Tonight marks the final game of the 4 game series the the Angels, with the Halos coming out victorious last night 4-3, as the Dodgers comeback, led by a couple of solo 9th inning shots by Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke, would come up just short. Other bad news from last night , Matt Kemp would come out of the game with a hamstring strain and today was placed on the 15 day DL. Catcher Tim Federowicz has been called up and Andre Ethier will be starting at center for the Blue tonight, as they try to take 3 of 4 from the Halos. Ted Lilly gets the nod for the Blue tonight against the Halos Justin Vargas…..
L.A. Takeover !!! Taken back in March. I thought i’d give Anaheim a Touch of Blue….
Game 3 of 4 with the Halo’s continues tonight, with these remaining 2 games down I-5, hence the nickname Freeway Series. The Dodgers have taken the first two games of this Freeway Series, overcoming a 5 run deficit in the first game and coming back strong last night 3-0 behind a 2 hit complete game shutout behind Hyun-Jin Ryu, powered by a 2 run home run by Luis Cruz. Chris Capuano gets the start for the Blue tonight against Angels ace Jarred Weaver, making his first start in over a month after a stint on the DL. Prior to this series, the Angels we’re on an 8 gamr winning streak before the Blue to that to a halt Monday night. Otherwise, it’s been a struggle for both teams this year with talk ( And it’s been just that, talk…. )of both Scioscia and Mattingly in jeopardy of losing their jobs…..
Oh well, no one’s perfect, we can’t always agree on everything, but I still love you Sylvia…..
Dodgers vs, Cardinals. This weekends featured food item, The St. Louis Dog. This Super Dodger Dog layered with lots of tangy BBQ sauce, St. Louis style pulled pork and fried onion strings. If only I was able to taste whatever amount of pork there was hidden in all that bbq sauce….
Outside the gates of Chinatown after another tough loss as the Blue loses 2 of 3 to the Cardinals, as Kershaw takes the loss, allowing 4 runs in 7 innings. ( Cy K can’t win them all now, as much as we all would like to believe that…. ) . Also of note, Matt Kemp was not in today’s starting lineup but did make a pinch hitting appearance in the home 8th and one out, grounding into an inning ending double play, to the dismay of the 43,000 faithful. ( And the frustration continues to build up amongst the loyal followers of The Blue… )
Also of note…. 9 more runners left on base today, including a bases loaded opportunity in the 7th inning with one out and A.J. Ellis and Skip Schumacher, starting at center in place of Matt, both striking out. And so it continues….
Next up… The Angels for 4, 2 here, and the final 2 in Anaheim. The Angels, winners of 8 in a row. And so we continue to wait to break out of the storm. So, Dodgers fans, how is your patience holding up ? ( The life of a Dodger fan. So painful, yet, Forever Dodger Blue…. )
With today’s win over the Brew Crew, the Dodgers, thanks to a big 5 run 2nd inning and Hyun-Jin Ryu’s 7 1/3 stellar innings, record their largest margin of victory this season 9-2, finishing the road trip 2-4. Of course with a little more offense and some help from the bullpen The Blue could have easily gone 4-2…..
Me with Matt Kemp during the Dodgers Winter Caravan at Santa Monica during a beach cleanup with Heal The Bay. By now, we all know about the devestating hurricane that occurred this week in Moore, Oklahoma. We all know that Matt Kemp is a native of Oklahoma. We all know that Matt Kemp is contributing to those who have been affected in his home state. We also know that his production has been down so far this season. So of course he was going to be subjected to some, plenty of fan backlash when it was announced he was contributing $1,000 for each home run up until the all-star break, considering he only has 2 home runs to this point. ( I’m sure he was expecting this himself…) Now as fans, we can’t say this was not expected. ( I ain’t gonna lie folks… ) But let’s not lose sight of the fact that Matt is still contributing to those greatly affected in his home state. Lets also remember his good deed when he gave the cancer stricken child his uniform off his back in San Francisco recently. Matt will heat up eventually. I still think he will go 30/30 this year. But let’s also look at the fact that Matt is doing all he can to help out those in great need….
Flashback !!! 5/20/2012. Sunday Night Baseball, and a victory bump… Something not seen so frequently to this point. Andre Ethier, Tony Gwynn Jr., filling in for an injured Matt Kemp, and Scott Van Slyke. This was the game when Scott Van Slyke hit the 3 run pinch hit homer in the home 7th to give the Dodgers a 6-5 lead that they would not give up. This would be Scott Van Slyke’s first big league homer. Looking at that this pic today, it’s ironic that this would include Van Slyke and Ethier considering that Andre was scratched from today’s starting lineup by Mattingley in favor of Van Slyke , much to the displeasure of Dre after indirect comments made about Dre by the skipper himself. Stay tuned ?
