(East Los Angeles, CA) October 5, 2021 [From The Editor’s Desk]: On their annual “Dodgers Fan Appreciation Day” and another beautiful, but hot Summer type of day in the Fall, and with the temperature reaching 95º, the Dodgers (105-56) closed out their regular 162 game season with a statement win over the also playoff-bound Milwaukee Brewers (93-66).
(Game Recap): The first three innings were scoreless. But then a very scary moment happened in the top of the 3rd when 1B #13/Max Muncy went down on the field in what was obviously severe pain, after catching his left-glove arm in between the oncoming runner and the ball. The hurried throw by C/Will Smith, who fielded the squibber hit towards 1B, was off-center but the timing to make the play without risk of injury just wasn’t there. The cost was the removal of Muncy for medical precautions. Mgr. Dave Roberts inserted Albert Pujols into the game for Muncy.
To close out the frame, a great stop made at short by Corey Seager threw out the batter, Willy Adames, much to the great delight of the Fan Appreciation Day crowd.
In the top of the 4th, the Brewers put “back-to-back” doubles leading off the inning and produced the game’s first run. Meanwhile, the Dodgers bats appeared to go silent, at least for the moment. Other than a looping single to left by Seager, that was the home team’s only threat in the game up to that point.
In the Dodgers 5th, following a strike-out by Pujols, catcher Will Smith drew a walk from reliever, Alan Ashby. Now, it was 1 on-1 out. AJ Pollock hit a slow nubber to 3B and was thrown out. Smith advanced to 2B.
Then, after an infield pinch single by Matt Beaty, to load the bases, it was now #50 Mookie Betts’ time to deliver, and deliver he did, earning an RBI producing base-on-balls, starting the rally, and tying the game at (1-1). Then more drama arose when Seager barely beat out an infield hit to 1B. That gave the Dodgers a (2-1) lead. Trae Turner was up next and then it was more drama as he drew a “full count,” and with the runners advancing on the pitch, Turner delivered, and how, with a Grand Slam, (his 4th career and 2nd in three days) into the Left Field Pavilion, giving the Big Blue Wrecking Crew, much relief from a close game to one that was very, very winnable, as the game went into the final four frames.
In the Brewers 6th, they were retired easily by the relievers corps. In the bottom of the 6th, the Dodgers rallied again and then the jubilant Fan Appreciation Day crowd turned its energies to creating a “WAVE” cheer inside the Stadium. But it couldn’t gather the needed 100% participation. They were getting close, but the most likely deterrent to success was the hot weather. Our “guess-timate” of participation was at 60%. All in all, it appeared that the fans were just happy and enjoying the game. Getting back to the game, Beaty slapped a single to left and drove in a run moving the score to (7-1).
In the top of the 7th Mgr. Dave Roberts decided to bring in a young reliever and a potential closer, RH/#94/Andre Jackson, to preserve the victory. Although was charged with 2 runs in the 8th, he finished his job with a “clutch-like” outing while settling down to finish with no other major problems.
(7th Inning Stretch): The Fans really got into the mood with the singing of the classic… “Take me out to the Ball game…..so its root, root, root for the D-O-D-G-E-R-S!! at the old Ball Game!!
In their 8th inning, the Brewers managed to put up another run when a duplicate set of doubles, equal to an earlier inning, produced their second run, making the score (7-2) in favor of the Dodgers. A third run was added before the inning ended, moving the score to (7-3).
In the Dodgers 8th, and not in a mood to disappoint the ever appreciative crowd, Matt Beaty demonstrated his Home Run stroke adding to the runs driven in to make it a (10-3) game. The nice surprise from Beaty was his at-bat performance, going (3-3), with (4) RBIs, and (2) runs scored. It was all academic from there.
To close out the game, Jackson displayed extremely good control and was very effective while showing a very impressive style of pitching, much to the credit of the Dodgers excellent pitching and coaching staff. His “1-2-3” 9th inning was textbook. For his game-day efforts Jackson got credit for the save, moving his season record to (1-1) and adding 3 more strike-outs to his game stat-line in his three innings of work.
In concluding our report, we wanted to add the Season attendance of 2,803,693, the most in MLB, and the actual game attendance of 42,000+.
(Of Significance): The Post-game went as featured as the highly fun and entertaining Kids Run The Bases event took place. We caught many Moms and Dads running alongside of their kids during the well attended event. Estimates were 1,5oo+ with parents added.
(Special Note From The Editor): We are very thankful to Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Los Angeles Dodgers for granting yours truly, Rico Cabrera, Sr., Correspondent, and Frankli Robles, Digital Photographer/Field Producer, for East L.A. Sports Scene Productions, LLC & EastLASportsScene.Com, for granting us the inaugural tandem credential to cover the team.
We will always be ready to bring our viewers and followers the best that we can in covering the team, with its tremendous accent on our proud, loyal, and supportive Latino fan-bases, whether they are from City of the Angels, East L.A., or communities Beyond. Let’s now get ready for more Dodgers baseball on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals! Let’s Go Dodgers!!
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