Game 88, 2019

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA

RHP Merrill Kelly (7-8, 4.00 ERA) makes his 18th big league start after spending four years in the Korean Baseball League, where he compiled a 48-32 record with a 3.86 ERA. Pretty good for a league known more for hitting than pitching. As his W-L record shows, he’s had an up-and-down season thus far. He didn’t face the Dodgers in the D-Backs’ previous three series against them. He’ll face the Dodgers’ RHP Walker Buehler (8-1, 3.43 ERA), who’s headed for the All Star Game. His last start was awful; he gave up seven runs on 13 hits to the Rockies in 5 2/3 innings. He avoided the loss in that game as the Dodgers came back with four runs in the ninth inning to win.

Here are the Dodgers’ five consecutive walks in the ninth last night to win the game.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1925 Milt Stock sets a National League mark by having his fourth consecutive four-hit game, going 16-for-23 during the span to compile a .696 batting average. The 31 year-old second baseman’s offensive output, which includes three singles and a triple, helps the Robins beat the Giants at Ebbets Field, 6-3.
  • 1949 En route to a 16-0 shutout of the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds, starting pitcher Monte Kennedy hits a grand slam. Another 51 seasons will pass by before another Giants hurler hits a four-run homer when Shawn Estes accomplishes the feat in 2000.
  • 1958 In their 35th home date in L.A., the transplanted Dodgers reach the one million mark in attendance. Last season, the team drew only 1,028,258 fans, playing in Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.
  • 2013 Yasiel Puig becomes the first player to be named Player of the Month for the first month he plays in the major leagues in the 55-year history of the award. The Dodger outfielder played in 26 games in June, compiling a .436 batting average, with his 44 base hits being the second-most ever by a first-month player, only behind Joe DiMaggio’s total of 48 in 1936.

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112 thoughts on “Game 88, 2019

  1. Every one there in South Cal alright? Did you feel the tremors of that quake?

    Stay safe today friends.

    And Happy Birthday. Our as my friend likes to say – Happy Treason Day. We joke. We joke.

    • I really would as well. I would not be sad if there was no bottom of the 9th.

  2. So today, after last night’s crazy ending, we are starting a pitcher named Walker.

  3. Good timing on my part. Finished up The News Hour and came out to the kitchen to start washing dishes just in time to see Taylor K and Cody homer.

  4. That’s got to feel good for Bellinger after hitting so many hard hit balls into gloves.

  5. That is crazy. Did just enough to score one run but not enough for two.

    • Get back on the horse after getting bucked off thing. He probably begged to pitch and have a new and different last outing memory.

  6. I feel less confident tonight than last night. (But fortunately it doesn’t depend on my confidence levels.)

    I want to believe. Help my unbelief.

  7. Well it will either be the 5th WO win in a row or they won’t win at all.

  8. 9 hits 3 runs 9 k’s. Not sure what to make of a start like that. I guess that’s why they came up with the “quality start” idea.

    • Believe the notion has to do with giving your team a chance to win. So, while the 3 runs in 6 innings is an ERA of 4.50, quality!?, teams average around 4 runs per game, so if your offense is up to it…

  9. Silver lining: Hard to get a walk off if you are already leading the game.

  10. I’m surprised the DBacks are not doing better. They are having good at-bats.

  11. Rox have lost to the Minute Maids, so Dodgers can increase their division lead to 14 games by winning this one.

  12. Joc starts another consecutive game hit streak. Getting pinch hit for yesterday contributed to ending his 6 game hitting streak.

  13. I tried to post a link below to the Rooftop Singers’ recording of Walk Right In, but it didn’t work. I will try again with another version.