I along wtih many Dodger fans, took a vacation day to be at Dodger Stadium, our magic castle! Some probably took a “sick” day but there is NO WAY they would believe that I was at home sick.
My day did not start well because right after I started walking on the parking lot, I noticed I had no wallet and no tickets. Hoping that I just left it in the car, I went back but noooo!, I drove 14 miles back to retrieve it from home.
Since I was at the stadium as soon as the gates opened, I was able to go back and come in plenty of time to meet with friend Carol from the ITD blog and Will who came all the way from New York for the games:
George Lopez threw out the first pitch. George was sporting a Dodger jersey with number 34 and the words “LOPEZUELA” in the back. Watch the video where Tommy coaches George Lopez to throw a strike on the mound (could not embed the code
What a game! what a 9th inning!
Wainwright only gave up three hits and one run in 8th innings of work.
Clayton Kershaw was great giving up only two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
There was Loney nailing a runner at third by cutting off a relay toss after a run-scoring double.
There was Closer Jonathan Broxton shutting down the hard of the lineup in the 8th.
And then the 9th inning with two outs, nobody on, unfolded:
“I lost it in the lights….I could not see the ball.” Holliday said.
Vin Scully’s remark: “It hit him right in the groin. Hopefully he’s wearing a cup. You talk about a painful error.”
One poster at sonsofstevegarvey said ” I was watching the replay of the Shot Felt Around the Nuts”
Loney said he was in shock but he made it to second base. He was replaced with Juan Pierre.
Up came Casey Blake. At one pitch that was called a strike, Casey gestured with his hands that he did not agree and he said “Bull-fertilizer”
Well, that is not the word he used but that is what Vin Scully uses when he reads lips.
My friend Steve started chanting “Umpire Sucks!”
Then as Blake continued to foul off pitches, Vin said, “One more twist on the tension machine.”
Blake walked on nine pitches.
Next Belliard single up the middle on the first pitch to drive Pierre and tie the score 2-2.
Blake advanced to third and Belliard to second on a passed ball.
Wtih first base open, Franklin pitched around Martin who was batting 8th, to load the bases. Up came Mark Loretta. “
Mark Loretta was hitless in 15 career at-bats against Franklin.
Then came the hit.
Loretta did his best imitation of Kirk Gibson running the bases, Blake scored and clumsly slipped trying to get to Mark Loretta but Matt Kemp got there first as the bison said afterwards “No one was going to beat there.
Loretta who is a local boy from Arcadia, CA said in one post game interview “What did Vin Scully say about me?” Ahh our hometown hero!!!
The score of the first game was; 5-3 Don Drysdale number:53
The score of the 2nd game was; 3-2. Sandy Koufax number: 32
LET’S GO DODGERS!!!
The Dodgers are the heart of L.A.!