A Winning Weekend

It was a beautiful weekend.  The weather was mild.  Even the day game on Sunday was bearable.

On Saturday, the guys were out on the field for batting practice as usual.  Some of them were sprinting.  The field seemed very crowded.
Andrew Toles stopped and signed some autographs
It was a celebration of the military with Fleet Week and the beginning of Labor Day weekend festivities.

I tried for a better selfie with Julio.  I guess this one is a little better than the last one.

Jose DeLeon was being interviewed.  He was the Sunday starter.  It would be his first MLB game.

The food in the club was amazingly good.  I really enjoyed the roast beef with horseradish sauce.
Yaz giving me some looks and drinking his beverage.  
He continued his workout and gave me another look
Rich Hill walked from the dugout to the field.  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
Chase Utley stretched, ran and then signed autographs.  He has signed consistently since the Phillies were in town.
Views of the dugout.  Surprise!  The guy in the hoody is not Brett…it’s Jesse Chavez again.
Chase seems to be enjoying the fans
National Anthem.  Hi Scott.
Yaz and Rich on their way to the dugout
First pitch
Corey signed which made Jordan very happy.  I told him that the Corey bobblehead looked more like Chase.  I told him he should have Chase sign it.
The umps
My friends
First pitch by Rich Hill.  He was flirting with a no-hitter going into the 6th inning.  Manager Dave said he was planning on taking him out of the game at that point anyway no-hitter or not because of his blister problems.  Rich did look very disappointed when Alexi Ramirez managed to get a hit.
Rich walked the first Padre but then was able to strike out two and get out of the inning with no damage.

Corey singled in the first inning but was left on base.
The Padres were out in order in the 2nd.  

In the bottom of the 2nd, Josh Reddick singled but was left on base.
The Padres and Dodgers were out in order in the third inning.

In the 4th inning the game came to life.  The Padres were out in order.

Corey singled.
Justin Turner singled with Corey going to 3rd.

Adrian singled scoring Corey. 1-0.
Yaz came to the plate and smashed a 3 run homerun scoring Justin and Adrian. 4-0.

Josh Reddick singled.

But was left on base.
In the 5th inning, the Padres struck out twice, had one walk and then had a ground out.

Chase singled but was left on base.
In the 6th inning, Alexi Ramirez hit that single that ruined Rich’s no-hitter but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Josh Reddick hit his first homerun as a Dodger. 5-0.

In the top of the 7th inning, Joe Blanton replaced Rich Hill.  He allowed a single to Solarte and a walk to Schimpf but both were left on base.

In the 8th inning Casey Fien replaced Joe Blanton.  This is the inning that the Padres did some damage.  Sardinas doubled and then Wil Meyers singled scoring Sardinas. 5-1.

In the 8th inning, Adrian walked but was left on base.

Our closer Kenley came out in the 9th inning relieving Fien.
The Dodgers had a good lead at that point so I was confident.
Everyone was excited with two out in the top of the 9th inning.
The Padres struck out in order in the 9th inning giving the Dodgers the win.
On Sunday everyone was excited about the debut of Dodgers #2 prospect, Jose De Leon.

I was happy that the weather was predicted to be gorgeous, mild, in the 70’s.  It was a beautiful day.

Josh Reddick was getting ready for an interview with Alanna Rizzo.

And then he stopped to sign autographs.

And what do you do with your Red Bull when you run out of hands?

Ross Stripling and Kenley said hi as they went by

It was breakfast food in the club.  The soba salad was great.
Jose De Leon took his first trip down the field to workout.  He was watching me too.
He spread his towel out like a beach blanket and gave me another look.  Hi Jose!
He stretched
And then Austin Barnes came out to the field and joined him.  I thought maybe they decided to let Austin catch Jose because that’s what he was used to in Triple A.
Always hydrate.  Looks like Yaz’s drink of choice.
Jose’s workout seems similar to Clayton’s.  Speaking of Clayton, it appears he will start on Friday against Miami.  Very good news.
More of Jose.  I’m sure at this point he was very excited…his first Major League Baseball game.  This was what he was waiting for.
This is serious business.  
We always are serious at Dodger Stadium
The guys came out to stretch
Can I say again that the day was absolutely stunning.
And to top it off, my guy Puig was starting.  I love Yasiel.  He has always been nice to me.
Chase signed as he does just about every day.

