The Dodgers returned home Monday to begin a series against the New York Mets. It was hot. It was predicted that the entire week would be extremely warm, Wednesday being the worst.
It was so hot that I only took a few mandatory pictures then ran for shade. I even drank some bottled water, very unusual for me since water isn’t my beverage of choice.
One lucky fan was able to play catch with Franklin Gutierrez. His Dad also told me that he was given 11 balls by different people and had his jersey autographed by Corey. Funny how things like that happen. Some kids didn’t get even one autograph.
This cute fan was happy with a Dodger dog although he didn’t get a single ball or autograph. That’s a true fan.
It was nice to see my favorite policeman Ascher with part of his family. One of the kids was able to take the field and get an autograph by one of the Dodgers. I was planning on taking a picture but the kids were too quick and once on the field, they all looked alike. Sorry….! Nice looking family, Ascher.
I waited by the dugout to talk to Andre but we all know once he starts talking, there’s going to be a long wait. Photobombing my pic is Nomar. By the way, Wednesday will be dreaded bobblehead day, this time it will be Andre Ethier who will be honored.
I trekked the arduous long hot path to the special events tent to get my African Heritage tee shirt. It’s a nice tee shirt signed by the great Don Newcombe. I’m trying to catch most of the special events. Tuesday will be Hawaiian Day.
I was pleasantly surprised with the soul food in the club which was in keeping with the theme of the day: African American Heritage. So happy that there was a day honoring such a special group of talented people. There were collard greens, fried breaded potatoes, ham, Cajun shrimp pasta, a delightful macaroni salad, Cole slaw…pretty much most of my favorite food.
Clayton in a pensive mood.
His workout is always the same. It never varies.
And Cat…you are always in the same spot.
Clayton definitely has his routine. The only way you know I didn’t borrow these pics from another game is the African-American Heritage billboard.
The players warmed up and stretched
There was an inspiring presentation honoring African American heritage complete with beauty queens, a spirited choir and Don Newcombe.
The trainer seems to be giving Kike hair advice. I mean, really?
Watch the back Cody…we need you!Wonderful Justin…say hi to Kourtney!!National Anthem…it looks like everyone ditched Kike on the field except the trainer.
Corey signed a few autographs
Here comes Clayton, Yasmani and Honey
All these arm gestures by the ump look ominous.
All that goes into Clayton’s first pitch. Thank goodness for us all that it started at exactly 7:10.
It was a day for records…some good but some not so good. There were 4 Dodger homeruns but there also were 4 Mets homeruns, 2 by Jose Reyes, 2 by Cody Bellinger. It was a career high 4 homeruns given up by Dodger ace Kershaw. Other Dodger homeruns went to Justin Turner and Chris Taylor. Cody set another record being the fastest player in MLB history to hit 21 homeruns by his 51st game. Justin has a 14 game hitting streak and is batting .399.
My seat mates for the day were Sergio and his Dad who were celebrating a belated Fathers days with a Dodger game. What a nice present.
In the first inning, the Mets were out in order. Good so far but I was counting up the balls vs strikes.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Dodgers started their annihilation of Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler.
Justin also singled scoring Chase. 1-0.
Then Cody Bellinger hit the first of his two homeruns with a fly ball to center scoring Corey and Justin. 4-0.
Chris Taylor singled but was left on base. I just got my Chris Taylor tee shirt in the mail. Can’t wear it Tuesday because I’m wearing my McCarthy jersey. Can’t wear it Wednesday because I have to wear my Hill tee shirt. What to do.
There was discussion finally among the Mets.
Jose Reyes hit the first of two homeruns making the score 1-7. Matt Reynolds singled but was left on base.
Rafael Montero replaced Zack Wheeler. The Dodgers were out in order.
In the top of the 4th inning, Clayton gave up a second homerun, this time to Jay Bruce. 7-2.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Corey singled and Justin walked but both were left on base with Cody striking out.
In the top of the 5th inning, Cecchini hit a homerun scoring Travis d’Arnaud who had walked. 7-4.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Joc singled but was left on base.
In the top of the 6th inning, the Mets were out in order. In the bottom of the 6th, Chase walked and Justin singled to left field scoring Chase. 8-4.
In the top of the 7th inning, the homerun derby continued with Jose Reyes hitting his 2nd homerun against Kershaw scoring d’Arnaud. 8-6. Finally Clayton was replaced by Grant Dayton. Pinch hitter Granderson walked but was left on base.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, Chris Taylor hit a solo homerun to left field. 9-6.
And Yasmani singled to right field.
Franklin Gutierrez singled to left field.
Chase also singled but to center scoring Yasmani. 10-6.
In the top of the 8th inning Chris Hatcher came out in relief. I started to sweat bullets. Cespedes singled to center. There was a wild pitch with Cespedes to 2nd. Jay Bruce walked.
A little discussion ensued. Jose Reyes struck out. Whew!!!
The Dodgers ran to the dugout in relief after that inning.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Justin singled, Cody singled, Joc walked but with all that, they were left on base. With Yasmani striking out and Kike hitting a fly ball out.
In the top of the 9th inning, I was surprised to see Chris Hatcher again. Pinch hitter Brandon Nimmo singled to center but was left on base. The Dodgers win!! What a crazy crazy game!!!
Final out was caught by Chris Taylor. We all sighed in relief. Final score 10-6.
High fives all around. But where was Clayton? Without the excellent run support by his teammates, it could have been a disaster for Clayton. He was probably in the locker room wondering what went wrong. This is the season that he is giving up homeruns, very uncharacteristic for him.
Tuesday’s game will have Brandon McCarthy 5-3 ERA 3.14 on the mound for the Dodgers. Pitching for the Mets will be Robert Gsellman 5-4 ERA 5.50. I’ll be wearing my Brandon McCarthy jersey part of the time. It will be too hot to wear the whole game.
With the Rockies having a day off, the Dodgers are only 1/2 game out of first place with the D Backs 1 game back. Hopefully the Dodgers can continue their awesome playing and sweep the Mets. It’s a long week.
Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!!!!