The Comeback Kids do it again against the Braves in a 5-4 walk-off victory by none other than A.J. Ellis, back-up catcher on Martin’s day off!
Ely’s pitching tonight was a bit erratic. Not to say that he was wild, but his command just wasn’t what we were used to seeing. Pitches were too high. They just never came down. He gave up 4 run on 9 hits, walking and striking out a pair each in 5 IP. Unfortunately, two of the hits were long balls. He was pulled from the game before pitching the 6th. The combined relief of Miller, Kuo, Weaver, Broxton, & Belisario pitched 6 scoreless innings (Welcome back, bullpen!). Despite Ely’s lack of control on his pitching, offense showed up with run support.
Dodgers’ catching duo were the heroes of today’s story. Ellis came to the rescue with a RBI single that scored in Martin from 2nd. Congrats to Ellis also for the birth of his second child!
Furcal: Homered for the first time in 2010. Hoping to see more power coming from Raffy this month!
Today’s game: Dodgers send Monasterios (2-0, 1..87 ERA) to face Hawksworth (0-2, 5.14 ERA) & the Cards for the first time this year. Welcome back STL! Thanks for opening the door to the NLCS 😉 Let’s show ’em why we bleed blue! 7pm, Dodger Stadium
I was first introduced to the Dodgers in 2006. Cinco de Mayo to be exact. Chris, a long-time friend, invited me out to the ballpark the month before & that was the fabled day he chose. Never having been to a baseball game before, let alone to a Dodger game, I had my typical girl moment where I had nothing to wear. Chris was nice enough to let me borrow his brother’s Dodger jacket. So we headed out to Dodger Stadium at 4:30pm from my house (Wow, super early! It wasn’t even a giveaway night lol). From the first pitch, I was sucked in & it didn’t let up. Dodgers were tied against the Brewers 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th. I know what you’re thinking, “That’s too fairytale-like for me!” I kid you not, it WAS. Furcal had just slapped a single and managed to get on first & advanced to second thanks to Cruz, Jr. Then Nomar came up to the plate, took his 10-15 seconds with his OCD-like ritual that, to this day, I am still mesmerized by! I mean, he adjusts his gloves maybe 4 times and circles the bat while tapping his feet about 3-5 times JUST to set up (I actually do the glove adjusting before batting in softball, but that’s another story for another time), but true to fairytale form, Nomar gets that hit on the perfect pitch to line it barely fair of the right field foul line & scores Furcal! Dodgers win 4-3. Dodgers celebrate & Nomar steps out in a Dodger poncho for a curtain call. This is what dreams are made of & this is where my romance with the Dodgers began, with a strong passion for baseball following quickly thereafter. Russell Martin made his MLB debut on this day. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s & remains with the organization at the present time 🙂
I can only describe how I felt that night by painting this picture for you:
It was firework night as were most Friday night games that year. Lights were turned off with the exception of the light blues that illuminated the stadium in a way that made it seem surreal. Maybe it was the high of the win (that I later found out ended their five-game losing streak). Fireworks started and it was something out of Sandlot where the world stopped except for you & all you heard was fireworks in the background. It told me it was the beginning of something beautiful.
Four years later, here I am, hardcore Dodger fan as I’ve ever been & loving every minute of it. Owner of a mini-plan for the 2010 season & attending every other possible game I’ve been able to. Recently introduced to the amazing fans that sit in LFP & I must say, that section is the place to be. There are some die-hard fans there. I’d heard much about LFP, but you don’t know anything until you’ve sat there yourself.
Today’s game: Godsend Ely will go up against Hudson & the Braves in the rubber match. Ely is 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA. Giving the Dodgers much-needed quality pitching, he has just given up 13 runs on 35 hits over 46 IP, none of which have been homeruns. Let’s get a W today, boys. Arriba Los Doyers!