Hollywood Stars is tonight, along with Andre Ethier the Canadian singing Oh Canada and Lisa Loeb, the American, singing Oh America (a.k.a. the National Anthem).
I put some game notes down below for reference so check those out.
Vote for Russ, C
Kemp, RF (he arrived to the stadium pretty late yesterday from Vegas, which was part of why he wasn’t in the starting lineup then)
GONZO GOES DEEP – Luis Gonzalez hit his 334th career homer as a left fielder last night which ties him with Ralph Kiner for third on the all-time home run list by a left fielder. The duo trails only Ted Williams (477) and Barry Bonds (710). The homer raised Gonzalez’s average to .294 on the year, its highest point since he was batting .300 on April 25. Gonzalez is on a pace to hit 21 homers on the season. His two RBI last night give him 108 in his career in Interleague Play, tying him with Paul Konerko for the ninth most in history.
BRING ON THE STARS – Tonight is the 49th Annual Hollywood Stars Game and will feature such celebrities as Carlos Mencia, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Denton, Jordan Farmar and Luc Robitaille, among others. Popular singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb will perform the National Anthem. The celebrity softball game will benefit The Painted Turtle, the sixth addition to Paul Newman’s family of Hole in the Wall Camps for seriously ill children located in Lake Hughes, CA. Prior to the Dodger game, The Painted Turtle will receive a check from Dodger owners Frank and Jamie McCourt and Dodger pitcher Randy Wolf, who are donating their own money to help build a Dodger Dream Field for the camp along with Dodger sponsor DHL.
ETHIER HITS AND ETHIER SINGS – Andre Ethier has a .339 average (21-for-62) with three homers and 10 RBI in 18 career Interleague contests. His five-hit game last year against the Angels was the first ever for a Dodger in Interleague Play. Prior to tonight’s game, a different Andre Ethier who is a Canadian musician and formerly the lead singer of the Dead Snakes will perform Oh Canada.
KILLER TOMATO – Olmedo Saenz hit his first pinch-hit homer of the season, 11th of his career and seventh as a Dodger last night, tying him with Duke Snider and Billy Ashley for fourth on the all-time franchise pinch-hit home run list. It was his fourth career walk-off homer and first since July 2, 2002 off Minnesota’s Eddie Guardado while playing for Oakland.
THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER – Takashi Saito’s streak of 26 consecutive converted saves — the second-longest active streak in baseball — came to an end last night, one night after Billy Wagner’s streak of 31 straight was broken. Saito converted 40 of his first 42 career save opportunities, surpassing Eric Gagné for the best percentage (.952) in their first 42 chance in the Major Leagues since the save became an official statistic in 1969.
VOTE FERNANDO – ESPN Deportes is hosting a nationwide vote for the All-Time MLB Greatest Latin Team and this week’s highlighted position is left-handed pitcher. Fernando Valenzuela is one of three nominees along with Johan Santana and Mike Cuellar. Fans can vote on espndeportes.com or by texting the word BASEBALL 32 to 35355. Valenzuela, a native of Mexico who changed the face of the game during Fernandomania in 1981, serves as an analyst on the Dodger Spanish-language radio broadcast on ESPN Deportes 1330.
PACKED HOUSE – Last night’s paid attendance of 52,173 was the Dodgers’ seventh home crowd over 50,000 this season. They now lead the National League in average attendance at 44,863, slightly ahead of both New York and St. Louis.
ON CONTACT – The Dodgers have struck out just 297 times, the second-lowest total in the NL this season. Three Dodgers rank among the Top 10 in the Hardest to Fan category this season – Luis Gonzalez (3rd, 1 K per 16.0 PA), Juan Pierre (4th, 13.0) and Nomar Garciaparra (10th, 10.6).