When Bryce Harper slid into 3B head first I yelled “He’s out!” while everyone around me was yelling “he’s safe.” The Nats replay every good play on their marvelous scoreboard (best I have ever seen), so I said “If he’s safe, they will replay it.“ No replay – I just said “Scoreboard!“ My wife said he did it again when I was on a beer run, but I didn’t see it.
By the way, Redd’s Apple Ale is the most refreshing beverage I have ever drank and it was especially good in the 95 degree sweltering temperatures. That may have been the hottest game I have ever attended. Nationals Stadium is a great venue and the fans were well-behaved. It was playoff atmosphere baseball. I made sure I stayed properly hydrated and my clothes probably weighed 15 pounds more when I left. I have to confess that if Greinke was not pitching tonight, we might skip the game, but we will be there, sweat and all.
Last night’s game was awesome! Nalosco had great stuff, but bad control. Strasburg had great stuff, but made some bad pitches, especially the one to Hanley – that ball got out of the park with a quickness. Andre Ethier’s blast in the 9th gives me reason to call him Mr. Clutch for the day, because I have called him Mr. Softee in the past. The Dodgers need Andre if they are going to keep winning. Let’s hope he can keep it up. He certainly is due. If he can hit 15 to 20 HR the second half, the Dodgers will be fine.
This is a different Andre Ethier – he has matured and is not the sulker he once was. I have high hopes he will have a great second half. Matt Kemp looked good in BP and is set to play on Sunday, which is supposed to be a little cooler. I believe that Kemp and Ethier are the keys to the second half of the Dodgers season. They have to be because Puig and Ramirez can’t keep up their hot pace. Both will have slumps – in fact, Puig is in the midst of his first one. Gonzo will be there every day, and Uribe still looks solid, but Kemp and Ethier have to deliver for the Dodgers to keep winning.
When you watch a game in person, you realize the quiet leadership of Adrian Gonzalez. All of the infielders look to him and listen in the huddles. He is a pros’ pro. If you want to learn how to play 1B, just watch him.
Carl Crawford looks awful at bat and in the field and his arm is a joke. Remember, what I predicted about him? He looked good in the beginning but his body is shot. He’s at .268 right now and I don’t think he can be counted on for anything. He looks like he’s 45 years-old.
The bullpen wasn’t about any bull last night and Kenley Jansen was decisive and dominant as he closed out the game. It was an inspiring win for the boys in blue. I have about 350 great photos, but my card reader is broke – Hopefully, I’ll get another one today and post some shots tomorrow.
- 1.5 games behind – close, but no cigar. Keep on pushing.
- The Dodgers have two wasted roster spots – League and Crawford!
- The lawsuit against Puig smells, but I have no opinion right now until I get more info. Human traffickers aren’t people you want to mess with. I have a friend who goes into foreign countries and rescues women in sex-trafficking.
- Steve Cohen being investigated by the SEC – let’s hope Guggs and Company are immune to that.
- At .306, Corey Seager has solved A Level pitching – he needs to go to AA Chattanooga very soon.
- Signing Isao O’Jimi as a the Head Scout for Japan is a big deal. The Dodgers had a good presence there and it just got a lot better!
- AJ Ellis will be the Dodgers manager someday!
- We are sitting in Section 131, Row V, Seats 3 and 4 tonight.
- Tony Jackson will be re-surfacing soon with a new Dodger Blog – Details to come!