Drei’s Sunday Thoughts…Time Heals All Wounds

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Or does it? Mike Piazza. shown here in the Dodger Blue. It’s no secret Piazza has had a strained relationship with the team he first called home , even going so far to say he wouldn’t feel comfortable with LA stamped on his head. As he enters the Hall of Fame this weekend in Blue, the Blue and Orange of the Mets, that is, I’m still a believer that Dodger fans, as divided as they can be, would like to fully embrace him again. In his HOF speech, Piazza may have just taken the first step in healing those wounds toward the Dodger Blue

Sunday Night Flashback…The Son of the Blank Blank 

RANCHO_SCOTT VAN SLYKE With Scott Van Slyke last year during his rehab stint in Rancho

Scott Van Slyke, whom Tommy Lasorda once called his father Andy a Blank Blank, would make quite an epic MLB debut on Sunday Night Baseball on a nice Sunday evening, against his dad’s former team no less

Around The NL West…Rough Road for the Leaders

The Giants have just completed a rough 1-7 road trip coming off the All Star Break. Though the Dodgers have seen a couple of blown opportunities along the way, with a win tonight they can come within 3 games of the hated ones. Both teams return home tomorrow night, with the Dodgers welcoming in the Rays for 3 and the DBacks next weekend. Opportunity could still be knocking for The Blue….

 

Drei’s Sunday Tale…A SUN-DAY FUN-DREI With Kid N Drei

What better way to spend the final Sunday of the first half of the season than at the park with The Kid…

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Kid Marley Marlz…

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And friends…On this SUN-DAY FUN-DREI…

Joining Kid N Drei is our Dodger Dog and his Jurassic cousin from Rancho Cucamonga, Big T…Tremor

picsart_07-11-02.58.44.jpgOf course, that ever so mischievous character, Kid N Drei’s Pet Minion, Minion Dave wanted to join his buddies on this…SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI…

picsart_07-13-02.46.28.jpgThe animated ones just love spending a nice sunny, SUN-DAY FUN-DREI with their favorite Dodger fan, Kid Marley Marlz…

On this final Sunday before the All-Star Break, Kid has this great idea that Kid N Drei catch one more game before the break. Who is Drei to argue. I mean, Kid N Drei haven’t had a chance to catch too many games together this year.  After all, though Kid N Drei may be kids at heart, but like anything and everything, life does occasionally get in the way. The tales from Kid N Drei may not be as frequent this year, but hey, that’s not to say Kid N Drei ain’t enjoying bringing you this tale, On this…SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI !!!

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No matter what day of the week it is, even if it’s not a SUN-DAY FUN-DREI, Minion Dave always seems to be happy. Adrian Gonzalez, ready to bat in the home 5th, has seen his power numbers go down this year. Though his average is still up there, to this point A-Gon had only 6 home runs coming to this AB. Does Kid N Drei’s lucky Pet Minion Dave bring A-Gon some good vibes ? Hey Kid! You know how you once said we make magic together. Let’s see if our pet Minion Dave can help bring some of that magic toward A-Gon…

Looks like we got those magic vibes working from the LFP…

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Minion Dave sure enjoyed that blast from A-Gon…

wp-1468735106705.jpeg The Kid admiring A-Gon’s presence as well…

wp-1468735257695.jpeg That’s right Kid! A-Gon is a BEAST !!!

That A-Gon blast would finish the scoring for the day as The Blue would close out the 1st half with a 3-1 win over the Padres. Do Kid N Drei, and Company, continue to bring more magic and good vibes to The Ravine as we head toward the 2nd half? Stay tuned…’Til the Next Episode…

9th Inning…Keeping It Blue

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Notes on a Scorecard…Closing Out The First Half…

As the first half of the season came to a close, after going a little more than a month without setting foot inside Dodger Stadium, or a MLB stadium for that matter, I made it back to The Ravine. In a span of 8 days, I caught 4, kept score for 3. The 4th game, that will be a SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI tale from Kid N Drei. 

