When The Stars Were Aligned

It was a day where you would think that everything was against a win for the Dodgers.  They were facing a team with a 6 game winning streak.  It was so windy that they cancelled Friday night fireworks.  They were facing a Phillies pitcher with a good ERA. But it was a night where pitching was stellar and offense was right on track for the Dodgers.

It was the first game of the home stand in a 3 game series against the Phillies.  It was also talented rookie Cody Bellinger’s second MLB game, first home game.

All eyes would be on Cody.  What a thrill it must have been for him.
They were on the field playing catch and shagging balls.  It was good to see them again.
Justin has the longest hitting streak in the MLB
Corey
Kenley is all smiles
Talented Dodgers Joc, Brandon and Clayton who always seem  happy.  It must be heaven making a living doing what you love to do most.
Austin Barnes who looks serious most of the time.  He did smile when I gave him his homerun pictures.
Andrew Toles is always very quiet.
Yasiel Puig finally  got a day off
Chris Taylor has the bluest eyes on the team
My friend Robert was having a conversation with Julio.
My favorite coach Chris Woodward (yes, that’s his back in most of my pictures) definitely needs to practice his swing
Austin still wasn’t  smiling
Someone was waving to me from the field….OMG, Andre Ethier who has been on DL since ST.   I didn’t even recognize him at first.
Batting practice is over….here they come
Hi Brandon.  I’m wearing our good luck jersey on Saturday  when you pitch.
Beautiful Andre was all smiles and signed autographs for the fans.
It was time to eat…definitely one of my favorite things to do at Dodger Stadium.  The  fare included roasted leg of lamb, greeen chicken mole with Spanish rice, cactus pinto beans, butter bean ragout, mushroom stroganoff, cucumber and honeydew salad, pomegranate pear and avocado salad, cucumber quinoa salad, and a magnificent balsamic mushroom spinach salad.  It was a feast.
It’s always nice to see the Malones: Robert, Elsa, Carol and Lucas.

I was just in time to see Yasmani coming on the field to stretch and workout
You can tell how windy it is by Alanna’s hair and the expression on her face…not happy
And then Kenta Maeda made his way from the dugout.
He went through his usual routine
And warmed up
First one on the field is always Chase Utley
Cody wasn’t far behind.
Cody with an imaginary bat

Kike was starting in left field with Andrew Toles in center, Cody in left field.

A little catch between the two youngest players on the team
It was still very windy
National Anthem time
What a thrill when Kike came to sign for the fans.  I still get goosebumps when the players are this close.  No, I didn’t get an autograph.  I didn’t ask.
Almost game time when pitcher Kenta Maeda and catcher Yasmani Grandal walked to the dugout
My friends Norma and Donna.  Look at Donna’s awesome Levis Dodger jacket.
Corey always signs.  And he was close…closer…closest.
Kenta got ready for his first pitch.
He had the best game of the young 2017 season with 8 strikeouts and  pitched 7 innings.  He had run support as well as great defense from his teammates.  He was able to stall a team who was hot with a 6 game winning streak.  Justin Turner has been hot as well.  If it weren’t for the wind, I think his hits would have been homeruns.

In the top of the 1st inning, the Phillies went quietly 1-2-3.

In the bottom of the 1st, Justin singled but was left on base.

I was munching on delicious LA nachos.  Note the jalapeños.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the Phillies again went quietly.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Cody walked but was left on base.

First blood came in the top of the 3rd inning with Cameron Rupp walking, Eickhoff bunting into a force out but Rupp going to 2nd.  Cesar Hernandez singled with the pitcher Eickhoff going to 3rd.   Freddy Galvis doubled scoring Eickhoff and Hernandez. 0-2.  It was an agonizing 3rd inning but these are the only runs that Maeda allowed during the game.

Andrew singled to center field
Justin singled with quick -footed Andrew flying to 3rd.  Andrew always hustles.  
With Adrian at bat, there was a wild pitch by Eickhoff, scoring Andrew
Thanks to Andrew and his speed and alertness, the score was now 1-2.
In the top of the 4th inning, Michael Saunders was able to single but was left on base.

Cody Berlinger singled with a very smart bunt in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Kike doubled scoring Cody tying the score.  We were beyond excited. 2-2.
How excited Cody must have felt to score that run!!
Kenta reached 1st on an error but was left on base.  Come on Phillies…please don’t hit our pitcher!!  You can tell that Kenta was enjoying the game.
In the 5th, Kenta was still going strong only allowing a single to that Phillies pitcher.  Eickhoff was determined to stir up offense on his own.

A little discussion…Eickhoff is probably telling the guys to not make him do everything by himself.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Corey walked showing great plate discipline.
Adrian singled, Corey to 3rd base.
Yasmani hit a sacrifice fly scoring Corey breaking the tie.  3-2.  Chase singled, Gonzalez to 2nd with Cody also hitting a single but Gonzalez out at home.  Oh well!
In the top of the 6th, with Kenta still pitching, the Phillies were out in order.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Andrew singled and with a wild pitch, Toles went to 2nd.  Andrew was all over the place.  Corey walked.  Eickhoff was replaced by another pitcher Luis Garcia.  Justin doubled, scoring Andrew and Corey.  5-2.

I was already in the club celebrating with a scoop of ice cream.
In the top of the 7th inning, Cameron Rupp was able to double but was left on base.  I know the Phillies were frustrated.  In the bottom of the 7th, the Dodgers were out in order.  The score was still 5-2.  

Kenta was replaced by Josh Fields.  Uh oh, even the helpful Honda guy thinks it’s not a good idea.  With Fields pitching, Galvis singled, Herrera singled.  Then there was a wild pitch with the Phillies players advancing bases.  Franco hit a sacrifice fly scoring Galvis. 5-3.  Time to retire Fields….please !!!
Let’s discuss this.  No time for the Phillies to have batting practice.
Luis Avilan replaced Fields.  Smart move.  The last Philly Saunders struck out.  The Dodgers were unable to score in the bottom of the 8th inning.
And out came our gentle giant closer Kenley Jansen to close out the game in the top of the 9th inning.
We were confident that this would be our final score.
Clayton is always the Dodgers most vocal cheerleader.  Monday night was no exception.
Austin Barnes still not smiling even with a win practically guaranteed.
Everyone was standing…at least those who were left with two out in the the top of the 9th inning.  Many left because fireworks was cancelled.  The wind made it too hazardous. 
Final pitch with Kenley striking out the side in order.  Final score 5-3.
Taking the shortcut to the field.  Be careful guys!!
It was an exciting win for the Dodgers. The pitching was awesome, the offense and defense was perfect.  We all left to the music of Randy Newman and “I love LA.”  What can be nicer?
Tuesday’s game against the Phillies will feature Phillies Zach Eflin with a 2.25 ERA.  He will face Brandon Mcarthy who is undefeated so far this season.  He also has a 2.25 ERA.  I think Brandon is doing well because of the good luck jersey.


I told Brandon that I would wear it again.  He thanked me.

Saturday also is Corey Seager bobblehead day.  I dread bobblehead days.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see everyone at Dodger Stadium soon.  GO DODGERS!!!

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