Pumpkin Nights vs. Dodgers Baseball. That was my choice last night. Do I go with the family to see a festival of lights made from carved out pumpkins with various themes or do I stay home and watch Game 6? Well today they have a mechanism that allows you to record television shows, so you can watch them later. So, as you can see by the picture, I chose to record the game and go spend quality time with my wife, daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons, and come back after the event and watch the game.
Unfortunately for me, I kept getting alerts during the evening advising me of all of the bad things going on in the game. It was not fun watching the game knowing how the game ends. But I needed to press on.
Before I left for Pumpkin Nights, I got to watch the Dodgers half of the 1stinning live. The game got off to a positive start with leadoff hitter David Freese hitting a HR for a 1-0 lead. Then I left and the Brewers teed off on Hyun -jin Ryu. They batted around to score 4 runs on 5 hits in the bottom of the 1st. So, after 1, the Dodgers were down 4-1 with a nemesis, Wade Miley, pitching against them. The Dodgers had a look in the 5thafter a Freese double scored Brian Dozier for his 2ndRBI on the night, making the score 5-2. As it turns out, Freese was the only one with a RBI on the night. After a walk to Muncy, the Dodgers brought the tying run to the plate…twice. Neither Justin Turner or Manny Machado could continue the rally, and for all practical purposes the game was over after the top of the 5th. Jesus Aguilar had a 3 hit – 3 RBI night. Maybe Machado should worry more about making contact than hitting Aguilar’s leg at 1B. It seems to have awoken a sleeping giant.
Ryu could only go 3 innings, so it was left to the bullpen to keep the Dodgers in the game. Urias, Wood, Floro, and Ferguson were very good. Not so much Maeda or Hill. The Brewers only used 3 relievers and Josh Hader was not one of them. They did not need him as the Dodgers did not get another hit after the 5th. Only one baserunner on a HBP. The Dodgers had 5 hits and 9 strikeouts. This was not a good night for the Dodgers. But it is only 1 game, and neither the Dodgers or Brewers have done anything yet except get to a Game 7.
The season has now come down to one game. Game 163 deja vu? It is a repeat of Game 3…Buehler vs Chacin. It is very hard to predict which Chacin the Dodgers will face. Will it be the pitcher the Dodgers trounced 21-5 or the pitcher who beat LAD in Game 3? Will Buehler be the pitcher in Game 163 or the pitcher in NLCS Game 3. I am comfortable in believing that Buehler will pitch a memorable game and the Dodgers will prevail. I am going to hold on to that thought until Game 7 starts and watch the Dodgers beat the Brewers at their yard.
Tonight I have another dilemma. Both the NLCS Game 7 and the USC game is on at 5:00 PM. But I will not tape the LAD game. That did not work out too well for Game 6. It looks like I will be recording the Trojans for a later viewing, after watching a Dodger champagne bath.
Let’s go to Boston.