It was actually a good day for the Dodgers. They routed the Reds with a score of 12-3. Randy Wolf had a quality start and plenty of run support.. My friend Linda seems to think it is the wolf hat that she insists on wearing when Randy is pitching. I really don’t know. Sometimes I’m not sure if I want her to sit near me when she wears that thing.. It is a little scary. But then again I have my little routine I have to go through before and during the game as well.
The above picture is of Randy Wolf warming up before the game. He seems to be more clean shaven. Maybe that will give him his first win..
Yesterday was Jason Schmidt’s first start in two years. He has been on DL that long after shoulder surgery and rehab. On DL for two seasons is a long time. He did surprisingly well and did have his second win in two years. He doesn’t have his velocity but he did get through 5 innings. He gave up 3 runs in the first inning. Gulp. Not good. I confess I started to worry about how long Jason would last. I have to coness that I did have a longer entry but I forgot to save it and lost it all. Considering it’s getting late, I had to rewrite it but in condensed version. Sigh, and it was the best one I have ever written. I had to say that.
Ultimately the Dodgers scored some runs and they won the game. Jason said that he just pitched what Russell called for. He did say he was a bit nervous. Pitching in the Bigs is definitely different than in the Minors. He felt fine the day after so that is good news. .
This is a picture of Jason warming up before the game on Monday night..
Tonights game did have a down side to it. Manny was hit in the left hand by a pitch thrown by Homer Bailey. Manny left the game and was taken to Huntington hospital in Pasadena where xrays revealed no fracture. He will be day to day. Judging from all the wild pitches that Bailey threw after that, I think possibly that shook him up. At first I thoiught he hit Manny on purpose. But those wild pitches made me think that Homer had control issues. So Homer allowed homers.
Here is a picture of Manny before the incident. He made some fine defensive plays last night.
I was happy to see Orlando Hudson back in the game. He did not play yesterday after hyperextending his surgically repaired left wrist two days ago.
Andre was back iin the game again afterr that injury scare two days ago.
At least none of the injuries put anyone on DL.
Injury update: Kuo may be back by the end of the month. He pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in Class 2. I would love to see Kuo back. What a fighter
Dougie Baseball who dislocated his shoulder earlier in the season is doing extremely well and may return on August 4. He is on rehab assignment.
The Dodgers are now 26 games over 500.
The Dodgers have the best record of any MLB team
The Dodgers are 9 games in front in the Western Division
I love to say that the Dodgers are a team of heroes. Each of the guys take turns being the hero of the day. That means that there is no one superstar on the team. We have Manny Ramirez, the only real recognizable name. Our team is made up of youngsters from our farm system: Martin, Kemp, Loney, Kershaw, Billingsley, Broxton, DeWitt, Elbert, McDonald, the list goes on. Then there are the chances that the management took on Orlando Hudson with his season ending left wrist dislocation from last year. Raffy Furcal with his season ending back surgery. We have Andre Ethier obtained in trade for bad boy Milton Bradley. Did we get the better end of the deal. We have Jeff Weaver and Eric Milton who were given another chance. Belisario who came from who knows where. Mota who returned to the Dodgers. It is a patchwork team who seems to play well together. It is in part because they actually have fun playing together. They celebrate each others homeruns, hits, RBIs. My favorite part of the game is at the end when there is a Dodger victory, the guys in the outfield give each other chest bumps, and then go on to give the others high fives, hugs, etc. In the background you can hear “I Love LA.” I do love my Dodgers.
Here are a few pictures I took tonight at the game
Here is Russell walking to home plate before the game.
One of the plays yesterday
My very good looking security person who makes sure I don’t jump onto the field.
I will end my entry with my usual Andre pix. Almost forgot. Thanks Andre.
a little stretching