Game 58, 2019

Phillies at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: SPNLA

One-time Cubs ace RHP Jake Arrieta (5-4, 3.60 ERA) takes the mound for the Phillies. He’ll face RHP Kenta Maeda (6-2, 3.67 ERA) of the Dodgers. In 8 of his 11 starts this season Arrieta has given up three earned runs or fewer. In his last start Maeda came back from the IL and went five innings, giving up three runs on two HRs to the Pirates but getting the win.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1937 In Game 1 of a Memorial Day doubleheader, Carl Hubbell’s consecutive-game winning streak, compiled over two seasons, ends at 24 when the Dodgers, led by Babe Phelps’ 5-for-6 performance, defeat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 10-3. ‘King Carl’ is honored between games when the southpaw is presented with the National League’s 1936 MVP Award by Babe Ruth.
  • 1948 Tommy Lasorda, best known as the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame skipper, strikes out 25 batters and collects the game-winning hit when the Schenectady Blue Jays defeat the Amsterdam Rugmakers, 6-5, in 15 innings. The promising southpaw, who goes the distance in the CanAm minor-league contest played in McNearney Stadium, believes he probably threw more than 300 pitches during the game.
  • 1965 For the first time in history, an all-switch-hitting infield starts a big league game. In the nightcap of a twin bill, the Dodgers, with Wes Parker at first base, Jim Lefebvre at second, Maury Wills at shortstop, and Jim Gilliam at third, lose to the visiting Reds, 6-1.
  • 1968 Don Drysdale’s shutout streak stays intact when home plate umpire Harry Wendelstedt rules that Dick Dietz, who is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, did not make an attempt to get out of the way of the right-hander’s delivery. The Giants catcher finishes the at-bat by popping up, and the next two batters also make outs to give ‘Big D” his fifth straight shutout, tying a major league established by White Sox hurler Doc White in 1904.
  • 2001 The Red Sox finally beat the Yankees in their eighth attempt, and for the first time in over a year since Pedro Martinez scoffed at the ‘Curse’. The right-hander was 7-1 with a 1.44 ERA when he said, “Wake up the Bambino and let me face him — I’ll drill him in the “%#$,” but after the comment he managed only seven more winless starts, making it first time he did not win in seven straight starts since the first seven major league appearances as a rookie with the Dodgers.
  • 2012 With their 6-2 victory, the Brewers beat LA at Chavez Ravine for the fourth consecutive day, making the Brew Crew the first visiting team to sweep a four-game series since the Rockies accomplished the feat in August, 1993. The victories also mark the first time the franchise has ever swept the Dodgers.

Lineup when available.

Hmm. Turner’s hamstring might be a little more painful than expected. What else would explain Muncy at third base and Beaty at first? On the other hand, Beaty has played 165 games at first in the minors, more than at any other position.

79 thoughts on “Game 58, 2019

  1. Mutts top Snakes, while Pads are hooking Fish. It looks as if the Rox might be establishing themselves as a mild card contender.

  2. Okay Beaty see if you can figure out this pattern:
    Home run. Single. Home run. Single.

  3. Snakes have taken a lead over the Mutts into the seventh. Rox clobbering the Scrub Jays. Pads with slim lead over Fish.

  4. If the score holds in Baltimore, Andrew Cashner stands to be the winning pitcher v. the Gnats. He went five innings, allowed six runs on eight hits, walked five, struck out none, and threw 109 pitches. Quality Start!

  5. The Dodgers are now 39-19. After 58 games last season they were 28-30, so it’s an 11-game improvement. The Dodgers didn’t reach 20 games over .500 last season until Game 162, at 91-71. They then beat the Rockies in a one-game playoff, which became part of the regular season, to go 92-71.

  6. The Dodgers lead the NL in ERA and batting average, among many other categories.

  7. Dodgers still percentage points behind the Twinkies for best record in baseball.

    • After going 3-1 in March and 17-11 in April (or 20-12 in March and April).

  8. Jansen. Okay I guess. Floro wasn’t that bad and still has a 3 run lead to work with to get the last out.
    But saves are a thing I guess.

    • Was already up for a second time. Might as well bring him in for one out. If Floro had let another guy on, all of a sudden tying run at the plate. Don’t believe Geren made the move to give Jansen a save.

  9. In a showdown to determine the rights to baseball’s ugliest colors, the Gnats score five in the top of the first, then give up six to the O’s in the bottom of the inning. It’s now 8-6 in the fourth.

  10. Somehow it works better when Joc singles and Max homers, rather than the other way around. 😉

  11. At least Hernandez really did get hit by the baseball.

    Hmm, that sounds wrong.

  12. Well there goes the perfect game, no hitter, and shutout. But not the lead at least.

  13. Link: I love the Pearls comic. I have mentioned this here before but that comic always reminds me of the line I came up with as an 11 year old: I heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes.

  14. Bellinger I guess still has a chance to finish the month batting in the .380’s.

  15. In terms of pure unpleasantness, probably only Arrieta comes close to BadGums among opposing starting pitchers.

  16. It’ll be harder to gain ground the next several days, as other “contenders” have easier schedules. Rox host the Scrub Jays, Snakes have the Mutts, and Pads get the Fish.

    • I’m thinking the almost swept Mets will be coming out swinging. But then so will the swept DBacks!

    • I’m thinking the almost swept Mets will be coming out swinging. But then so will the swept DBacks!

  17. Alanna Rizzo is tweeting that Bob Geren will be managing tonight at Doc attends his son’s HS graduation.

    • It’s certainly not his plate discipline. The man needs to take a pitch once in awhile. Does not have a walk in the majors yet.

        • His AVG and OBP are both .278. He doesn’t have much power, either. He looks like a good hitter. I’m just not sure he actually is a good hitter. He did walk some in the minors.