Category: Uncategorized

Sweeping the Rockies

It was a scenario that I would never have imagined last week. The Dodgers swept the Rockies in their final meeting this season on Wednesday. I had hoped for a win but to sweep them was far beyond my expectations.

Wednesday was a gorgeous day. The area in the left field section was already in the shade during early batting practice. That’s always a positive and it also clues us in that summer is turning into fall and that postseason is near.

It also means that baseball season is almost over. I know I’ll miss the food in the club. I couldn’t believe how good the Jack Daniels chicken wings were. The salads were all delicious.

The guys will definitely miss each other as they enjoy the off season with their families.

We’re always making new friends and also enjoying the company of our true blue family

I’ve made friends over the years with many employees. A few were honored for their service of 25+ years. There’s Sweet Lou Johnson.

The setting sun made a gorgeous backdrop for Chris Taylor who is always the first to come to the field to stretch.

What can I say about the magnificent simplicity of Dodger Stadium?

Right at this point my camera ran out of memory. OK then. Walker and Yasmani. Yasmani was all smiles as usual. JK.

The National Anthem sung by the boy who was the main voice on Coco. I still get goose bumps when I hear the Anthem. When my son was deployed, I couldn’t get through it without getting tears in my eyes and a huge lump in my throat.

Walker Buehler our SP for this last game is sure to be our future ace.

Our hero from game two of the series: Chris Taylor signing a ball for a lucky child.

First pitch. And here we go.

It took Walker a little time to warm up but once he did, it was pretty much his game. He had an epic 12 strikeouts, the most in his young career.

In the top of the 1st inning, Charlie Blackmon hit a single into center. Oh no!! And then LeMahieu reached first on a throwing error by Justin. This doesn’t bode well especially with Blackmon going to 3rd. Dahl walked. Ian Desmond singled with LeMahieu and Dahl scoring. 0-2. This inning was lasting way too long. The Rockies were first on the scoreboard. The first inning is always the worst for the Dodgers. I should just go up to the Club and get ice cream after the first pitch. Thankfully Walker was able to get out of the inning with just the 2 runs scored.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers were out in order. Where was the offense?

In the top of the 2nd inning, Iannetta, Anderson and Blackmon all struck out.

And then the Dodgers answered the two Rockies runs with a Matt Kemp blast to left center field.

Maaaaattttt!!!! 1-2.

Yasmani walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 3rd inning, LeMahieu was able to reach first on another Dodger error. Dahl singled with LeMahieu going to 2nd. Arenado and Parra both struck out and Desmond ground out ending the inning.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning the Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 4th inning the Rockies were out in order. The game just seemed to go on and on. To top it off, there was fan who kept talking talking talking without even stopping to take a breath. If only he could just pass out from lack of oxygen. I finally got up and went to the Club to get that ice cream before I started screaming.

Sometimes the games are boring. It’s been a long week and I was already tired. Believe me, going to every home game can be exhausting. I work full time as well so I rarely get a day off to just do nothing. My patience was wearing thin.

In the bottom of the 4th inning the Dodgers were out in order. I kept hoping that one of the guys would somehow use the small ball and tie the score so they could be back in the game. Nothing is more frustrating than losing by one freaking run. I wondered if it was against the law to stuff a Dodger dog in that fan’s mouth to SHUT HIM UP.

In the top of the 5th inning Blackmon, LeMahieu, and Dahl were out in order. Is it my imagination or are these three batting over and over?

Usually if the Dodgers are going to start a rally, it will be in the bottom of the 5th inning which makes it extra long. It could be because I go up to the Club AFTER the 5th inning to get my cookies.

Kike hit a single to left field right on cue. Brian Dozier doubled scoring Kike and also tying the score. 2-2. I went up to the Club to get my cookies.

In the top of the 6th inning Parra was hit by a pitch but was left on base after Desmond popped out and McMahon struck out.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Justin walked but was left on base. I knew in my heart that one of these guys would come through.

In the top of the 7th inning Petey Baez came out in relief. The bullpen has actually been pretty awesome the last few weeks so I was confident that they could hold the Rockies to only 2 runs. Ianetta hit a fly to right field Matt who caught it. Ferguson replaced Baez and was able to strike out Tapia and force a Blackmon ground out.

In the bottom of the 7th inning Joc popped out.

Max Muncy walked.

