Wednesday was Andre Ethier bobblehead day but I don’t remember it being so terrible. It was crowded as usual. It was the hottest day of the week but it wasn’t all that bad. It was the third game of the series with the Mets. The Dodgers had resoundingly beat them in games one and two. It was so hot that the Dodgers didn’t have batting practice. Sergio Romo signed autographs and took pictures for a long time which is an unusual occurrence. It was National Selfie Day so I snagged Hyun-Jin Ryu to take a selfie of us.It’s kind of cute and displays Ryu’s playful personality.
Clayton pitched a few to a trainer. Kenta was playing catch with his translator and little buddy Will. And Kenley was just being Kenley.
Here is Hyun-Jin shortly after the selfie.
Kenley at the dugout
Time to eat.
The roast beef was delicious as were the Brussels sprouts. The salads are always yummy. I took my time eating since there was no batting practice, few of the players were out on the field and in the dugout so I had gone up to the club a little early.
The nice guys at the door of the club told me to get a pair of sunglasses at the podium. They were given out by DonJulio who sponsors the club. They came complete with soft cloth case. Not so shabby.
I was happy to see gorgeous Alyssa. I told her I was making myself her god aunt.I was greeted by Robert with his 10 month old lookalike daughter Elsa. She’s not sure if she likes me.
The guys were warming up as though they had to in this horrible heat.
Rich Hill was stretching and throwing some practice pitches.
What??? Cat is wearing a shirt with my name on it?? How awesome is that?
The ball in his back pocket looks weird.
Since it was Andre Ethier bobblehead day, his boys Dreson and Retton threw out the first pitch. One of them looked unhappy with his pitch.
I had never seen his daughter before. Apparently she doesn’t like me either.
Weird thing about this game…Cody didn’t hit a homerun. I’m sure there will be talk about what could be wrong with Cody.
National Anthem. Hyun-Jin seemed to be gesturing at me. He was holding up two fingers. I looked around and there was no one looking at him except me. I wonder what he wanted.
Yasiel, Cory and Joc. No one signed for the kids. Too focused.
Here come Yasmani and Rich
First pitch….oops wrong picture.
Getting ready for that first pitch
And here we go.
Right off the bat, first Met up Curtis Granderson hit a solo homerun. We all kind of sank into our seats. 0-1. Next up Wilmer Flores doubled but thankfully was left on base.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers were out in order. I was starting to feel a little uncomfortable.
In the top of the 2nd inning the Mets 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 Granderson singled to center field but was left on base.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Joc showed great patience and walked.
Yasiel went to 2nd base on an error by one of the Riveras. Joc went to 3rd on that play. We were on our feet with excitement.
And Rich Hill our starting pitcher who is not known for his hitting prowess, hit a huge sacrifice fly scoring Joc, tying the score!!! 1-1. This was Rich’s first RBI in many years.
In the top of the 4th inning, there was a lot of activity with Jay Bruce walking, Travis d’Arnaud hitting a single and TJ Rivera reaching 1st on a Dodger error. All were left on base. Whew!!! Good job Rich. However it did drive his pitch count up.
Some discussion between Tyler Pill and his catcher d’Arnaud.
Danger danger Will Robinson…here comes Cody. He hit a double to right field and advanced to 3rd on an error by Jay Bruce. The Mets defense was looking pretty awful.
Logan doubled scoring Cody. 2-1.
Are you serious? They’re intentionally walking me to pitch to Yasiel. Who decided that? Big mistake.
Yasiel hit a 3 run homerun admidst all the Mets complaining and crying. First baseman Wilmer Flores apparently told Yasiel to run faster. Yasiel slowed down as he ran to 2nd but kept on going which showed a lot of character but threw back the f-bomb at him. The catcher took his mask off to give Yasiel a piece of his mind. The Mets are obviously upset about their #@%^ playing but come on guys, just play better!! Wah wah wah. Oh, and the score 5-1. The Dodgers never looked back.
In the top of the 5th, with his pitch count mounting, Hill walked Cespedes and Bruce but was able to get out of the inning unscathed. He had only allowed one run.
Honey came out to talk to Rich and make sure everything was ok.
Pitching change took place before the 6th inning with Sergio Romo in relief. The Mets were out in order. Good job Sergio.
Then Yasmani surprised us with a solo homerun in the bottom of the 6th. 6-1.
In the top of the 7th inning with Grant Dayton pitching, the Mets were out in order.
In the bottom of the 7th inning the Dodgers also were out in order.