Speaking of tales, the last time Drei kept score, my Notes on a Scorecard feature was, for one day renamed, Drei’s Tales From a Scorecard. Hey, when you’re keeping score for 17 innings, you come up with more than just notes…

Sunday 7/3/2016 vs. Colorado…

 In the home 1st our rookie sensation Corey Seager would extend his hitting streak to 17 games…

Brandon McCarthy, making his first start in over a year, strikes out 8 Rockies in 5 innings…

Though the Blue would end up sweeping the Rockies, Puig would yet be involved in another base running gaffe, this time in the 4th inning. If you check Yasmani Grandal’s 4th inning AB, it will say a popout 5-4 DP. Of course, it would involve Puig… 

As for Grandal, he would atone for the unusual P 5-4 DP with this solo shot in the 7th…

It’s not often one gets asked to atone for a P5-4 DP  is it ? Grandal would have another huge night 5 days later…

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Tuesday 7/5/2016 vs. Orioles

With the Orioles in town for the first time since 2004, this would be the 27th team I’ve seen the Blue play at The Ravine. Once the Twins and Royals come through, which may be awhile, I’ll be able to say that I saw the other 29 at The Ravine…

On this night, Kenta Maeda wasn’t exactly sharp. He would battle his way out of trouble, until the top 5th, when Orioles slugger Manny Machado would do damage…

 

That 3 run shot would be the difference as the O’s would snap a 5 game losing streak with their first regular season win at Dodger Stadium…

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Other streaks that we’re snapped… Corey Seager’s 19 game hitting streak…The Dodgers 9 game home winning streak as well as their own 5 game winning streak…

For some reason, the Black and Orange on the Orioles doesn’t elicit such evil hatred…

OH Say Does That Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave…

Orioles fans bringing a Baltimore anthem tradition inside The Ravine…

Thursday 7/7 vs Padres

 Unlike Brandon McCarthy, Hyun Jin Ryu’s first start of the season was anything but memorable, surrendering 6 runs in only 4 2/3 innings. Ryu would strike out 4, but this solo shot by Melvin Upton Jr. may have been a sign of things to come…

We would not know this at the time, but this would be Drew Pomeranz’s final game on the hill for the Padres, as he would toss 7 scoreless while limiting the Blue to 2. It’s that time of year folks where teams look to bolster their rosters for the stretch run. Too bad he couldn’t bolt for Boston soon enough. With the Red Sox coming to town next month, we just may see him yet again…

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So this 3 game stretch  featured some firsts ( McCarthy’s and Ryu’s first starts, the Orioles first regular season win at Dodger Stadium ) a lot of work put in by our bullpen, and last ( Pomeranz’s last game as a Padre… ) and last but not least, a return of Kid N Drei…

 I have no idea why Kid N Drei decided to go all hipster on this Thursday night… Perhaps SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI will have a better ending ?

Dreis 1st Half Thoughts…

At 51-40 and 6.5 games back, the Dodgers are actually on pace for 91 wins. For all the injuries to our rotation and our offensive inconsistencies, if I we’re to give Dave Roberts a mid-season grade i’d say he’d get a solid B. With the acquisition of Bud Norris and the return of Brandon McCarthy and Hyun Jin Ryu, our rotation may have gone from one of the thinnest to one of the deepest. When Kershaw comes back from the DL it will be interesting to see who goes to the ‘pen. I said prior to the season the Dodgers would win 91 games en route to a 4th straight NL West crown. Will it be enough to overtake the hated ones ? Let the 2nd half begin…

9th Inning…Kid N Drei

 Oh the things we do when The Blue is having a long night. Even our pet Minion Dave doesn’t look so happy…

Extra Innings…Late Night Bites with Kid N Drei

 Kid N Drei with the Big Bites from Fat Sal’s… ( Never again Kid is Drei doing “Hipster Thursday”…LOL )

 

Drei’s Post All-Star Thoughts

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The Stars in Blue…Kershaw, Jansen and Corey. Some of you may have been wondering what up with the road grey’s since Petco Park in San Diego, home of the Padres, a National League team, was the host. Seems like a legitimate head-scratcher. Hopefully, this explanation of NL Parks hosting the Mid-Summer Classic 4 years in a row will clear up confusion. I really don’t see the big deal of who is determined the home team in a high profile exhibition game that occurs once a year. The only players who it would greatly impact are those who play there 81 times a year. Now, ask me how I feel about the current format where the winner decides what team gets home-field in the World Series, and that’s where my rant comes in. Yes, I get that former commissioner Bud Selig wanted to change things up after the 2002 All-Star Game fiascoA better solution? How about letting position players who have already been taken out return if deemed necessary? It couldn’t hurt the integrity of the game could it? If anything, this could add some late inning spice toward the game, especially with fans wandering if their favorite player from said team would actually come back later and, what, get that game-winning hit? 

