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!!!

When Dreams Come True

At the end of August we had no idea how the Dodger season would play out. They were 4 1/2 games back in the Western Division. The D Backs seemed unbeatable. The Rockies were just as strong. The Dodgers had seemed to have lost their edge. With the end of the season looming, all I knew was that the Dodgers had to get their mojo back. And that’s just what happened. Led by the clutch Matt Kemp, the Dodgers clawed their way back to first.

Saturday was early batting practice as usual. We were still happy from the win on Friday night but there were still two more games to go against the D Backs and we were still smarting from the loss on Thursday.

It was Kershaw day so I was sort of confident that the Dodgers could win. He walked down the field with the weight of the world on his shoulders as he usually does.

With the expanding roster, Andrew Toles was back in the fold. Good to see him back.

Austin was starting as catcher. I remembered to wear his jersey. Last time he had started, I had not worn his jersey and he had looked right at me as he walked from bullpen to dugout and I know he noticed I did not have his jersey on. It is highly unusual for the pitcher or catcher to look at anyone so I knew I had totally blown it. Please forgive me Austin.

Matt received the Heart and Hustle award. He totally deserves it. He has given his all since coming back to the Dodgers.

It was also Childhood Cancer Day.

National Anthem

Cutie Natalee threw out the first pitch. These pictures are for her family. Hi Grandma.

Ahhhh. My fave Matt. Hi Matt!! The yellow they are wearing is in honor of childhood cancer awareness.

Kike always gives the trainers a LOT of love.

I thought Austin didn’t even look at me but I guess he did. He should not forgive me for not wearing his jersey the last time. He didn’t even acknowledge my existence as he walked by.

It looks like Matt and Manny are buddies.

Is it my imagination or does it look like he is posing for me? He stands right in front of me while he does his warming up throws. Nah….

I love seeing my besties at the game. Hi Valerie!! You can see there was quite a crowd already there.

First pitch. It was one of those games that seemed so horribly boring especially when the other team seems to have the upper hand.

Clayton gave up two homeruns: in the 2nd to Escobar and then in the 6th to Christian Walker (who?). Those were the only runs that Clayton allowed. But it seemed like the Dodgers would be in a hole for the whole game since the offense just wasn’t feeling it.

The first whimper from the Dodgers came in the bottom of the 1st when Justin walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 2nd was the Escobar homerun. 0-1. I hate it when the Dodgers start out in a hole.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, newly acquired David Freese singled, his first hit as a Dodger. We like him already.

Austin singled to 3rd base with David going to 2nd base. Austin has been connecting with the ball lately. Go Austin!! Unfortunately everyone was left on base when Clayton struck out. We all groaned…men left on base!!!!

In the top of the 3rd inning the D Backs were out in order.

Patrick Corbin was doing a good job keeping the Dodgers from scoring.

Justin Turner doubled in the bottom of the 3rd inning but was left on base. EEEEEK.

In the top of the 4th inning, the D Backs were out in order with hard-hitters Goldschmidt, Peralta and Escobar all grounding out.,

In the bottom of the 4th inning David Freese was hit by a pitch, Yasiel reached on a force attempt with David to 3rd and Yasiel to 2nd. Austin reached on a fielders choice with David unfortunately out at home. So many chances and yet no Dodger runs scored. I was starting to feel a little grumpy. I must have texted Norma at least 10 times.

In the top of the 5th inning the D Backs were out in order as were the Dodgers in the bottom of the 5th.

In the top of the 6th inning Walker hit a solo homerun to center. 0-2. Paul Goldschmidt singled and Peralta reached on a fielding error by Brian Dozier. The damage was limited to only the homerun.

In the bottom of the 6th inning the Dodgers were out in order. Time was running out.

In the top of the 7th inning, Marte singled but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Dodgers were again out in order. I was starting to eye the exit.

In the top of the 8th inning the D Backs were out in order. Kenta Maeda had replaced Kershaw. Kenta has been absolutely wonderful in his new role as long reliever. Not sure how he feels about it. In Japan it would not be considered a good thing to be demoted to reliever. However Kenta will pitch his heart out no matter what. That’s the Japanese work ethic.

