Game 158, 2019

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: FSSD, SPNLA

RHP Ross Stripling (4-4, 3.32 ERA) goes for the visiting Dodgers while RHP Dinelson Lamet (3-5, 3.84 ERA) goes for the Padres at Petco Park. According to Dave Roberts, Stripling will either start this game or go multiple innings in relief. Lamet returned from Tommy John surgery in mid-season and has done well in his last three starts, posting a 2.65 ERA with 25 Ks despite a 1-2 record.

Yes, yes, Muncy hit a grand slam in yesterday’s game, but Rich Hill’s double was even more entertaining:

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1941 Combined with a Cardinal defeat, the Dodgers win their first pennant in 21 years when they beat Boston at Braves Field, 6-0. Whitlow Wyatt throws a five-hitter and Pete Reiser hits a homer in the winning cause.
  • 1956 Dodger right-hander Sal Maglie no-hits the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 5-0. The ‘Barber’s’ gem helps second-place Brooklyn to keep pace in the pennant race with Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

  • 1962 After appearing in 60 games over a two-year span, Dodger reliever Ed Roebuck suffers his first loss. The LA right-hander gives up a 10th inning home run to Houston’s Al Spangler, breaking the 2-2 deadlock at Chavez Ravine.
  • 1974 In the first-of-its-kind operation, Dr. Frank Jobe transplants a tendon from Tommy John’s right wrist to the Dodger pitcher’s left elbow. The revolutionary ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, which will become a standard surgical procedure better known as Tommy John surgery, enables the southpaw to win an additional 164 games, more than half of his career total of 288 victories.
  • 1996 Giants slugger Barry Bonds draws an intentional walk which gives him the National League record with 149 bases-on-balls in a season. The free pass is issued in the seventh inning by LA’s Mark Guthrie with two outs and a runner on third base in the team’s 7-5 loss at Dodger Stadium. (Note: Bonds wasn’t done. He now holds down the top four spots in Most Walks, Hitter, Season).
  • 2008 The Diamondbacks, defending division champions, lose to St. Louis, 12-3, allowing the Dodgers to clinch the NL West. Los Angeles first-year skipper Joe Torre’s 13-year postseason streak continues, unlike the Yankees, his former team.

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60 thoughts on “Game 158, 2019

  1. Thursday Thoughtstream – With just a few regular season games left, Minute Maids lead Dodgers by two for best in MLB, but LA has moved past the losing Yanquis by half a game. On one level, I find the whole thing absurd, as I still prefer alternating the Series between AL and NL parks. At the very least, the Series should be played under baseball rules. – if you hit, you gotta play in the field.

    Most other things are settled but, in the mediocre NL Central, the Cerveceros have crept within 1-1/2 games of the Redbirds. Worst possible result: a tie with no playoff, giving Milwaukee division title because of a regular season edge over St. Louis.

  2. Bellinger will lead the Dodgers in home runs and stolen bases this season. I wonder if any other Dodger has done that. (Also likely to lead them in batting. Quite a trifecta.)

      • Very good. Kemp led the team in 2011. in homers, stolen bases, RBIs, batting average and a slew of other categories. He should have been the MVP, but Braun, who cheated and then lied about it, was selected.

  3. Bellinger’s average has not been below .300 at the conclusion of any game this season. Those last two singles should keep that streak alive tonight.

  4. Just got to party. Was listening to the Padres broadcast of the game on Sirius XM on my car radio. Gee, their lead announcer, Ted Leitner, is IMHO simply awful. Short, clipped sentences. No flow. No warmth. Annoying. I had heard him a few times previously. Hasn’t improved. Have any of you ever listened to him?

      • I criticized him recently in speaking with a friend who is a lifelong Padres fan. He thinks Leitner is great. It’s Leitner’s 39th year broadcasting for the Pads, so somebody must like him.

  5. My Internet is too slow and will be for up to a month, hopefully less, before it is any fun to watch or post. I am just dropping in and out but keep up the fine work. I have switched corners in the USA and now in Richfield WA.

  6. My Internet is too slow and will be for up to a month, hopefully less, before it is any fun to watch or post. I am just dropping in and out but keep up the fine work. I have switched corners in the USA and now in Richfield WA.

        • From Wikipedia: “Ridgefield is a city in the pastoral rolling hills of northern Clark County, Washington, in the United States. The population was 4,763 at the 2010 census. Located within the Portland metropolitan region, Ridgefield is notable for the significant Native American and Lewis and Clark Expedition history of the area, but is also the headquarters of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, a primary reserve for migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway . . . ” My nephew is a firefighter in Portland, which is a great city with one of the nation’s best bookstores, the multi-story Powell’s. My late in-laws used to live near there, so we made frequent trips. I hope that your relocation goes well.

        • Ah, just across the river from Portland. I grew up in suburban Tacoma. I was thinking of Richland, near Yakima.

  7. A year or two ago, I was high on Stripling. Now I think Dodgers have much better, younger options.

    • Cody dealing with a Babip of .125 the previous week. Hitting the ball hard, but right at people. Still managed OPS+ 111.