Jackie Robinson Day

It was a glorious day. It was Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball.

I was prepared for a Dodger win.

It was wonderful to see Justin Turner looking like himself. Maybe he’ll come back soon. His hair and beard are growing back.

Of course I had to go to the club to eat first.

Clayton was on the field going through his usual routine.

Austin was catching

It was awesome that the giveaway was a Jackie Robinson jersey.

Since everyone was “42” and there were no names on the back, you have to guess who’s who.

Classic Clayton

Perfect weather for a Sunday. 70’s. But I was already feeling hot.

Are you already guessing who everyone is?

First pitch by a former Jackie Robinson scholarship winner.

Unbelievable that Chris Taylor is actually signing. I had been arguing with Norma’s friend Nick about Dodger stuff. I was starting to get a little heated about what he was saying about Matt Kemp. Why do I always have to defend him? And then while I was taking these pictures of Chris, I heard a big thud. It turned out that Nick had been hit in the forehead by a ball thrown by Chase Utley. Chase came over and apologized and said “Could I sign your head, I mean your ball.” Nick wasn’t hurt so the comment was funny. Chase signed his mitt and later sent a ball over to him. Never argue with me….!

Corey also signed. After all, it was Jackie Robinson Day. I want one of those jerseys.

National Anthem time

Sung by one of my favorites: Jeffrey Osborne

Clayton and Austin.

First pitch

I seriously think someone is looking at me.

It was a classic Clayton Kershaw day.

In the top of the 1st inning, Peralta reached on a fielding error by Kike Hernandez who was taking Logan’s place who was taking JT’s place. Well, you know. He was left on base.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers were out in order. Zack Godley the D Backs pitcher has been great this season. The Dodgers were facing a formidable opponent.

In the top of the 2nd inning, the D Backs were out in order. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Yasiel reached 1st on a fielding error by Nick Ahmed.

Austin walked.

Chase walked. Yasiel to 3rd. Austin to 2nd.

Some discussion. What is going on anyway? We always beat the Dodgers. But it is Kershaw!!

Kike out on a sacrifice fly scoring Yasiel!! 1-0.

In the top of the 3rd inning, Peralta doubled but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Corey walked. The Dodgers are showing a discipline that they showed last season.

Matt walked.

Cody singled with Corey on 3rd, Matt on 2nd, loading the bases.

Time for more discussion, more scuffling around.

Yasiel singled to center scoring Corey and Matt. 3-0.

The D Backs are definitely in trouble.

Austin walked with Cody to 3rd, Yasiel to 2nd.

Number 42 walks. Just kidding…that’s Chase. That walk scored Cody. What a way to score a run. I know the D Backs were fuming over that one. 4-0. Everyone was left on base when Clayton struck out. I know he was upset he couldn’t get a hit.

In the top of the 4th inning the D Backs were out in order. They had lost their spirit about that time. It seemed like they had just given up.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Chris hit a homerun, Corey singled. 5-0. In the bottom of the 5th inning, the D Backs were out in order,

In the bottom of the 6th inning Austin singled and by that time the D Backs coach replaced Zack Godley with John Ryan Murphy. It wasn’t any better for the D Backs. Chase doubled, Chris Taylor doubled scoring Austin and Chase. 7-0.

In the top of the 6th inning the D Backs were again out in order.

I was up in the club eating cookies. It was too hot for me….and the cookies were calling me.

Do you blame me?

In the top of the 7th inning Goldschmidt hit a homerun so the D Backs wouldn’t be shut out. 7-1.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, pinch hitter Breyvic Valera came into the game and walked. He just was brought up from minors to replace Logan who is out on 10 day DL with strained right shoulder.

He had been looking out at the field longingly before the game watching the guys stretching. He will be wearing number 33.

In the top of the 8th inning with Baez pitching, the D Backs were out in order.

Don’t you just love it. Long time coming.

Spy cam on the dugout.

Spy cam on Amy across the field.

The final score was 7-2. Clayton struck out 12. Chris Taylor broke out with 3 RBI’s with a homerun. Clayton finally had his first win.

