Keeping Up

With the season quickly coming to a close, every game is important. There have been many scenarios over the year where the Dodgers would be in a huge hole in the first couple of innings. Most of the time it was pretty much game over. Lately the Dodgers have displayed a sense of urgency. Being behind 4 runs could still be overcome. Tuesday’s game was such a game.

It already was turning into a long day since I had to take my sister’s cat Hobie to the vet. Thankfully my nephew is ok.

The day was gorgeous. It was already cooling down with a pleasant breeze. Early batting practice was not such a torture. The guys went in early so I decided to go to the club to eat.

The food was delicious as usual. The chicken pot pie was definitely a crowd pleaser. The seafood pasta was also amazing. I had to tear myself away from the food. I went down to the field reluctantly.

Austin was already down the field. Does he ever smile? I was wearing his ST jersey as I had promised him at the beginning of the season. I was probably the only one wearing one in the whole stadium.

As I said before the day was beautiful.

The National Anthem

Matt gave the trainers a lot of love before leaving the field.

Manny posed in front of me as he’s done the last few games. Thank you Manny.

First pitch

In the top of the 1st inning, the first Met was walked. Uh oh. But he was left on base.

In the bottom of the 1st inning the Dodgers were out in order. Come on offense. This game is a must win as are all the remaining ones.

In the top of the 2nd inning Todd Frazier singled to center field. Not good. Then Jay Bruce hit a 2 run homerun to right field. I couldn’t believe it. Not again!!! 0-2. Already in a hole. Brandon Nimmo hit a double but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Dodgers’ bats were again quiet.

In the top of the 3rd inning Wilmer Flores singled to center. Then Michael Conforto hit a two run homerun scoring Flores. The score was 0-4 with the Dodgers still not hitting the ball. Todd Frazier doubled but was left on base. The damage was already done. I seriously thought the game was already basically over. I wondered if the Dodgers could overcome this deficit.

In the top of the 3rd inning Chris Taylor walked.

It was nice seeing him get on base. He has been striking out a lot.

Then Austin Barnes came to the plate. I yelled “Yaaay Austin” as I always do. Everyone turned and looked at me like “yeah right.” And then he did an amazing thing. He hit a huge homerun to left center. 2-4.

I was jumping up and down. All of a sudden everyone looked at my jersey and asked “Do you know him?” I am so happy for Austin. This is his 2nd homerun this season. He has been getting on base lately. This should boost his confidence. I was positive that this homerun would spark the Dodgers and it did!!!

Rich Hill singled to right field. Uh what?

Manny singled to center but was left on base. It was still a great inning. The offense was lit.

In the top of the 4th inning Ahmed Rosario doubled but was left on base.

In the top of the 4th inning, David Freese hit a solo homerun to left field, his first as a Dodger.

Kike hit a single. Hmmm is that gum on my shoe? Notice his tight yoga pants.

Chris Taylor doubled to center with Kike going to 3rd base.

Austin reached 1st on a fielding error scoring Kike.

Way to go Austin. By that time, everyone around me got the feeling I was excited about Austin. The score was now tied. I was so proud of him. I definitely strutted around with my Austin jersey. 4-4.

Then with Brian Dozier batting, Austin stole 3rd base. It’s been Austin all the way. Still not smiling.

Then with a Dozier ground out, Austin scored bringing the Dodgers out front for the first time this game. Who would have thought that the Dodgers could actually catch up with the Mets? 5-4. AUSTIN!!!

In the top of the 5th inning the Mets were out in order. Rich was doing well since the homerun in the 3rd.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Matt singled to right field.

David was hit in the back with a pitch so went to 1st. They were both left on base. Oh well. Let’s just keep the lead.

In the top of the 6th inning the Mets were out in order.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Max Muncy was the pinch hitter replacing Austin. What?? Why was this done? Austin was the spark and now he sits. Sometimes I think I really don’t understand baseball. Everyone was out in order. So much for all the substitutions.

Pedro Baez came out in relief. Rosario doubled but was left on base. That definitely brought a catch in my throat. I let out a long breath. You never know about the bullpen.

The Mets were trying to figure it out.

Justin doubled to right field

Manny doubled scoring Justin. Insurance run was what I was thinking. 6-4.

Wild pitch to Matt Kemp brought Manny home. 7-4. What was happening?

Pinch runner Tim Locastro, fresh from minors, replaced Matt.

He immediately stole 2nd base.

David Freese doubled scoring Tim. 8-4. I couldn’t believe the score!!

Kike singled scoring David. 9-4.

Chris Taylor singled to right field.

Yasmani singled scoring Chris. 11-4.

Meanwhile the guys looked half asleep in the dugout. Austin is still trying to figure out why he wasn’t still in the game.

In the top of the 8th inning Zac Rosscup replaced Baez who replaced Tim. Huh? Jay Bruce singled Buth was left on base.

Andrew struck out. Chase walked but was left on base.

The scoreboard looked good at the top of the 9th. Unfortunately the fickle Dodger crowd started to clear out. I can’t understand Dodger fan mentality. They leave early when the Dodger are losing. They leave early when they are winning. I like to watch them win.

First game this season for these fans.I think he actually sneaked away without his familyAlways good to see CJ. We definitely can’t forget the fans who bleed Dodger blue.

Hmmm will this 9th inning ever end?

Josh Fields fresh from DL replaced Rosscup. Nimmo singled. Smith singled. Jack Reinheimer walked. Geez. The bases are loaded. TAKE HIM OUT!!! Why it takes Dave so long to take a pitcher out is a big question mark in my head. Venditte replaced Fields. Better. Pitching left handed Venditte was able to get McNeil to pop out. Pitching right handed Venditte struck Reyes out. Wow!! Now pitching left handed Venditte was able to make Conforto fly out and the Dodgers win!!!

It was a spectacular win by the Dodgers. It definitely had a playoff atmosphere to it. Hopefully the Dodgers saved some runs for Wednesday, the last game of the homestand, last game in the series with the Mets. After today there are only 6 more games at Dodger Stadium if they don’t go to playoffs. There are only 22 games left in the season. The Dodgers are 1/2 game out of first place behind the Rockies. The Dodgers will play 3 games against the Rockies this weekend, then the Reds, and finally St Louis before returning home to play the Rockies again and San Diego. It is a very close race.

I can’t say enough about Austin. He is only the 6th Dodger catcher since 1908 to hit a homerun, steal a base and have 3 RBI’s in one game. I will continue to wear his jersey for good luck whenever he starts.

Wednesday, the final game of the homestand, our Hyun-Jin Ryu 4-1 ERA 2.24 will face Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler 9-7 ERA 3.37. It should be a good game.

Thanks everyone for continuing to read my blog. I appreciate it. Let’s get back on top!! GO DODGERS!!!

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