June 2012

Dodgers are playing 20 games without a day off

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:

Dodgers Win against the Angels! Let’s get the Rubber Game tomorrow!

Dodgers win! dodger Win! Capuano went seven innings, giving up one run, seven hits. Belisario with the hold was nasty. Kenley Jansen came in to get get his 12th save. Bonus: He got me a save for my baseball fantasy team Los Locos Azules. good job guys! *applauding*

Final score: Dodgers 3, Angels 1.
Dodgers only got four hits but they came at the top of the lineup with Dee Gordon getting two hits, Hairston one and one for Andre Ethier.

Two errors by Angels in the first inning helped. One error came from Albert Pujols and one from Maicer Izturis. Great defense by the Dodgers with Herrera making a great catch. That was short of being a homerun.

Santana took the loss and Capuano improved his record to 9-2. Congratulaytions Capuano!

Rubber game tomorrow. Aaron Harrang against Garrett Richards.

No Vin Scully in today’s game since it was National Fox but tomorrow Vin comes back!

LOST DODGER OFFENSE! IF FOUND PLEASE RETURN TO @DODGERS

LOST DODGER OFFENSE! IF FOUND, PLEASE RETURN TO @DODGERS BEFORE DODGERS FACE THE ANGELS!!!

Dodgers got swept by the Oakland A’s. Below are the results of the offense during the three game series:

1st game: Athletics 3, Dodgers 0. >> 29 AB, 2 hits, 3 BB, 7 SO
2nd game: Athletics 4, Dodgers 1. >> 31 AB 3 hits, 1 BB, 2 SO
3rd game: Athletics 4, Dodgers 1. >> 28 AB 3 hits, 1 BB, 7 SO

Total: 8 for 88. Average: .091.

Dodger offense = Pathetic, anemic, offensive, raquitica (puny).

Andre Ethier is batting .171 for the month of June. The rest of the offense is in the low low .200’s. Hitters need to work the count. Make those pitchers work. Don’t make them look like future Cy Young winners.

Can the bats come alive tonight against the Angels? I hope so! Here is little baseball shrine with candle for good luck

Here the pitchers for the Dodgers Angels series:
Friday: Billingsley (4-5, 3.75) against Haren (4-7, 3.97) >> 7:05 PT TV: Prime
Saturday: Capuano (8-2, 2.71) againt Santana (4-7, 5.16) >> 4:15 PT TV: Fox
Sunday: Harang (5-4, 3.76) against Richards (2-0, 0.86) >> 1:05 PT TV: FS-W

I hope James Loney is feeling better as pepe Yniguez reported Thursday that Loney was throwing up.

Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!

ref: LA times.

Phillies disappoint Little Leaguers but Dodgers come to the rescue!

I saw this first on Facebook. Found that is from

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/letters/voice-of-the-people-june/article_7006298c-ed0c-5712-bc73-2bf0fdf499fa.html

It appears to be a letter sent from Vincent Scotti. According to it, Juan Pierre was the only one that acknowledged the kids. I know 500 little leaguers is a lot of little kids, but to only see one Phllie player acknowledging some of these kids is not cool.

I am not sure what the Phillies have done to rectify this but I am sure something will be done. In the meantime, I am glad the Dodgers stepped in and did the right thing!

It should be a good matchup tonight at Oakland with Eovaldi going for the Dodgers against Milone for the Athletics.
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Get well Roberto!
Roberto of the blog Vinscullyismyhomeboy has been in the hospital. Wishing you a speedy recovery Roberto. Que Dios te mejore.

Think Blue Sign

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Ever since some letters from the Think Blue sign got damaged from the wind, we have not seen the sign back.

Here is Rachel, who sits in front of us with her mom, dad & sister. I took the picture the same day we hiked to the Think Blue sign.

I hope they bring it back. I won’t talk about the Think Cure sign but I hope in time, the new Dodger ownership does a charity radiothon with auctions such as a chance to meet Vin Scully and other unique Dodgers experiences like we had before.

Anyway, since we don’t have a sign, I decided to post pictures of the time that a friend and I hiked to the Think Blue sign. It was after a playoff game that we had lost in 2009. We were at the right field restaurant after the game waiting for the traffic to slow down. We were looking at the fans hiking up the Think Cure sign since they open that area during playoff for extra parking. One friend said “Let’s walk up to the Think Blue” sign so two of us did.