So we ended Jackie Robinson Day happily as it should be.

The Dodgers go on the road and I go back to work. The homestand was not a complete fiasco.

Thanks for stopping by. See everyone soon. GO DODGERS!!!!

Going to the Dogs

Saturday started out a fun day. It was Pups in the Park. Fans were able to bring their dogs to the stadium.

The day started out as usual. The guys were out on the field practicing.

I decided to go to the club to eat so I wouldn’t miss the pups on parade.

The food was so good I had a hard time leaving the club. The fare included Emi tuna poke cups, BLT ranch pasta salad, honey mustard grilled pork medallions, baseline burgers (I had to take two halves), smoked wild turkey piccata. But I didn’t want to miss the dogs so I left all that delicious food and went out to the field.

Do the dogs resemble their owners?

Just saying.

This little guy was pretty much done.

A friendly hello

Award for longest tongue goes to….!

Norma enjoyed the entire show

And here comes the pooper scooper.

Hopefully they cleaned it up.

A little stretching

National Anthem time

Cody signed a few autographs to everyone’s delight.

Rich, Yaz and Rich on their way to the dugout. Watch your step guys.

First pitch. Very little to report after that.

Chris Taylor walked in the 1st inning.

Yasmani singled but both were left on base when Cody struck out.

Joc singled to center scoring Yasiel. 1-0. This was the only time the Dodgers scored. Sad face.

Chase singled but both were left on base. In the 3rd inning, the D Backs scored with a walk, double and homerun. 1-3. I predicted that the game was already over.

The game ended with a score of 1-9. It was another sad day. There were some good parts.

Robert and son Lucas

Loved the Tiffany blue shoes that some of the D Backs were wearing.

Happy moments

The dogs were fun.

I did get a selfie with Mark Pryor.

The onion rings were good.

I love my wonderful guest services folks

Norma and Donna had a great time with the dogs.

There are always positives with every game, win or lose. It’s our Dodgers after all.

And Clayton would be pitching on Sunday. We knew he would right the ship. It was a day game however and I HATE DAY GAMES! Too hot.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate everyone who reads this blog. GO DODGERS!!!

Never Give Up

It was another heartbreaking game. I hope the entire season won’t be like Friday’s game.

It was another nice day, weather wise.

The guys were on the field doing some serious batting, throwing and fielding. They do look a little different than they do during the game. Dodger casual.

Probably one of the only positives of the day was getting Matt’s spring Training jersey signed. Of course when he stopped to sign it, several other fans waved their balls at him to sign. Can’t just sign one item because they get bombarded with requests.

I knew that the food would get me in a good mood. It always does. Food is always my happy place.

I was right. The firecracker chicken legs were delicious. I waddled back out to the field after I finished eating.

Will and Kenta were on the field. They were obviously waiting for me.

So was Yaz. No one on the team looked particularly happy. It’s been a few tough days for them. If the fans aren’t happy, the Dodgers aren’t either.

I think Dave Styles is ignoring me.

He doesn’t smile much

No one seems to be doing much smiling.

Andre Ingram threw out the first pitch.

The guys cleaned up a little and were on the field stretching.

Corey signed a few autographs for the first time in a while

So did Cody and that was about it.

Is that gum on my shoe??? And what does Kike do with his pants?

Matt’s hair just keeps on growing

Kenta and Yaz…no small talk on the way to the dugout

First pitch

And that’s where it started to go downhill.

The theme was all too familiar. Not so good defense…no run support. Kenta had a horrible outing. But let’s not judge him on this game solely. His last game was probably his best. Everyone wants to relegate him back to the bullpen. Hold your horses. No one is happy when they’re losing. Fans were leaving in droves.

It is tough when the hated D Backs were able to score in the top of the 1st inning. but Chris Taylor came back with a homerun. 1-1. That was about it until the Dodgers woke up in the 6th inning with a Cody Bellinger homerun to right field.

In the 7th inning, I thought the Dodgers had already thrown in the towel when they rebounded with a few runs making the score 5-7. But Nick Ahmed hit a homerun in the top of the 8th making the score 5-8.

