Bartolo vs Hyun-Jin

Forty-four year old Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon began the game looking like he would get a win against the first place Dodgers. He didn't realize he was pitching against the come-from-behind Dodgers. I was amazed at this veteran pitcher and his long tenure. He lasted several innings. But then the Dodgers warmed up.
It was a gorgeous day. It was warm but the sun wasn't blasting us. There was a nice cloud cover.
I looked for Trayce. I knew he was sent down to minors again when I couldn't spot him on the field. I had a feeling that he wouldn't stay in the majors since he simply wasn't hitting. So Trayce was sent down and 30 year old Edward Paredes was sent up. He was a veteran of 12 minor league seasons and was finally being given the chance.
I went up to the club to eat. I was surprised to see clam bake. They had served it last season but I knew many people aren't fond of fish. And those who don't like seafood don't like the smell. I savored every bite.
They also served a yummy southwest chopped salad. They had turkey on the menu but instead had pork at the chef station. Everything was especially delicious. The sausage kale Alfredo was seasoned with garlic, onion, red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.
My friends Robert and Matt were enjoying their food at their seats.
Yasmani was already down the field. The pitchers and catchers haven't been taking the traditional walk down the field from dugout to bullpen, preferring instead to go underground.
Hyun-Jin Ryu had come off of DL to pitch. He had taken a ball off his foot his last outing.
He stared a long time in my direction.
I mean…he stared a long time in my direction. I always wonder what they are thinking.
Then he started his stretching.
Dodger Stadium is a great place for good friends to meet.
Ryu continued his workout.
As I've said before…Chris Taylor isn't human. He always seems to get on base. He is the impetus for the Dodgers.
The other players came out to stretch. I was totally in love with the magnificent sky.
Justin Turner received the Heart and Hustle award from last year's manager of the year, our own Dave Roberts.
The National Anthem.
Justin signed a few autographs for some lucky fans. It was after all, Justin Turner jersey day.
Yasmani and pitching coach Honey walked down the field without Ryu. Ryu never takes that walk.
Joc ran out on the field and ran right back into the dugout. Not sure what that was about.
Logan Forsythe signed a few autographs. Mikey got an autograph for another fan and believe it or not, the 8 year old said "can you sign it on the sweet spot?" Thank you Mikey!!
First pitch by Ryu
Miguel Sano singled but was left on base. That was pretty much all in the top of the first inning.
44 year old Bartolo Colon came out to pitch. He looked like someone's grandpa actually. He surprised everyone.
Chris Taylor singled to right field but was left on base with Corey grounding out and Justin flying out to center field.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the Twins were out in order. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Dodgers also were out in order.
In the top of the 3rd inning, the Twins were again out in order. Ryu was doing well. And so was Colon.

With much drama, Puig hit a single but was left on base with Ryu hitting a sacrifice bunt which was right on target but with Chris Taylor popping out.
In the top of the 4th, Ryu got into some trouble with Joe Mayer hitting a single, Eduardo Escobar walking and Eddie Rosario doubling scoring Escobar 0-1. Robbie Grossman walked. Jason Castro hit a double to left field scoring Rosario. 0-2. There was a challenge on the play on the throw from Corey to Yasmani at home plate, cutting down Grossman who totally missed the plate on the slide. That throw prevented another run to score. Way to go guys.
Justin singled to right field but was left on base.
In the top of the 5th inning Granite singled and Joe Mayer walked but both were left on base. Ryu was doing well allowing only two runs.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Yasmani hit a solo homerun. 1-2. The crowd suddenly came to life. The bats had been pretty quiet through 4 innings for the Dodgers. The way it's been, sometimes the Dodgers start scoring late in the game. I always say, only one Dodger has to get a walk, a base hit, anything, and then magic seems to happen.
Then Joc Pederson also hit a solo homerun tying the score. 2-2. Back to back homeruns!!! How unbelievable is that?
Then Yasiel tripled.
They decided to take Ryu out replacing him with Chase who filed out to center.
There was some discussion among the Twins whether to keep Colon in or not. They chose to keep him in. Not smart. I think he was getting tired. It was already 5 innings.
Chris Taylor singled scoring Yasiel. 3-2. The Dodgers pulled ahead.
Corey singled, Chris going to 3rd. Justin lined out ending the inning.
In the top of the 6th inning, Grant Dayton replaced Ryu. Almost right off the bat, he allowed a solo homerun to Eddie Rosario tying the score. 3-3. I was dreading extra innings. Grossman singled and Jason Castro doubled. Thank goodness, Grant was taken out and was replaced by Josh Fields. However Granite walked. Kepler struck out and Dozier hit a fly to Yasiel Puig who made a fantastic catch preventing 3 runs. That was the game changing play. What happened to our relievers???
In the 6th inning, the Dodgers were all struck out with Buddy Boshers replacing Bartolo Colon.
In the top of the 7th inning Sano walked when he was hit by a pitch. Rosario doubled scoring Sano. 3-4. Rosario was left on base when Adrianza popped out.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Dodgers were out in order. It was time for the Dodgers to make their move.
In the top of the 8th inning, Edward Paredes came out to relieve Josh Fields. So far our relievers have looked terrible. It was up to Paredes, in his MLB debut, to make a difference. It was his once in a lifetime chance. He had a perfect 8th inning inducing a Jason Castro fly, a Zack Granite line drive out, and a Max Kepler ground out. Way to go Edward!!
In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Dodgers did what they do best. They came from behind.
Chris singled to center field.

Justin singled to left field, Chris going to 2nd.
And then Cody Belinger came up to bat. We all held our breaths because we all had a feeling he would do what he does best.

He hit a 3 run homerun to center field bringing the Dodgers back on top. 6-4.
The mood changed in Dodger Stadium.
The guys were all smiles.
Kenley came out to save the game.
Dozier popped out but Joe Mauer walked. Sano was out on a foul tip. With 2 out, pinch hitter Jorge Polanco ground out. Dodgers win!!!
They all took the shortcut over the rail including our hurt ace Clayton. Yikes!!

It was a sweet victory. Ryu did well. The Dodgers were able to get yet another come-back win, their 26th this season. They are the come-back kids. This was the Dodgers 69th win making them the best team in Major League Baseball.
On Tuesday, Kenta Maeda 8-4 ERA 4.23 will make the start. Brandon McCarthy is nursing a finger blister and is on the 10 day DL. He will face Twins Jose Berrios 9-3 ERA 3.50.
Thanks for stopping by. WordPress only crashed my blog 5 times today. FRUSTRATION!!! GO Dodgers!!

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