Game 21, 2019

Dodgers at Brewers, 5:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-WI, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

The Dodgers send LHP Julio Urías (0-1, 5.27 ERA) to the mound to take on the Brewers’ RHP Zach Davies (2-0, 1.53 ERA). The Dodgers’ youngster has had two poor outings in a row, including last Saturday against the Brewers when he went five innings in which he gave up six runs and took the loss. Davies, by contrast, went seven innings last Sunday against the Dodgers and gave up just one run.

Buehler saw quite a few familiar faces in the Reds dugout yesterday.

On this date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1925 At his Waldorf-Astoria apartment, Dodgers’ owner Charles H. Ebbets dies of a heart attack at the age of 65. Later in the day, his team opens the home season in Brooklyn losing to the Giants at Ebbets Field, 7-0.
  • 1939 In Brooklyn, Red Barber calls the action in the first broadcast of a regular-season Dodger game, a 7-3 loss to New York at Ebbets Field. The future Hall of Fame announcer was brought in from Cincinnati by the team’s new president, Larry MacPhail, who had hired the ‘Ol Redhead’ when he was in a similar post with the Reds.
  • 1947 Dodger president Branch Rickey names team scout Burt Shotton to replace Leo Durocher, who was suspended ten days ago by Commissioner Happy Chandler for acts “unbecoming to a major league manager.” Brooklyn’s new 62 year-old skipper reluctantly takes over the team two games into the season and will manage the club for one year in his street clothes along with wearing the team’s hat and jacket.
  • 1950 Vin Scully calls the first game of his illustrious 67-year career with the Dodgers, detailing Brooklyn’s 9-1 defeat to the Phillies on Opening Day at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. The 22-year old broadcaster, who will be awarded the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award by Bud Selig in 2014, will become the team’s primary announcer just three seasons later.
  • 1950 The Phillies play their first game with name official changed back from Blue Jays, routing the Dodgers at Shibe Park, 9-1. The team wears red pinstriped uniforms designed by manager Eddie Sawyer that are reminiscent of club’s look in the early 1900s.

  • 1952 On Opening Day in Brooklyn, Willie Mays is knocked unconscious when he smashes into the Ebbets Field wall after chasing pinch hitter Bob Morgan’s seventh-inning, two-out base-loaded line drive into the gap in left field. All three Dodgers base runners cross the plate but do not score when the motionless Giants center fielder comes to his feet and jogs into the dugout, apparently unhurt, having held onto the ball after making a fantastic catch for the third out to end the inning.
  • 1958 At the Los Angeles Coliseum in front of a National League record crowd of 78,672, the Dodgers play their first game in the City of Angels. Carl Erskine gets the win, besting Al Worthington and the Giants, 6-5.
  • 1959 Branch Rickey, former general manager of the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Pirates, is appointed the president of the Continental League. The third potential major league never materializes, but helps to accelerate the expansion of the existing leagues, including putting a National League team in New York to fill the void created by the Giants’ and the Dodgers’ departure to the west coast in 1958.
  • 1964 L.A. southpaw Sandy Koufax throws the second of his two career immaculate innings when he strikes out the side on nine pitches. Although Leo Cardenas, Johnny Edwards, and Jim Maloney all strike out quickly in the top of the third inning, Cincinnati will score all of the game’s runs in the next frame, thanks to a three-run homer hit by Deron Johnson, to beat the Dodgers in the Chavez Ravine contest, 3-0.
  • 1966 Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills singles to center off future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts, becoming the first batter to hit on artificial turf in a major league game. The Astrodome’s new playing surface, called Chemgrass initially by its manufacturer, the Monsanto Company, couldn’t be made quickly enough, so the season begins with the artificial material only on the infield with the outfield remaining painted dirt until July.
  • 2008 The Dodgers announce Joe Beimel has been selected by fans, in an online poll during Spring Training, as the player whose likeness will now be used in an August 12 bobblehead promotion. The 30 year-old southpaw reliever, considered a long shot for the honor, gets the nod due to a strong internet campaign orchestrated by his parents, Ron and Marge.

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    2. Stat of the day: Eric Kratz got his first RBI of the season yesterday, tying him for the team lead among Gnatcatchers with the Busted Poseur. Both are on a pace to finish the season with eight (8) RBI. Kratz, however, has done it in 22 ABs, while the Poseur has needed 56.

    3. Last nine Dodger runs have been scored with two outs. NL average in 2018-19 is around 39% of total runs. Dodgers at 43% in 2019, as compared to 30% in 2018. OPS+ in those situation is 148, as compared to 93. NL average is 99.

    4. With Julio going to the bullpen after this game, does this count as a bullpen game? I got questions.

    5. Urías I guess has pitched very well but has thrown a fair number of pitches thus far.

    6. Dodgers tried the slow roller and the hard line drive to score a run and neither worked.

    7. Is everybody getting the LL Bean add with the canoes? It makes me want to do that race.

    8. Joc losses his second homer to a foul ball by inches. Give him those two and he takes the HR lead from Yelech and Belli.

    9. I was watching MLB Network to get another viewpoint on the game but the announcers were really boring so I am back to

      • Probably have to keep going once started.

        Quite the protect the strike zone double by Muncy

    10. Got pointed to this article at SI remembering the Cey, Russell, Lopes and Garvey infield and read this: Russell

      never won a Gold Glove due to the presences of Larry Bowa, Davey Concepcion and Ozzie Smith — a trio that combined to win 11 such awards during his 12-year tenure as a regular. But via’s Total Zone defensive metric, Russell was estimated as being 50 runs above average in the field during his career. Baseball Prospectus’ Fielding Runs Above Average holds him in even higher esteem at 104 runs above average.

      My memory is that he was always somewhat maligned for what was perceived as average defense, when in fact the stats say otherwise.

      • I remember that he didn’t dive for balls because he said he too often would get hurt doing so. He had a great arm. I was at a game when he first got called up. He was playing center field and picked up a ball at the base of the fence and threw the ball to second base. I swear that ball did not have any arch. I was impressed and I still am some 45 years later.

        • Fox wanted a new team on and off the field, so he got fired along with Fred Claire. I’m surprised he never got another chance to manage, though.

      • Russell had a lot of perceptual things working against him. He was a little bigger than than most shortstops of the era, so he looked a little ungainly at times. He was never as flashy as those other guys (or as feisty as Bowa), and as I recall, the Dodger Stadium infield in those days did him (or any of the infielders) no favors. Those other guys got to play on turf.

    11. 1. Joc Pederson (L) LF
      2. Corey Seager (L) SS
      3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
      4. Cody Bellinger (L) RF
      5. A.J. Pollock (R) CF
      6. Max Muncy (L) 1B
      7. Enrique Hernandez (R) 2B
      8. Austin Barnes (R) C
      9. Julio Urias (L) P

      1. Ben Gamel (L) CF
      2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
      3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
      4. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
      5. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
      6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
      7. Hernan Perez (R) 2B
      8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
      9. Zach Davies (R) P