Ultimately the final score 7-8 showed that the Dodgers had not given up. It’s good to see some fight left in the National League champs.

There were a few good moments during the evening…not particularly pertaining to the Dodgers.

The twins were there. They brought their parents with them.

Good to see old friends.

Dave Styles was there. Smile Dave.

Good to see fellow co-worker Matt who looks totally different out of scrubs.

And his awesome family….love those Dodger dogs!!

They had a great view of the game.

Saturday is another day. Maybe the Dodgers can win. Please let’s not get swept by the D Backs!! D Backs pitcher Taijuan Walker 3.27 ERA will face our Rich Hill ERA 2.70. The game will begin at 6:10 so hopefully we’ll get home earlier. The last few home games have been drawn out affairs. Last nights game lasted a torturous 3 1/2 hours. The game Wednesday which is one we all want to forget lasted 3 hours 50 minutes. But who actually stayed the whole game?

However Saturday will be Pups in the Park so it should be fun. Dogs always make everyone happy.

Thanks for stopping by. One of these days, I will be able to report a win. Soon, I hope. GO DODGERS!!!

Sigh!!!

It only seems to go from bad to worse. Wednesday’s game was another one that is forgettable. In fact, most of the season so far is forgettable or as the announcers like to say, “Let’s just turn the page.” Hopefully we don’t have to speed read this season.

Oakland has one of the worst teams, 4th place out of five in the American League West. The Dodgers also are in 4th place. How can the Dodgers lose so badly to a not-so-good team? I spent most of the game with my eyes covered. I finally left before the 8th inning. It still is early in the season for me to exit so early.

I had wanted to go on the field so I could at least get closer to one of my favorite players: Trayce, but was told it would be my only time on the field this season. It’s too early to go on the field and not have that to look forward to later on so I decided not to. It was giveaway day. I didn’t want to miss out on the hooded sweatshirt. By the time I would be done with the field experience, who knows if there would be any more of the giveaways left.

I sit in the Baseline section of the stadium. I pay an exorbitant amount for my season ticket. Every year they take something away. When I first became a season ticket holder in that very pricey section, it seemed so worth it. Season ticket holders were given a free suite, a trip to either San Francisco or San Diego all expenses paid, field experience, kids take the field, a year book, a gift. Most of that was taken away so all we get is one field experience. I never got the trip. I never got the suite. I did get a yearbook. The best Dodger rep I ever had was Caroline Phillips who now is a rep for the Chicago Cubs. She gave me the opportunity to be on the field when there were openings. It was great for my blog since I had more pictures to share. We all hated to see her go but she is doing well there and is very happy.

Back to the horrendous game. You can tell I’m trying to avoid it.

It was a beautiful day for baseball. That was probably the only good thing about the day.

The food was fantastic. If nothing else, the spread in the club makes me happy. I may gain 40 pounds in the process though. How does Tuscan garlic chicken, sun dried tomato meatball skillet, truffle loaded mac-n-cheese, fried southern catfish and roasted corn and pineapple sound? It went downhill from there.

Don’t you love Clayton’s shirt. He came out to the field very far away…probably to keep his distance from the demanding fans.

Little did these guys know that they were soon to be totally slaughtered in a one-sided game that most fans just couldn’t stay to watch. The stands started to empty before the game was even half over. That’s actually pretty early even for a Dodger fan who comes in the 5th inning and leaves in the 7th.

All the praying in the world wouldn’t help the hapless Dodgers on this sad day in April.

Christina with Alex in the background

Crime fiction writer Michael Connelly threw out the first pitch. He’s one of my favorites.

Alex had the worst game I have ever seen him pitch. Even my good luck Alex Wood 4th of July jersey didn’t help.

