Four Games In a Row

It was a nice reunion for Chase Utley when the Dodgers met the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.  It was the first time that he played against his former team and answered with a homerun blast.
It was early batting practice as usual.  The weather was nice.  It was already cooling down.  I’m still trying to familiarize myself with the new guys including Josh Reddick.
Kenta was sprinting with his translator Will.  He wants to keep Will in shape.

At the dugout Steve “Boomer” Yaeger acknowledged us.

Dave Roberts shook our hands as he walked by.

And then I went up to eat.  The food was amazing.  The roasted chicken with polenta was tender and tasty.  It was seasoned with roasted cippolini onions, pepper and bacon.  The pasta was cooked in sherry  sauce, crispy bacon, piqillo pepper and Asiago cheese.  The salads were Seapoint Farms edamame salad with roasted cauliflower and watermelon relish, Cobb salad with farm eggs, tomatoes, bacon, green onions, blue cheese, roasted chicken and red wine vinaigrette.  The grilled corn salad was my favorite with the rum vinaigrette and baby arugula.  There was also the baby spinach salad with oven roasted pears, hearts of palm scallions and whole grain mustard dressing.  Those less adventurous were eating the traditional Dodger dogs.
I went up to the press box level.  I had won an MVP Rewards card prize the day before.  My prize was two baseline tickets for the Wednesday game.  I told them that it was not so exciting for me since I sat in baseline everyday.  The tickets also were for the day game which many people avoid anyway.  I asked if there were any other choices.  They had two other sets of tickets but they were for field tickets.  I was eyeballing the two balls she had on the table.  She asked me if I would like an autographed ball instead.  One was autographed by Trayce Thompson and the other by Yasmani Grandal.  I picked the Grandal ball since he is impossible to get anymore.  Many fans would question the prize I picked.  The baseline seats were worth maybe at least $300 at cost.  I’m not much on autographs but I thought I would appreciate the Grandal ball in the long run.

It did come in a nice case.
I went down to the field in time to see none other than Yasmani himself.
Julio Urias was not far behind.  This week he turns 20 years old.  He has accomplished much in his young life.
Hi Julio.
He did some stretching and some throwing.  He has been down in minors pitching in relief and was suddenly brought up because Rich Hill wasn’t ready for a start yet due to finger blisters.
Metta World Peace was on the field with the Laker Girls.  He threw out the first pitch.
A little bromance brewing between Metta and Justin??
All eyes were on Chase Utley as he came out to warm up.  We all knew he was a Phillie for most of his career before he was traded.  He has fit in well with the Dodgers and is  known for his leadership and professionalism.
And he surprised everyone when he came to the side to sign.  I took the opportunity to take pictures.  
Hi Justin!
Man of the hour, Rob Segedin also came to the side to sign
My friends were on hand for some nice pics.

Pictures??? I always like selfies.  They seem more personal and mine are always a little quirky.

And then there’s Corey, everyone’s favorite
He also signed
The National Anthem.  I think someone is snickering at me.
Julio and Yasmani took the long walk from the bullpen

Dave Roberts before the game
Julio getting ready to pitch
Dont’t worry Julio, I’m right here.
Say a little prayer
First pitch
Julio pitched well the first inning..the only blip a single to Maikel Franco.

The Dodgers started their explosion in the first inning.

Corey hit his first homerun.  1-0.
Justin Turner doubled.
Josh Reddick walked
Adrian Gonzalez singled, scoring Justin, Josh to 2nd. 2-0.
Yasmani walked
Joc Pederson then hit a double scoring Josh and Adrian. 4-0

Rob Segedin was out on a sacrifice fly but scored Yasmani, Joc to 3rd. 5-0.

All of that happened in the first inning.  The Phillies pitcher 22 year old Zach Eflin stayed in the game.  

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Chase Utley hit a solo blast to right field.  6-0. So there Phillies!  How appropriate was that?

Josh Reddick singled but was left on base.
In the 3rd inning, the pitcher Zach Eflin doubled, Aaron Altherr walked, and with a throwing error by Julio ,  Eflin and Altherr scored.  That prompted a coaching visit from Honey.  Cameron Rupp singled scoring Franco.  6-3.  The Dodgers got out of the inning with some damage with those unearned runs.
Yasmani righted the ship again in the 3rd inning with a solo homerun.  7-3.  That seemed to be the impetus.
In the 4th inning, the pitcher Eflin singled but was unable to score.

In the 6th inning JP Howell replaced Julio.  Phillies out in order.

In the 7th inning Josh Fields replaced JP.  The Phillies were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Corey hit his second homerun.  8-3.
In the 8th inning, Pedro Baez replaced Josh Field and allowed a solo homerun to Tommy Joseph.  8-4.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Yasmani doubled to left.

Joc also doubled scoring Yasmani.  9-4.
In the top of the 9th inning, Josh Ravin replaced Pedro Baez.  Josh was brought up from minors.  Joe Blanton had been placed on the bereavement list due to a death in the family.  Josh has been through a lot including surgery for a sports hernia, his brother being shot last year, a broken arm from a car accident and worst of all an 80 game suspension for unapproved drug use.

A bit of a scare when Yasmani was hit in the right shoulder.  Hopefully he’s ok today.  He finished out the game.

Cesar Hernandez tripled but was left on base when Altherr ground out, the ball going to Corey who threw  to Adrian making the final out.

It was a nice win.  Four homeruns: two by Corey, one each by Chase and Yasmani.  Joc had two doubles and 3 RBI’s.  It was the Dodgers third win in a row.  The Giants won their game in extra innings against the Marlins so the Dodgers are still one game back.  Chase had some satisfaction in the win against his former team of 12 1/2 seasons.  This was probably Julio’s best game so far although his pitch count was creeping up.  He threw 88 pitches in 5 innings and allowed 3 runs in the 3rd inning.  
Tuesday’s game against the Phillies will feature Vince Velasquez 8-3, ERA 3.33 and Kenta Maeda 10-7, ERA 3.22.  It is also a dreaded bobblehead day.  As everyone knows I HATE bobblehead days.  It is crowded.  The fans who come are unruly.  Many only come on bobblehead days.  Hopefully it won’t be too bad.  It isn’t supposed to be too hot, only 79 degrees.

Thanks for stopping by.  After Mike Bolsinger was traded, I had a difficult time being happy and writing my blog but I’m trying to make the best of it.  I’m also having a problem with a painful knee which makes walking and concentrating  a huge challenge.  Thank you everyone for still checking my blog out.  I’ve realized by now that baseball is a business.  I still love the Dodgers and baseball and I still want to share my love for it with you.  GO DODGERS!!!!

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