Leave it to the Dodgers.

The first inning looked promising with seven pitches given by Kuroda-san with the three outs being handled by the second baseman.  

Three consecutive hits by the Dodgers and you would think the Dodgers would have scored but no, like Vin Scully  said “Leave it to the Dodgers”.  

 

Vin was very encouraging in the first inning saying that no lead is safe in August.  He pointed out that in August of 1951, the Dodgers lead the pennant by 13 1/2 and lost it.    He sited 1964 when the Phillies lead the pennant by 6 1/2 games in September and it got away!  On August 23, 1942 the Dodgers led by 7.5 and lost it.   Vin made me feel much better but as the game progressed and Vin left me (he only does the first three inning), I felt despair watching the Dodgers out-hit  the Padres and lose the game. 

 

Yes, Kemp had a running blunder when he should have scored on the third hit.  He ended up going 5/5 short of a triple for the cycle.    He apologized after the game that he should have run faster.  I accept his apology and I believe he will not do it again.   I forgive Kemp because he admitted his mistake and as the saying goes “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”         

 

The pitching plus two errors gave up 10 runs with Weaver giving up five runs.  With the two errors last night, the Dodgers now have 77 to the Padres 44.  

 

Remember my post He Pitched a perfect game, I get a perfect ball?    Well, for one reason or another it had to be postponed but I finally get my baseball signed by Joe Torre and Sandy Koufax tomorrow night!   I am super excited!   Also in addition I and a guest get to watch BP ON THE FIELD!     My friend Lorena and I will be there early!   I can’t wait!  

 

14 Comments

Yikes! The dreaded 1951 reference.! I say let the new guys settle in and see what happens. You have a lot of ground to make up. Good luck Emm.
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

Yep the 1951 reference. Well, I am reading more about with the Echoing Green book.
Thanks Mike! I was watching the top Mets moments that they were showin after I got back from our win. Loved hearing Vin there!

I wish the Dodgers luck. Good luck. They’ve had too much bad luck lately.
Congrats to Andre Ethier and his family on the birth of his second son!
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

Wow. So glad you’re finally getting that ball. I assume we’ll see a pic of it on this blog very soon?

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Yes Jane! I can’t wait to be there. I am supposed to be there at 4:30. I’ll be early!

Sandy Koufax and Joe Torre! You’ll have a great time; I look forward to reading about it!
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Elizabeth,
The ball is already signed. In fact it has been in a safe place, is just that it was not posible to give it to me before.
Is it time for me to leave work yet and head to the stadium? I can’t wait! I am to meet Jeff at 4:30 to get field passes and tickets. I drove all the way to work today. I just could not take a chance that the train was going to be late.

Looking forward to the ‘Ball Recieving Account’ with pictures of course… I hope all went smoothly and you got as much enjoyment from it as you had anticipated….

-peter

Phillies Outside

You’re incredibly lucky to see BP from the field! How fun!

It seems like both our teams are struggling :(

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

Emma,
Good things come to those who wait.
Glad you are finally getting an opportunity to get that precious ball, and those two great signatures.
We all know there will be a great Dodger fan photo opportunity in the mix when the ball finally changes hands.
By the way, can you not win so many game in our Fantasy League, by the end of the week I will be close to every division leader but my own…..I feel more like the Rays every week in Fantasy…chasing another team (lol).

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Kemp has his head in the stars. He needs to be traded to a smaller market team away from the limelight or risk imperiling his future. Though I’m following the Marlins now because I live in Florida, I still love the Dodgers and it pains me to watch them slipping into limbo. I think they should’ve sold instead or bought at the trade deadline and be ready for next year.

~ Will the Smiler

Emma,
I couldn’t believe we couldn’t hit Lannan. He has given up 38 walks and ONLY has 29 strikeouts. Where did our offense go? Are the Dodgers going to limp to the finish line barely over the .500 mark. I still think they have another good run in them. They won’t make the playoffs, but I want to see them go down fighting.

BTW if you are interested in another good book about the 1951 pennant race I recommend this one. The Miracle at Coogan’s Bluff by Thomas Kiernan. It’s the Giant’s version of the Boys of Summer. It’s written from the Giants point of view and gives a great description of the most famous pennant race ever. Even though our team lost, that pennant race is why I love base ball so much. No other sport can keep your attention going day in and day out for 6 months like baseball.

: )
just seeing what you’re up to.

Thanks Mike! You are so sweet to check on me. I’ve been on DL since early Friday morning with a bad case of food poisoning. My right side still hurts. I was just about to sneeze right not and I had to try to stop it and hold my side. ouch…. heading to the doctor soon

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