|PGA Dodger Day 2011!|
By Michael Quinn Martin
On Saturday, July 23, 2011, PGA members attended our annual PGA Dodger Day at Dodger Stadium, as the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Washington Nationals. At first it looked like another bleak day at Dodger stadium, as Dodger Pitcher Ted Lilly allowed the Nationals to get three runs in the top of the first inning before most of the PGA members had returned to their seats with their $1 Dodger Dogs. But the Dodgers fought back all evening and the score was Nationals 6 and Dodgers 5 by the end of the 3rd inning. Lilly was removed after the fifth inning, but Dodger bullpen pitchers Blake Hawksworth, Mike MacDougal and Javy Guerra kept the Nationals scoreless through the last four frames to set up some late-inning Dodger heroics.
The Dodgers tied the game 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh, when Eugenio Velez, pinch running for Catcher Dioner Navarro, scored from third when Nationals Pitcher Henry Rodriguez uncorked a wild fastball that went all the way to the backstop. In the bottom of the 9th, with Trent Oeltijen on second, Rafael Furcal stepped to the plate and hit a walk-off double to win the game 7-6. The Dodgers swarmed the field and dogpiled on Furcal when he got to second base.
PGA members who arrived early got autographs from coach Rick Honeycutt, catcher Dioner Navarro, and pitchers Kenley Jansen, Javy Guerra and Matt Guerrier, who were in the Dodger Bullpen next to our PGA seats. Hope to see you next year at Dodger Stadium!