With a combination of away and home games, the Dodgers are playing 20 consecutive games without a day off before the All-Star break.
It started with the Dodgers going to Oakland for three game where they got swept.
Then they headed to Anaheim where they lost two out of three.
After Sunday’s game they took a bus to Ontario to hop on the flight to San Francisco to play three there.
After the three in San Francisco they come home to play a four game series with the Mets starting Thursday.
Come Monday the Reds come to Dodger Stadium to play three. The Fourth of July game on Wednesday starts at 6:10.
After the Fireworks game, is off to the airport to start a four game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
WOW! a tough test ahead for Mattingly and the Dodgers. If they can turn it aorund and do well they can do this:
By then, Matt Kemp should be ready to come back and we can see him doing this:
Friday night Kershaw went eight strong inning giving up two runs in the 6th from a walk to Werth and a homerun to LaRoche. He just left that pitch too high. Kenley Jansen pitched the 9th but he gave us a scare when Espinosa sent a ball that came within inches of not being foul.
Earlier in the day during batting practice, while talking to Rosa and Ronnie by the Dodgers bullpen, a BP ball landed in back of me. I was so happy to get it as it has the 50th anniversary logo
Also during BP, I heard a mom tell her kid that she forgot her phone so she could not take his picture. I offered to take a picture and I would send it to her. I was sitting in the field level during the game. This same kid kept coming down to ask for a baseball between innings. I told him if he wanted he could sit next to me. He went and asked his who gave him permission so I watched the game with him. He brought over his uncle’s Dodger hat to use to catch a baseball since he did not have a glove.
Little john told me he plays baseball and his team is undefeated 14-0. His mom had told me earlier that they were at the game to pay tribute to her dad who was a Dodger fan. Talking with the boy he told me they live up North. I asked if he was a Giant fan and he said yes but that he would not wear any Giant gear cause he did not want to get beat up. Sad. I told him he would not get beat up then I saw a guy with a Giant jacket and later a lady with a Giant shirt. I said “see, they are wearing Giant gear”
When I was seeing that he was not going to get a third out ball, I suggested to try at the end of the games with the umpires but to move a couple seats over the next aisle. He was only a few feets from me and I was keeping an eye on him. Well his mom comes down and she panicked not seeing him there, she said “WHERE IS MY SON?” I pointed to him (we were in the same row) and said that he had a better chance there to get a ball from the umps. Well, too many kids were in the dugout seat area so he did not get a ball. I reached in my bag for the batting practice ball I had gotten and gave it to him. He and his family thanked me. they did stay for the fireworks as they had an early flight back home.
I had to ask little John his favorite players. For the Giants: Buster Posey and for the Dodgers: Matt Kemp.
Looking at Jon SooHoo pictures blogs, I noticed he included a picture he took as he was going by during batting practice! I was sitting with June. Thanks Jon!
And here is another one. I think this is when I was going to take a picture of little John.
It was also Fireworks night. Here is another picture from Jon SooHoo.
Check out Jon SooHoo’s great pictures at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/
OK, got to get ready to head to Dodger Stadium! Strasburg against Billingsley. Also Bryce Harper will make his major league debut at Dodger Stadium. Both the Dodgers and Nationals have identical records of 14-6. Let’s go Dodgers!
John Ely did not have a good night. He could not get out of the 3rd inning. The good news was the bullpen. Jeff Weaver and Belisario pitched scoreless innings. The Dodgers made it close with Rafael Furcal extending his hitting streak by belting a two run homerun. Final score Marlins 6, Dodgers 5.
Here are some pictures from the game:
I like this picture of father and son. He is wearing a Bobby Welch jersey and the kid a Jackie Robinson.
My friend James with his kids, wish his dad was sitting here too to get alll three generations.
fans on the field to watch the fireworks. I prefer to watch them from above
fireworks at Dodger Stadium.
After the fireworks, Victor and I stopped at the Music Center to see the Dodger Mickey. i wanted Victor to see how beautiful it is.
I love our Dodger Mickey Mouse! Is is beautiful!