Some of us agree it’s Karma. Let’s just DFA Trayce. It just so happens that the sorry team he is now on beat the pants off World Series contender Dodgers by a score we would not soon forget. 6-16. Trayce jumped and caught a certain 2 homerun ball hit by Yasiel before it could fly over the fence. That was the momentum breaker. The Dodgers could have come within 3 runs of the A’s if the ball had been allowed to continue on over the fence. The score at that point was still 4-9.

https://www.mlb.com/video/thompson-robs-puig-of-a-homer/c-1930452083

It just broke everyone’s spirit. The fans started to leave in droves at that point. Relief pitcher Scott Alexander who is barely recognizable clean shaven proved batting practice to the A’s. Maybe he better grow it all back.

Matt Kemp…yes, the player the Dodgers acquired to trade had a great game. His average is now .355. His OPS is an awesome 960. Yasmani, the catcher they put into backup catcher mode at the end of last season, had an amazing game with a huge homerun. His average is .375. His OPS is 1.069. The Dodgers chose to keep Joc (whom I love with all my heart) on the 25 man roster with an average of .143. He actually started Wednesday’s game. Huh?? Chris Taylor .208. Corey .214. Logan .175. What happened to the offense?? Maybe we should bring Andrew Toles up. It was a pay back game. Karma is a BITCH.

I did get some great shots of Trayce.

He cut off his hair again. He had the cutest curly hair before he chopped it all off.

He is multi-talented. He can blow bubbles with his gum and eat sunflower seeds at the same time.

Blue is actually a better color for him. Sigh!!!!

Uh oh. Spotted!

Amid boo’s from Dodger fans who were simmering over his fantastic catch, he had his last revenge…He was the last Athletic to get a hit…a line drive base hit. Oh well, what did I say about Karma.

Oops…didn’t get all of his hair…

a few ticks and it all goes back under the hat!

The Dodgers thankfully have an off day to regroup and figure out what is going wrong. Hopefully they can figure it out because number one hated D Backs will be in town on Friday with sourpuss Zack Greinke facing our Kenta Maeda. Remember that Kenta was skipped over and placed in the bullpen because of a rainout. Kenta actually has an ERA 0.00 and has had one victory. Zack has a 5.06 ERA so has had a rocky start. In a perfect world, Yasiel should hit a homerun against Zack since there is no love there. The D Backs have a record of 9-3. Some of the teams have had a great start. The Red Sox have only lost 2 games! The Pirates 8-3. The Mets 10-1. And which former well-loved Dodger is on that #1 team?? Hint: El Titan!!!The Dodgers have quite a bit of catching up to do with a record of 4-7.

Thanks for stopping by. Usually when the Dodgers lose, I can’t get motivated to write this blog. I’m going to work tonight so will be tired for the game Friday. Hopefully there won’t be a need for me to be grumpy.

GO DODGERS!!! Let’s beat those Snakes!

Back In LA

The Dodgers were back in town after a disappointing start to the season. Tuesday was a gorgeous day…perfect for the beginning of a winning streak!

There already was a shade over the seats which was nice considering it was a warm day. The Dodgers were in the middle of their practice. The field was crowded with Dodgers.

They had to get it going. Their offense has been sputtering along. It’s time to get back in the groove and become the winning team that they are. The starting pitchers have been outstanding but have nothing to show for it except exceptional ERA’s.

Rich HillI had my eye out for Trayce who is now with the Oakland A’s. I went over to the other side which I jokingly call the “Dark Side” or the “enemy side” to get a better vantage point. He was just too far away.

There he is!!! But he was just too far away. He looks strange in other than Dodger blue. Sad face. I gave up and went up to the club to eat. I was starving.

The food again was fantastic. I didn’t have much of an appetite. I was sad about not being able to get very close to Trayce. There were falafel gyro wraps a delicious Worcestershire butter beef roast, honey sriracha turkey breast, Chile lime quinoa fruit salad, polenta steaks, pesto crusted mahi-mahi.

Trayce was just so far away.

Just not having any luck.

I cheered myself up with Matt’s Spring Training jersey. I may have to get it autographed.

Back to the field again. Ryu was pitching. Hi there!!! The starting pitchers have been outstanding but have gotten no run support. Time to start hitting. It was baseball trading card giveaway day by the way.

It would be Hyun-Jin and Austin as the pitching-catching battery.