Yasmani doubled with Max going to 3rd. We all had wondered where Puig was. He had hit 3 homeruns while on the road and since then he had been sitting.

Yasiel has been hitting well and yet he has not been starting. I really don’t under the logic. The Dodgers should use the hot hitters. Does that make sense?

And he hit a 3 run homerun to bring the Dodgers way out in front. 5-2.

It was a joyous celebration. It felt like we had just won a playoff game. We all were on our feet. Yasiel came out for a curtain call.

In the top of the 8th inning Kenta came out in relief replacing Ferguson. Arenado singled. Scott Alexander replaced Kenta and was able to force a Holliday ground out.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Dodgers were out in order. The score was still 5-2.

The Rockies were in a muddle. They were heading toward their 3rd straight loss. Not good for them in the final games of the season but good for us. The Rockies have a tough schedule ahead: four games with the D Backs, 4 with the Phillies and 3 with Washington. They can’t even blink or the Dodgers will clinch.

And out came closer Kenley to do the job.

The Dodgers were watching with anticipation and “o” mouths.

Puig who was out in right field was getting a lot of love from the Dodger fans.

Ian Desmond ground out. Rockies challenged the play still scuffling around trying to salvage this last game. Hampson struck out.

And then it was strike two with two out in the top of the 9th inning. The crowd was electric. The Dodgers were on the verge of sweeping the once first place Rockies. Anticipation was in the air.

The guys were all ready to jump over that dugout rail.

Here they come. Ianetta hit a fly to center Cody. And the Dodgers sweep the Rockies.

It seriously was like winning a playoff game!! We were celebrating. These games with the Rockies were important and the Dodgers came through.

Could there ever be too many celebration pictures??

The Dodgers get a well deserved day off on Thursday. I go to work. Never a day of rest for me.

On Friday they begin a 3 game series with the San Diego Padres to end the regular season. Norma invited me to be on the field Saturday so I’m looking forward to it. Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day. And then it’s over. Until. Post. Season.

Our Rich Hill 9-5 ERA 4.02 will face Padre Eric Lauer 5-7 ERA 4.74 on Friday. The Dodgers must not be complacent in these final games. The magic number is “8”.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m starting to feel a little sad that baseball season is ending. Hopefully there will be a long post season with the Dodgers going to the World Series again. Have a nice day off. GO DODGERS!!!!

Getting It Done

The days are winding down. It’s seems like Opening Day was just yesterday. But the final game of the regular season is just a few days away. Will there be postseason for the Dodgers or should we just say good bye Sunday. These final games will decide that.

Monday’s game was like a dream. The Dodgers had beat the Rockies resoundingly with a score of 8-2. We Dodger fans had our fingers crossed that Tuesday would be the same.

It was Matt Kemp bobblehead day. Who would have thought that Matt Kemp would have a bobblehead let alone even be a Dodger? He had been acquired in trade with every intent to trade him again. But here he was, popular as ever, with his own bobblehead. The stadium was packed; they had run out of bobbleheads. My friend Norma was stuck in traffic and didn’t get one so I gave her mine. Everyone was trying to get into the stadium.

I was unhappy at the line at the gate. Typical bobblehead day.

Bobblehead giveaway days bring out the worst fans. Many come just to get extra bobbleheads to sell on EBay. The crowd watching batting practice was relentless asking for balls and autographs. Very few players even looked at those “fans.” I just sat in one of the seats just to wait it out until I could go into the club to eat. By the time we could go toward the dugout, the guys had already gone into the clubhouse anyway.

I love the food in the club so going up to the club early gave me more time to eat. The food was delicious. I always like anything with macaroni and the Italian chopped salad was wonderful. The chicken was served with sweet Chile syrup which gave it a nice kick.

I hurried back to the field because I knew it would get crowded quickly and I needed to get my spot.

Gavin Lux was being interviewed. He was chosen Branch Rickey player of the year. Such a nice guy.

There goes Clayton, our SP for the game. I was hoping he gets run support. Austin already was in the bullpen. I was wearing Austin’s jersey since he was starting. I was wearing Matt’s player weekend jersey underneath.

Surprise!! Look who was already waiting…He used to be barely my height and now he towers over me.

Austin and Clayton warmed up.

Judy, Matt’s mom was throwing out the first pitch so he gave her a few pointers.

The sky was gorgeous as the guys stretched.

