5-29-12 (@ Los Angeles Dodgers)
I didn’t go to bed until after 1:30 am on Tuesday morning, so I slept in until 10:30. Dustin and I didn’t really have any plans, and by the time we decided to go to the beach, we realized it was too late. Simon had mentioned that we could see Rock of Ages, since they were holding a screening at Warner Brothers (where he works). He lives just a few miles from work and we headed down there around 1:30 for the 2:00 screening. Rock of Ages is somewhat of a musical, so I went in thinking it wasn’t going to be my cup of tea. I was a little surprised and overall thought it was pretty good. I like ’70s and ’80s rock music, and there are also some laughs thrown in there, which is always good.
The screening was over by 4:15, and we went to In-N-Out Burger afterwards. With that name you’d think it would be quick, but I was a little disappointed. We went inside to order, but got it to go, because we were in a hurry. There wasn’t a line when we got there, and it took 13 minutes from the time we ordered to when we left. I’m an impatient person to begin with, so maybe I’m a little biased, but that just seems slow. They had at least nine (I counted them) people working behind the counter so I was expecting a pretty quick turnaround, but no dice. The burger was good, and so was the strawberry shake I got, but Dustin and I agreed the fries left something to be desired. I saw the fries go right from the potato, through the slicer, and into the frier, so I was expecting something amazing. The fact that they were just luke warm by the time we ate them back at Simon’s might be to blame as well.
I was planning on meeting Adam McCalvy, the Brewers beat writer, before the game on Tuesday. Due to LA rush hour traffic Dustin and I weren’t parked until 6:13, and didn’t get inside Dodger Stadium until 6:30. I texted Adam and he said not to worry, and that he got us batting practice field passes for Wednesday’s game. Sweet!
I’ll likely get the upper deck game number photo on Thursday, so we got the closest we could to the visitor’s dugout for Tuesday’s picture. I’m surprised they don’t have a moat and a drawbridge that separates us mortals from the elites that can afford the $350 to $650 seats. I’m kind of joking, but I do think it’s silly to have that divider there. Game photo number 49:
It was “The Infield” bobble head day, and it was almost a full house. The announced paid attendance was 51,137, but there were a lot of people who got their bobbleheads and just left. There are Brewers fans who do this as well, and I don’t understand it. The only reason the bobble head means something to you is because of the game of baseball, so you must enjoy it at least a little, right? The bobble head commemorates the Dodger’s infield of Ron Cey, Bill Russell, Davey Lopes (former Brewers manager), and Steve Garvey, who played together for 8-plus seasons, with their first appearance together in June of 1973. I’m debating keeping the bobble head just because I think it’s cool, but I’m not sure I can fit it in my suitcase.
After getting the game number picture taken we went to our seats, which were located right next to the Brewers bullpen in right field. We got to see Mike Fiers warming up for his first major league start. He pitched in two games last September, but those were out of the bullpen, in mop up duty. As Fiers was warming up I really didn’t know what to expect for the game. To be completely honest, I expected the Dodgers to win 10-2, or something along those lines. It seemed like a perfect storm; Lucroy going to the DL, a rookie catcher making his first start, catching a rookie pitcher making HIS first start, and the Dodgers getting Matt Kemp (their MVP) back from the DL. Here’s Fiers warming up:
Luckily the upper deck roof was about to hide the sun, otherwise this would’ve gotten pretty annoying. Monday’s game was at 5:10, so the people in these seats had to deal with the sun for the first two hours, no thank you.
The game started and the Brewers got on the board early. Braun hit a two run opposite field home run in the top of the first, which only intensified the boos. Mike Fiers pitched well, and gave up one run on five hits, no walks, while striking out three over seven innings of work. It was awesome and a nice surprise. The Brewers carried the one run advantage into the 8th inning, and K-Rod delivered another scoreless frame, setting up Axford in the ninth. Axford as he’s leaving the bullpen:
Axford had to face the meat of the order, and he had a nine pitch battle with Matt Kemp to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Kemp won and ripped a double to left center, and the Dodger’s win expectancy jumped from 17.4% to 41.7% (I looked at fangraphs.com). The very next pitch Axford hit Andre Ethier in the back with a 97 mile-per-hour fastball, and just like that the Dodgers had the winning run on base. Jerry Hairston was next and after a ball and two failed bunt attempts he grounded into a 4-3 double play. Kemp moved to third on the play and the tying run was only 90 feet away. James Loney then grounded out to short, and the Brewers escaped with the win. Final Score: Brewers 2 – Dodgers 1. I don’t know how they did it, but the Brewers have now won two consecutive games while recording a combined total of 9 hits. Yes, NINE hits over two games, and two wins to show for it. That is some impressive pitching and defense. Nicely done.
Simon is going to give us a tour of Warner Brothers tomorrow, and then we’re going to hit up the Hollyhock house, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and built in 1919-1921. Dustin likes Frank Lloyd Wright and architecture, and so do I to some degree, so it should be fun.