasiel was up to bat.  I’m getting tired of all the Puig bashing.  All I hear is how inconsistent he is.  How he learned his lesson going to Triple A.  How people don’t like him.  I mean really.  I told him that I was going to his Poker Tournament on Monday for charity.  He looked happy.  His WildHorse Foundation benefits disadvantaged children.  Yeah, he’s a bad guy.  Not.  
And then he did what he does best…He hit a two run homerun which changed the tone of the entire game.
The score was then 3-1 and the Dodgers never looked back after that.
To everyone’s surprise, Ryu helped his own cause by smashing a double to center field.  What just happened?
Chase doubled scoring Ryu.  4-1.  I love the way Ryu runs.  He reminds me of my older brother.   What happens when Logan comes off of DL.  Chase has been hot!
With Corey batting, Chase stole 2nd base but Corey hit into a double play.  Once again the Dodgers were plagued with double plays.
In the 3rd inning, Christian Yelich hit a solo homerun making the score 4-2.

In the 3rd inning, Justin walked and then stole 2nd base.  Those steals are so important.
Adrian singled, scoring Justin. 5-2.  This was Adrian’s first game back since being on his first DL ever.  
By the top of the 4th inning, I was getting impatient with the in-seat service.  I hadn’t gotten my order so I went up to the club instead.

Seconds was just as delicious…!  Not happy with in-seat service.
In the top of the 4th inning, Bour walked but that was pretty much all the action for the Marlins who have been struggling lately. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Yasiel walked and Ryu was hit in his non-pitching arm.  I’m sure he has a huge black and blue mark on his arm this morning.

In the top of the 5th inning, Riddle singled, Volquez struck out, Dee was hit by a pitch.  Yellich ground into a double play ending the inning.

In the top of the 5th inning, the Dodgers were out in order for the first time this game.

In the top of the 6th inning Ryu was taken out of the game when a ball hit him in the foot.  Poor Ryu is probably sore this morning.  His arm…his foot.  Hatcher replaced Ryu.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Dodgers were again out in order with Joc and Yasiel grounding out and Kike out on a fly ball to left field.

In the top of the 7th inning, Luis Avilan replaced Chris Hatcher striking out the side.  In the bottom of the 7th inning, Chase walked and then was caught stealing on 2nd.

Justin singled to right field
Cody walked.  Justin to 2nd base.
Yasmani singled but Justin was out at home.  He limped into home and was helped off the field.  Chris Taylor replaced Justin.  We’ve heard that Justin pulled a hamstring.  Last season Justin was on DL with hamstring issues as was almost half the team.  Oh no!!  He will have an MRI to assess the damage.  Let’s hope for the best.
In the top of the 8th inning with Avilan pitching, Yellich walked.  Avilan was replaced with Josh Fields who then proceeded to walk Osuna.  With 2 out, manager Dave Roberts decided to go with Kenley to make the last 4 outs of the game.

And here he comes.. our closer Kenley.  He struck out Realmuto for the final out of the 8th inning.
Adrian ground out.

Joc walked.
Yasiel walked, Joc to 2nd.
Then Kenley was up to bat.  I haven’t seen that too often since he usually closes the game.

Kenley singled when the ball deflected off the Marlins 1st baseman Bour.  Joc to 3rd, Yasiel to 2nd.
Chase was out on a sacrifice fly, scoring Joc.  6-2.

Hey man.  This is fun!!!Corey walked, Yasiel to 3rd, Kenley to 2nd.
Chris walked.  Yasiel scored on the walk.  Kenley to 3rd.  Corey to 2nd.  7-2.  Cody was out with a fly ball to right field.
Dodger fans felt confident in the 9th inning.  Dietrich and Riddle were out on strikes.
And then the great Ichiro Suzuki came out to pinch hit.  Thank you Don Mattingly.  I love Ichiro as does the whole Japanese community.  Appropriate for Japan Day for everyone to see him.  We were thrilled.  He however made the final out.  Kenley pitched an immaculate inning, only the 79th in MLB history.  Congratulations to Kenley.
And the Dodgers win the first game of the Marlins series with a score of 7-2.
On Friday , the Dodgers and Marlins will have two left handed starting pitchers:  Alex Wood for the Dodgers and Justin Nicolino for the Marlins.  Our Alex was the National League player of the week for his 21 strikeouts in 11 scoreless innings in two outings.  Hopefully he can continue his amazing streak with some run support from our guys.