On a personal note, when I think of Scott Van Slyke, I still have daunting memories of his dad, Andy Van Slyke, on the Cardinals on deck circle during Game 6 of the 1985 NLCS and Jack Clark at the plate with runners on 2nd and 3rd , 1st base open, and the Dodgers one out away from forcing a 7th game….
And finally, today’s Fan of The Game…
Here she is !!! Many of you may already recognize Emma from her blog Dodger Blue World, http://crzblue.mlblogs.com. This was over the weekend as the Dodgers would suffer another painful loss en route to being swept by the Braves, ” drinking her sorrows away… “ Hopefully, any drink from this point forward ( That watermelon margarita looks good BTW…) will be a toast to many more wins for the Blue. Oh yeah, check out that shirt of her’s. The famous words of Dodgers Spanish broadcaster Jaime Jarrin during his home run calls. Speaking of Jaime, you all do know they are giving away a Jaime Jarrin bobblehead this Saturday….
OK, time for some home cooking for The Blue. The NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals are in town this weekend. There should be some good pitching matchups this weekend, especially this Sunday….
Gaken from outside the top deck entrance, Monday night, 5/6/2013. A very fitting picture to describe the mood and play here lately. Cloudy, doing our best to weather the storm as the sun does it’s best to creep in. We can all only hope that brighter days will be ahead of us…..
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I highly recommend you check out Ike’s Place over at 3489 16th St in the Castro district. His sandwiches are soooo goooood that people have actually lined up for up to 2 hours for his sandwiches, much to the dismay of some of his neighbors. Here I have my usual Jerry’s Big Meat with a pink lemonade and root beer. The Jerry’s Big Meat, for whatever reason is no longer on the menu but you can still order it as an off the menu item. What’s in that behemoth ? Turkey, roast beef, pastrami, ham, salami, jack cheese, and his oh soooo addicting dirty sauce. Get it with the dutch crunch bread. FYI, a lot of his sandwiches are named after local streets, celebreties, and athletes and so popular is his shop that he will be opening one in Westwood soon. He does intend to keep the Matt Cain on the menu down here so for you Dodger fans up there if you should run into him you gotta convince him to put a Matt Kemp when he opens shop here in L.A. ( I’m still having a hard time so we need more support…. )
Giving my sammie a touch of Blue…. Speaking of Blue, don’t be surprised if you’re amongst good company amongst other Dodger Blue clad fans at Ike’s . His shop tends to get a lot of blue during the Dodgers series ( Much to his delight….hehehe )
Rick Monday, playing Center Field at the time for the Chicago Cubs, rescues the U.S. Flag from an attempted burning by 2 protesters. Monday, also a former U.S. Marine… ” I saw too many die for that flag… “ Monday would eventually end up with the Dodgers the following year to 1984 and would finish his career here. Of course we all remember Monday for one more huge moment in Dodgers history.
Me with Rick Monday, March 29, 2008 at the L.A. Coliseum before the Dodgers exhibition game against the Red Sox. I also came across his path in April 2001 on the 25th anniversary of the flag being saved. To this day people still wish him a Happy Anniversary….
Earlier tonight during the telecast you may have seen the segment where Steve Lyons was giving us a tour of Citi Field and stopped by the Shake Shack burger stand ( A local favorite ) and had himself what looked like a double cheeseburger. ( Looked good BTW…) So, being a proud native of L.A., I couldn’t help but to tweet him ( My twitter is good_drei )and ask… In N Out or Shake Shack. I think it’s safe to say Psycho knows what a hamburger is all about….
Steve Lyons (@SteveLyons12) tweeted at 9:32 PM on Wed, Apr 24, 2013:
“@Good_Drei: @SteveLyons12 #InNOut or #ShakeShack ? Who gets the edge ?”inNout… Wanted to say that!
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Other Thoughts from Tonight….
Good to see Matt Kemp finally get his first 4 bagger. Currently he is 9 for 22 on the current road trip . Good to see Matt’s back on track.
Nice outing by Ted Lilly tonight, giving us 5 strong in his first outing back in almost a year from the DL. Speaking of…
Best wishes to Chad Billingsley as he will have Tommy John surgery performed on him. What ever happened to our depth in starting pitching ?
Tonight was a tough one to swallow. We we’re one out away from a 3 game winning streak. Just gotta come back strong tomorrow. Hopefully we get a good 7 plus innings from Hyun-Jim Ryu. The bullpen could use some rest….