National Anthem. Hi Tim.

And then Judy threw out the first pitch. Great job!!

Proud son

Lots of love to go around.

Here comes Clayton and Austin. I could tell Austin was giving me the side eye as he walked by and knew I was wearing his jersey. Play like a demon, Austin.

And wonderful Manny gave me my own personal photo shoot, throwing slow motion right in front of me. Thanks Manny.

Austin was ready for action

First pitch

This game was important. The Dodgers were 1/2 game up on the Rockies. The atmosphere was like a playoff game. The crowd was electric.

It was nice to see that besides the bobblehead fans, some of my favorite people were at the game too. Always wonderful to see my gorgeous friend Jessica and her cute kids.

Our traditional selfie. They were stuck in traffic and had big problems getting into the parking lot. They missed seeing their favorite Matt Kemp. Next time!!

In the top of the 1st inning, the Rockies were out in order. That was a good sign.

In the bottom of the 1st inning wonderful Manny doubled.

David Freese walked with Manny going to 3rd.

Matt singled with Manny scoring. 1-0.

In the top of the 2nd inning the Rockies were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Kike walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 3rd inning Garrett Hampson walked. This was the first of many walks for Clayton who seldom walks anyone. A few command issues. Hampson was able to steal 2nd base and score. Charlie Blackmon walked and LeMahieu reached first on a fielding error by Justin. Blackmon went to 3rd on a catching error by Chris Taylor. Two Dodger errors in one inning. Not good in this important game!! Nolan Arenado luckily ground out ending the inning with the Rockies only able to score one run. 1-1. The Dodgers were lucky not more runs were scored by the Rockies. Costly errors.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Chris Taylor walked but was out at 2nd with Justin hitting hitting a double play. Geez…not Justin’s day.

Manny continued on his single handed tear by hitting a single to left field. Unfortunately he was left on base.

In the top of the 4th inning, Ian Desmond hit a single and then stole 2nd base. Chris Ianetta walked but everyone was left on base when Garrett Hampton ground into a force out. Scary.

In the bottom of the 4th inning the Dodgers were out in order. Huh?

Clayton always seems to allow at least one homerun a game and this game was no exception as Charlie Blackmon hit a solo homerun to center field. 1-2. We were not happy.

Austin was up. I stood up and screamed “Go Austin!!!” as loud as I could. My voice carried across the stadium. I think I saw Austin perk up. I don’t care that everyone stared at me. And he was able to draw a walk. I was in a frenzy. Way to go Austin. It doesn’t matter how you get on base. Just do it.

Clayton was out on a sacrifice bunt with Austin going to 2nd. Good job Clayton.

I would say that the Rockies were scuffling around not happy.

Chris Taylor singled with Austin scoring thanks to an error by Nolan Arenado, very unusual for him. 2-2. Yaaaaaay Austin! That tying run kept the Dodgers in the game.

When Austin scored, of course I was on my feet screaming like there was no tomorrow. Justin singled but was left on base.

In the top of the 6th inning Ian Desmond walked but was left on base.’

In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 7th inning Garrett Hampton singled. Charlie Blackmon walked. (Oh those walks) but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Austin was able to get to 1st on a throwing error by Nolan. What? Again? Big smile on my face. Suddenly Austin was replaced by Tim Locastro. Not sure why. Austin can run. Oh well. I knew that Austin would be replaced by Grandal. I thought Austin had done so well during the game and yet he never gets to catch an entire game.

In the top of the 8th inning Maeda struck out all three batters. Wow!

Kenta was on fire.

In the bottom of the 8th inning the Dodgers were out in order. Uh oh.

In the top of the 9th inning Kenley came out to finish the game. Now I’m a big Kenley fan but he hasn’t been the same. Gerardo Parra singled and then stole 2nd base. I was cringing at this point.

A little discussion. Kenley was able to get the final out.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Cody ground out. Chase Utley came out to pinch hit. Can’t figure out why Chase. Chase struck out. Yasmani hit a fly to left field barely missing a ball over the fence. Inches.

Extra innings. So scary.

In the top of the 10th inning, Scott Alexander came out in relief. I was really sweating. Luckily Charlie Blackmon ground out.

Dylan Floro came out in relief, striking out LeMahieu and Nolan. Luckily it really wasn’t Nolan’s day.

In the bottom of the 10th inning Max lined out.