In the bottom of the 8th inning time was running out. I put away my camera. Big mistake. Little did I know the clutch Dodgers were playing now. Justin singled to right field. Manny walked. And then Matt Kemp did what he does best. He slammed a huge 3 run homerun to center field scoring Justin and Manny. What just happened? Now the Dodgers were ahead for the first time in the game. 3-2. Joc singled but was left on base. Matt has been effective with runners in scoring position. He had been told by Roberts that he would be relegated to a platoon role. His mind set is that whatever it takes to win is what he’ll do. What a team player!!

What a great turn of events!!

The guys definitely had looked a little glum before the homerun. No smiles there.

Dave had showed his confidence in Kenley even though there had been a few blown saves. The guys are still looking glum although the score is in their favor. Nick Ahmed doubled to center. Uh oh. But Marte popped out and the Dodgers win.

It was an exciting, if unexpected victory. Thank you Matt. The Dodgers are now tied with the D Backs for first place in the Western Division.

Sundays are always hot. It started out deceptively cool with a nice cloud cover. I knew that it wouldn’t last because after all it was a Sunday. I can count on one finger the Sundays that have been bearable.

Yasmani walked down the field and actually looked toward us. That was highly unusual.

One of my favorites, Walker Buehler was the starting pitcher. He still looks like a high school student but has the poise of a veteran.

It still was nice. A slight wind was blowing. The sun wasn’t out yet.

James Edward Olmos threw out the first pitch in honor of his new FX series the Mayans.

The day was still gorgeous. If only it could have stayed that way!

I told all the autograph seekers that they haven’t been signing lately. I think it’s better that they concentrate on their playing. There goes Justin and everyone else.

But Kike gave the trainers his usual hugs before he left.

MaxAnd there’s Manny posing for me again. Thank you Manny!

Walker and Yasmani

Batgirl Amy with Justin and Walker in the background. Love those photo bombs.

First pitch

Clay Buchholz was the starting pitcher for the D Backs.

In the top of the 1st inning AJ Pollock walked, Goldschmidt singled. Both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 1st inning the Dodgers were out in order. I was starting to feel a little hot. Of course the sun came out as the game started so we were all steaming.

In the top of the 2nd inning Walker was perfect as usual striking out two and the final D Back grounding out.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Dodgers were out in order. By that time my camera was getting hot so I decided to go up to the club as I usually do on Sundays.

My spot complete with hydroflask, my mainstay on these hot summer days. The drinks cool down too quickly outside.

I confess I ate during the entire game. But the food was so wonderful with my favorite bread pudding piled on my plate. The beef brisket was tender and tasty. I always love their macaroni salad, this time Italian style with mozzarella balls. I probably ate too much.

The game progressed with nothing really happening until the 5th inning when Max hit a solo homerun 1-0. Hmmm. I didn’t venture out of the club because it was way too hot out there. Walker and Joc both singled but was left on base. In the top of the 7th inning the D Backs were able to tie the game with a questionable call at home plate. First the problem was did Yasmani block the plate. No he didn’t. That was obvious. So then the D Backs also questioned whether Yasmani had tagged Goldschmidt. It seemed that he had tagged him at the belt buckle. But then the Dodgers never win these challenges. Ever. Maybe once in 50 times. I was fuming. Not sure whether it was the heat or just because I hate the umpires.

I decided to go out to the field and head over toward the 1st base side. Matt hadn’t started the game but he came in as a pinch hitter.

Caleb Ferguson came out in relief. I was on a rant when Souza walked and AJ Pollock singled. Goldschmidt was walked. They were left on base.

In the bottom of the 8th inning with the score still tied, the Dodgers were out in order with Manny hitting a fly and Cody and Brian grounding out.

In the top of the 9th inning with Ferguson still pitching, Descalso hit a solo homerun. The Dodgers were now behind 1-2. Great. Avila doubled but Souza was called out on strikes. I was really unhappy.

