Monthly Archives: August 2011

Dodgers guaranteed to have a winning record in August

The Dodgers beat San Diego 4-1 tonight. From the Associated Press game story…

Clayton Kershaw (17-5) won for the ninth time in his last 10 starts, allowing one run and six hits. The all-star left-hander struck out five and walked two, becoming the first Dodger to win 17 games since Chan Ho Park in 2000.

Kershaw retired 13 of his last 14 batters and the Dodgers turned three double plays behind him. It was his fifth complete game this season and sixth of the 22-year-old’s career.

The Dodgers won for the sixth time in their last seven games and clinched their first winning month of the season at 15-11.

Kershaw’s ERA is now 2.45, second-best in the National League. He leads the National League with 212 strikeouts.

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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Uncategorized


I’m so glad she finally won

Maisa patiently played the “Cakewalk” game today at our church picnic.

Time after time, someone else’s name was called. Maisa kept playing and never got upset.

Finally, after about 15 or 20 games — and with only three cakes left on the table — Maisa’s number was called! She won a cake!

Mommy and Daddy were so happy for her. And Maisa was so proud of her achievement. 🙂


Today was a terrific day.

We went to church and then to the church picnic.

Daddy got a nap in the sunroom while Maisa napped with Mommy.

We went to cousin Lexi’s soccer game.

Mommy made a delicious dinner.

We relaxed out on the patio.

We watched some Sunday Night Baseball.

We watched one of our favorite shows, “Breaking Bad.”

If only every day could be this good. 🙂


There is nothing better than watching a toddler observe and learn.

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


Kemp homers, joins 30-30 club

From Saturday’s Associated Press game story…

LOS ANGELES (AP) Baseball is a numbers game, and for Matt Kemp, the stats keep piling up. A day after becoming the fastest Dodgers player to reach 30 homers and 30 stolen bases, he hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning for his 100th RBI of the season.

Kemp’s homer gave Los Angeles a 7-6 victory Saturday and their second straight comeback win over the Colorado Rockies.

“It felt pretty good, especially the way the game was going. They’d get ahead and we’d come back,” Kemp said after third walk-off homer of the season. “It’s definitely satisfying, but it would be more satisfying if we were in first place and in contention.”


Meanwhile, James Loney is just about the hottest hitter in the major leagues.

Loney has 15 hits in his last 26 at-bats. His ninth-inning homer tied the score Saturday and sent the game into extra innings.


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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Uncategorized


How sweep it is

The Dodgers finally play well at Busch Stadium, and the games are meaningless. Doesn’t that figure?

Yes, the Dodgers are fighting to stay out of last place — hopelessly buried in the NL West. But beating Albert Pujols and the Cardinals is always a blast, no matter where we are in the standings.

And sweeping Tony LaRussa’s bunch is nothing less than baseball bliss.

What’s more, the Dodgers outscored the Redbirds 24-7 in the three-game series.


I watched Des Moines’ Jeremy Hellickson pitch a few innings today on MLB Network. He gave up two runs in seven innings but was tagged with the loss as Detroit blanked Tampa Bay 2-0.


Also today, former Dodger Russell Martin made history.

The New York Yankees became the first team to hit three grand slams in a game, with Robinson Cano, Martin and Curtis Granderson connecting in a 22-9 win over Oakland.

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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Uncategorized


Have you seen this catch?

One of the best defensive plays I have EVER seen.

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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Take that, Tony!

Even when your team stinks, there are things that make you smile.

Helping bury Tony LaRussa’s Cardinals is one of those things.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the ninth inning last night to beat St. Louis 2-1. The Redbirds are nine games behind Milwaukee.

The Cardinals have lost 10 games when leading in the ninth inning or later — most in the major leagues.

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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


A fantastic family day

Jill and Maisa and I attended Sunday’s Iowa Cubs game with Mom, Dan, Wayne, Gayle, Nathan, Steve and Joseph. We all had a great time visiting and enjoying the game.

Afterward, it was on to Steve and Carie and Joseph’s house for a delicious dinner.

Great to see everyone! Thanks for making the trip!


Nephew Travis put together a photo portfolio of the Farley baseball park for me.

The images are terrific and I’m eager to find a good spot on the wall for them.

Thanks, Travis!

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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Uncategorized