It will probably be a nice quiet day.  No giveaways.  The Dodgers are tied for 2nd place with the D Backs, only 2 games back.  Hopefully by the end of the series with the Marlins, we can change all that!!

Nice to see one of my favorite ushers Reggie.  He was promoted and now stays on the other side of the stadium.  I miss seeing him everyday.
Thanks for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!  Let’s sweep the Marlins!!!

Sweeping the Pirates

Besides sweeping the Pirates on Wednesday, the Dodgers also have a 5 game winning streak, their 10th win in 12 games.  It’s been a good homestand.  The only thing marring these events is Andrew Toles’ injury which will sideline him for the rest of the season, an ACL tear of the right knee.  The Dodgers are 2nd in the division to the Rockies, only 1.5 games back.

Wednesday was a dreaded bobblehead day.  Apparently it wasn’t even close to a sellout even though it was a Kenley Jansen bobblehead giveaway.

There were 40,719 tickets sold which means 719 didn’t get a bobblehead including my friend Norma who arrived late.
There was a long line of cars at the gate but once in the stadium, it was surprisingly empty.  I surmised that these people got their bobbleheads and left.  You probably will find the bobbleheads on EBay.

The team was already in full swing with their stretching and warming up.
Let’s all pray for a win
There goes Clayton
Smile Austin 
And look who’s back…Scotty Van Slyke.  Someone is happy about it.  I had my fingers crossed that it would be Trayce Thompson coming back.  Maybe next time.
Dave Roberts and Julio Urias at the dugout
Time to go to the club to eat.  The beef fajitas were excellent. A new feature at the club is focaccias, a different one every game.  The one Wednesday was garlicky with olives and artichoke hearts.  
Yasmani Grandal made his way down the field.  He never looks my direction.
Kenta and Will
Kenta Maeda’s famous warmup windmill
And he threw some warmup pitches
Chase was the first player out.  He usually is.  He started at first with Andrew and Adrian both on DL.  There was a reshuffling of positions with Cody going to left field.
I thought it was a gorgeous evening.  I like it cold.  I don’t know why everyone was asking me why I wasn’t wearing a jacket all night.  I never put it on.  Cold is better than hot in my opinion.
Chuck Lorre, a television writer, threw out the first pitch to Ross Stripling, the fastest runner on the planet, at least in Tuesday nights game.
The stretching continued with the cloudy skies looming over them.  
Yasiel loves his trainer.  Yasiel is a warm and fuzzy guy. I adore his hugs.
Joc came out to run for about 30 seconds and then ran back to the dugout.
National Anthem time.  The Anthem was played by Billy Joel’s pianist.  I thought Billy Joel was a pianist.  Anyway, he has a concert at Dodger Stadium this weekend.  I hope no one destroys my seat.
Corey signed some autographs for the first time this homestand.  He was the only one who signed.
Yasmani Grandal and Kenta Maeda with their entourage consisting of Will the translator and Honey the pitching coach
Fist bumps all around for good luck
Getting ready for the first pitch
And here we go.
The first inning was a bit scary.  The first Pirate doubled but the others were out in order.  Whew!!  There would not be a no-hitter this game.

Justin Turner walked.  I told my friend Sergio that this is the way the Dodgers score multiple runs, was to get walks.  I didn’t know my statement would be proven true in a minute.
Cody Bellinger did what he does best…he hit a homerun.  That’s Chris Woodward to the right of the picture.  He seemed to be in my way during the whole game.  Move over a little, Chris!!  It was a 2 run homerun scoring Justin.
High fives all around. 2-0.
Yasmani singled.
Chris Taylor walked with Yasmani going to 2nd.
Chase then hit a line drive base hit scoring Yasmani who hurried home before the 3rd out at 2nd. 3-0.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the Pirates were out in order.  I had a feeling this would be a special game for Kenta.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Yasiel singled but was left on base.
In the 3rd inning, Pirate Josh Harrison was able to hit a single but was left on base with Cervelli flying out to right field.  The Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 4th, the Pirates were out in order.  Kenta was on his game.