In the bottom of the 9th inning it looked like Dave was using Chris Taylor as a pinch hitter. I love Chris Taylor but he has been consistently striking out. Why put him in this high pressure situation? There are many more players with the expanded roster. I thought that Alex Verdugo would be a good choice since he has been wonderful in Triple A. But what do I know? To my surprise, Dave decided the same thing. Instead of Chris Taylor, Alex was asked to pinch hit. Alex is a very smart batter.

They brought Brad Boxberger out to pitch.

Alex walked. Very smart.

Max walked as well and was replaced with Tim Locastro as pinch-runner. Alex went to 2nd.

The guys in the dugout don’t look happy at this point. Believe in miracles, guys!!!

Kike being the all utility and all purpose guy was able to lay down a successful sacrifice bunt with Alex going to 3rd and Tim to 2nd. Way to go Kike.

We know bad choices and we also know good choices. Here comes Archie Bradley, the hard luck closer from the night before. I thought that they should bring my Matty back out to face Bradley. But then who am I? To my surprise they did bring Matt out to face Bradly again. But how can a miracle happen two nights in a row? I prayed as hard as I could promising to never to doubt my Dodgers again when the unexpected happened. Matt hit a huge double which bounced against the back wall, scoring Alex and fleet footed Tim. The Dodgers win 3-2 coming from behind in dramatic fashion.

How perfect that Matt had received the Dodgers Heart and Hustle award just that day!!

This is obviously not my picture, but the guys all stormed over by my seat. Unfortunately I was over on the first base side. Thank you for the pic, Nicole!!!

It was such a feel-good win. Hugs all around. I know it broke the D Backs spirit especially Bradley whom I actually feel sorry for. He stated he just wanted to get the hell out of L.A. Cody chest-bumped Joc and knocked him to the ground. Oops. Matt was doused with Gatorade for the 2nd night in a row. I’m so happy for Matt. This is definitely his finest season, 2nd only to his MVP season. I know Ryan Braun got the MVP that year but we all know what a cheater he was.

On Labor Day, our Alex Wood (yes, I am wearing your jersey) 8-6 ERA 3.42 will face Jacob deGrom 8-8 ERA 1.68. Yikes…1.68? Dodgers need to up their offense. I wonder if Matt will start. Never know with the lineup all over the place with the lefty-righty thing going on.

Thanks everyone for sticking with me in the good times and bad. LIFE IS GOOD!! The last two games had postseason feel for sure.

GO DODGERS!!! Go Matt!!!

The Perfect Day

These days a perfect day for me is a Dodger win. Friday was no different. However the day started much earlier. It all started bright and early with a Matt Kemp-Orel Hershiser luncheon. My friend Norma was nice enough to drive us there.

As usual the food was spectacular.

I filled up my plate of course.

Dessert consisted of cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar and brownies.

I didn’t think my dish was too full.

We were waiting for our guests of honor: Matty and Orel.

Of course we were very excited to be there. Usually we have 2-3 special luncheons a season. This was probably the best one I’ve been to so far. Matt answered Orel’s questions and then took questions from some of the fans attending. He and Orel were so funny we laughed through the whole program.

Orel is a great interviewer or should I say “set up man.”

Matt was afraid he had come to the luncheon underdressed. He basically was worried about his ashy legs.

I don’t think I have laughed this hard in a long time.

Matt had come back to the Dodgers and given a second chance. For this he is extremely grateful since he considers the Dodgers his team. He said he hopes he stays with the team he loves so much. Matt was engaging and charming.

We had snagged the best table in the house right in front of Matty and Orel.

I wanted to make sure I got the best pictures possible on this special occasion.

After the interview, Matt had to hurry back to finish up his workout. He did stop long enough to give me a nice hug. LIFE IS GOOD!!

I decided to stay at the Stadium until batting practice. It was only an hour from the time I would have been leaving from home anyway. I walked around the stadium in the heat of the afternoon until I reached suite level which is where many employees come in. I sat on the couch in air conditioned comfort which was a relief after trudging through the harsh sunlight.