Then Chris Taylor came out to hit. Chris has suddenly found his swing so we had our fingers crossed. Can he do it?

We were waiting to see what would happen. Then the unbelievable did happen.

He hit a huge walkoff homerun winning the game. 3-2.

The Dodgers couldn’t get out of the dugout fast enough to celebrate. It was a huge win. It was definitely a playoff atmosphere. I hope you get a feeling for how exciting that moment was for us at the game through my pictures.

There goes Chris thinking he was going to get away.

Let’s go get him guys.

It was a huge celebration. If nothing else it broke the Rockies spirit. The Dodgers had won the series no matter what the outcome of Wednesdays game. It was a no -decision for Clayton but he didn’t care because the Dodgers WON the game.

On Wednesday our Walker Buehler 7-5 ERA 2.88 faces Rockie Tyler Anderson 6-9 ERA 4.82. The Dodgers were able to prevail over Rockie ace Kyle Freeland so they will take the challenge of beating Tyler Anderson.

The Dodgers are now 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rockies. In August who would ever have thought that the Dodgers would be number one. I paid for my postseason tickets yesterday. Hopefully I’ll get to use ALL of them.

Thanks for stopping by. So happy to see my favorite family the Washingtons. It sure was the icing on the cake for me. Let’s keep winning!! GO DODGERS!!!

We All Came Together

It’s the last week of the regular season. It’s a little sad since we’re all like family no matter whether we’re fans or Dodger staff. We have our own little Dodger world and suddenly we’ll be separated for a little while.

We love our little world so much we celebrate our birthdays here. Happy Birthday Winnie!!

We come from far away places like Kansas City to actually see the Dodgers in person. Father Ted and beautiful daughter Stephanie.

I love you so much!! You make my life so much better

We really have the best fans in baseball. We bleed Dodger Blue.

Matt…. returned to Dodger Stadium excited and happy that he was back. And he has played his heart out and has shown everyone that he is a team player, that he will play any role he’s given.

Even when the Dodgers were behind in August and it seemed that there would be no playoffs, they overcame all odds and now are NUMBER ONE!! They beat the Rockies and Cardinals on their own turf.

They will climb over any obstacles in their way and triumph! Watch out Silver Fox.

And when everyone thought Ryu would never come back dominant, the Monster pitched 7 scoreless innings. Yes, I’m talking about you.

And when everyone thought the Rockies would dominate the Dodgers, look what happened.

The Rockies couldn’t figure out where this Dodger offense was coming from. Jon Gray was unceremoniously yanked from the game after giving up 6 runs in 3 innings.

Max Muncy happened. He found his swing again.

And Joc came from nowhere hitting like there was no tomorrow. I guess there would not be if they didn’t start hitting.

The Dodgers are a team who actually like each other and have fun.

I mean…they really like each other!!

And we all know that the Dodgers are always in the postseason. The sun never sets on them at the end of the regular season.

We always like a celebration.

And being in first place is a great feeling!!

The Dodgers beat the Rockies in fine fashion in the first of 3 must-win games on Monday with a score of 8-2.

On Tuesday in game two our Clayton Kershaw 8-5 ERA 2.51 will face Rockie Kyle Freeland 15-7 ERA 2.96. I’m hoping that Clayton gets run support and we can BEAT THE ROCKIES!!!

Thank you everyone for all your support this season. I appreciate you. GO DODGERS!!!

Beat the Birds

We’re going into the final lap of the regular season. The Dodgers are on the road and these final games will decide whether they will have a postseason. They were able to avoid being swept by the Cincinnati Reds. Yes…the Reds.

My good friends Yoshiko and Doug were actually attending the first game in St Louis.

Familiar faces!! Yoshiko and Doug had moved to Texas. I’ve been missing them and was happy to hear from them. Thank you for the great pics.

And who could that be but our Clayton Kershaw on the mound. Nice picture. It’s so difficult taking pictures through a net.

The menu looks pretty awesome. I think I should submit this to the Baseline Club.

The game itself seemed to be a good one for the Dodgers when they scored 3 runs in the first inning with a David Freese triple scoring Chris and Manny, and a Matt Kemp single that scored David. However the Cards weren’t going to give up so easily. They were able to score one run in the bottom of the 1st inning. Somehow it seemed that Clayton didn’t have his stuff.