Hi Trayce.  Hi Scotty.

The National Anthem.  Notice Jesse Chavez on the right?  He ran out on the field for the National Anthem.
Yasiel stretched and then signed several autographs.
And looked toward me.  Oh there you are!
Dugout check…Brett has given up his hoody to Jesse.
Norma and Donna
The umps
Wait a minute…Jose and Austin didn’t take the traditional walk from bullpen to dugout.  Oh well!
Jose got ready and then it was FIRST PITCH!  He did well his first outing striking out 9 in 6 innings.  He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits but did not walk anyone.  
In the first inning Solarte (yes, him again) singled and Dickerson was hit by a pitch.  They were left on base.

Kike singled in the bottom of the first inning.

Justin walked.
But everyone was left on base.
In the second the Padres were out in order.  Austin Barnes hit a single

Charlie Culberson also hit a single but both were left on base.

In the 3rd inning, Jankowski singled and then Solarte (yes him again) hit a 2 run homerun scoring Jankowski. 0-2.
Looks like the Padres catcher was hit in the neck.  Injury delay.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Justin once again walked.

Adrian singled, Justin to 2nd.
Wild pitch brought Justin to 3rd.
And then Yasiel did what we all wanted him to do.  With screams of “Puig!  Puig!” He hit a 3 run homerun scoring Justin and Adrian. 3-2.
I was trembling with excitement and Puig was jumping for joy.  He was back!
In the top of the 4th inning the Padres were out in order.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Howie singled but was left on base.
In the top of the 5th we all became very anxious when Amarista singled, Jankowski reached on a throwing error by De Leon scoring Amarista tying the score. 3-3.  Wil Meyers singled and then Solarte was out on a sacrifice fly scoring Jankowski. 3-4.  We were beside ourselves at this point.  We were  waiting  for Jose to be replaced but got the 3rd out picking off Meyers on 1st.  What a play!

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Justin Turner walked again.

And Padres starting pitcher Friedrich was replaced by Quackenbush.

I know…this is not a duck but a stork.

Yasiel walked.  Justin to 2nd.
Chase singled scoring Justin.
Pinch hitter Yaz singled scoring Yasiel.  5-4.

In the top of the 6th inning, Jose remained in the game striking out 3 in a row.  In the bottom of the 6th, Rob Segedin ground out, Howie struck out.  Kike walked but Justin struck out leaving Kike on base.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Yasiel walked.

Yaz hit a 2 run homerun scoring Yasiel.  7-4.

With Joe Blanton pitching, Solarte singled but was left on base.

In the 9th inning, Kenley came out to close the game.  Everyone was feeling great.  It was a good day.  Jose did well for his first MLB game.  The guys were hitting.  The weather was mild.
We all liked the score.
There was a challenge.  The Padres are fighters.  They don’t give up.
Is it my imagination or is everyone in the dugout looking at me?
The Dodgers win! Final score 7-4.  Jose gets a win.  The Dodgers won the series against the Padres..  The Dodgers are in front of the Giants by 3 games.  Life is good.

Today will be a bittersweet day.  The D Backs are in town.  Our Kenta Maeda 13-8 ERA 3.38 will be facing Zack Greinke 12-4 ERA 4.17.  Zack was one of my favorites last season.  I was hoping he would be back and was angry he was not given the salary he wanted.

It is Labor Day.  Hope everyone has a great BBQ day.  I get my last chance to be on the field.  Wish me luck.

Thanks for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!

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