Even though I can watch Dodger games on SportsNet LA and listen to them on AM 570 LA Sports, I prefer to go to the stadium and watch games there. I don’t really care if I am going to a college game, a minor league game, or a major league game, as long as I am watching. This past week, I went to a Lancaster Jethawks vs Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game and a Dodgers game. Both of them were a lot of fun.
Jethawks vs Quakes
On September 1, 2016 the Astro’s single-A team, the Lancaster Jethawks were playing against the Dodger’s single-A team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The game was played in Lancaster, California which is about 1-1/2 hours away from Dodger Stadium (in good traffic). During rush hour, it can take anywhere from 2-4 hours to get to Lancaster.
Andre Ethier is currently playing for the Quakes, so I really wanted to go. My Mom took me to the game and we sat right behind the Quakes dugout, the tickets were only $10. I went to the game rooting for the Jethawks, and Ethier. We arrived and bought some tacos before finding out seats, I got there just in time to watch Ethier hit a single to center field. The Quakes left Ethier on base and the Jethawks came up to bat.
Lancaster jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead through 6 innings, before a series of errors and base hits gave the Quakes a 6-2 lead. Ethier scored in the 7th inning and the stadium cheered louder than it had all day. Ethier was taken out of the game after the 7th, he went 1-3 and scored a run. I noticed that he seemed to be favoring his left leg, which was strange because he fractured his right leg. The Quakes beat the Jethawks 6-3.
Dodgers vs Padres
On September 3, 2016 the Dodgers were hosting the Padres for game 2 of a 3 game series. I went with my youth group and we had a blast. We were seated in the right field pavilion next to the Padres bullpen. The food was all you can eat, which is a lot for group of teenagers.
After we entered the stadium, some people in or group got our food while others went to find our seats. I was in the latter group, the person leading the way is not a sports fan, and didn’t know how to read the ticket. He started heading toward the nearest steps into the pavilion, section 210. Our seats were in section 202, so thankfully our youth pastor set him straight, or so we thought. He began walking toward section 208 and was going to go up there. At that point I took the lead and brought us safely to our seats. We waited as the pregame festivities wrapped up and the game began.
Rich Hill was making his second start as a Dodger and he took a no-hitter through 5.2 innings. Yasmani Grandal hit a 3 run home run in the 5th inning and Josh Reddick hit a solo shot in the 6th inning. It was a lot of fun, and the Dodgers won 5-1, so that’s always good.
During the middle of the game, they announced that Clayton Kershaw had pitched 3 innings for the Quakes. He made 34 pitches, 22 of them for strikes, and struck out 5 batters. He then went to the bullpen to extend the outing, making a total of 50 pitches. He said that his back didn’t hurt when he got off the bench, which it had before. He said that his curveball wasn’t there but the rest of his pitches were spot-on.