As Vin Scully says before every game, “Hi everyone, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may be.” On Saturday, September 3, 100 PGA members attended our annual Dodger Day as the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the San Diego Padres on a beautiful Labor Day weekend with a 71 degree temperature at game time. The Dodgers sent Pitcher Rich Hill to the mound to face Luis Perdona of the Padres.
In the 4th inning, Adrian Gonzales singled to send Corey Seager home and put the Dodgers up 1-0. Shortstop Seager is in the running for National League Rookie of the Year this year. Later in the inning, with Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzales on base, Yasmani Grandal hit a three run home run over the center field fence to put the Dodgers up 4-0. The home run was estimated at 440 feet.
In the 6th inning, Josh Reddick tacked on a solo home run to put the score at 5-0. This was his first home run since the former Oakland A‘s outfielder joined the Dodgers on July 3. Rich Hill was pitching a no-hitter for the Dodgers into the 6th inning until Alexi Ramirez singled for the Padres. Hill ended up with 8 strike outs for the evening.
Joe Blanton pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the Dodgers. Casey Fein gave up one run in the 8th and Kenley Jansen kept the Padres off the board in the 9th, leaving the Dodgers with 5-1 victory.
Fans were also treated to a positive video report on recovering Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw as he pitched a three inning rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, after missing two months with lower disc herniation. Since Kershaw was placed on the Disabled List on June 26, the Dodgers have clawed their way from 8 games back behind the San Francisco Giants, to 5 games ahead, and now lead the National League West.
Rookie Dodger Manager Dave Roberts (and possible NL Manager of the Year candidate) has accomplished this while the Dodgers have placed 26 players on the Disabled List this year, a National League record.
And, least we forget, this is 88 year old Vin Scully’s farewell season as the Dodger’s TV and Radio Broadcaster, a position he has held when he started with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 at the age of 21. Thank you Vin for 67 wonderful years. You are the Dodgers!
- Article and Photos by Michael Quinn Martin