The fact that a high-profile exhibition game that has no bearing on the standings could determine later on if a team with 88 wins gets home field over one with 100 plus wins gets home field in The Fall Classic makes absolute no sense. This would definitely not fly in the NBA or NHL, especially the NHL, where their ASG is void of any real physical contact ( If any at all…). 

Of course, I am not the only one who is not crazy over the “This One Counts” theory, as one L.A. Times beat writer has come up with his five ways to improve the All-Star game.

As for being the road team in Petco Park…

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The greeting  Kershaw, Jansen and Seager wasn’t exactly so hospitable. Corey Seager heard the Beat L.A. chants as he entered the yard. It’s OK kid, the fact that our neighbors to the south, ones who have always looked up to L.A, would yell the chant to you is the ultimate compliment. Just wait ’til you hear it yelled directly at you in San Francisco. That’s beyond the ultimate compliment…

Plenty of Season Left to Hit The Road…

Stadium Journey

With the Mid-Summer Classic now over, the 2nd half of the season gets under way. I know plenty of you Dodgers and baseball fans are just itching to get out on the road on your Stadium Journey to follow the Blue or your favorite team through all 30 yards. Check out our new look as we have partnered with the good folks over at Scout.com. I know there are a lot of you Dodger fans heading to Arizona this weekend. Here’s some tips for you following the Blue to the desert this weekend

9th Inning…

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Hey Kid !!! It’s Time For…

10 Years a Good Dre…Steve Garvey

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As we head toward the All-Star game taking place in San Diego, also with the Padres finishing their 4 game series with The Blue, today’s 10 Years a Good Dre features a popular Dodger among the fans who wore the Dodger Blue for 14 seasons from 1969-82 before finishing his career as a Padre. Garvey was a 10x all-star from 1974-81 and twice with the Friars in ’84-85. Garvey to this day holds the NL record for consecutive games played at 1207. However, Garvey’s, and perhaps the Padres franchise most memorable moment may have been in Game 4 of the NLCS, Don Drysdale with the call… 

Of course, it would be a former Dodger with the call. I wonder if ever got a chance to call a memorable home run that involved one in a Dodger Blue uniform…

wp-1468126570671.jpeg Garvey’s retired number…As a Padre. I don’t see this being retired by The Friars if not for that home run in ’84. Many a Dodger fan still feels his number 6 in The Blue needs to be retired as well. Oh yeah, like the Dodger Blue touch I gave number 6 ?

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Blue Stars Shining Bright In America’s Finest City…

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Congratulations to Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager on being nominated to the 2016 All-Star Game. The big focus of course will be on Corey Seager, our rookie SS who’s having himself a memorable season. Seager, the team leader in home runs, will be participating in this years Home Run Derby. This will mark the 2nd consecutive year a Dodger will be participating in the HRD, with Joc Pederson coming in 2nd last year. This will also be the 2nd consecutive season a Dodger rookie is taking part. I can only guess this is a first in team history.

Lots has been debated about the so-called Home Run Derby Curse . I along with many Dodger fans have been skeptical as well. Bill Plaschke is not so thrilled about Corey taking part either, pointing out Joc Pederson’s 2nd half swoon. However, Joc had already been on a swoon before the all-star break. It is debatable, but hey, this should not stop us from cheering the rookie on, right ? From Dodger fans i’ve spoke to, not many are concerned that his numbers will be affected come the 2nd half, when we’ll really need his productivity. Should Corey go in a slump, something all hitters go through eventually, it would just be a case of the league catching up to him. 

9th Inning…Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn

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A Wild Wild Finish…It’s Just The Beginning…

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Still talking about that wild finish from what Vin called, The Wild Horse ? Baseball is a crazy game isn’t it ?…It’s no stretch when they say it’s a game of inches. If Nationals SS Danny Espinoza is shaded a couple more inches to his left that hard ground ball Puig hits up the middle gives this game a different ending huh ? A couple more inches to his left and Espinoza forgoes the dive toward the ball and instead of a mob at the plate a possible game ending 6-4-3 ends a 4 game losing streak for the NL East leading Nats and they’re the ones walking the post game victory line. Instead, the Nationals are now on a 5 game skid while the Dodgers are currently on a 6 game streak as well as winning 8 of their last 10.