In the top of the 8th inning Brandon Morrow replaced Grant Dayton. Who is that? Yikes…Cespedes hit a double but thankfully was left on base.
In the bottom of the 8th inning after Cody struck out and Logan hit a fly out, Yasmani hit his 2nd homerun of the game. 7-1.
Joc drew a walk.
Yasiel also walked with Joc going to 2nd.
After the Mets had a discussion, pinch hitter Austin Barnes hit a huge single to center field scoring Joc. 8-1.
In the top of the 9th inning, Luis Avilan replaced Brandon Morrow. Ceccini singled but was a force out at second in the next play. Granderson who was the only Met with success against the Dodgers hit a double to right field scoring Conforto who was part of the force out in the previous play. 8-2. Wilmer Flores who had given Yasiel a hard time was the final strike out. Karma. The Dodgers win 8-2.
Everyone took the shortcut out of the dugout.
It was a satisfying win. It brought the Dodgers back into first place with the Rockies losing to the D Backs. There was another hero in this game, one of my guys #puigmyfriend. Cody and Cory don’t have to carry the team every game. It was good to see Yasmani with homeruns in the last two games. No one works harder than he does.
Thursday I will be attending a luncheon in the Dugout Club with Dave Roberts. It will be an all day affair for me with the game that night. It is also Game of Thrones day. I’ll be getting the awesome Game of Thrones tee shirt at the special events tent in the right field pavilion area. The weather is predicted to be in the 70’s. So glad that the heat wave is finally over.
In this final game of the Mets series Dodger pitcher Ryu 3-6 ERA 4.35 will face Steven Matz 1-1 ERA 3.21. Hopefully we can sweep the Mets and remain in first place.
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support. GO DODGERS!!
Tuesday was another hot day. It was also Hawaiian Day. There was a tote bag giveaway which really didn’t bring a huge crowd. Wednesday would be the crowd with an Andre Ethier bobblehead. Andre hasn’t played this year at all because of a back issue. He had a broken leg last year. But we all still love Andre. He deserves a bobblehead. There couldn’t be a nicer Dodger.
I didn’t take any pictures during batting practice because I was just too hot. I couldn’t pass up a picture with the elusive Sergio Romo though. Thanks to Sergio who took this selfie for me. Nice job.
I took a couple of Cody pics in the dugout with my Iphone.
#puigmyfriend who seems to be giving a fan a hard look. This “fan” must have at least 30 autographed balls signed by Yasiel. How many does a person need?
I ran over to the special events tent and picked up my Dodger Hawaiian shirt. It’s a nice shirt.
And then I went to the club to eat the Hawaiian food that the chefs had prepared. I wasn’t disapppointed. The Kahlua pork melted in your mouth. The Huli Huli turkey made with garlic, ginger, scallions, brown sugar glaze, rice vinegar and pineapple juice was out of this world. I couldn’t believe how wonderful the Hawaiian lasagna was. It was made with pizza sauce, pineapple, ham and shredded cheese. The salads were amazing. They included pina colada slaw salad made with pineapple, toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and coconut pineapple vinaigrette. There was a macaroni salad and pineapple chicken salad made with romaine, pineapple, carrots, almonds and honey pineapple vinaigrette. The menu was outstanding.
First Yasmani and then Brandon McCarthy made their way down the field. I was wearing my McCarthy jersey as I promised Brandon I would. It’s our good luck jersey. I’m the only one with his personal jersey so I treasure it.
He threw some warm up pitches. Brandon has worked through injuries to have an amazing season so far.
The guys came out to warm up. I was wearing Chris Taylor’s tee shirt under my McCarthy jersey so I took off the jersey for a few minutes hoping that Brandon didn’t look my way. Chris didn’t look at me once. However I have a feeling he saw it.
The National Anthem was sung by George “Fiji” Veikoso who was born in Fiji but was brought up in Hawaii.
And here comes Brandon, Yasmani and Honey
There was a bit of preparation before that first pitch
Let’s see. Cat…do you have my jersey on. OK now I’m ready.
In the top of the 1st inning, the Mets were out in order. That was definitely a good start. For some reason bad things happen in that first inning.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers started their domination of the Mets with a Logan Forsythe single to center.
Then Corey was ready to start his homerun derby
Corey hit a 2 run homerun scoring Logan. 2-0.
Justin reached 1st on a throwing error
Then Cody hit his 22nd homerun of the season, scoring Justin. 4-0.
