Game 74, 2019

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: NBCS BA, SPNLA

Rookie RHP Shaun Anderson (2-1, 3.97 ERA) faces the Dodgers for the first time in his career, whereas LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-1, 3.13 ERA) has a 22-11 record and a 1.72 ERA against the Giants. Anderson has had a good June: he’s made three consecutive quality starts. Kershaw gave up two HRs to the Cubs in his last start but got a six-inning win anyway.

Which relievers might be on the market at the trade deadline?

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1938 After accepting GM Larry MacPhail’s offer to coach first base, Babe Ruth wears a Dodger uniform for the first time as a coach and takes batting practice with the team. The ‘Bambino’ will quit at the end of the season, ending his ties with major league baseball.
  • 1940 Dodger Ducky Medwick, acquired in a trade less than a week ago, is beaned by former Cardinal teammate Bob Bowman and needs to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Brooklyn president Lee MacPhail accuses the St. Louis pitcher of deliberately hitting Medwick in the head because the two had quarreled in a hotel elevator prior to the game.
  • 1996 Brant Brown hits the first three home runs of his career on the same day. The 25 year-old rookie goes deep as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning off Chan Ho Park in a 9-6 loss to the Dodgers in the opener of a Wrigley Field twin bill, but his two additional round-trippers contribute to Chicago’s 7-4 victory in the nightcap.
  • 2014 With the only batter reaching base as a result of a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning, Clayton Kershaw no-hit the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, striking out a career-high 15 batters. The left-hander’s teammate Josh Beckett also threw a no-hitter 24 days ago, making it the shortest span between no-hitters by a team since the Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer accomplished it in consecutive starts, four days apart, in 1938.


53 thoughts on “Game 74, 2019

  1. After last night, the Dodgers still trail the Twinkies – who beat the Sawx in 17 – for baseball’s best record by .005. Dodgers now have baseball’s best run differential, particularly noteworthy since they don’t have the “benefit” of a DH.

    Also noteworthy for those who are stressed out about K’s – last night J.D. Martínez of the Sawx went 0-for-8 with five K’s, while Miguel Sanó of the Twinkies was 0-for-7, also with five K’s. Michael Chavis of the Sawx went 1-for-7 with four K’s (slacker!).

  2. From the MLB Wrapup:

    Pederson, an outfielder his entire career, spent the pregame taking ground balls at first base because management wants to find added opportunities to get his power bat in the lineup. He showed why by sending Shaun Anderson’s second pitch of the game into the left-field seats for his 19th home run and 15th in his career leading off a game, trailing only Davey Lopes (28) in Dodgers history.

    More on Pederson at first:

    “This year, obviously, we’re ramping it up,” said manager Dave Roberts, who oversaw the workout. “I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but we’re going to see him play first base.”

    There are numerous reasons why management is looking for additional ways to keep Pederson’s power bat in the lineup. Injured outfielder A.J. Pollock is expected back soon after the All-Star break. Rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo has become too valuable to send back to the bench. Cody Bellinger no longer plays first base to protect his shoulder from dives. Max Muncy is busy enough at second base and spelling Justin Turner at third.

    Roberts said he hopes to ease Pederson into game action in a one-sided contest for a “soft landing.”

      • Really a tribute to how much Max has improved defensively. Now few qualms about him playing second or third, whereas they used to cringe when he was out there.

  3. Wonderful to get contributions from Taylor, Barnes and HERNANDEZ in the same game.

  4. I’ve gotta say good night because our nephew’s three-year-old has to sleep in this room (the only convenient place to put the laptop). I’ll watch the rest on the iPad.

  5. Including the first inning tonight, 26 of Joc’s 34 RBIs this season have come on HRs. Every one of his HRs has been with the bases empty or one man on.

        • With Taylor, Barnes/Martiln, Hernandez and the pitcher batting in front of him, it is true he doesn’t come up often with men on.

    • Before that home run Joc was tied with Muncy with 11 empty base home runs. Joc with 7 multi-run homers and Muncy with 6. Bellinger with 12 solo HR

  6. Our Bums have shutout the opposition 10 times, compared to 11 times all of last year.

  7. Too sleepy to keep watching here in NY. Get this win, guys. I will hope to woo my hoo in the morning.

  8. Don’t believe your lyin’ eyes. June pen ERA of 2.15 is first in NL! Still, a Hand in hand is worth whatever they have in the bush.

  9. Early morning flight to Corsica, so able to follow some of this. Joc jolt wakes me up!

  10. An auspicious beginning, but Clayton’s throwing more pitches than he should against such a weak lineup.

  11. In a sense, the Dodgers can’t increase their division lead tonight, because both the Rox and the Snakes are ten games behind. The Rox, though, are just nine games behind in the loss column, so they’re percentage points ahead of the Snakes.

  12. Not sure I’ll be checking in much, as I’m staying with wife and Argentine relatives at Sea Ranch, in Gnatblackoutland, and we might be going out for dinner anyway. I was half-hoping there’d be cable, but there’s not. I should be back home by Thursday, when it’s a broadcast TV game.

      • Friends of ours own a house here that they loan us on request (when they’re not present, of course).

        • We’ve stayed at Sea Ranch a couple of times. The most memorable visit was a family reunion in a big house to celebrate my in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary some 35 years ago. There was no TV, and we appreciated its absence, and we all played pool, ping pong and Uno. It was a wonderful week. Great places to walk along the water. I hope you are having a wonderful time, WBBsAs.

  13. Read the relievers article, not sure Hand will be made available, and despite what Zaidi says, I don’t see the Giants dealing with LA. Gonsolin and/or May might be worth a look before the real crunch time gets here.

    • The other problem is that there are a LOT of horrendous bullpens out there, so competition for good arms will drive up the asking prices.