I thought that probably it was a good time to people watch. I saw Charlie Steiner walk by. Next I saw Don Newcombe with his wife. I decided I had found the perfect spot to wait.

When I saw Dieter Ruhle the stadium organist I jumped up and said hi to him. Dieter was very engaging and instantly became my new stadium crush.

I play the organ so I know that playing it is not so easy.

The field looks very different from Suite level. I usually am very close to the field.

I went down to field level since it was early batting practice time. The time had passed quickly.

It was already starting to cool down which I was grateful for. The days are slowly becoming shorter and the nights are cooling down earlier. Fall is approaching and with that playoff October. We still have hopes of winning the West. The Dodgers have pretty much owned the West for the last few years. The Dodgers have not disappointed us.

The guys were wearing their workout gear. Not sure why certain announcers think they should all be in uniform with their names on the back. Comfort should be the key especially when it’s so hot and ugly out there.

They were making a half-hearted attempt to follow trainer Travis.

Like this, guys….!

OK, yeah, we can follow directions.

Let’s do a couple more leg kicks and then go on with business.

They moved further out as fans continued to yell at them for balls, autographs, etc. Come on everyone…let them practice!

Chris Taylor was nice enough to come sign for some fans which is unusual. But did I hear any thank you’s? I don’t understand fan mentality sometimes. I would rather that the players win games. It’s not their duty or obligation to sign autographs.

Kenley came out to the field to throw a few balls. We all watched him curiously since he really hasn’t been himself since his heart went into atrial fibrillation again. He went off his meds because they made him feel less alert, not a good feeling.

At the dugout, Brian Dozier signed as he usually does. He loves LA.

There goes Dad and Kike.

Austin stopped to sign for a fan. He did give me one of his famous grins. Why do I love these pics of him so much?

Time to eat again. The chicken curry was delicious as usual. And I can’t say enough about the salads. It was an all day eating fest for me.

I got back to the field in time to see Yasmani take his walk from dugout to bullpen.

And there was Hyun-Jin Ryu already by the bullpen. He never walks the length of the field in front of the fans. Not sure why,

I know it’s just my imagination that Ryu is looking at me. Or is it?

Walker Buehler was giving an interview on SportsNet. He pitches on Sunday.

Max who also isn’t looking at me.

The National Anthem

More stretching

Here comes Yasmani. I don’t think he likes me calling out to him “Good game, Yasmani!” But I do it anyway, If you think they can’t hear anything, they can actually hear EVERYTHING!

A few pics of Manny. I have unintentionally not posted many of him. I wonder if he’s making a point of it by standing right in front of me.

I noticed he’s moved closer and closer to me when he’s throwing the ball before the game. And I know he definitely isn’t looking right at me. Hi Manny!

And back to Ryu who definitely isn’t staring at me.

First pitch. Justin is all in my way.

And pitching for the D Backs is ex-Dodger Zack Greinke. Will we be able to get to him this time. Zack doesn’t always have his best stuff when he pitches to the Dodgers. This is one game that was very important to the Dodgers…not that every game isn’t important.

In the first inning Steven Souza Jr singled and then Dodger killer Paul Goldschmidt hit a 2 run homerun, putting the Dodgers into an early hole. 0-2. I was already feeling it. Luckily Ryu limited the damage.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers were out in order. This definitely was not the way I wanted the game to go.

In the top of the 2nd inning, the D Backs were out in order.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Cody doubled to left field.

But he was left on base. Oh no, not again. Similar story to other games…men left on base.

In the top of the 3rd inning, Souza singled to 2nd base but was left on base. I was starting to get heartburn.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Puig singled to 2nd base.

Ryu was out on a perfectly executed bunt with Puig going to 2nd.

Wild pitch by Zack with Puig going to 3rd. I was thinking that the Dodgers were already getting to Zack.

Joc singled scoring Puig. 1-2.

Justin singled but was left on base. At least the Dodgers were able to score.

In the top of the 4th inning Escobar singled but Nick Ahmed ground into a double play ending the inning.