The Dodgers continued their offense with Manny doubling in Justin to make it a 4-1 game in the top of the 3rd inning.

Clayton even contributed to the offense with a single in the top of the 4th scoring Kike. 5-1. Chris Taylor has suddenly found his swing and doubled scoring Austin Barnes. 6-1. Justin hit a sacrifice fly scoring Clayton. We all know how much Clayton loves hitting. Manny also hit a sacrifice fly scoring Chris. 8-1. It was starting to look like the Dodgers had the upper hand and then the 5th inning happened.

Tyson Ross hit a solo homerun. These days Clayton seems to allow a homerun or two so no one was concerned especially with the Dodgers hitting so well. But then Marcell Ozuna singled scoring Matt Carpenter. The bases had been loaded with 2 singles and an error by David Freese. Paul DeJong hit a sacrifice fly scoring Munoz. The score was now 8-3. The inning was finally over with a few scares.

There was a lot of action going on in the 6th inning but no runs: Austin singled, Clayton hit a sacrifice bunt with Austin to 2nd, Austin caught stealing 3rd base.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Harrison Badger doubled, Tyler O’Neill walked but thankfully there were no runs scored.

In the top of the 7th inning, Manny hit a solo homerun. Matt Kemp singled but was left on base. 9-4. The Dodgers were hanging onto the lead.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Kenta came out in relief. Ozuna doubled, Paul DeJong singled scoring Ozuna. 9-5. Jedd Gyorko singled with DeJong out at 3rd. No score for the Cards.

At this point I decided I was a bundle of nerves. In the top of the 8th Kike singled, Alex Verdugo singled but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Caleb Ferguson replaced Kenta. That made me very nervous. The Cards were unable to score.

In the top of the 9th inning Cody singled but was left on base with Yasiel hitting a fly to right field and Brian grounding out. OK now this was it.

Kenley came out to close the game. Kenley has had his ups and downs. I was hoping that he would be ok for this outing. The Dodgers have to win EVERY game now to go to postseason. The Rockies can’t seem to lose. The D Backs are on their downward glide as they usually are at the end of the season.

I held my breath. He walked the first batter Munoz. Take a deep breath. Martinez singled to right field. DeJong walked with Munoz to 3rd, Martinez to 2nd. Bases loaded. Remember the score is 9-5. Gyorko ground into a force out with Munoz and Martinez scoring. 9-7. I decided I couldn’t keep track of the game anymore so I played Candy Crush for a while. Two out. Lots of pinch runners for the Cards. I learned from my friend Norma that Matt Adams ground out ending the game. I was too nervous to follow the game.

This is how I felt.

The Dodgers won this very important game. On Friday our Walker Buehler 6-5 ERA 3.09 will face Jack Flaherty 8-6 ERA 2.92. These 3 final games in St. Louis are a must win. And the Rockies have to lose to the Giants.

Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!! Thanks again to my good buddy Yoshiko for these wonderful pics! Miss you, girl.

While the Dodgers Are On the Road

I don’t always share things from my personal life but I thought I would take exception with a special event that happened on Friday.

My son was promoted to Commander in the US Navy. It was a proud moment for me. He is standing in front of his ship the USS Theodore Roosevelt which is stationed at NAS North Island in San Diego CA.

Back to baseball: the Dodgers were able to pull off a win in game one of the Rockies series. No Jansen available so the bullpen had to take up the slack. Scott Alexander gave us another scare. At least Dave has learned to pull him right away rather than let him continue when he just doesn’t have it. Poor Kenta who doesn’t feel comfortable in the closer position was brought out with a man on first. Arenado struck out to end the 9th inning. Both Dodgers and Rockies left men in scoring position. Arenado wasn’t on his game with a costly throwing error. Yasiel hit a huge 463 foot homerun. The end result was a necessary Dodger win. It has the definite feel of a playoff game. We have to pay for Postseason by the 18th of this month so we will know by then if the Dodgers have a shot. The Rockies, D Backs (yes, they are still scurrying around) and the Dodgers all have a chance. Last year the Dodgers had it all tied up by now.

On Saturday Rockies SP Kyle Freeland 13-7 ERA 2.96 will face our amazing rookie 24 year old Walker Buehler 6-4 ERA 2.92. Let’s hope that the Dodgers offense picks up.

Thanks for stopping by. Only 21 games left, 6 home games. Let’s go DODGERS!!!

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!!!