It was becoming an old story…Cody the hero with his homeruns while Corey was in the background. But Corey is learning from Chase Utley to still have that work ethic. Never say die and take that extra step to take your team to victory. If there had to be an MVP in these games, it had to be Corey Seager.
I wasn’t happy how Saturday started out. The Old Timers game was to take place before the regular game. There was a lot of traffic especially in the downtown LA area. It was almost as bad as a weekday. When I finally got to the auto gate, there were already many cars lined up to get in. Apparently everyone got in at the same time. When I finally arrived at the stadium gate, there already was a long line. The MVP gate had the longest line but security told me that all the lines would open at the same time. WRONG! I scurried over to the MVP line which was actually moving at a fast clip. As I got near the front, all the lines opened. OK. There were definitely a lot of miscues among the staff at the stadium.
When I went down to the baseline section, the general public was all crowding down. Usually at this time, only those who sit in baseline are allowed down. I eventually got pushed and crowded out by the fans. The players participating in the old timers game kept away because the crowd was overwhelming with their incessant yelling for autographs. I eventually got pushed out. I went to the club.
But before I left the field, I was able to get this selfie taken by Ross Stripling. Thank you Ross. It wasn’t a total washout.
At the club I found out that the servers were told to start taking in-seat orders at 4:45. The general public was allowed to stay down in our baseline section until 5:00. So the general public was supposed to get in-seat food?? Their boss told them to hold off until the ushers could clear out the section. Could you imagine what chaos that would be? In other words, it was poorly organized.
I also took a couple of pics of the players before I left. I lost interest very quickly.
The present players seemed to enjoy watching the old timers.
The food was delicious especially the jalapeño roasted beef. The jalapeño looks a little dangerous.
I went back out to my section when I thought the coast was clear. The club became very crowded because the old timers game was over. It was time to leave. Yaz was walking down the field.
Alex Wood was already by the bullpen warming up. He has done so well earning his spot in the rotation.
It was a little cloudy which made it perfect. It wasn’t too hot.
The players came out to stretch. There were quite a few kids among the fans who were beyond excited.
Here are a few pics of Chris Taylor, my personal favorite. He doesn’t sign autographs probably because everyone is yelling “Corey” or “Cody.” I ordered a Chris Taylor tee shirt so I can show him my support.
Some more warm up pictures.
It was red letter day for little guy Christian who got quite a few autographs. You can see him at the bottom of the picture.
What a cutie he is. Not sure if he or his mom was more excited. He told me he had been lucky enough to get Mike Trout’s autograph before Mike’s thumb injury at an Angels game. This is what autographs are all about. The kids.
Here come Yasmani and Alex.
Almost forgot National Anthem time. Important note…there’s Andre Ethier behind Rich and Clayton.
Time to get ready for the first pitch. Hmmm….nothing in my hat. Pants have to be stretched over the shoes.
Make sure my guys are ready
Hey Cat…you ready??
First pitch. Way to go Alex!!
In the 1st inning, the Reds were out in order. So far so good.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, Chase singled into right field.
Corey hit a double to right fielder Scooter Gennett scoring Chase. 1-0. I guess Scooter didn’t scoot fast enough.
Chris Taylor hit a fly to center advancing Corey to 3rd.
Adrian Gonzalez was out on a sacrifice fly scoring Corey. 2-0.
Cody then hit a solo homerun. 3-0.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the Reds were out in order.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Dodgers were out in order.
In the top of the 4th inning, Joey Votto singled but was left on base.
In the bottom of the 4th inning the Dodgers were out in order.
In the top of the 5th inning Patrick Kivlehab singled but was left on base.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Yasiel doubled to left field. Scooter is getting a workout.
Alex Wood was out on a sacrifice bunt advancing Yasiel to 3rd base. Chase doubled to center scoring Yasiel. 4-1.
Chris Taylor reached 1st on a fielding error but was left on base.
In the top of the 6th inning, Cozart was hit by a pitch, Suarez singled. With two on base, Dave Roberts decided to replace Alex with Josh Fields. Unfortunately, Devin Mesorasco hit a 3 run homerun tying the score. 4-4. We weren’t happy. Wood’s pitch count wasn’t high. I was dreading extra innings since Sunday’s game was early.
In the bottom of the 6th inning the Dodgers where out in order. Great!!
In the top of the 7th inning, Fields redeemed himself by getting the Reds out in order.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, Chase hit a ground rule double to center but was left on base.
With Baez pitching in the top of the 8th inning, it was a close call with Votto and Suarez hitting singles but Baez was able to get out of the inning with a Mesorasco pop out.
In the bottom of the 8th inning the Dodgers were out in order. Please no extra innings!!!
In the top of the 9th inning, Kenley replaced Baez.
The Reds were out in order.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Reds pitcher Drew Storen was going to be messed up.
Justin singled to Scooter in left field with Yasiel going to 2nd.
So what the @#%^ happened???
Franklin struck out. We all groaned.
Then Corey did the unbelievable . He hit a double scoring Yasiel. The Dodgers win with a walk off by Corey Seager, his first MLB walk off. 5-4. Sorry if the pictures are a little blurry. I was jumping up and down.
It was an exciting win. Don’t you love Corey??
Another blog to follow immediately. I’m afraid WordPress will mess me up again. Stay tuned for the final Reds game.