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Superman Kemp’s 10th-inning home run gives Dodgers a 15-6 record

Matt Kemp celebrates his walk-off home run Saturday night against Washington.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Ace Kershaw gets it done

Clayton Kershaw went eight strong innings Friday night to help the Dodgers end a frustrating, two-game losing streak.

Andre Ethier homered in the first inning, and that was about all the offense the Dodgers generated.

Washington Nationals 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper makes his MLB debut tonight at Dodger Stadium.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Ducks and ducklings in our backyard!

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The word ‘precarious’ comes to mind when I think about this Dodger team

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning tonight.

As I type this, the score is 4-2 Atlanta.

Ouch.

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Yes, this is a precarious Dodger team we’re talking about — despite having a 13-6 record.

We’re not going to consistently score a lot of runs, regardless of Matt Kemp’s nightly heroics. Our starting pitchers’ effectiveness, with the exception of Clayton Kershaw, is going to come and go.

And the bullpen could be the team’s biggest concern. Four of our six losses have come in the opponent’s final at-bat. To make matters worse, our closer Javy Guerra took a comebacker off the side of his face tonight.

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I, for one, won’t miss seeing Chipper Jones. The Atlanta star, 40, announced that this will be his final season.

I’m sick of his chaw lip and that stupid Ozzy Osbourne song they play before all of his at-bats in Atlanta.

Enjoy your retirement, Larry. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt.

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It was nice to have friends Mark and Tommy over to the house the other night to watch the Braves-Dodgers game. We had cupcakes to celebrate Mark’s birthday a few days early.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Great music choice by ‘Mad Men’ writers

Sunday’s episode of “Mad Men” featured a terrific Beach Boys song called “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times.”

Here’s a video of Beach Boys musical virtuoso Brian Wilson performing the song…

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Win big, lose big

Saturday’s victory over Houston was easy enough. Final score: Dodgers 5, Astros 1.

Sunday’s game hasn’t been much fun. Score after four innings: Astros 9, Dodgers 0.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Kemp has Piazza-like power

Matt Kemp has a lot of Mike Piazza in him.

Piazza, one of the Dodgers’ all-time greats, had the most amazing opposite-field power I’ve ever seen. A right-handed hitter, Piazza hit a large proportion of his doubles and homers to right field and center field.

Kemp, also a right-handed hitter, is cut from the same cloth. The Dodger center fielder — baseball’s best all-around player — leads the majors with eight home runs this season, and none of those shots has gone to left field. A couple were hit to center field, the rest to right.

There are many players who go an entire season without an opposite-field home run. It’s extremely difficult to generate that much power, yet Kemp makes it look easy. Just like Mike Piazza did.

I love both of those guys.

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Tonight’s high-five goes to Mike Piazza’s 1997 season.

Piazza, a catcher, played 152 games, posted a .362 batting average, hit 40 home runs, drove in 124 runs, scored 104 runs and notched 201 hits.

Fifty years from now, people are going to look at those stats and say, “Are you serious? A catcher put up those kinds of numbers? No way!”

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The Dodgers just finished off a 3-1 victory over Houston, a game I was fortunate enough to watch on my night off.

Ted Lilly pitched six shaky yet effective innings, Matt Kemp hit his MLB-leading eighth home run and the bullpen triumvirate of Lindblom-Jansen-Guerra were unhittable.

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Nice to have Gramma and Grampa B at our house tonight. We ate at Smoky D’s down by the interstate for dinner. Great BBQ and good customer service.

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We have new kitching flooring!

The guys finished up the job today. Looks really nice.

Jill did a great job of coordinating the project and picking out the color/design.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Uncategorized