As you may or may not know, school started for me this past Monday. For those who have never been through nursing school, it’s a lot of work and takes up a lot of your time. I will apologize in advance for those that read my blog. I will try my hardest to update at least 3x/week, if not, more. I’m in my 2nd year and it’s going to get tougher and I progress. However, for those that follow me on Twitter, I update that a lot more as I’m watching the games. If you’re not following me, go ahead and do that so we can chat it up there: Follow Me!
News as of today. Vin Scully will return to call the 2011 home games and NL West away games! Most people believed he would retire. I’m just happy we get him for one more year. Summed up, we are extremely lucky to have him as the voice of our Dodgers. Personally, I love his opening, “Hello, and a very pleasant evening, where ever you may be.” What’s yours?
Secondly, Dodgers acquired catcher Rod Barajas from the Mets for cash. I didn’t realize what an asset Russell was catching until he went down. Stealers are 18-for-18 with Ausmus and Ellis behind the plate. They’re also a combined 8-for-56 at-bats. I hope the fans realize what he brings to us defensively. I know I was a pessimist about him regarding his low AVG. I wish him a speedy recovery.
Matt Kemp Bobblehead night: No sell-out crowd. That may be due to a lot of reasons: McCourts, economy, Kemp’s offensive slump, Rihanna? No, just kidding. I know I will support my team, win or lose. The team finally gave us a win. Actually, a 6-0 shutout. Kershaw pitched a solid 7 innings while Jansen was brought in and taken out in the blink of an eye. Thankfully and much to my surprise, both Sherrill & Broxton pitched 1-2-3 innings. Maybe the boos from the crowd have gotten to them? I actually have stopped booing them. I’m not sure if that does more harm than good. I just hope the bullpen continues to pitch how they did that night.
Thursday vs. Rockies: Got free tickets to this game. Took my niece and Actually_Ashley joined us. I swear, I think my niece might be a bigger Dodger fan than I am now! She can give you the line-up if you simply ask her, “Nana, who’s playing right now?” “Mah Camp, Jeems Toney, Ondre Etier, Afal Fucal, Faffy!” lol Dodgers win 2-0 thanks to Reed Johnson’s 2-run surprise blast to LFP. Lilly pitched a hell of a game. He gave the Rockies a 9-inning shutout. He is now 4-0 as a Dodger. I think that he feels comfortable in Dodger Blue. It’s what he’s been wanting since he was a kid and he now is in his zone. It’s happened many times before when a pitcher or player gets traded when they’re in a slump and they bounce back and catch fire with their new team (think: Padilla, Maddux, DeWitt). I’m excited to see more from him.
Kemp signing: I was honestly disappointed that Raffy canceled the signing, but since I haven’t gotten to meet Kemp, I decided to still attend. I arrived at Verizon Wireless store at 5am. I believe they were probably about 20 people ahead of me. Thanks to the unorganized manner the store handled the signing, We ended up having 50-80 people in front of us. It was a circus out there. A lot of fans were very angry. To top it off, we were all in the sun for hours. They tried to make up for their lack of planning by offering free water. Let’s just say, I didn’t want your water or your mugs, or your beach balls. I wanted shade and I wanted organization. Next time, I know I’ll need to get there earlier. I finally met Roberto from Vin Scully is my Homeboy. Wasn’t much of a happy meeting since we were all sleepy and hot haha. Next time we’ll take a picture! I got a BP ball signed. Manny from Dodger Fever was one of the ones who came with me. While waiting in line, we contemplated over what we would tell Kemp. I believe I went with, “Good job getting wood on the ball again, Matt.” Manny said, “Let’s start a winning streak.” Kemp replied with, “That’s the plan!” Kemp signed Manny’s bobblehead (of which I picked up for him!) I let Kemp use my pen to sign my ball 🙂 I came back with a farmer’s tan, but all in all, I’d say it was worth it because I got to spend time with good friends. Below are pictures (we weren’t allowed to snap any pictures of Matt while in the store):
And for now, that is all. Until, next time, Viva Los Dodgers!
Dodgers continue their shaky starts as Kershaw (just ONE K this time) was unable to hold the Cards on Thursday. He was pulled after just 4.1 innings of work. However, he gave up 5 runs (4 earned) off of 8 hits, walking 3 (season-high) and striking out one lowly birdy. Offense (minus Ethier who belted his 15th homer & secured his name as All-Star after the game) was also unable to make their mark. Cardinals had RBIs from 6 of the players in their line-up. Dodgers just couldn’t get it together. Carpenter is now a lifetime 6-0 against the Dodgers.
Was anyone else surprised to see Sherrill on the mound last night? Hadn’t he been waivered?! I felt lost and confused. Two feelings not too happy feeling.
