Can you believe that the Dodgers record at Nationals Park is 1-4??? I still remember getting swept there last year. Around that time, my two traveling friends and I were talking about going to Arizona where the team was heading next to get them out of their funk. We steered the team in the right direction as the team started winning there 🙂
Dodgers lost in ugly fashion last night 5-4 but the loss was encouraging in that Billingsley pitched well taking a no hitter into the 6th inning until he had that costly hanging chad
that Zimmerman took into the Dodger bullpen. The score was tied in the 9th inning and lost by James McDonnalds. JMac has struggled this year. I don’t think he will be making the playoff roster.
Vicente Padilla takes the mound against J.D. Martin
Magic Number is
Joe Torre’s number
Let’s bring down that number!
The Dodger Giant Rivalry Event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary. (did not know this organization existed!). It featured Arnold Hano representing the JINTs and Ross Porter representing the Dodgers. It was moderated by Jean Hastings Ardell.
Here is the not so good picture I took of Arnold Hano, Jean Ardell and Ross Porter
I got there a little early and was browsing the list of baseball books they had on display I was telling my friend Erik that my friend Linda had said that “The Echoeing Green” was an excellent read when this man overheard me and said that he wa discussing the book with vin Scully. I was like “who is this man?” Later on I realized that it was the author Arnold Hano.
Mr. Hano is 87 years old and he along with Ross Porter took their turns talking about each team and poking fun at the other team. We were treated to stories of the old days and at the end took questions from a crowded audience. I regretted that I did not have any cash on me to buy Hano’s book “A day in the Bleachers.”. I took pictures of the exhibition and went home wanting to read Mr Hano’s book. Here are two additional pics I took. The rest did not come out too well. .
I love what it says about Drysdale. “Don Drysdale is in charge of all clubhouse pets such as dogs, cats, white mice and hamsters. He was selected because he is very kind to animals and never hits them–only people (especially when they are in Giant uniforms).
The Dodgers took 2 out of 3 from the Giants!
Friday 9/11: Our warrior Hiroki Kuroda gave us 8 strong innings.
Casey (at the bat) Blake returned from five games off with a three RBI homerun!
Dodgers own Matt Cain. He is 0-7 lifetime against the Dodgers while Hiroki Kuroda is 5-1 against the Giants.
Vicente Padilla improved to 3-0 since joining the N.L. West turning in six solid innings.
Russell Martin & James Loney homered on Saturday. These two are heating up! Torre needs to keep James (ballgame) Loney in a grey uni. All his homeruns (12) have been on the road.
Sunday 9/13. Ahhh the matchup of Chad Billingsley and our old pitcher Brad Penny who really, really (haha remembering Jane’s book “An Ex To Grind”) wanted to “beat LA“.
You see Penny left the Dodgers on not so nice terms. For one, the Dodgers didn’t believe Penny last season when he said his shoulder was hurt, and he didn’t take that very well. After Penny signed with the Sox he let the Dodgers know how he felt.
Then Larry Bowa responded.
“You mean the same guy (Penny) who was never on time, out of shape and has one complete game? He has more stuff to worry about in the A.L. East than me. He has to worry about getting people out. He was never on time, was out of shape and never helped the kids out. Put that on the (expletive) dot-com. Put it in the headline.”
Upon his arrival to the Giants Penny met with the media, and one reporter asked him about pitching in front of 42,000 Dodger hating fans. Penny interrupted the reporter, then corrected him; “You mean 42,000 and one.”
Vin Scully mentioned Sunday that Larry Bowa and Penny met behind closed doors.
Penny did beat the Dodgers 2-7 but heck the important thing is that the Dodgers took the series!
I am really, really worry about Chad Billingsley. Like Vin Scully said “the mistery of Chad continues.” Chad has struggled big time in the second half.
The Pirates are in town starting tonight!.
The matchup is McCutcheon against Jon Garland.
Tonight is also
Free Dodger Dogs for everyone! We never had this promotion before, so let’s see how this goes. I understand that they will hand out coupons to everyone.
Let’s Go Dodgers!
Magic Number is Sweeeeet 16!! Andre Ethier’s Number!
The Colorado Rockies took the first game as the Dodger bullpen came up short in the first game and today I learned why Joe Torre did not bring George Sherrill in the 10th inning of that game. Sherrill felt tightness in his right side earlier that day. MRI came out negative!
In the second game, Randy Wolf got his fourth consecutive win giving up one run in 7 1/3 inning to give the Rockies only their second loss in the last games! That was also Randy’s #99 win! Let’s hope he gets #100 in his next start!
Congratulations to Andre Ethier who hit homerun #26 and #27! Also congratulations James Loney who finally got #8!
Rubber game (I’d love to have that rubber figure) is an early one. Vicente Padilla gets his start against Jorge de La Rosa. I just learned that Vicente is from Nicaragua. He is the first Nicaraguan to start for the Dodgers!
Behave Vicente and have a good game! I wonder if I can have my headphones on while I go to my Pilates class at noon.
Quick Trivia I heard during last night’s game : Name the only three teams that have never had a player hit for the cycle?