Yasmani singled but was out at 2nd with a Puig ground out.
But first Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman almost plowed Yasiel down.
He definitely wasn’t having his best game.
Joc walked, Yasiel to 2nd but both were left on base when Brandon McCarthy was out with a fly ball to center. Wow!! That was all in the 1st inning!!
In the top of the 2nd inning, TJ Rivera singled, Rene Rivera singled (what? 2 Riveras on the Mets? No wonder it seemed like Rivera was always up) but both were left on base.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Corey doubled with a slide into 2nd. It looks like he got a little Dodger dirt in his pants. What a mess. Poor Corey.
Cody was intentionally walked. The Mets might as well have intentionally walked all the Dodgers since all of them are on fire.
Chris Taylor walked loading the bases.
Yasmani ground out with the bases loaded and 2 out. I’m sure he broke a few things in the dugout.
In the top of the 3rd inning, Conforto was hit by a pitch but was left on base. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Dodgers were actually out in order. What??
In the top of the 4th inning, Jay Bruce singled but was left on base.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Yasmani hit a solo homerun to left field. 6-0.
Yasiel doubled to right field
Joc hit a ground rule double scoring Yasiel. 7-0.
Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman was finally replaced by Josh Edgin who didn’t fare any better.
And Corey hit his 3rd homerun of the day scoring Joc and Logan. 10-0.
In the top of the 6th inning, the Mets were again out in order.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Yasmani singled to left, Yasiel singled also to left, Joc walked, Franklin Gutierrez walked scoring Yasmani. 11-0. Pitching change again with Fernando Salas replacing Josh Edgin. Logan singled scoring Yasiel. 12-0.
In the top of the 7th inning, RENE Rivera was hit by a pitch but was left on base. In the bottom of the 7th inning the Dodgers were amazingly out in order.
In the top of the 8th inning, the Mets were out in order. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Yasiel walked . Joc was hit by a pitch but both were left on base with Brock Stewart hitting a fly out to center and Logan striking out.
You feel pretty confident when the score looks like this in your favor.
Brock Stewart pitched 3 innings in relief allowing no runs.
There goes Clayton.In the top of the 9th inning, Lucas Duda walked but TJ Rivera ground into a double play ending the game. 12-0.
It was another remarkable game for the Dodgers. Corey had hit 3 homeruns with a one run homerun, a 2 run homerun and a 3 run homerun. He only needed to hit a grand slam for the cycle. All the attention has been on Cody Bellinger who hit his 22nd homerun. At Yankee Stadium, their phenom is Aaron Judge who has hit 24 homeruns. Judge even has his own section called the Judges Chamber. It resembles a courtrooms jury box with faux wood paneling. Only chosen fans and family can sit there. Remember Mannywood honoring Manny Ramirez who also had brought excitement to Dodger Stadium a few years ago.
Wednesday’s game will be hot and unpleasantly crowded. I’ll try to ignore all the rude fans. Rich Hill 3-3 ERA 5.14 will pitch for the Dodgers. Californian Tyler Pill 0-2 ERA 3.75 will take the ball for the Mets. Geez…Pill and Hill. The pitcher would have been Matt Harvey but he went on DL last week.
The Dodgers still are 1/2 game out of first place behind the terrific Rockies who never seem to lose. The D Backs have fallen two games back. The Western Division is a tough division with all 3 top teams winning more than any of the top teams in either the AL and NL with the exception of the Astros who have won 48 games. The Dodgers have one more game with the Mets after today and then face the Rockies for a 3 game series over the weekend. That will determine who will be at the top of the Western Division.
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate everyone’s support. Pray for me in all this heat. I just don’t understand why the guys never even look hot out there. I know Yasmani has said he likes the heat because he doesn’t have to warm up his muscles…but this hot?? GO DODGERS!!! Let’s sweep the Mets!!
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!!!!!
Thanks to my friend Bill who gave me a heads up about a pic I had taken of his son and him at a recent game. It was featured on the Bank of America website
Very cool. Thanks Bill.
And a special Happy Birthday to my friend Eddie who works for Levy at Dodger Stadium. Have fun today!!
The Dodgers are still in my home state of Ohio playing the Reds. Hyun-Jin Ryu 2-6 ERA 4.42 will be the SP facing Reds pitcher Asher Wojciechowski 1-0 ERA 5.21. The Dodgers are one game back tied with Arizona for 2nd in the tough NL west division.
