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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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PostPosted: Wed 6/19/19 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, I like that one. That OCD team = Orange Cellar Dwellers! Smile
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Last night's game was much more memorable than the series opener, as far as I'm concerned. Not only did Clayton pitch seven masterful shutout innings, it was the fifth anniversary (can you believe that?) of his no-hitter over the Rockies in the same setting.

Charley and Cali took the mound before the game to warm up the mound for their dad, and the cuteness overload was almost too much to take.

Shaun Anderson started for the visitors and surrendered a leadoff home run to Joc. It went downhill from there. Even though the Dodgers had already mounted a 5-0 lead by the seventh, Kike's grand slam that inning off reliever Trevor Gott put the game out of reach. It's been a frustrating homestand for him so I'm sure taking some of that out on the Water Hoarders was especially satisfying.

Hey, even Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly emerged unscathed, giving up no runs in the ninth inning (with plenty of leeway).
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PostPosted: Thu 6/20/19 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another night, another firestorm by the Dodgers offense. And it couldn't happen against a nicer team. Twisted Evil For the second consecutive game, the Dodgers scored nine runs, and became the first team in Major League Baseball to the 50-win mark this season. (And, yeah, I know, blah-blah-blah...all that matters is October...I hope they keep remembering how mad they were!)

The game started quite ominously when Dodgers starter Rich Hill was removed before throwing a pitch in the second inning, after feeling "forearm tightness." Dylan Floro pitched very well on short notice picking up for Hill, throwing two innings and notching the win, followed by a succession of four relievers. Among them, these routs are giving Joe Kelly more work, and he made it through another couple of scoreless innings tonight to close out the game.

For the Battery Chuckers, the oft-struggling Drew Pomeranz started and surrendered seven runs in under five innings of work. Dodger bats accounted for four home runs, including two from CT3, a solo shot by Kyle Garlick, and a two-run Belli-bomb (No. 24). Belli also contributed two more hits as the Dodgers amassed 13 in the game. Final score Dodgers 9, OCD team 2.
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PostPosted: Fri 6/21/19 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was plenty of nostalgia in the air last night as MadBum took the mound in what might well be his final start against the Dodgers as a Jint. He was soon battered by the L.A. offense, which for the third consecutive game scored nine runs. But the Water Hoarders decided they weren't going down without a fight, and they certainly made it interesting in the ninth. KJ was rescued by some great defense to hold the Battery Chuckers at bay as the Dodgers emerged with a 9-8 win.
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PostPosted: Sat 6/22/19 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walk-off for Walker!

Superb start for Walker against the Rockies, and Matt Beaty's walk off home run wins it, 4-2!
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PostPosted: Sat 6/22/19 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I saw, your guys just won again. They seem unstoppable.
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PostPosted: Sat 6/22/19 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! Today it was the Mexicutioner's walk-off HR in the 11th that brought the Dodgers another win over the Rockies! Ryu had started the game for L.A., and allowed three runs (still pitched through six, giving him another quality start), even though a bit of shaky defense contributed to it.
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PostPosted: Mon 6/24/19 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And major league history is made! Three consecutive walk-off home runs by three different Dodger rookies! As ESPN referenced, "rookie trifecta"!

Dodgers swept the Rockies, and will open a series in Arizona tonight.
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PostPosted: Wed 7/3/19 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a walk-off win, and I do mean walk-off, as the Dodgers opened a homestand last night against the Diamondbacks. Trailing 4-3, with two out in the ninth and nobody on base, Arizona reliever Greg Holland walked four consecutive batters to tie the game, then was replaced and Cody was walked for the winning run. Unbelievable!
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PostPosted: Thu 7/4/19 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the Dodgers get going against the Padres on this beautiful holiday, I realized I haven't yet posted about last night's exciting walk-off--the Dodgers' fifth consecutive walk-off win. They beat the Diamondbacks for the second time in two tries, having trailed, 4-3 in the ninth, on both nights.
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PostPosted: Thu 7/4/19 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dodger Stadium was a lovely setting tonight, but no walk-off was required this time, as the Dodgers beat the Padres, 5-1. Ryu nailed his tenth win of the year, Cody homered for #30, and a supporting cast did what was necessary. For the Padres, Dinelson Lamet made his first start of the season, and it was a fine one on his return from TJ surgery.
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PostPosted: Sat 7/6/19 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, you can't win 'em all, and by the fifth of July, the fireworks are all over.

So it seemed as the Dodgers fell to the Padres last night, 3-2, in a very good pitching match-up between CK for L.A. and Eric Lauer for S.D. With both starting pitchers having exited with the game tied, 2-2, it fell to a battle of the bullpens, and the Padres won out. Hunter Renfroe's solo HR for San Diego in the eighth inning off Yimi Garcia was the difference in the game. Kirby Yates' five-out save in the eighth/ninth innings retained the win for the visitors.

And the fun part--in the fourth inning the earth rumbled just as Lauer was striking out Kike. Kike said he didn't feel the quake and had no idea what the crowd reaction was about. He thought perhaps another fan had gotten out onto the field!

But watching from home, it was pretty clear that the shaky cameras were capturing the "feel" of what was going on in the Ravine. Padres broadcasters even noted the swaying of the left field foul pole for several seconds as the game continued.
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PostPosted: Sat 7/6/19 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could see the pole swaying, too. I guess nobody down on the field knew about it, only people in the stands could feel it. Doc was interviewed after the game and he and Clayton both said they didn't know there was an earthquake until they were told.

Hoping to see our Dodgers bounce back tonight even though they'll be going up against Chris Paddack. Maeda should match him pretty well.
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PostPosted: Mon 7/8/19 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the Dodgers entered the All-Star break having lost three consecutive games at home for the first time all season. Credit to Padres pitching and some timely hitting from El Nino as the catalyst of their offense.

Time to regroup and hit the road following the break.
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PostPosted: Sat 7/20/19 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Returning to L.A., the Dodgers hosted the Marlins last night in their first home game since the All-Star break, and wrapped the game up in a tidy little package with a 2-1 win. Ryu took the mound for L.A. and got the win over Miami's Zac Gallen, going seven innings before handing the ball over to Maeda for the eighth, and most important, KJ pitched a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save of the season. Of note: This was the Dodgers' 100th game of 2019, and their record is 65-35. And it was a rarity--a home game for L.A. without a home run hit. Small ball and taking advantage of two Marlins errors resulted in the two runs scored in the bottom of the sixth.

The duration of the game was three hours even.

Reliever Dylan Floro has been placed on the IL and recalled Casey Sadler. Maeda was available to pitch Friday because his start on Wednesday in Philadelphia lasted only two innings, thanks to the lengthy rain delay.

Sadly, I missed watching the game despite being trapped at Lindbergh Field for several hours because of flight being rescheduled due to storm. Only one channel (MLB network) in Stone Brewing's pub, and that game wasn't featured.
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