Sweeping the Braves

It was a beautiful weekend.  The Dodgers swept the Atlanta Braves.  It wasn’t as hot as it was predicted.  It was good all around.  
Saturday, Kershaw wasn’t as good as he usually is but it was enough to beat the Braves.  He only struck out 4 which is the least so far this season.  The final score was 4-0.  Usually he pitches more than 6 innings but he simply didn’t have his best stuff.  That was apparent when he hit opposing pitcher Bud Norris.  Even though Kershaw wasn’t his best, he still had a win.

I had expected it to be a short game since Kershaw was pitching.  I was a little put out that it turned out to be a long game.  I got home later than usual.  We always expect his games to last just a little over 2 hours.  Kershaw has his off days too as good as he is.  He is human after all.

It was batting practice as usual that afternoon.

It was nice to see the twins again.  Oh yes, they did bring their parents.
The boss was interested in batting practice.  The offense has been struggling except for Corey and Trayce.  Little ball.  I repeat…little ball.
The food in the club was especially good.  I figured I had to eat fast since it was a Kershaw day.  Wrong.
Clayton walked across the field and started his usual stretching.  There was some activity across the field so he did some of his stretching in another place.  Remember that the players especially Kershaw doesn’t like any change in their routine.
He came out earlier than AJ which isn’t usually the case so the day already was different.
AJ finally came out on the field to get ready for the game
And Kershaw continued with his stretching

Chase and Trayce came out to stretch while Clayton continued his workout, stopping to tuck everything back in.

We all paused to give our respects to Muhammad Ali who just passed away, sad to see him go.
This is one of my last pictures of Carl Crawford who was DFA’d on Sunday.  Carl is a kind, sweet person.  I will miss him.  Most people have told me they were happy about it, etc.  I am sad about it.  He was always nice to the fans and never ignored you.  
Here are a few pics of Trayce for all who asked.
I think his hair has grown out 1/16 inch
National Anthem in front of a cloudless sky.  From left to right in the closeup pic…Julio Urias, Mike, Kenta, Carl.
Joc signed a few autographs.  He had been at a signing earlier.  Usually in that case, they don’t sign at the game.  
Then Trayce and Corey signed for the fans.
I almost missed seeing Clayton and AJ with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt
Jo and Tommy Lasorda
First pitch
The game seemed to drag on which is unusual when Clayton pitches.  Braves Francoeur singled in the top of the 2nd.  Uh oh.  I knew that this would not be the usual Kershaw game.  No score but so much for a no-no for Kershaw.

In the second inning, Joc doubled but no one else was able to get a hit.

Oh well!!!
In the 3rd inning Clayton allowed a walk to Castro.  Yet another unusual event in the life of Kershaw.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Kershaw singled, Corey walked, and then Justin singled scoring Kershaw.

That’s the way to do it…scoring on the small ball.  1-0.

In the 4th inning Trayce walked…oops.  Then he stole 2nd base which caused a review.  
The ruling was upheld.
AJ flied out to center, Trayce went to 3rd.  Is “flied” a word??
In the top of the 7th inning, Joe Blanton replaced Kershaw.  I was hoping with the score only 1-0 in favor of the Dodgers, that the bullpen would not lose the game.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Justin Turner doubled, Trayce walked and then Joc singled.  Justin was able to score while Trayce went to 2nd.  Trayce stole 3rd base, Joc stole 2nd base.  I love the stealing.

There were several coaching visits to the mound during the 8th inning.  What to do.  What to do.
AJ hit a fly ball that scored Trayce.  3-0.
Yasmani singled , scoring Joc.  4-0.
Kenley came out to close the game.  Kershaw wasn’t at this best but the Dodgers were able to win using the small ball:  singles and stealing.  the final score was 4-0.

On Sunday it was our hope that the Dodgers could sweep the Braves.  I was ready for a very hot day.  I was pleasantly surprised that there was a slight breeze and that he temperature was in the 70’s, not the 80’s that had been predicted.

This is a picture of the front gate. I was the first one there.  I like being first.
There was no one at the dugout so I went to the club to eat.  The food was not all breakfast food as it usually is for a day game.  The grilled chicken was delicious.  It was served with biscuits and gravy, piles of bacon and sausage, a variety of salad.  I was pleasantly surprised.
Yasmani and Scott Kazmir were doing their workouts on the field.  Scott has turned the corner and come up with some quality starts.
The other players did their workouts

While Scott and Yaz continued theirs.

Hi Joc
Not sure what was going on here
Justin Turner was in a great mood, maybe because he’s starting hitting again.  He signed autographs for the first time in two seasons.  Wow!
The weather was beautiful.
Corey signed as he always does.
Scott and Yasmani on their way across the field
First pitch
The game was the best scoring game for the Dodgers this season.  The final score was 12-6.  Everyone including Kazmir had a hit.  It was definitely a morale booster.  It sealed the deal for the sweep of the Braves. 1/2 price pizzas at Papa Johns everyone.

Corey hit two home runs, making it 5 for the Braves series.  Both Yasmani and Kike also hit home runs.  Braves pitcher Matt Wisler who had 6 quality starts before Sunday allowed 8 earned runs.  

The Braves scored first in the first inning with Francoeur doubling scoring d’Arnaud.  0-1.  The Markakis singled scoring Francoeur.  0-2.  I was starting to think that this would be a bad game.  I was hoping that Scott would settle down.

However in the bottom of the first inning, Adrian Gonzalez doubled , scoring Trayce.  1-2.

Howie singled scoring Adrian tying the score also in the bottom of the first inning. 2-2.
In the bottom of the second inning, Kike hit a solo homerun. 3-2.

So much for catching Kike crossing home plate.  Thank you cotton candy man.

Joc singled, scoring Trayce.  4-2.

Yaz hit a home run in the bottom of the 3rd inning  scoring Howie and Joc.  7-2

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Corey hit a solo homerun actually to no ones surprise since he seems to be doing this a lot lately.  8-2.

In the top of the 6th inning Markakis singled scoring Francoeur.  9-3.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Chase doubled scoring Yaz.  10-3.  Then Corey hit a two run homerun scoring Chase.  12-2.

Chris Hatcher came into the game in relief and immediately allowed a run with Garcia doubling in Markakis.  12-4.  Then Pierzynski singled in Garcia.  12-5.  Yikes Hatcher.

In the 9th inning Louis Coleman came in to allow a homerun to Snyder 12-6.  Our bullpen allowed 4 runs in 2 innings.  Great.

Kazmir was pulled from the game in the 6th inning because of cramping in the left quad.  They attributed that to dehydration.  It should not affect his next start.  Important to drink lots of fluids during the game.

I noticed the country music as the Dodgers  walk on music sat the beginning of the game.  I found out later it was a tribute to home plate umpire Joe West who actually is a country singer.  So funny.  The songs weren’t bad.

The Dodgers swept the Braves, something that they needed to do.  The Giants lost against the Cardinals which brought the Dodgers to within 3 1/2 games.

Today Mike Bolsinger with a record of 1-2 ERA 4.20 faces Tyler Chatwood 6-4, ERA 2.99.  This game will open up a 3 game series against the Colorado Rockies.  The Dodgers have won 3 games in a row, having swept the Braves.  They have the momentum going.  Goo luck to Mike.  I’ll be wearing his personal jersey for good luck.

Hello to my friends:  Pat, Norma and Donna.
Sorry about this long post.  I wasn’t able to write one on Sunday because of the day game.  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all of you who support me.

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