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Noah Syndergaard on the mound in St. Louis on May 20.

Today we start a three-game holiday weekend series in Tampa Bay. The Rays, in the American League East, have the very best record in all of baseball (37-15, .712). We have the best record in a meager National League West (31-20, .608).

They are 7 games ahead of the New York Yankees. We are 1.5 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (To be fair, the D’backs have a slightly better record than the Yanks.)

I fret for our chances today, but I have faith in the Boys in Blue. They have proven hard to count out, even when faced with a seemingly insurmountable deficit. Our starter, Noah Syndergaard, is 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA, which isn’t great. But their starter, Jalen Beeks, is 1-2 with a 4.68 ERA. So they’re rather evenly matched, statistics-wise.

The last time I wrote was on Mothers’ Day (Sunday, May 14). I was so happy, and the Dodgers did not let me down. The Cat Man, Tony Gonsolin, pitched the boys to a shutout victory over the Padres, 4-0.

The next day (Monday, May 15) was Mookie Betts Bobblehead Night, and Stephen and I both went. It started out great for our team: we took a 5-2 lead into the 5th inning with Syndergaard on the mound. He had to leave then — I think his finger hurt — and gradually, the relievers called in to finish for him allowed the Twins to catch up. By the end of the 9th, it was 7-7, and we were headed for extra innings.

This is the time Stephen usually heads for the hills. But this game was so much fun that he decided to see it through. I was taking score, so there was no question about whether I would stay.

In the 10th, with that ridiculous rule that starts extra innings with a runner on 2nd, Phil Bickford loads the bases and walks in the go-ahead run! Minnesota took an 8-7 lead. (Now I’m sure Stephen will go home. He gives up easily. But no. He’s in it ’til the end.)

Lucky for us, their late reliever was just as shitty as Bickford, and he gives up an RBI single to J.D. Martinez (who had been 0-for-4 that night). We tie it up again, and on to the 11th (no scoring) and then to the 12th. Mind you, Bickford is still pitching for us. I suppose we had no other options, but also he settled down a great deal.

In the top of the 12th, with 2 outs, Bickford walks a guy. Two men on and 2 outs and Bickford gets Alex Kiriloff to fly out. It was very exciting! (Also, I had no more room on my scorecard after the 10th, so I’m just watching, cheering and whistling by this point.)

In the bottom of the 12th, as the 4-hour mark approached, Chris Taylor starts the inning on 2nd, and Mookie pops out (going 0-for-5 on his bobblehead night). Then the Twins intentionally walk Freddie Freeman, I guess to set up a double play. As Will Smith strikes out, Taylor and Freeman pull a double steal! Un-fucking-believable! So with 2 outs and two men in scoring position, Minnesota intentionally walks Max Muncy, loading the bases for .125-hitting Trayce Thompson (who had pinch-run for Martinez earlier in the game).

Thompson sees a ball, then fouls one off, then watches a sinker go right over the plate. The count 1-2, he watches the next three balls go over the plate with the patience of a saint, and he pulls off a walk-off walk. The Dodgers win 9-8, and the 20,000 or so left in the stadium go apeshit! Thompson valiantly fought off attempts to strip him of his jersey, but his teammates still made him aware how much they appreciated it!

PS: When I got home from this marathon baseball game, I re-created my scorekeeping on a 12-inning card. I present the final product:

NOTE: From now on, I’m going to be providing links to box scores only of games I talk about specifically. Where the end result is mentioned, that is a link to the box score of that game.

This was the scene just after the 7th Inning Stretch at Opening Night (March 30) at Chavez Ravine. You are not imagining a fourth person in the outfield. That was some knucklehead trying to propose to his baby mama before being violently tackled by Dodger security!

Steve and I walked up to the stadium (partly in the rain), although I went about an hour earlier than he did. I like to get there before the crowds, walk around and say hey to all the folks I’ve made friends with over the years. Order my hot dog while they’re fresh and hot. That’s my Blue Heaven!

I decided not to take score on this night, because I knew there would be tons of people and hoopla, plus I didn’t know how the new rules would affect the pace of the game. Turns out, it’s quite a lot. The game was less than 3 hours long, so I actually spent more time at the stadium before the game than I did while the game was going on!

The Dodgers did great! Julio Urías was shaky at first, but he settled down. Will Smith went 3-for-4, and James Outman had his first home run of the season. We beat the D’backs, 8-2, and got to hear our song, “I Love L.A.,” for the first time this spring! Glorious! BOX SCORE

We missed the Drone Show on Friday night (March 31), because we had frozen our asses off on Opening Night, so we wanted to avoid catching cold. We heard later that crowds did not really appreciate the drones. They would have liked to see fireworks. I’m all for the drones, though. My dog gets freaked out by fireworks, and I usually have to take him for a drive while the Dodgers show is going on.

We dropped the second game, 2-1, spoiling Dustin May‘s spectacular comeback start. He went 7 innings, gave up just 3 hits and no runs. BOX SCORE

Freddie Freeman Bobblehead night on Saturday (April 1), was a blast. We had our little core group of Season Ticket Holders in our area. I met Miguel Vargas‘ mom in the elevator. I took score. (The game is so speedy, it’s hard to keep track of pitch counts, but I did it.) And Trayce Thompson hit 3 home runs for a total of 8 RBIs. Awesome!!!

Behind a strong 9K effort by Clayton Kershaw, we slaughtered the opposition, 10-1, so we took a 2-1 lead in the series. BOX SCORE

As I write this, I’m listening to the Sunday game (April 2) on AM570. It’s the bottom of the 8th, and the score is tied. I’ll be back with more Dodger memories in a few days. Until then, Let’s Go, Dodgers!!!!!