Game 86, 2019

Dodgers at Rockies, 12:10 PM PDT, TV: ATT SportsNet RM, SPNLA

RHP Kenta Maeda (7-4, 3.76 ERA) goes to the hill in Denver. He’ll face RHP Chi Chi González (0-1, 5.40 ERA). This is hard to believe, but Maeda is 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA against the Rockies at Coors Field in his career. González took the loss in his first start of the year last Tuesday, but it was the first time he’d been on a big league mound since 2016 thanks to extended recovery from Tommy John surgery, so he was probably just delighted to be back pitching whether he won, lost or got no decision.

Fox doesn’t offer a way to embed videos, but here’s a link to the clip of young Mr. Rios getting a triple for his first big league hit.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1962 Sandy Koufax becomes the first Dodger southpaw to throw a no-hitter since Nap Rucker accomplished the feat in 1908 when he keeps the expansion Mets hitless in the team’s 5-0 victory in Los Angeles. The 26 year-old left-hander, en route to fanning 13, strikes out the first three batters he faces – Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl, and Felix Mantilla, on nine pitches to start the game with an immaculate inning.
  • 1973 With an 8-7 extra-inning loss to L.A. at Riverfront Stadium, the Reds finish the day 11 games behind the first-place Dodgers. Led by the eventual National League MVP Pete Rose, who will win the batting title with a .338 average, Cincinnati will go on a 60-26 tear to capture the Western Division by 3.5 games.
  • 1985 Pedro Guerrero ties a major league record by hitting 15 home runs in June when he goes deep off Bruce Sutter in his final at bat of the month. The eighth inning two-run round-tripper will prove to be the difference in the Dodgers’ 4-3 victory over Atlanta at Chavez Ravine.
  • 1997 Rangers’ hurler Bobby Witt becomes the first American League pitcher to hit a home run in a regular-season game in nearly 25 years. His round-tripper off Ismael Valdes helps Texas to beat the Dodgers in interleague action, 3-2.
  • 2013 “When it comes to compassion, the Rays are batting .000.” – DELCIANNA WINDERS, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement at the PETA Foundation.

    Miguel Cabrera, joining Luis Gonzalez of the Dodgers, becomes only the second player to hit a homer into the 10,000-gallon touch tank at Tropicana Field. The Tigers slugger’s round-tripper draws the attention of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who, in a written letter to the Rays’ organization, requests the team to allow the 30 or more captive cownose rays be returned to their natural habitat because the animals are subject to harassment, loud crowds, and at the risk of being injured by baseballs.

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179 thoughts on “Game 86, 2019

    • With good reason.

      Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday at the age of 27, stunning the baseball world and leading to the postponement of the team’s game against the Texas Rangers.

      Police responded to a report of an unconscious man in a hotel room in Southlake, Texas, and pronounced Skaggs dead at the scene. No foul play is suspected and an investigation is ongoing, police said.

      A Southlake police spokesperson said it “is not suspected” that Skaggs took his own life, according to the Los Angeles Times.

      • The Angles have lost too many good players before their time, starting with Lyman Bostock and, then, Nick Adenhart.

  1. Dodgers gain ground on everybody except the Gnats – 12 ahead of Rox, 13.5 ahead of Pads, 14 ahead of Snakes, 19.5 of Gnats. Yanquis are closing in on best record – Dodgers are one game and .004 ahead of them. As the Barves lost, Dodgers have best NL record by 6-1/2 games.

  2. Phew. We come back to Denver for one more three-game series — July 29-31. The other six times we play them at Dodger Stadium.

  3. We did what we needed to do. We split the series and we took four games off the schedule. Time to move on.

  4. Still …the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the jello’s jiggling

  5. We may need to add a catcher to our trade deadline shopping list. You know, one that can hit.

  6. Three Dodgers pitchers named to ASG roster: Buehler, Kershaw, Ryu

    No everyday players other than Cody, who made it in as a starter by popular vote.

  7. I actually love Coors Field – in limited amounts. It is anxiety-inducing, though.

  8. I thought there for a hot minute that we were going to have the killer 5th inning. Maybe a killer 6th?

  9. Lots of game left and it is looking more and more like Colorado High ball from here on out

  10. Figures that Maeda would pitch better than Buehler, Ryu, and Kershaw in this series. I mean I guess. Somehow.
    (Although Kersh pitched better than his linescore yesterday.)

  11. I am glad we got two runs in the top of this inning, but we really needed more.

  12. Probably not Maeda’s last inning – but for sure he will get one more at bat. Since he has 25% of all the hits that have happened in today’s game.

  13. Blackmon against the Dodgers this season at the start of this game:

  14. A quiet 6 game hitting streak for Joc. Would be louder if some of BABIP would reflect how hard he has hit the ball.

  15. Kiké has given us some significant home runs, which are great, but otherwise not much. For the year he is .211/.282/.398/.680. He is hitting below .185 since the end of April. During June he has 19 Ks and 3 BBs.

  16. I thought that the Dodgers had decided not to play Bellinger at first anymore because of possible injuries there.

    • Doc said that he wanted to give him a rest after three days of running around in the Coors outfield.

          • Questions include whether Bellinger is a noticeably better right fielder than Verdugo and if Pollock is a better defender in CF than Verdugo. An outfield of Joc, AJ, and Alex with Belle at first could be the Dodgers best defense.

          • I would certainly take Belli in RF over Verdugo, however slim the margin, but this injury risk thing of him at first shouldn’t be a decider. Heck, Joc more likely to be injured there. Just tell Belli not to dive so much and leave those for Quique or Max, who has greatly improved his defense.

  17. London blackout again, but ESPN is condescending to show us a handful of highlights – unlike their usual Sunday MO.