Sweeping the D Backs

The first Dodger I saw on Wednesday when I arrived for early batting practice was Clayton Kershaw.  That brought a smile to my face.  Clayton returns to action on Friday against the Marlins.  He has not pitched since June because of a back issue. It will be nice to have him back.

Hi Julio!

There seems to be a lot of pitchers on the roster which is good because Dave likes to use all of them.
I’m happy to see that Yasiel is doing well and that he is back from minor league.  He has always been one of my favorites.
Scott peeked his head out briefly and went back into the clubhouse.  Dave stopped to say hi.

I was able to snag Jose De Leon’s autograph whatever it says.

Dave Roberts signed in the sweet spot which is where it should be.

I went up to the club to eat.  The food was amazing.
The weather was mild.  Alanna was a little cold so had put on a Dodger jacket in between takes.

Surprise!!  My friends Crystal and Cindy came to the game to watch.  Usually they are working.  

Carlos and Brock had gone down the underground passage to get to the bullpen.
I was hoping this wasn’t an “ouch my foot” moment
Uh oh.  I guess Carlos knows I’m here.
Brock stretched and warmed up.
The weather is becoming a little more fall-like.  The evenings are cooler.  It’s perfect baseball weather.
The US women’s gold medal water polo team
A look in the dugout.  Chris Woodward, the 3rd base coach.  Usually he blocks the view from my seat.  His back is in many of my shots.
Jesse Chavez, mystery man in hoody.
The guys started to come out…no Chase because he didn’t start.  Good to see Rob Segedin
There were many Corey fans waiting for him to sign.  But who doesn’t love Corey?
I was excited to see that Yasiel was starting.

Kike also started since he hits well against left-handed pitchers.
Yasiel, Charlie and Rob.  Dave decided to use different players giving some of the guys some much needed rest.
The shortcut out of the dugout always makes me nervous.  Watch out Rich!!
National Anthem.  Kike’s hair is growing out.  Doesn’t his haircut remind you of occasions when you take your child to the barber and ask for the little boy cut?
Justin came out to the field for a brief moment
And stretched.  These pictures are for you Kourtney.
It was Don Drysdale retired pin giveaway day.  OOps.  Sideways.
His daughter Ann threw out the first pitch
Carlos and Brock took that walk from bullpen to dugout.  For Brock…it looks like a lonely long stressful walk.
Yasiel didn’t stop to sign.  I think he saw everyone clamoring around Corey and just kept going.
Here is the picture everyone is waiting to see—–Corey’s patched up pants.
He stopped to sign.  Again he stopped in front of me.  It was a day where everyone had to push and shove, scream, yell, be demanding.  Poor Corey.
And then he ran away
Another look into the dugout.  Ahhhh it’s Trayce.  Hurry back!
The umps.  No one is smiling.
First pitch and here we go.
In the first inning, AJ Pollock walked and then Paul Goldschmidt doubled scoring Pollock.  Already behind!!  0-1.  Should I panic yet?

In the bottom of the first inning Howie walked.

Kike struck out
Corey Seager hit a double to right field scoring Howie. 1-1.

There was a wild pitch with Corey going to 3rd base.

Justin walked.
Yasiel hit a sacrifice scoring Corey.  2-1.  I was excited for Yasiel.
Carlos Ruiz walked but was left on base with Rob Segedin striking out.
In the top of the 2nd, Tomas walked but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Charlie and Brock struck out.  Howie struck out but with a passed ball he went to first.  Kike hit a fly to left field leaving Howie on base.

In the top of the 3rd inning Segura went to first on an error.  Paul Goldschmidt singled but they were left on base.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Yasiel walked but was left on base.
In the 4th inning, Tomas hit a single.  The pitcher Robbie Ray also singled but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 5th inning Owings singled but was caught stealing 2nd.  He was left on base.  The Dodgers were out in order in the bottom of the 5th.

JP Howell replaced Brock Stewart to strike out Lamb.  Avilan replaced JP but walked Hermann so Jesse Chavez replaced him to get Haniger out.  Three pitchers were used for three outs.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Yasiel did more damage with a solo homerun.  You go Yasiel!!!!  3-1.  Nice to have an insurance run.

In the 7th inning Gosselin and Segura both singled and Goldschmidt was intentionally walked.  Nervous time.  Grant Dayton replaced Chavez with bases loaded.  What a relief when pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks struck out.

In the bottom of the 7th inning Robbie Ray was replaced by Randall Delgado.  Ray had a terrific game striking out 12 and only allowing 2 hits.  But we always talk about the significant hitting.  The Dodgers only had 4 hits to the D Backs 7.  Puig was the spoiler to Ray’s quality pitching with his sacrifice fly and his homerun.

In the 8th inning, Kike singled.
Corey also singled.
The D Backs were perplexed but the Dodgers left Kike and Corey on base.
In the top of the 9th inning, Dave did the wise thing and brought Yaz out to catch.  The last time Ruiz caught Kenley, the outcome wasn’t good.  
And Kenley came out to close the game.  Everyone was happy in the dugout.  Kenley has been spot on.
The Dodgers were ahead 3-1 thanks to Puig.
And Kenley did what he does best. 
Segura struck out.  Owings hit a fly to Yasiel.  AJ Pollock also hit a fly but to Kike for the last out.
We had learned a short time before that the Giants had lost their 5-3 lead to the Rockies in the 9th inning and therefore had lost the game.  There was a lot of cheering in the club.  The Dodgers are on top by 5 games, the most this season.  The magic number according to Vinnie is 19 with 29 more games to go.  There are only 7 more home games which will most probably decide who will go to the playoffs.
The Dodgers will be on the road for the next 10 days.  I’ll miss them.

Thanks for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!

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