Austin had a determined look. This would be start of a winning streak.

Todd Gurley was throwing out the first pitch.

And little Mikey was part of “Kids take the field”. Lucky kid!!

Trying to get pictures of the kids is difficult. There are just too many moving parts.

Good to be back at the stadium with my friends. Let’s tell the guys it’s not ST anymore!!

They came out to stretch. I had worked the night before so I was feeling the effects of sleep deprivation. I felt so tired. Nothing seemed to be going my way.

But I perked up when I saw my Matt. He was in good spirits. All smiles as usual. He is just so happy to be back in LA. I was wearing my Kemp tee shirt of course.

Corey received his Silver Slugger award. What an honor!! They had presented Trayce and Chris Hatcher with their National League championship rings earlier.

Matt continued his workout.

National Anthem. I wonder how Matt keeps his hat on.

First pitch. Ryu was magnificent!! He allowed only one hit with 8 strikeouts. No runs.

In the first inning, Matt Chapman walked but was left on base.

The excitement began when Chris Taylor hit a homerun to left center field. 1-0.

Next up Corey Seager also homered but to right center field. 2-0. We were in a frenzy. Back to back homeruns!

Matt Kemp doubled to right field.

But was left on base. The A’s were already in trouble.

In the second inning, the A’s were out in order. Ryu was looking good.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Ryu walked but was left on base when Chris Taylor struck out.

In the top of the 3rd inning, the A’s were out in order.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Kike singled to center field.

And went to 2nd on a wild pitch but was left on base when Matt struck out swinging.

In the top of the 4th inning, the A’s were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 4th inning Austin singled to center field.

And holy smokes…Ryu singled to left field

They were left on base when Chris ground out.

In the top of the 5th inning, Stephen Piscotty singled…the first hit of the game for the A’s. He was left on base.

In the bottom of the 5th inning

Yasiel hit a single to 2nd base but took a chance and was out at 2nd.

Here is a very blurry shot of his effort but at least you can see the effort. He was applauded by the fans for his effort.

A little cotton candy for the cutest family at Dodger Stadium.

They have a new addition.

In the top of the 6th inning Trayce struck out swinging. I’m glad I was in the club and missed it. The A’s were again out in order

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Matt hit a huge homerun to right center field, his first in Dodger uniform since 2014!!! We were all screaming. The LA fans love our Matt!! 3-0. Cody singled, Logan doubled to left field scoring Cody. Austin walked.

Pitching change for the A’s with two Dodgers on base.

Pinch hitter Joc struck out. Yikes!! Joc!!!

Chris ground into a double play leaving everyone on base. Oh well!!

In the top of the 7th inning Kris Davis singled with Tony Cingrani pitching in place of Ryu. He was left on base.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 8th inning, Piscotty walked with Stripling pitching. Marcus Semien hit a ground rule double to the left field line but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 8th inning Matt popped out. I love this shot.

Cody singled but was left on base.

Time to take a look at the dugout. Is that Chris Hatcher pitching for the A’s??

Kris Davis singled to center field and Matt Olson singled with Stripling still pitching in relief. Time to get him out of the game.

Out came big guy Kenley to finish the game.

It was looking good at the top of the 9th with only one more out to go. Kenley was able to strike Jonathan Lucroy out. Then Piscotty ground out and the Dodgers win!!

It was an exhilarating feeling to hear “I Love LA” again.

We all were happy.

Let’s keep the winning streak alive!! Two games now!!

On Wednesday, Alex Wood with an ERA of 1.93 will face Daniel Mengden with an ERA of 6.55. I’ll try again to see Trayce because this may be my last time.

Hi Valerie!! Good to see you.

Thanks everyone for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!!

What’s Happening?

The Dodgers can’t seem to win a game. What happened?

My theory is always chemistry. Where is Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, Trayce Thompson? So you say these guys don’t make a difference.

The Dodgers have all the right moving parts to win games. The pitching hasn’t been bad. But where is the heart we all are used to seeing? They can’t even seem to get a break. All the teams seem to be taking their turns sweeping the Dodgers off their feet.