Yasmani singled.
Chris Taylor hit a ground out with Yasmani out at 2nd.
Chase Utley doubled scoring Chris Taylor.  4-0.  
In the top of the 5th inning, the Pirates were out in order.  The Dodgers also were unable to score or reach base.

In the top of the 6th inning, Cervelli singled but was left on base.  In the bottom of the 6th inning, Yasmani walked but was left on base with a double play to end the inning.

In the top of the 7th inning the Pirates were again out in order.  Kenta was still pitching.  The Dodgers also were out in order in the 7th inning.

I packed up my stuff to go to the other side of the stadium.  One of the ushers thought I had gone home early on Tuesday.  I reassured him that I was just repostitioning myself to another vantage point in the stadium to take pictures.  I hardly ever leave early and Tuesday was one day when no one should have gone home before the game was over.  It was one of the most exciting walk offs this season so far.

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

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Corey hit a double.
Justin Turner walked.  These walks have been so important.
Cody went to 1st on a ground out with Justin out at 2nd.  Corey to 3rd.  
Yasmani doubled, scoring Corey.  5-0.
Chris Taylor struck out ending the inning.
Meanwhile back in the dugout…Clayton is always laughing and having a good time, possibly at someone’s expense.  
Hmmmm.  This ball looks good enough to eat.  Let me take a bite.  No don’t do it Austin.  Meanwhile Clayton looks serious as Kenta pitches into the 9th inning, something he has not done since becoming a Dodger.
The decision was made finally to take him out of the game after Harrison hit a single and then Cervelli a homerun.  5-2.
Kenta left the game amid cheers from the fans
With a break in the action while relief pitcher Grant Dayton was warming up, it’s interesting to watch what the players do.  They are like big kids sometimes.
It was a little chilly but not enough for me to put on a jacket.
Grant Dayton closed the game with Yasiel catching the fly ball hit to him by Josh Bell.  Thanks to the fan who stuck his cell phone in front of my camera.  
And the Dodgers win with a final score of 5-2.  I don’t know who looks happier, Kenta or Clayton.   I think Clayton is the kind of guy who likes watching other people open their presents.  He’s happy for everyone.
It was a happy day but yet it also was a sad one for me.  My friend Antonio Bicciche lost his battle with cancer that morning. He had a difficult and painful journey but always at his side was his soulmate Silvia Flores.  They are true Dodger fans.  Tonio worked at Dodger Stadium a few years ago in security so many of you may remember him.  Please pray for Silvia who gave her whole heart to Tonio.  He will be missed.  Love you always Silvia.

The Dodgers go on to Colorado where they will meet the Rockies who are in 1st place in the National Leaague West.  The Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball so the Rockies are in grave danger of being knocked out of 1st place.  We are only 1.5 games back.  

Thanks everyone for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!

Never Leave Early

I’ve learned that it isn’t wise to leave a Dodger game early.  The Dodgers will fight to the bitter end.  Tuesday’s game was no different.

I was wearing Mike Bolsinger’s practice jersey for luck.  He was starting for the Blue Jays for the first time in 2017.   Unfortunately the Blue Jays lost.  Underneath I was wearing my Julio Urias shirt.  He was starting for the Dodgers.

They were warming up on the field.  They all looked relaxed and in good spirits.  A big win the night before made everyone happy.
Yaz was taking a few swings
Ross Stripling and Austin Barnes would be two key figures in the win on Tuesday.  Unlikely heroes.  Hi Austin.Ryu
There were a few fans who were persistently calling out to the players for balls and autographs while they were practicing.  This is the way it is during every early batting practice.  A few fans did get balls but no one signed until near the end of batting practice.  Clayton signed for a few fans.  The more the fans were persistent the further away the players moved.  I never bother them.  I just take pictures.  They know that so when I say hi to them as they pass by, they always acknowledge me by saying hi back.  They know the hi won’t be followed with pleas for autographs or balls.  They recognize my voice by now even from a distance.  Even quiet shy Andrew always says hi or nods.  Clayton also always says “Hi, how’s it going?” followed by a funny face. I don’t ever want the players to look at me as a nuisance.  They know I like pictures and don’t mind posing for selfies with me.  I haven’t gotten any so far this season.  When I ask for an autograph, it’s because they already are signing anyway.  I think I’ve only gotten about 6 autographs so far.  Not motivated.  We went toward the dugout to see what was going on.

