Game 60, 2019

Phillies at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: NBCSP, SPNLA

RHP Nick Pivetta (3-1, 7.71 ERA) goes for the Phillies while LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 2.73 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers. Pivetta’s first two seasons in the bigs (with Philadelphia) were losing ones: he’s got an 18-25 career W-L record. He’s given up 20 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings so far this season and opponents are hitting a whopping .343 against him. Hill, on the other hand, has pitched 33 innings this year and given up just 10 earned runs while allowing opponents to hit .242 against him.

Here’s young Mr. Smith’s walk-off HR from Saturday night:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1995 Hideo Nomo, limiting the Mets to one run on two hits in 8+ innings of work, picks up his first major league win, a 2-1 decision at Dodger Stadium. L.A. signed the 26 year-old former Japanese All-Star in the off-season.

In another game of note, in 2010 after retiring 26 consecutive Cleveland batters, Tigers starter Armando Galarraga appears to have hurled the season’s third perfect game when the throw from the first baseman to the pitcher, covering the bag, clearly beats the batter-runner for the final out. Umpire Jim Joyce emphatically calls Jason Donald safe. After seeing the replay, the first base arbiter tearfully admits his error, apologizing to the 28 year-old Venezuelan pitcher for his blown call.

Can that really have been nine years ago?

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164 thoughts on “Game 60, 2019

  1. Dodgers still lead Rox by nine, Pads fall to 10.5, Snakes stay at 11, Gnats at 16.

    If the Dodgers win tomorrow, they will be .001 behind the idle Twinkies for baseball’s best record. I, for one, would be delighted with a rematch of the 1965 Series (in which the Dodgers beat my home state’s favorite).

  2. Game delay at The Litter Box for a swarm of bees near the Pads’ dugout.

  3. Rox battering the Scrub Jays again, and Snakes striking the Mutts. Fish and Pads haven’t started yet.

  4. I just hope we do not go on one of those wacky, long, painful losing streaks like last year.

  5. Dodgers still percentage points behind the Twinkies for best record in the majors. Minnesota came close to blowing a big lead today, but held on.

    • He’s much better when he’s not trying to throw it through the backstop.

        • He’s all over the place with the fastball, which keeps the hitters loose, I suppose, but his breaking stuff was pretty good today.

  6. Roberts to Kelly: “OK, Joe, time to earn some of that multi-million dollar salary we’re paying you, and to keep Link and his gang happy.”

  7. Uhh Steiner you might want to mention to the radio crowd that another run scored on that sac fly.

  8. Ten of our last 12 batters have reached base, including the bunt/error.

  9. Man, I hope MLB puts up the video of Freese scoring on that play. He stumbled going around third and ended up about fifteen feet wide of the baseline.

  10. Freese can do no wrong today, well, maybe not able to turn a corner at full speed.

  11. Rox and Snakes have won, but Pads have fallen behind Fish 2-0 in the second.

  12. Verdugo Hill’s friend (You have to live in the L.A. area to understand that,)

  13. I organize a baseball lunch about twice a year on the Monterey Peninsula in California, where I live. It is usually about a dozen people, and our lunches can take as long as three hours with many great stories and anecdotes. People bring memorabilia; one guy wears a San Francisco Seals (PCL) jersey and cap. The only thing we have in common is that we are all big baseball fans, including those who root for the Giants, Dodgers, Astros and Reds. At our most recent lunch, one of the attendees was Pete Ruiz, who spent 2008-2014 as a pitcher in the Red Sox farm system. Thoughtful, intelligent guy. All of 31 now. When asked who was the nicest player he had ever met in baseball, he quickly responded, “Rich Hill.”

  14. Will Bellinger try and run again? He has been thrown out in each of the first two games. But – they have won both those games so…

  15. This is kinda like last night: a story in search of an ending. I would definitely take more of the same from last night.

  16. When I see the name Jean Segura, I think of the brilliant late American actress Jean Seberg, who lived much of her life in France, and the brilliant late Ecudorian tennis pro Pancho Segura, who lived most of his life in the United States.

  17. Dodgers have drawn the most bases on balls in the NL and struck out the fewest times.

  18. I know the purists and others won’t agree, but I felt then and I still feel that Commissioner Bud Selig should have reversed umpire Jim Joyce’s monumental mistake and said the runner was out at first — Galarraga was covering the bag on the throw, by the way — thus making it a perfect game, as it should have been. This is something Selig couldn’t have done at any other juncture in the game, but as it would have been the last out of the game it would not have impacted any other statistics or changed the course of an inning. Joyce could have also asked the other three umpires if any of them had a better view of the play. As for the star-crossed Galarraga, he last pitched in the majors in August 2012, compiling a career mark of 26-34 and an ERA of 4.78 in six seasons with four clubs. He pitched in exactly 100 games in the majors. A native of Venezuela, his final season in organized baseball was 2015, when he pitched in 10 games (3-3, 3.75) with Puebla of the Mexican League. He pitched in a professional league on Taiwan in 2014. Joyce was an MLB umpire for 30 season, retiring at the end of 2016. From Wikipedia: “He became infamous for an incorrect safe call in Armando Galarraga’s near perfect game in June 2010. Prior to this, an ESPN The Magazine poll of MLB players called Joyce the best umpire in the game.” Galaraagga turned only 37 this past January. Maybe the Dodgers could sign him for bullpen duty.

        • Perfectly?

          I totally want the Commissioner to alter the record and give him the perfect game.

        • Sure, that’s my point. This was an easy one that a guy in the stands could have called. It’s better than the human eye as it can be slowed and viewed from angles.