Let’s hike up.

nice view from here

The hard luck Eovaldi with a record of 0-2 and ERA of 1.82 goes against Milone Wednesday night.

Dodgers Take two out of three from the White Sox

With the Dodgers White Sox series tied 1-1 the Dodgers took Sunday’s game on Father’s day 2-1.

Saturday night we were complaining about umpire Jerry Meals behind homeplate. Well Meals was the 3rd base umpire on Sunday involved in a contraversial play. With catcher Treanor at third base, one out, Herrera hit a sac fly to right field. Treanor tagged and scored. The White Sox prostested that Treanor left the bag early. Jerry Meals ruled Treanor out. We kept hearing on Twitter and from the announcers that Treanor DID NOT leave the bag too early. In fact some said that Meals was not even looking at the play. Mattingly came out to protest.

Mattingly kept going at it with Jerry Meals and home plate umpire Darling, eventually getting tossed from the game. This was the fourth time this year that Mattingly gets tossed. One of those times was on Mother’s Day.

With as long as it took for Mattingly to complain with the umpires, we could have had a quick examination of the play if we had instant replay.

Both Capuano who struck out 12, and Quintana pitched well going eight innings. Capuano allowed one run and Quintana did not allow any runs. Belisario pitched the 9th for the Dodgers and Reed pitched for the White Sox. Abreu, coming in as a pinch hitter in the 9th, openned with a single. Dee Gordon struck out trying to bunt but Herrera’s single advanced Abreu to third. Rivera sac fly to right field scored Abreu. Game tied with Lorena’s rally cap on!

Rally Cap!

Belisario came back to pitch the 10th inning, He retired the White Sox in order or like Jaime Jarrin & Pepe Yniguez say “Se fueron a paso de Conga” “they went out doing the Conga

dance

The bottom of the 10th, Loney batted for Belisario. Loney grounded out for the first out. Tony Gwynn tripled, Treanor grounded to the second baseman. Abreu was intentionally walked to face Dee Gordon. Dee responded with a walk-up single.

Dodgers win! Belisario worked a vulture win. His record is now 3-0 coming out of the pen.

Ethier K’d three times but he made three stellar defensive plays. Jaime Jarrin said “a corrido como un pura sangre” “‎He has run like a thoroughbred”

Quoting Vin Scully at the end of the game “They continue to pull the rabbit out of the hat”

Dodgers day off today. They start a three game series in Oakland.

rally cap picture mine, others by Jon Soo & Jill from http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

The video where I got to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” at Dodger Stadium

Las year during Social Septiember I was watching batting practice when William read a twitter that said “The first person that goes upstairs by the Vin Scully Press box will get to do be on the field to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” He thought it was too late to go upstairs, but I told him if you don’t want to go check I’ll check so I rushed up the stairs. Sure enought I was the first one! so I got to say what Vin Scully says at the beginning of each Dodger game, “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!”

I had not gotten the video until recently so I uploaded it. :-)

Thank you to the Dodgers and to William! I love you William :-)

Here are two pictures from that day that I got thanks to Jon SooHoo. Thank you Jon!

The White Sox with Robin Ventura are at Dodger Stadium starting tomorrow. Kershaw goes to the mound against Sale. Let’s Go Dodgers! It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!

Only 22 Perfect Games from 1880 to 2012 but two in 2012

With Matt Cain pitching a perfect game last night against the Astros, we already have two perfect games this year and is only June 14. There were also two perfect games in 2010. Are they turning out to be less rare?

Here is the list of the 22 MLB perfectos:

Worcester Ruby Legs LEE RICHMOND, JUNE 12, 1880, against the Cleveland Blues

The Providence Grays JOHN MONTGOMERY WARD, JUNE 17, 1880 against the Buffalo Bisons.

Boston Americans, CY YOUNG, MAY 5, 1904 against the Philadelphia A’s.

Cleveland Naps ADDIE JOSS, OCT. 2, 1908 against the Chicago White Sox.

Chicago White Sox CHARLIE ROBERTSON, APRIL 30, 1922 against the Detroit Tigers.

New York Yankees DON LARSEN, OCTOBER 8, 1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Philadelphia Phillies JIM BUNNING, JUNE 21, 1964 against the Mets.

Los Angeles Dodgers SANDY KOUFAX September 9, 1965 against the Chicago Cubs

Oakland A’s, CATFISH HUNTER, MAY 8, 1968 against the Twins.

