Off-day factoid

“For the fourth straight game, a rookie starting pitcher earned the victory for the Dodgers.”

It’s true. DeLeon on Sunday, Maeda on Monday, Stripling on Tuesday, and Stewart yesterday. According to Elias Sports Bureau

it was the first time in franchise history that the Dodgers won four straight games with a rookie starter getting the win each time. The last team to do so was Oakland from Sept. 9-12, 2012.

For the record, the As’ pitchers were Tommy Milone, now pitching for the Twins; Jarrod Parker, who last pitched in OB at AAA Nashville for the As; Dan Straily, who’s having a pretty good 2016 for the Reds, although the Dodgers beat him 3-1 on May 25; and A.J. Griffin, who’s now pitching for the division-leading Texas Rangers.

The streak has probably stopped for the Dodgers, though, unless Urias picks up Kershaw in relief tomorrow night.

  • John_from_Aus

    I’ll need to check when I get home, but I think I get Kershaw’s comeback game on TV over here tomorrow (9am Saturday my time)

    • scooplew

      I hope that you have an enjoyable breakfast with Clayton.

      • John_from_Aus

        rest of family is away for a few days (I had to work), so I should be able to sit and watch the whole game

        • Bob_Hendley

          Fantastic.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Urias not the starter, so that would be in search of a different record. Dayton our other rookie in the pen, no?

  • Bumsrap

    Could be a good pitching duel tonight. If Kershaw can get his slow curveball where he wants it that could be the difference maker for him.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Matched up against Jose Fernandez (the object of your desire!).

      • Bumsrap

        I love your memory Bob. My first thought about trading Puig for Fernandez came in the middle of Puig’s first year with the the Dodgers at the height of his success. That didn’t seem like such a good idea when Fernandez went down with TJ but seems better now. Who knows how their careers will play out.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Speaking of trades, I believe that Hendley was the major advocate for the Howard – Gomer trade to get him out of the NL. Frank’s line against him was 8 dingers in 47 PA for .366/.447/1.471.

          • Bumsrap

            Wow. I believe it too.

    • Bumsrap
      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah I saw this. Should probably approach this as a bullpen game with a 50 pitch 3 innings limit.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Today 51 years ago Sandy threw his Perfecto, besting Bob Hendley’s one-hitter. My big brother took me to that game, my first in DS.

    • Bumsrap
    • HLKLA

      I always felt a tinge of sorrow for the Cub’s Hendley. You throw a one hitter and still lose.

      • Bob_Hendley

        If it makes you feel better, five days later Hendley beat Koufax 2-1 in Wrigley. Behind 2-0 in the 7th, Drysdale pinch hit for Sandy and singled in Parker, Crawford was thrown out at third.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Was’t Drysdale’s reaction when he heard about the perfect game to ask if LA won? Guess that indicates the state of their offense then.

        • HLKLA

          It was definitely an era of good pitching and little hitting.

        • Drysdale did say that at some point in those six years of Koufax’s brilliance, but I’m not sure it was after the perfect game.

          It was 1964, if this account is to be believed:

          During the 1964 season, the Dodgers had one of the worst hitting teams in the league, and Drysdale received little run support. On one occasion, Drysdale left the team to attend to personal business in Washington, DC, the day after he had lost a four-hitter in 11 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies. On that day, June 5, 1964, Sandy Koufax pitched a no-hitter. Drysdale did not know what the Dodgers had done that day until he returned to his hotel and watched a late night TV newscast. As quoted in the Associated Press on June 6, Drysdale said that after he heard on the news that Koufax had thrown his third career no-hitter, his first thought was “Did he win it?”

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That’s what I was thinking of — I sit corrected!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Excited about the Klayton return today, but wary at the same time. Here in DC, Strasburg came off the DL this week, but lasted just 44 pitches before feeling a twinge in his elbow. Thankfully MRI shows no damage to his TJed elbow, but some forearm tightness.

  • Bumsrap
    • Bob_Hendley

      Puig’s splits are fairly even, so yes. Josh, not so much.

      • WBBsAs

        I think it’s been a really good way to ease Puig back into the lineup, though.

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