A game of inches this great game is. For every line drive that finds a glove, a routine grounder finds a hole…It happens…That’s the law of averages…That’s baseball…No big deal right ? Puig keeps the rally going…Now we get runners on 1st and 2nd…Until that ground ball hit that was inches from Espinoza’s glove found more than just a hole…

 

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 Nationals Center Fielder Michael Taylor, doing a bat flip ( Not that kind… ) after 1 of 5 times he would strike out ( AP Photo: Chris Carlson )

Striking out 5 times was not even the worst part of Taylor’s night. On a night the Dodgers would honor the current Nationals skipper with his own bobblehead, the frantic finish that couldn’t have been scripted by even the most acclaimed Hollywood writer…Michale Taylor’s performance Wednesday night could perhaps be the worst performance ever by a single MLB player.

My fandom for Dodger baseball and the game started in 1980. Dusty Baker was roaming the outfield for The Blue. I’m not so sure if I’ve seen a performance that was worse than what Taylor displayed Wednesday night. And yet, even with that performance, we all would trade in our bad day’s at the office for his…In a heartbeat. 

img_20160623_164222.jpgDusty Baker Bobblehead…I tend to think this looks more like Pedro Guerrero (Photo: Marly Rivera, ESPN)

Around The NL West…

The Dodgers have won 6 in a row, 8 of their last 10. Unfortunately, the Giants have been hot themselves, winning 11 of their last 12, including a just concluded 6-1 road trip. In that span, the Dodgers have gained a mere half game in the standings, finding themselves 6 back. At 41-33, only 4 other teams currently have more wins than The Boys in Blue. Not bad considering the inconsistencies our offense has endured as well as our health issues among the starting 5…

While the Rockies continue to hang around, while Zack Greinke has recovered from a slow start and another solid season from Paul Goldschmidt, the off-season expectations have not panned out for The Snakes. The Padres continue to look up at the rest of the division and may want to unload some pieces before the August 1st non-waiver deadline. I said before the season that Matt Kemp would be on the trading block and I still believe that. Known for his 2nd half of the season finishes, Kemp has actually had some decent offensive numbers to this point, going yard 15 times with 54 RBIs, ranking 4th in the NL with a modest .268 average. 

Because Kemp has been a defensive liability, something we would not have thought of in 2011, an AL team would be a good fit for him for the stretch run ( Yes folks, I’m thinking Matt as a DH, with some occasional starts in the OF). Perhaps the Astros, who have played some good ball lately, would be a good fit for Matt, especially at hitter friendly Minute Maid Park ?

Now back to The Blue. At 6 games back, the NL West race is far from over. The current 6 game wining streak, 4 of which found them pulling it off from the 8th inning on, should hopefully carry the momentum as they embark on a 7 game road trip that begins in Pittsburgh. 

As we all know, The Blue still needs reinforcements both offensively and among the backend of the starting 5. The latest talk has The Blue looking at both Sonny Gray and Julio Teheran to solidify the rotation.

On The Road…PNC Park, Pittsburgh PA

Dre_PNCPark One of 17 of the current 30 MLB parks i’ve visited, September 2005

One of my favorite parks I’ve had the chance to visit. A visit to PNC is definitely worth the hype… If you can, walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge on your way to the game. The late Pirate legend has a statue outside the left field gate that every baseball fan should view…

Dre_PirateParrot Kicking’ it with The Pirate Parrot. ” Your Bucs we’re not help against the Jints this week ! ” 

9th Inning…BELIEVE

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A 6 game deficit in June is nothing….The Dog Days of Summer is only beginning folks…

 

Fighting the losing battle against anger

This is a reblog from Jon Weisman’s post this past Sunday from Dodger Insider as he puts baseball and life in perspective in regards to Saturday’s horrific shooting that took place at an Orlando nightclub. Are we really losing the battle against anger ? Or are we as a society just not doing enough ? 

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I’ll begin, inappropriately for a day that woke up to the news from Orlando, on a hopeful note.

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42…The Rookie Shines

42_RetiredNumberTopDeck That, my friends, is where Good Dre in L.A. ranked in the Top 50 MLB Fan Blogs for the month of May, thanks of course to all you Dodgers fans, baseball fans, and readers alike. 

mural We just never get tired of honoring The Real 42…

Around The NL West… The Rookie Shines

Jun 12, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias (7) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports (Julio Urias. Photo Credit, Kenny Karst, USA Today Sports)

In a series that was otherwise a bust, the one bright spot was the emergence of our talented rookie pitching sensation Julio Urias. Making his 4th big league start, Urias pitched perhaps his finest game yet, going 5 1/3 innings, striking out 7. His only blemish was a 2 run home run to Brandon Belt. Unfortunately, the Dodgers, aside from a Joc Pederson solo shot to McCovey Cove, could not muster any offense as they would fall to the hated ones 2-1. 