Adrian was well respected by everyone. He was a vital part of the team. Now Cody who took his place can’t quite get his ROY swing. I admit there is a big hole in Dodger Stadium where Andre would smile from ear to ear and just make everyone happy. I miss him terribly. And Trayce…he was loved by everyone for his quiet perseverance. It’s not quite the same for me when I am at the stadium. I’ll see him Tuesday but he will be wearing Oakland colors.

Can you imagine how the guys would do without Chase?

You all keep telling me Baseball is a business. Tell the guys that so maybe the Dodgers can start winning again. It’s a terrible start to the season.

I’ll be happy to go to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, not so much to see my guys, but to see Trayce.

The Dodgers will get it together again, I’m sure, but it is uncomfortable to see them doing so poorly. There definitely is something missing. Hope they right the ship soon.

GO DODGERS!!!

At Long Last

Losing the first two games of the season was definitely not what I had expected. We were all waiting for the first win…actually we were all waiting for the first run. The second game of the series against the Giants was similar to the first with Joe Panik being responsible for the two winning runs against the best pitcher and the best closer in baseball.

Friday was pretty much Kirk Gibson Day. It was also his bobblehead day. I hate bobbleheads.

His family was there for the celebration.

Alex Wood was absolutely fantastic but got no run support. The Dodgers were still trying to find their first win.

First pitch

It was a creepy night for sure…what happened to Clayton on Opening Day also happened to Kenley. Joe Panik. If it weren’t for his homeruns hit in each of the Dodgers’ first games, the outcome probably would have been very different. Clayton and Alex both had almost perfect games. That was the positive that came out of these games. The final score for both games was 0-1 with the Giants being the winners.

Fast forward to Saturday. It was ring ceremony day. The Dodgers were to receive their National League championship rings. This was their first championship in 29 years. There were fans that were griping that they should have gotten World Series rings but I was happy for this championship.

I know Kenley wasn’t happy about giving up the homerun on Friday. The fact was that his velocity was down and that made his pitch hittable. It’s a matter of mechanics which can be fixed.

Everyone was out for practice.

A swing in the dugout

Some closeup shots in the dugout. I’m particularly fond of the closeup of Matt.

Have I mentioned how magnificent the food is in the club? I’ll probably gain 40 pounds eating all these delectable goodies. Thanks to Morgan who has taken charge of making the club perfect. I spent so much time in the club eating, I probably missed some of the excitement taking place on the field. The corned beef sliders with horseradish sauce were delicious. Who eats Dodger dogs when there’s food like this?

I almost missed seeing Kenta and his translator Will walking out to the field. I was busy eating.

A little stretching and running

I know they aren’t looking at me.

Awwww….there’s my heart Dave Styles from IHeart radio. Hugs all around. I’ve missed him.

Austin looks very serious. I hope that scowl isn’t directed at me!!

Charlie Steiner was in charge of announcing all the names of the Dodgers during the ceremony.

The head honchos were there

Chris Woodward and coaches looking at their rings.

Here is what the ring looks like. So awesome!!

It was a huggy kind of ceremony.

I’m surprised that Yasiel didn’t hug them all or at least kiss one of them. Reserved for Turner Ward.

It was an exciting time for everyone…Kenley was into the hugging. The others not so much.

Everyone was glad to see Justin in uniform with no apparent cast or splint. He’ll be back in no time.

It was an exciting ceremony….this season it will be World Series rings!! What a great team we have. The important thing is the chemistry…you can tell they actually like each other, that they are having fun doing what they do best.

And then it was time for business.

It was a gorgeous day. After all, it’s time for Dodger baseball. What could be better?

Look what Christina gave me!!! The special ball for this season!!

Kenta and Austin going from bullpen to dugout. Kenta Maeda has earned his spot in the starting rotation after spending time in the bullpen last season. Determination!

Cody has been the Dodger most consistent with signing autographs so far. And he hasn’t had a hit yet. The kids thank you.

Let’s see how we can make this game miserable for the Dodgers….