Cody Bellinger is an elusive autograph.  I’ve seen him sign once before since he came up from minors.  When he stopped to sign, I had to get an autograph just because another opportunity may not come up.  What I really wanted was a picture!  He signed 4 balls.  Then he was gone.  I heard he signed all the time in Spring Training.
I asked Brandon McCarthy for an autograph.  He looked surprised since I see him almost everyday and never asked.  When Austin Barnes walked by, someone asked him for an autograph, he stopped to sign.  I asked him if he would sign my ball, he looked up and saw it was me.  He said “Of course.”  I may be superstitious but it seems when a player is nice to me, he has a good game.  This proved true for Austin that day.   Brandon’s autograph is just above Austin’s.
It was Mexican Heritage Day so I went around to right field pavilion and picked up two shirts:  one for my friend Norma and one for my health tech at work.  They are nice shirts.

Time to eat.  The Key West grilled chicken was really yummy.  The bow tie pasta was creamy and delicious.  I always like pasta salad so I helped myself to an extra portion.
I went back to the field as Yaz was making his way from dugout to bullpen.  He never smiles or looks at anyone.  Tuesday was no different.
Julio came next looking like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.
He stretched and worked out
And tossed a few balls.
Corey came out to the field to stretch.  
Followed by Andrew and Chris.
There was a mother with her two kids standing next to me.  I know she coached them to yell and scream at Corey for autographs.  They were starting to annoy me after 20 minutes of constant screaming so I told them that I thought he got the idea that they wanted something from him.  The mother who was rude anyway told me “Well just because you’re here all the time..this is their first game.”  Interesting since they certainly knew how to pester the players for autographs.  Where did they learn that from.  Many fans use their children to get to the players. The kids have no idea who the players are.  Just saying.  Corey usually signs every day but he didn’t sign that day.  Oh well.  Too bad.  So sad. I always tell the fans that the players don’t have to sign.  It’s their job to win games.  I’m happy when a player smiles at me. What else do I need? What she said reminded me of the only player who was rude to me in all my Dodger years:  Howie Kendrick.  I’ll never forget that.  He was signing for a group of UPS workers so I held out my ball.  I was on the field and I think players are told to treat field people well.  He turned to me and growled “Well, you’re at every game….”. It’s not so much what he said but how he said it.  It hurt my feelings so much, it brought tears to my eyes.  I am a season ticket holder and haven’t missed a game in 8 years…through thick and thin, through the McCourt years, I was there.  The stadium might be almost empty especially when they were boycotting Frank McCourt, but I never missed.  I had never asked Howie for an autograph.  At that point, I didn’t want it anymore.  I think the other guys heard because suddenly Joc was asking me if I still had the jersey with his name on it because he wanted to sign it.  Andre asked me if I wanted a picture with him.  Mike Bolsinger put his arm around me and pulled me away from the mess.  They all know I am harmless.  Why be mean to me?

National Anthem time
The sky looked a little ominous.  I like it cold so I was happy.  I’m not good with heat.
CodyJoc came out for half and minute and ran back in.  Hi Joc.  He waved to me.
Yasiel came out the last minute and signed.  The people who actually have the front seats where all the autograph seekers were, must have complained so everyone had to leave the area.  I think probably the fans had refused to leave or it could have been the annoying screaming and yelling.  I don’t know because I was standing on the steps at the gate where there are no seats.  The season ticket holders who own the seats don’t mind if I’m there.  A few sorry fans can make it bad for everyone.  
Our catcher and pitcher walked down the field.
First pitch.  Julio had a no-hitter until the 7th inning…probably his best game so far.  But the game quickly went bad as baseball can do.
The first inning the Pirates were out in order.  