In defeat, Urias showed a lot more poise and confidence. Having faced 3 of baseball’s top teams in his 4 starts, Urias continues to show growth. He may not have a dent in the W column yet, but last night’s stellar performance has proved the kid belongs in the bigs. 

With last night’s loss, the Dodgers now find themselves 5 back of the Giants in the NL West. In spite of some stellar pitching performances including the bullpen, sans Jansen’s 3rd blown save over the weekend, the Dodgers still continue to find their offensive rhythm. 

The Blue Crew continue their road trip with 3 in Arizona as they face former Dodger Zack Greinke in his first appearance against his former mates. After a slow start, Zack  enters tonight’s contest with an 8-3 record with an E.R.A. of 3.84. 

 

28 Since ’88…Election Fun Facts

GIBSONYup. It’s been 28 now since ’88. With the California Primary taking place today…

Some Fun Facts Since ’88

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Reagan was at the end of his 2nd and final term…

The White House has had 4 different presidents…

3 of the 4 presidents served both terms…

We survived 2 Bush’s…

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We nominated our first African-American president…

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Went through a Clinton…

And when we finally win that big one once again…

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A 2nd Clinton in office ?

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How ’bout that ? 2 Bush’s and perhaps 2 Clinton’s since ’88. 

We can only hope we win it before we find out the final answer come November…

If you have not voted yet, you still got a couple hours to make your voice heard

 

 

 

Notes on a Scorecard…@San Diego…Uh, Make That Drei’s Tales From a Scorecard, 5/22/2016

Leading Off…From The Park…The Park at the Park…

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wp-1464411811513.jpeg All is still nice and calm at the park. With the day just beginning, Kid Marley Marlz has plenty of energy to blow some bubbles… ( Is that an old Matt Kemp shirt he’s sporting…backwards ? )

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Looks like Marley ain’t the only kid having fun at the park…You know, he is a big kid…A Big Kid at Heart… Drei will just leave him alone with the other kids for now…Drei will just check out the action inside…The Park…That other Park… We’ll check back with Kid later…

Drei’s Tales…Tales From a Scorecard…

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Pregame…

Gametime…Dodgers vs. Padres…Innings 1-11

For the Dodgers…

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For the Padres…

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When I decided to bring back Notes on a Scorecard I wanted to share my style of scorekeeping from games I attend. Having watched the game long enough, whatever comes out should be no surprise. But hey, when you got 17 innings worth of notes, those notes can easily become a tale…Drei’s Tale…That’s baseball, right ?

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Not much happening with the bats between the Friars and Dodgers. Kenta Maeda, who had been on a recent struggle, has struck out 5 through 4. Looks like he’s ready to snap out of his first MLB funk, right ?

Home 5th

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Uh, not quite. Kenta would run into a wall in the home 5th, facing 8 batters, giving up a 2 out single to their pitcher Colin Rea, and finally this bases clearing triple to Wil Myers, which may have ended the inning if Puig takes a better route on this pop ? This won’t be the last time we talk about our favorite Cuban Missile…

With the Blue now trailing by 4 heading to the top 6th, Drei here is starting to feel just a bit uneasy. The Blue have lost the first 2 games of this series in walk-off fashion. The Blue are on the verge of getting swept. The Blue entered the game losing 5 of their last 6. The slide started the previous Sunday. Who was there ? Of course, your’s truly, as evidenced from the first of Drei’s Notes on a Scorecard

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Kenta Maeda, after a flawless first 4 innings, is pulled from the game for a pinch hitter. Kike Hernandez starts off the inning with a walk. Is this the beginning of a rally ?

Our rookie SS Corey Seager would finally put the Blue on the board with this RBI single. Last time I did NOAS Corey had himself 2 4 baggers. The Blue would score 3 in this inning and they too would  send 8 batters to the dish, chasing Colin Rea. The Blue now finds themselves down only a run. 