In the bottom of the 4th inning Max walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 5th inning the D Backs were out in order. In the bottom of the 5th inning Justin was hit by a pitch but was left on base. I was starting to get nervous. The score was still 1-2.

In the top of the 6th inning the D Backs were out in order. Ryu was pitching a magnificent game!!

In the bottom of the 6th inning the Dodgers were out in order. Time was running out.

In the top of the 7th inning, with Ryu still pitching, the D Backs were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 7th inning a miracle named Kike Hernandez happened. He came out to pinch hit for Ryu and he tied the score with a huge homerun.

Was Kike happy? I would say yes. The whole stadium was on their feet except the D Backs fans. I think there were a couple. The score was now tied. 2-2.

In the top of the 8th inning Dylan Floro came out in relief. We all had our fingers crossed. It was a tie score.

I really like Dylan so I hoped he could keep the Dodgers in the game. Marte reached first on a fielding error. Uh oh not good to have a runner on base. With a surprise move by D Backs coach, Greinke who was ready to be replaced was allowed to hit for himself. He was out on a sacrifice bunt with Marte going to 2nd. Wild pitch sent Marte to 3rd. Thankfully Souza ground out ending the inning. Were we all sweating bullets? Uh yeah.

There goes Zack. Not a good game for him.

Another miracle happened in the bottom of the 8th inning. Something that hasn’t happened very much for the Dodgers.

Justin hit a solo homerun pulling the Dodgers ahead of the D Backs. 3-2.

Amidst all the turmoil of the game, there were some good things going on in the stands.

Little cutie in front of me stole some grapes from the seat behind her. Hehe. I won’t tell.

Some fans in front of me thanked me for yelling at a fan who kept standing up blocking the view. I think I scared that fan because he didn’t stand up for the rest of the game. I am very scary.

I ran into one of my very favorite guest services people, Oscar. Hi Oscar. It looks like he has a halo…one of my special effects..just kidding.

Kenley was asked by Manager Dave to close the game. Kenley has not been himself since he was on DL for his heart. He came out to the field cheered on by us Dodger fans who gave him a lot of love. Matt had told us at the luncheon that they all feed off of the fans cheers. It revs them up and makes them try even harder.

Goldschmidt doubled which totally scared us.

Let’s talk. Dude. We have this.

And Kenley did it. The last two D Backs were out and DODGERS WIN!!! A huge victory for us. We needed this.

First thing, Yasmani gave the big guy a huge hug. Everyone was rooting for Kenley.

Man…someone gave me a flat tire.You just can’t imagine how huge this win was for everyone….it was like a playoff game. WE HAD TO WIN!! And Dodgers did just that. Kenley was able to save the game. We were all happy.

The night ended with spectacular fireworks, probably the best I have ever seen, or maybe it was because the night was so special for us Dodger fans.

I have not had a wonderful day like this in a long time. It was very special. But it was a very long day beginning with the luncheon which seemed an eternity ago. I was exhausted but happy.

With the Dodgers in 2nd place, only 1 game back, ace Clayton Kershaw 6-5 ERA 2.39 will face D Back Patrick Corbin 10-5 ERA 3.15. The Dodgers don’t usually fare well against Corbin but the Dodgers are DETERMINED! And it is Clayton pitching. Please please give him run support!!

Thanks you for stopping by. Let’s win this series. There are only 11 home games left, 27 total left in the season. Every game is a must-win situation.

GO DODGERS!!!

Texas!!!

Baseball season can definitely have its up’s and downs.

The Dodgers began the weekend 41/2 games behind the D Backs. They are now only one game back.

One of the sad events that has occurred this season was my friend Yoshiko’s move to Texas. I really miss her.

She was able to watch Tuesday’s game with the Rangers in Arlington Texas. Kudos to her since I know how hot and humid Texas can be during the summer.

Thank you Yoshiko for the pics of our guys!

I always love dugout pics.

Thanks for always being a Dodger fan!!

Let’s beat the Rangers again!!!

GO DODGERS!

Thanks for stopping by. The Dodgers return Thursday for a huge series with the D Backs. See you there!