The only action in the first inning in the Dodgers half was a walk by Justin Turner but he was left on 2nd.
In the 2nd inning Polanco walked but Osuna, Cervelli and Bostick were out in order.

In bottom of the 2nd inning, Joc, Yaz and Yasiel hit singles but no score yet.  So many chances but everyone was left on base with Julio striking out.

In the 3rd inning, Harrison reached on an error by Julio but was left on base.  The Dodgers were out in order.  It was starting to be one of those boring games…pitchers duel.  That was to change in the next inning.

The Pirates were out in order:McCutcheon, Polanco and Osuna.

Cody walked which started the chain of events
Haha.  Watch me.  That is a Grandal smile.Yaz came up to bat.  He hit a two run homerun scoring Cody.  2-0.  Finally a score!!
In the top of the 5th inning the Pirates again failed to score with the only action being a Bostick walk.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Julio singled with a bunt.  Huh?

Andrew Toles also singled
But ultimately both were left on base.
In the top of the 6th inning, the Pirates were out in order.

In the bottom of the 6th inning only Yaz was able to single but was left on base.

In the top of the 7th inning, Julio’s no-hitter game was ruined by Andrew McCutcheon’s double. Worse is the fact that Andrew was hurt on the play running into the wall trying to catch the ball.  He’s having an MRI on his right knee on Wednesday to assess the damage.  At least the X-rays were negative.  Kike replaced him in left field.  

Sergio Romo replaced Julio since there would be no no-hitter that day.  Julio had a magnificent game.
Cervelli doubled scoring McCutcheon.  Uh oh.  No good.  2-1.  Kike said he lost the ball in the lights.

Avilan replaced Romo.  Moroff singled scoring Cervelli.  Tie score.  The Dodgers went from a no-hitter to a tie game.  2-2.  That was the only damage. I was dreading extra innings.
Pinch-hitter Chase Utley doubled to center field.  Kike was out on a sacrifice bunt with Chase going to 3rd.
Corey was hit by a pitch so he walked.
Justin reached 1st on a fielders choice with Chase out at home.  Why did he run anyway??  Corey went to 2nd.  Cody struck out leaving everyone on base.
In the top of the 8th, everyone was frustrated anyway.

SLO-MO Baez replaced Avilan.
Everyone take a break.
To our dismay Pirates pinch hitter John Jaso hit a solo homerun.  2-3.   The stadium started to clear out.  I packed up to go to the other side of the stadium.  I usually do that about the 8th inning since my car is parked on that side of the stadium.

It became interesting when Chris Taylor hit a double but was left on base.  The stadium really started to empty with the score 2-3 at the top of the 9th inning.
Josh Fields replaced Baez.  The Pirates were out in order in the 9th.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Corey singled.
Justin singled with Corey going to 2nd.
Cody singled scoring Corey tying the game.  Yes, that blur is Corey.  He was going so fast my camera couldn’t catch it.  3-3.
What’s a Dodger game without a review and the Dodgers losing the challenge?   Score still tied.  Extra innings.
Big guy Kenley came out to straighten out the mess.  The Pirates were out in order in the 10th inning.

Yasmani hit a single.  He was setting the Dodgers up for a walk off.  That’s always what I think when a player hits a single.  I had my fingers crossed.  To my surprise Ross Stripling replaced Yaz as a pinch runner.  Chris and Yasiel both struck out so the Dodgers had one final out in the 10th.  Austin Barnes was up to bat. I have a lot of faith in Austin.  
Austin hit a line drive double to right field scoring the winning run.  It was Ross Stripling who probably ran faster than he ever has.  He was a blur in my picture.  4-3.
It was unbelievable.  What an exhilarating feeling.  Another walk off.  Another hero. This game was more exciting that the win from the day before.  Walk offs always are. 
Thank you for stopping by.  Wednesday is the final game of the series, the final game of this short home stand.  It is Kenley Jansen bobblehead day,  They tell me that it isn’t sold out.  I’m still dreading it.  The game on Tuesday seemed to have brought out the worst of the worst already.  I hope for a sweep.  Kenta Maeda (ERA 5.81) will face Chad Kuhn (ERA 6.54).  See everyone soon.  GO DODGERS!!!