Howie Kendrick, looking for his first hit of the game, is a victim of robbery, thanks to this great play by Wil Myers…

Howie, a victim of some thievery, is now 0 for 3 to this point. Looks like his stat line won’t be much today…

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Top 7, Dodgers Still Trailing 4-3

That’s until Justin Turner, pitching for Pedro Baez, after turning in a scoreless 6th. does this…

With that solo jack, we have a new ballgame !!!  Can we actually pull this off ? All  tied up at 4, heading to the top 8th… Hey Howie ?  Howie gonna do this Howie ?

Howie Kendrick, 2 innings prior a victim of robbery, picks a fine time to blast his first 4 bagger of the season, giving The Blue their first lead of the game. 

Home 8th, Dodgers Now Up 5-4

4 outs away from salvaging the final game of the 3 game set, Kenley Jansen comes in on a double switch, taking over Trayce Thompson’s spot in the 5 spot. Enter Carl Crawford in Left Field in the 9 spot. OK, runner on first, two outs, Melvin Upton Jr. at the dish for The Friars. Two nights prior Jansen would blow his first game of the season thanks to Upton’s 2 run walk-off blast. Jansen, called upon again for a 4 out save… You certainly don’t think lightning will strike twice…

Did I mention that baseball can be such a maddening game ?

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My notes through 8. I you can’t fully read my notes, I totally understand. You know what folks, we’re now at that point where you realize hey, I’m keeping score in an NL ballpark. And through 8, we’re just getting started…

Top 9, All Tied a 5…

After leading off with a single, Puig would advance to 2nd on a wild pitch. However, A.J. Ellis would fail to move him over. Or was it really on A.J. ?

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While the card may show a 5-3 putout, that really should have been a Sac Bunt. Puig should be at 3rd. Now you may be saying that Puig scores on Carl Crawford’s fly ball to center, but then again, if Puig is at 3rd with only one out and first base open, is CC being pitched to ? Nonetheless…PUIG !!!!! WHAT WE’RE YOU THINKING !!!!  WE’RE YOU EVEN THINKING ? !!!! 

After an eventless home 9th, to extras we go. I think Drei better check up on Kid Marley Marlz out at Park at the Park to see how he’s holding up…

 Kid Marlz, playing some ball with the lil’ kids, trying to stretch his double into a triple, is nailed at 3rd by the lil’ kids… Drei couldn’t be any happier to make the call…YOU’RE OUT KID !!!

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” IS THAT RIGHT DREI ? “

11th Inning…Padres 90 Feet From a Sweep

After a quiet 10th from both teams, The Friars threaten in the home 11th and are primed for the sweep as they appear to put runners on the corners with no outs, if not for this bizarre play…

In spite of Melvin Upton’s base running gaffe, the winning run is still only 90 feet away. However after 4 intentional wide one’s Adam Liberatore is able to pitch himself out of a jam. More free baseball. Time to get some new scorecards. While I’m at it, I’ll head to the park and check on Kid Marlz…

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It’s been a long day…Kid Marley Marlz looks beat (And yet the Kid has the nerve to call Drei,  Viejo…LOL)… Oh well…Back to the ballgame…

Innings 12-17…New Scorecards…A Clean Slate

With some new cards in hand, it’s time to re-do the lineup cards…

 

Nothing dramatic would happen in innings 12-13, however, with day slowly turning into night, the lights are turned on in the top of the 13th. Rules state that if lights are turned on, they must be turned on in the top half of the inning. Also in the top half of the 13th, Dodger middle reliever J.P. Howell would make a rare plate appearance. That’s what happens in an NL Park when a game goes this late and you’ve run out of position players to pinch hit…

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Innings 14-16…Can the Blue Close This Out ?

The Dodgers would present themselves a golden opportunity in the top half of the 14th, loading the bases with no out, only to have Carl Crawford do this… On the first pitch…To a pitcher with an E.R.A over 9…

Crawford, who started the day on the bench yet still had 5 at-bats, would all but kill off a potential winning rally as the Blue would come up empty handed. Opinions from many a Dodger fan about Carl Crawford could be heard throughout the yard…We’ll just say they we’re just that…Opinions…

15th Inning, Opportunity Strikes Again…

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The Blue would once again present themselves an opportunity to dent the scoreboard. The top half of the 15th would also see the appearance of…CLAYTON KERSHAW ! Yup, Kid K would make an appearance as a pinch hitter for J.P. Howell. It was nothing dramatic however as he was in for the purpose of moving the runners over. Makes sense. Use a starting pitcher that’s used to handling the lumber to move the runners 90 feet. Gotta love these extra inning strategic moves that mostly if not only occur in an NL park.