Today, Billingsley is sent to the mound against Jaime Garcia. Hoping the Dodgers finally show up to play today, it’ll take pitching and defense to win this ball game against the surging Cardinals. Unfortunately, that is all I have for today. I will be scoring tonight’s game. Hoping to make it a good one! Remember to get your tickets to Loney’s Bobblehead night! See ya there 😉 & Arriba Los Doyers!
Until next time,
Kershaw delivered a magnificent performance tonight as pitched 8 innings earning 2 runs off 7 hits, walking NONE and he struck out 12 Cubbies (13 is his career high). This start around, he got the W thanks to Big John closing out the 9th and getting the save. (Let’s not recall that Broxton blew 4 of Kershaw’s W’s last season & he blew the Yankee game on 6/27 which was another Kershaw start). Regardless of that, Dodgers were able to pull out the W. Backing up Kershaw’s amazing pitching was the bat of Red-Hot Rafael “Fuego” Furcal! Raffy went 3-for-3, (Single, Double, HR) shy of hitting for the cycle, stole a base & secured Kershaw the W when he hit a 2-run BOMB. Again, tell me why this man is not in the All Star game?? When the American League is packed with power hitters, why are we not packing our team with pitching AND hitting?? I personally voted 100 times (4 different emails) and each 100 times it was for Raffy. Did he get on the team? No. Regardless, I think Furcal has given great performances day after day especially coming off from his difficult month of June. After mentioning his tough time dealing with the loss of his father, he said his father would’ve wanted him to play and play well. This man plays for the Love of the Game & he’s an All-Star in my eyes. I suggest he plays the song by Fuego called Super Estrella (Super Star) from now on, even though I love his current at-bat song “Chambonea” by Omega. =D and if you’re wondering, Raffy is my all-time favorite Dodger. He’s been with the club since I’ve been a fan. I hope he stays with them because he deserves to be playing every day like he should be.
All Star Weekend starting tomorrow. I will be going to Fan Fest in Anaheim convention center tomorrow with a fellow baseball fan (however, he is a Yankees’ fan eek!) Should be good times. My first time going. I will definitely take plenty of pictures!
Starting line up for the NL All Star team is:
1B: Albert Pujols (STL)
2B: Chase Utley (PHI)
SS: Hanley Ramirez (FLA)
3B: David Wright (NYM)
OF: Ryan Braun (MIL)
OF: Andre Ethier (LAD)
OF: Jason Heyward (ATL)
Representing the Dodgers will also be Broxton on the pitching staff. Torre will manage the NL league & he looks to battle the AL power hitters with big-time pitching with the likes of Carpenter, Halladay, Jimenez, Lincecum, and Wainwright to name a few. It should be a great game and if you’re not planning on watching it, you’d regret it!
Friday’s probables: Billingsley set to take the mound against Ted Lilly. Bills, after coming off a rough April and the injured list, has been pitching better and with more confidence. Pitch count gets high, but he has only allowed a total of 3 runs in his last two starts. A very happy birthday to my twitter friends @DodgerGirl_86 @dodgerdaisy & @AYE_DREE_AN who will be in LFP for tonight’s game to celebrate!
Until next time,
Arriba Los Doyers
The top is where we belong! After today’s W in the books, Dodgers have claimed 1st in the NL West from the Padres (trailing 0.5 games)!
Kuroda gave a much better performance than what we could have asked for against a pitcher like Carpenter. He pitched 7 SOLID innings, allowing only 4 hits, walking just one batter & striking out 6! By the way, don’t you love his face in the picture?!
It was a pitching duel as the game was scoreless until the bottom of the 8th inning with a Manny RBI-double?! We all know that’s a miracle with his mule-like base-running =/. Fact: I’m not the biggest ManRam fan there is. I tolerate him because he is part of my team, but I think his time in LA has overstayed its welcome. Amazing players like Xavier Paul & Reed Johnson are just itching at the chance to play & they won’t cost us $45 million! (Another story for another time)
Deuces Wild: Ethier, DeWitt & Manny go for extra bases!
Robbed: Matt Kemp steals 2nd (9 steals this years)
6-4-3 DP: Need I say more?!
Larry Bowa, what were you thinking?: DeWitt wasn’t even off of 3rd when the throw was made & you sent him off running for dear life!
In non-Dodger news, Strasburg made his MLB debut tonight after much hype for about what seemed like eternity. Thankfully, last year’s #1 draft pick proved himself deserving of all the hype & earned his first W by fanning a career-high (doi!) 14 batters! Nats won it 5-2. Strasburg got creamed in another sense ha!
#1 2010 MLB Draft Pick: Bryce Harper, you must tell me the name of your platform artist! That Salvador Dali-inspired look you have is just all the rage now. Despite this, he is still a very handsome fellow. Now, where’s my war paint?
Lil’ Big John: To all those who attended tonight’s Dodgers game, hope you got your Broxton bobblehead. I know I sure got mine!
As always, Arriba Los Doyers!