The Dodgers will return to Dodger Stadium on Monday to face the Mets for a 4 game series.
Can’t wait for them to come home. GO DODGERS!!!
Dodgers are back on top again, tied with those tough Rockies. They seem to be the team to beat! But the Dodgers have the best record in the National League. Sad that Adrian is back on DL. Joc is back.
They are on the road so I am back at work. Off the weekend and then the Dodger games start again Monday. I realized how passionate I am about baseball. Everything seems to be secondary, baseball coming first. I truly bleed Dodger blue.
So good to see Tommy Lasorda back although I could tell he has a way to go to be back to his feisty self.
Since I’m off and it’s taco Tuesday, how could I pass up some wonderful tacos at Baja Sonora in Long Beach.
I hate Sunday games because they are always day games. The Reds game was totally different. It was cool and cloudy. There were people complaining about how cold it was. I mean, really??? There were only a couple of players on the field, one being Clayton Kershaw who never misses an day. He is always fun to watch.
Rich Hill was also on the field.
I asked Rich for an autograph. He signed right below Chris Taylor. I rarely get autographs but Rich is a fave of mine.
Clayton in the dugout. He always says hi to me. Hi Clayton.
It was very cloudy. I just love it.
Dave Roberts with Sergio Romo.
The food was pretty good. Usually on Sundays, it’s breakfast food which I’m not fond of but they served chicken chiliquiles which I had never had before Dodger Stadium. Chiliquiles are made with tomatillo sauce, tortilla chips, Cotija cheese and fried eggs. So delicious.
Yasmani was going down the field and Hyun-Jin Ryu was already warming up.
He seemed to be watching me. Am I wrong?
And stretched in between looks in my direction.
Stretching and throwing
Another view. The sky was clearing up. I was hoping it wouldn’t get warmer.
I always catch our guys talking to the enemy.
Justin…Kourtney, these pics are for you.
Adrian is ready at first base. Unfortunately he came out of the game in the 7th with back tightness, MRI Monday to determine what will happen next. Hopefully not DL.First pitch
In the 1st inning the Reds were out in order.
In the top of the 2nd inning, Adam Duvall hit a solo homerun. 0-1. Eugenio Suarez singled and Scott Schebler hit a two run homerun. 0-3. What happened?? Jose Peraza also singled to center but was left on base. The damage was done.
In the top of the 3rd inning, Joey Votto hit a solo homerun making the score 2-4.
In the top of the 6th inning, Suarez singled, Schebler doubled. Peraza was out on a sacrifice fly to center scoring Suarez. 3-5. Mesoraco hit a solo homerun making the score 3-7. I was feeling a little depressed at this point wondering whether I should just go home. I know better because the Dodgers are not a team that gives up. Adleman and Hamilton both hit singles but were left on base. We all were feeling down.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Yasmani singled but was left on base.
In the top of the 7th inning with Chris Hatcher pitching, Suarez walked but was left on base. The stadium exit seemed very inviting.
In the bottom of the 7th inning Corey was hit by a pitch. Justin singled with Corey going to 2nd. I had put my camera away. They were left on base.
In the top of the 8th inning, Mesoraco doubled, Kivlehan walked but both were left on base.
In the bottom of the 8th inning it became more interesting.
Cody hit a solo homerun. 4-7. Yasmani singled. Yasiel walked after a pitching change. Chase walked with Yasmani scoring. 5-7.
I think the next player up Kike made the difference in the game. He seemed to be up forever hitting foul after foul.
He finally drew a walk..enough to thoroughly frustrate pitcher Arismendy Alcantara their closer.
My buddies were thoroughly tired after that walk.
Chase also walked scoring Yasmani. 5-7.
Coach needed to talk to the players after that. How could they lose such a big lead?
And then Corey did what he had never done before…he hit a grand slam scoring Yasiel, Kike and Chase. 9-7. This is what dreams are made of. We were all screaming. The moral of this game is…..never ever leave early.
This was the score going into the 9th inning.
Coaches and players were all eyes as Kenley came out to close the game.
And he did it in style to the delight of everyone. The Reds were out in order. We already were in a frenzy with the turn of events.
The Dodgers had swept the Reds in grand style. The games with the Reds were so exciting!! The Rockies finally lost to the Cubs making the Dodgers only 1 1/2 games back. The Dodgers have the day off but are flying out Monday to Ohio to face Cleveland on Tuesday.
I am back to work. My life is work work work and then Dodgers. How can I complain. My Dodgers make life worth living. Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!