Cleveland Indians LEN BARKER, MAY 15, 1981 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

California Angels MIKE WITT, SEPT. 30, 1984 against the Texas Rangers

Cincinnati Reds TOM BROWNING, SEPT. 16, 1988 against the Los Angeles Dodgers

Montreal Expos DENNIS MARTINEZ, JULY 28, 1991 against the Dodgers

Texas Rangers KENNY ROGERS, JULY 28, 1994 defeated the Angels

Yankees DAVID WELLS, MAY 17, 1998. defeated the Twins,

Yankees DAVID CONE, JULY 18, 1999 against the Montreal Expos

Arizona Diamondbacks RANDY JOHNSON, MAY 18, 2004 against the Braves

Chicago White Sox MARK BUERHLE, JULY 23, 2009 defeated the Tampa Bay Rays,

Oakland A’s DALLAS BRADEN, MAY 9, 2010 defeated the Rays,

Phillies ROY HALLADAY, MAY 29, 2010 against the Marlins

Chicago White Sox PHILIP HUMBER, APRIL 21, 2012 against Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants MATT CAIN, JUNE 13, 2012 against Houston.

I guess Matt Cain does not believe on the 13th being a bad luck day.

The month with the most Perfect games is May with seven followed by June and July with four. None in the dog days of August.
Sandy Koufax
yes, that is my Sandy koufax baseball that I won at the Safe at Home event with Sandy Koufax at LA Live.

Congratulations to all that have pitched perfect games

Rubber game: Dodgers Angels.

Dodgers lost the first game with the Angels 3-2. Isringhausen won it and Kenley Jansen lost it. Kenley is in my baseball fantasy team, Los Locos Azules.

BUT! we know pitchers got to have a short memory. Kenley came back on Tuesday and won the game. Dodgers were trailing on this one but with the score 2-2 (after Ethier tying the game), ex-Angel Juan Rivera went Boom! with a 3-run homerun! We went crazy at the stadium!

It was also Mike Sciocia’s bobblehead night. I don’t think the bobblehead resembles him but I am glad to have it. Scioscia used to be a favorite of mine back when I started attending games. Always had a soft spot for catchers and pitchers.

Not a good day for honorees at the ballpark since Jaime Jarrin who was honored the night before did not get a win for his team. But it was a special night with all the tributes paid to Jaime Jarrin.

After throwing out the first pitch along with his son Jorge Jarrin and his grandson Stefan Jarrin, Jaime went to the mike to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” but first he said it in Spanish “Es La Hora de el Beisbol de los Dodgers”

Another person that threw out the first pitch was the Veteran of the Day. Dodgers honored a Veteran every day. This time it was 102 year old Bea Cohen, the oldest living female World War II Veteran.
Bea Cohen Oldest Female World War II Veteran

Monday was also the day the Kings won the Stanley Cup! 50,559 showed up at Dodger Stadium even with the Kings playing at Staple Center.

For tonight Dodger game, the Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings are bringing the Stanley Cup trophy and will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Congratulations Kings! Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!

Dodger Road Trip to Seattle. Back in L.A to face Angels.

Lorena, Rosie and I got back to LAX at 11:30. Lorena had parked near by so she had to take a shuttle there. Rosie and I had taken the Flyaway so I gave her a ride home once I picked up my car at Union Station. My alarm at 5 AM came on way to early!

Shower & coffee were not doing their thing of keeping me awake

But I got in to work with window and Sunroof open to keep me awake. It is all worth it though! I had a great time in Seattle!

After the 1-0 no-hitter on Friday the Dodger bats came alive! They score eight runs on Saturday and another eight runs on Sunday for the scores of 8-2 and 8-3. We were fanatically happy with the results!

Congratulations to the Dodgers on an excellent road trip that saw them go 8-2.

Lots and lots of Dodger fans at Safeco Field. I am in this picture from Jon SooHoo.

And here is my friend Lorena in another of Jon SooHoo’s pictures. Sometimes you never know when he is taking a picture

And here is another picture where friends emailed that I was in it

Here is a picture from Jon SooHoo of some of our friends that made the trip. In it Kevin & Dee

I wanted to include more pictures but I have not had a chance to upload my pictures.

visit Jon SooHoo’s MLb blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Angels in town. Richard versus Capuano tonight on Jaime Jarrin’s Day

UPdate: Roster move: Juan Uribe reinstated and Alex Castellanos sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque.

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