 Kershaw would manage to move Howie Kendrick over from 2nd to 3rd on a groundout. Heck, Kershaw would even steal 2nd. All that would go for naught. The top half of the 15th did have some minor drama to end Padres 3rd baseman Yangervis Solarte had to battle the mound on this inning ending pop…

With the Padres not doing much with the bat themselves, Yasiel Puig would lead off the 16th inning. Chance for Puig to atone for his base running gaffe in the 9th. What does he do on the first pitch? HE BUNTS ! POPS UP TO THE PITCHER ! WHAT WE’RE YOU THINKING ! (Didn’t I say that 6 innings ago?) In spite of this, the Blue would still put runners on 1st and 2nd but fail once again to bring home the go-ahead run…

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The Dodgers would load the bases once again and with one out, Puig, in spite a 2 for 6 performance at the plate, would be in the hot seat for much of the afternoon. Can Puig finally do something in the clutch that doesn’t result in a Dodger or their fans shaking their head once again?

HEY ! Puig finally comes through in the clutch !!!! THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT !!!

The Blue would tack on 2 more runs to widen their lead to an “insurmountable” 4 runs. Ross Stripling, the Dodgers 9th pitcher of the day, would pitch his 3rd and final inning. With the game approaching half past 7 and most of the fans already home for dinner, this would happen…

After the sprinklers we’re inadvertently turned on, no doubt on timers, Ross Stripling, in his third inning of relief, would finally shut this down…

After 5 hours and 50 minutes, The Blue would finally prevail, 9-5.

Postgame Notes…

  • A combined 16 pitchers we’re used
  • 127 total at bats

For the Dodgers…

  • The Dodger bullpen would pitch a combined 12 innings, allowing only 1 run
  • P. Howell and Ross Stripling would pitch 3 scoreless innings each
  • Chase Utley would have the most AB’s for the game, going 3 for 9
  • Carl Crawford, inserted in the 8th inning, would wind up with 5 AB’s.
  • Adrian Gonzalez, 1 for 7 officially, however, was walked intentionally twice late in the game
  • Howie Kendrick with a huge game, going 4 for 8, slugging his first HR of the season, 12 total bases and 2 runs scored
  • In spite of his gaffes, Puig would have a great day at the plate as well, going 3 for 7, including the go ahead 2 run RBI single in the 17th.

For the Padres

  • Luis Perdomo would pitch 5 innings of relief before running out of gas in the 17th, allowing 4 runs during that frame
  • Melvin Upton Jr. already with a huge series, went 3 for 7 with a 2 out RBI triple off Kenley Jansen that would tie the score at 5.
  • Former Dodger Matt Kemp would have a long day at the plate, going 0 for 7 with 3 Ks

Also, on a personal note, that was my 6th overall extra innings game at Petco Park. My record in extras, 5-1. The 17 innings tied my personal high from April 29th, 2007, at…You guessed it…Petco Park…That afternoon/evening I would come down with a case of Baseball Fever

This was, no doubt, A Hard Days Night…

The Final Line Scores…

For the Dodgers…

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For the Padres…

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I think it’s time to give Kid the good news…

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Drei: WE WON KID !!! WE WON !!!

KID: It’s Christmas already Drei ? Daaaaaaang, that was a long game…

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Hey Kid, I know you’re still a big Matt Kemp fan, but it’s time some certain special…YOU…Gets YOU a new shirt…A Puig shirt? Because like YOU…Puig is a Kid at Heart, who, like YOU… finds a way to drive Drei up a wall… Like YOU…Never a dull moment with…YOU

Hey, Christmas did not come early now did it…

“Is that right, Drei ?”

So there you have it. Notes on a Scorecard…Tales From a Scorecard. Exhausting is only one way to describe how this day went. Did I cover everything? Probably not. But hey, the scorecards are here for you to look at and make out your own tale.  Oh yeah, since then, the Blue has won 7 of their last 9. In the end though, this tale had a happy ending….

Extra Innings…

An appropriate title to finish this tale…

20160522_131018.jpg It was fun seeing you again Matt…

20160522_125459.jpg Gotta pay my respects to Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn…

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You know Kid, as much as Drei loves a good ending, Drei will be just as happy if this win comes after 9, you know, Save the Drama

‘Til The Next Episode…

 

 

 

 

 

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