Sweeping the Pirates

Besides sweeping the Pirates on Wednesday, the Dodgers also have a 5 game winning streak, their 10th win in 12 games.  It’s been a good homestand.  The only thing marring these events is Andrew Toles’ injury which will sideline him for the rest of the season, an ACL tear of the right knee.  The Dodgers are 2nd in the division to the Rockies, only 1.5 games back.

Wednesday was a dreaded bobblehead day.  Apparently it wasn’t even close to a sellout even though it was a Kenley Jansen bobblehead giveaway.

There were 40,719 tickets sold which means 719 didn’t get a bobblehead including my friend Norma who arrived late.
There was a long line of cars at the gate but once in the stadium, it was surprisingly empty.  I surmised that these people got their bobbleheads and left.  You probably will find the bobbleheads on EBay.

The team was already in full swing with their stretching and warming up.
Let’s all pray for a win
There goes Clayton
Smile Austin 
And look who’s back…Scotty Van Slyke.  Someone is happy about it.  I had my fingers crossed that it would be Trayce Thompson coming back.  Maybe next time.
Dave Roberts and Julio Urias at the dugout
Time to go to the club to eat.  The beef fajitas were excellent. A new feature at the club is focaccias, a different one every game.  The one Wednesday was garlicky with olives and artichoke hearts.  
Yasmani Grandal made his way down the field.  He never looks my direction.
Kenta and Will
Kenta Maeda’s famous warmup windmill
And he threw some warmup pitches
Chase was the first player out.  He usually is.  He started at first with Andrew and Adrian both on DL.  There was a reshuffling of positions with Cody going to left field.
I thought it was a gorgeous evening.  I like it cold.  I don’t know why everyone was asking me why I wasn’t wearing a jacket all night.  I never put it on.  Cold is better than hot in my opinion.
Chuck Lorre, a television writer, threw out the first pitch to Ross Stripling, the fastest runner on the planet, at least in Tuesday nights game.
The stretching continued with the cloudy skies looming over them.  
Yasiel loves his trainer.  Yasiel is a warm and fuzzy guy. I adore his hugs.
Joc came out to run for about 30 seconds and then ran back to the dugout.
National Anthem time.  The Anthem was played by Billy Joel’s pianist.  I thought Billy Joel was a pianist.  Anyway, he has a concert at Dodger Stadium this weekend.  I hope no one destroys my seat.
Corey signed some autographs for the first time this homestand.  He was the only one who signed.
Yasmani Grandal and Kenta Maeda with their entourage consisting of Will the translator and Honey the pitching coach
Fist bumps all around for good luck
Getting ready for the first pitch
And here we go.
The first inning was a bit scary.  The first Pirate doubled but the others were out in order.  Whew!!  There would not be a no-hitter this game.

Justin Turner walked.  I told my friend Sergio that this is the way the Dodgers score multiple runs, was to get walks.  I didn’t know my statement would be proven true in a minute.
Cody Bellinger did what he does best…he hit a homerun.  That’s Chris Woodward to the right of the picture.  He seemed to be in my way during the whole game.  Move over a little, Chris!!  It was a 2 run homerun scoring Justin.
High fives all around. 2-0.
Yasmani singled.
Chris Taylor walked with Yasmani going to 2nd.
Chase then hit a line drive base hit scoring Yasmani who hurried home before the 3rd out at 2nd. 3-0.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the Pirates were out in order.  I had a feeling this would be a special game for Kenta.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Yasiel singled but was left on base.
In the 3rd inning, Pirate Josh Harrison was able to hit a single but was left on base with Cervelli flying out to right field.  The Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 4th, the Pirates were out in order.  Kenta was on his game.

Yasmani singled.
Chris Taylor hit a ground out with Yasmani out at 2nd.
Chase Utley doubled scoring Chris Taylor.  4-0.  
In the top of the 5th inning, the Pirates were out in order.  The Dodgers also were unable to score or reach base.

In the top of the 6th inning, Cervelli singled but was left on base.  In the bottom of the 6th inning, Yasmani walked but was left on base with a double play to end the inning.

In the top of the 7th inning the Pirates were again out in order.  Kenta was still pitching.  The Dodgers also were out in order in the 7th inning.

I packed up my stuff to go to the other side of the stadium.  One of the ushers thought I had gone home early on Tuesday.  I reassured him that I was just repostitioning myself to another vantage point in the stadium to take pictures.  I hardly ever leave early and Tuesday was one day when no one should have gone home before the game was over.  It was one of the most exciting walk offs this season so far.

In the top of the 8th  inning, the Pirates were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Corey hit a double.
Justin Turner walked.  These walks have been so important.
Cody went to 1st on a ground out with Justin out at 2nd.  Corey to 3rd.  
Yasmani doubled, scoring Corey.  5-0.
Chris Taylor struck out ending the inning.
Meanwhile back in the dugout…Clayton is always laughing and having a good time, possibly at someone’s expense.  
Hmmmm.  This ball looks good enough to eat.  Let me take a bite.  No don’t do it Austin.  Meanwhile Clayton looks serious as Kenta pitches into the 9th inning, something he has not done since becoming a Dodger.
The decision was made finally to take him out of the game after Harrison hit a single and then Cervelli a homerun.  5-2.
Kenta left the game amid cheers from the fans
With a break in the action while relief pitcher Grant Dayton was warming up, it’s interesting to watch what the players do.  They are like big kids sometimes.
It was a little chilly but not enough for me to put on a jacket.
Grant Dayton closed the game with Yasiel catching the fly ball hit to him by Josh Bell.  Thanks to the fan who stuck his cell phone in front of my camera.  
And the Dodgers win with a final score of 5-2.  I don’t know who looks happier, Kenta or Clayton.   I think Clayton is the kind of guy who likes watching other people open their presents.  He’s happy for everyone.
It was a happy day but yet it also was a sad one for me.  My friend Antonio Bicciche lost his battle with cancer that morning. He had a difficult and painful journey but always at his side was his soulmate Silvia Flores.  They are true Dodger fans.  Tonio worked at Dodger Stadium a few years ago in security so many of you may remember him.  Please pray for Silvia who gave her whole heart to Tonio.  He will be missed.  Love you always Silvia.

The Dodgers go on to Colorado where they will meet the Rockies who are in 1st place in the National Leaague West.  The Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball so the Rockies are in grave danger of being knocked out of 1st place.  We are only 1.5 games back.  

Thanks everyone for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!

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