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RAVIN' AT THE RAVINE! - 2019 EDITION
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PostPosted: Sat 5/18/19 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other than Gerardo Parra that was a very good homestand for the Dodgers.
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PostPosted: Mon 5/27/19 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dodgers opened up a homestand with a win on Memorial Day over the Mets. With Jacob de Grom and CK facing off, four Cy Young awards between them, a pitchers' duel seemed to be certain. Instead, we got a 9-5 win.
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PostPosted: Tue 5/28/19 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a game to get that series started. Go Dodgers!
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PostPosted: Thu 5/30/19 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Admittedly, I was pretty discouraged after Tuesday's game. But then came Wednesday's ninth-inning comeback. Wooooohooooooo!
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PostPosted: Fri 5/31/19 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost forgot to post that the Dodgers took three of four from the Mets with another outstanding performance by Ryu last night!

In come the Phillies!
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PostPosted: Fri 5/31/19 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched your game since we did not have one last night. Super performance by Ryu. Sorry but I will be rooting for the Phillies this weekend. Surprised
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PostPosted: Fri 5/31/19 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just another fine start from a Dodgers starting pitcher--this time, Maeda, as L.A. beat Philadelphia in the opening game of a weekend set, 6-3.
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PostPosted: Sun 6/2/19 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walk-off home run by the rookie Will Smith, and the Dodgers go for the sweep today!
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PostPosted: Sun 6/2/19 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A gem pitched by Rich Hill, and a sweep for the Dodgers! Hitting the road now...
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PostPosted: Sun 6/2/19 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're rolling. I love that a kid with less than a week in the majors is the difference maker - Rick was mentioning on the pre game show today about how he still has to show ID when he arrives at the stadium, lol.
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PostPosted: Fri 6/14/19 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dodgers open up the homestand with a win over the Cubs behind CK!
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PostPosted: Sat 6/15/19 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was just another fine start, and another seven strong innings pitched by Rich Hill last night as the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 5-3 on a lovely late spring evening at Chavez Ravine. Pedro Baez and KJ pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, as the closer notched his 20th save of the season. Matt Beaty and Rojo Chingon both homered to lead the Dodgers offense.
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PostPosted: Sun 6/16/19 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saturday's game can be summed in this short and not-so-sweet recap:

A pitchers' duel, the Dodgers with a one-run lead, KJ blows it in ninth. From a would-be ecstasy of taking three straight from the Cubs, to the agony of a late loss and even more concern about our closer. What do the Dodgers do next? It's clear he can't be trusted on a regular basis anymore. It's too late to add Craig Kimbrel. Do they audition Julio Urias for the ninth? Some Plan B has to be considered.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers' offense has struggled for a good part of the last nine days. From the Friday night loss in S.F. last weekend, the 1-0 "Get it out of the Ocean" win, and the struggles in Anaheim, output has been diminished, despite the occasional outburst.

And there was another storyline in last night's match-up with another superb start by Walker. He was going up against Yu Darvish, whose last appearance in this stadium was Game 7 of the 2017 World Series--a game that unraveled fast.

True to form, the struggling pitcher had no problem keeping the Dodgers off the bases. Walker, meanwhile, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. For L.A., an Alex Verdugo solo shot in the fourth provided the only run to cross the plate.

Clinging tenuously, KJ took the mound in the ninth, put the first man on base and promptly yielded a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo. And that's the way the game ended, a 2-1 Cubs win.
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PostPosted: Sun 6/16/19 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My stomach was in my throat in the ninth inning tonight as the Dodgers once again clung to a one-run lead with KJ on the mound. A few minutes later I was exhaling as the final out was recorded with the tying run on third base.

It was that kind of a tightrope act, as the once-reliable closer got back on his horse immediately following last night's blown save and loss.

But first...a tip of the cap to Ryu, who surrendered only two unearned runs in another seven strong innings. Though his team's bats remained fairly anemic, they were able to even the score at 2 in the sixth inning, thanks in part to another home run by Cody (#23, with his parents in attendance), then took the lead in eighth playing small-ball.

Thanks to the Mexicutioner saving the day on a falling line drive to center, the third out was recorded in the ninth, but not without plenty of heart palpitations by Dodger dads and others in attendance. Doc had also depleted his bench by the eighth inning, so one shudders to think what might have been had the Cubs tied the game in the ninth.

But it was not to be, so we live another day, clutching our hearts when certain relievers take the mound, wondering when this bullpen will find some rhythm, or be fixed through personnel changes.
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PostPosted: Tue 6/18/19 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Water Hoarders made another appearance at Chavez Ravine, in for a four-game series, and won the first game of the set, 3-1. Not much to say here. Tyler Beede outpitched Maeda, but not by much as a couple of Dodger mental errors helped the visitors out.

CK will be on the mound tonight.
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PostPosted: Tue 6/18/19 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The series against the Cubs could easily have been a sweep but then that's why baseball isn't always predictable. The Cubs have been having bullpen problems and so have the Dodgers. What's important, is the Dodgers won the season series like they did with the Brewers, and so if it comes down to that in the playoffs it would work out in their favor.

I predict they will come back and take the series over the Obnoxious Orange cellar dwellers.
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