First pitch for Kenta. It was a stellar game for him.

In the first inning, Brandon Belt walked but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Chris Taylor walked. A man on base!!

Kike doubled to center with Chris going to 3rd.

Yasiel Puig hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Chris.

The score was 1-0. The Dodgers finally scored a run in the 3rd game of the season.

Then Matt Kemp singled to center scoring Kike. He was left on base when Cody ground into a double play. There were rumors circulating that the Brewers were going to trade Ryan Braun for Matt. That would have made all us fans angry. That would have been the worst cut of all. Thank goodness it didn’t happen. 2-0.

In the top of the 2nd inning, Hunter Pence singled, Gregor Blanco singled but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Logan reached first on a fielding error but was left on base.

In the 3rd inning, Joe Panik singled, Buster Posey singled, but both were left on base with an Evan Longoria strike out.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Chris Taylor tripled to right field.

Kike was out on a sacrifice fly to center scoring Chris. 3-0.

In the top of the 4th inning, Gregor Blanco singled to left field and then went to 2nd on a balk. He was left on base.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Cody Bellinger walked. He went to 2nd on a missed catch by Brandon Belt. The Giants’ terrible defense was showing.

Kyle Farmer reached 1st on a fielding error by Gregor Blanco scoring Cody and Austin. 5-0. All of a sudden, in game 3, the Giants seemed to be falling apart.

In the top of the 5th inning, the Giants were out in order.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Dodgers were out in order. What??

Not to interrupt the flow of things, it was nice to see a few of my friends. The twins have really grown.

In the top of the 6th inning, Buster Posey doubled but was left on base. Whew!!

In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Giants manager decided to replace a few key positions so Pablo Sandoval replaced Buster, Pierce Johnson pitching. The Dodgers were out in order again.

In the top of the 7th, Joe Panik who has the Dodgers number, singled to left field. Brandon Belt singled to left also but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Chase Utley singled but was left on base.

In the top of the 8th inning, with Pedro Baez pitching, Pablo Sandoval singled but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Giants outfield looked entirely different from the start of the game with Kelby Tomlinson at short, Gorkys Hernandez in left instead of Hunter Pence. The Dodgers were out in order. The score was still 5-0. The Giants team has changed drastically. New to the team are Andrew McCutcheon and Evan Longoria, both super hitters. I wonder whether changing a team so much affects the chemistry.

In the top of the 9th inning, with new acquistion Scott Alexander pitching, Gregor Blanco and Nick Hundley walked.

Time for a discussion. What to do!!

Not really nail biting time since the Dodgers has a 5 run edge on the Giants at this point.

Joe Panik ground into a double play. Thank goodness, no homerun this time.

The Dodgers finally win a game!!!. How exhilarating!! First win during the regular season for Matt since returning to the Dodgers.

There is one more game in the Dodgers-Giants series, the Easter Sunday April Fools Day game. Please check back. I ran out of time today. The Dodgers are on the road for 6 games beginning in Arizona and ending in San Francisco so back to work I go.

A little background on myself for those of you who are reading my blog for the first time. I work full time at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital in the Emergency Department. I have season tickets in the Baseline Section of Dodger stadium. I take all my own pictures, usually about 100 a game. I have much to contend with when taking pictures. Chris Woodward the 3rd base coach whom I love dearly usually blocks my view so you will see his shoulder in many of my pictures. I also have to contend with big heads with fluffy hair. People pop in and out of view unexpectedly at crucial moments. Crystal borrowed my camera once and realized that taking pictures is not an easy feat. I use a Nikon point and shoot camera. This is not a fancy SLR. I don’t edit the pictures. What you see is the exact image. It takes me about 4-5 hours to write one blog and sift through all my pictures. I write because I truly love my Dodgers. I also feel fortunate and want you to experience the Dodgers in a unique way. I know many of you can’t come to the games, so this is for you. You make this blog worth writing.

It’s so good to be back at Dodger Stadium and nice to see everyone again. How do I ever exist in the offseason? Thanks for stopping by. More coming, I promise. GO DODGERS!!