Game 161, 2019

Dodgers at Giants, 1:05 PM PDT, TV: NBCS BA, SPNLA

The Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-5, 2.41 ERA) takes the mound at Oracle Park, facing the Giants’ RHP Logan Webb (2-2, 5.61 ERA). Ryu hit a sour patch in August and has watched his ERA jump a full run since August 23, but his last two outings have been encouraging. He’s gone seven innings in each and surrendered three runs total. Webb is coming off the best outing of his two-month big league career last Sunday; he went six innings and gave up just one run while striking out seven and walking two.

Young Mr. Lux hit his first MLB triple, bouncing it off the wall in right field and caroming back over Mike Yastrzemski’s head.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1924 Rogers Hornsby finishes the season with a .424 batting average to lead the National League. The Cardinal second baseman easily outdistances Zack Wheat, who finishes second in the race, batting .375 for the Dodgers.
  • 1952 On the last day of the season at Ebbets Field, the Braves’ 77 years of representing Boston is extended by three innings when Eddie Mathews’ ninth-inning, two-out double ties the game. The contest is called due to darkness and ends in the 12th inning in a 5-5 tie with the Dodgers.
  • 1955 In the bottom of the second inning, Elston Howard, in his first World Series at-bat, knots the score at 2-2 when he homers off Dodgers’ right-hander Don Newcombe. The round-tripper to deep left field at Yankee Stadium marks the first time a black batter has hit a home run off a black pitcher in the history of the Fall Classic.
  • 1959 The Braves, who ended the National League regular season in a first-place tie with the Dodgers, lose Game 1 of the three-game series, 3-2, in front of a sparse crowd of 18,297 at County Stadium. Milwaukee will lose tomorrow’s game in L.A., spoiling their chance for a three-peat as NL Champs.
  • 1966 At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Larry Jaster throws a four-hitter, blanking Don Sutton and the Dodgers, 2-0. It’s the southpaw’s fifth shutout against LA this season, equaling a post-1900 major league mark held by the Senators’ Tom Hughes (against the Indians in 1905) and Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Phillies (against the Reds in 1916).
  • 1988 In his last start of the regular season, Dodger Orel Hershiser tosses 10 shutout frames to extend his streak to 59, breaking Don Drysdale’s record of 58 consecutive scoreless innings.
  • 1997 With his 40th home run, catcher Mike Piazza sets a single season Los Angeles Dodger record. Duke Snider holds the franchise record, slugging 43 round-trippers for Brooklyn in 1956.
  • 2003 At Turner Field in Atlanta, Jose Reyes becomes the second Mets player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in one game. Lee Mazzilli was the first when he went yard twice against the Dodgers in LA on September 3, 1978.
  • 2006 At Coors Field in Colorado, James Loney collects four hits, including two homers, and drives in nine runs in the Dodgers’ 19-11 victory over the Rockies. The rookie first baseman, who had one homer and eight runs batted in in 93 previous at-bats with the team, ties the franchise RBI mark set by Gil Hodges in his 1950 four-homer game for Brooklyn and breaks the Los Angeles club mark held by Ron Cey.

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61 thoughts on “Game 161, 2019

  1. Something for Sunday – It’s always satisfying to swat the Gnats, and a sweep would be a sweet swan song for Bochy. I remain disappointed that BadGums isn’t risking his .500 season and 3.90 ERA today, though.

    Meanwhile, Angles blew one to Minute Maids last night, so Dodgers still trail Houston by one, and that is an insurmountable lead given that intra-divisional play is the tie-breaker.

    On the other hand, Dodgers are two games ahead of Yanquis so, if NYY (or any AL team other than Houston) make it to the Series, there would be four potential games at Dodger Stadium.

    In other unsettled matters, the Redbirds flopped again and the BeerGuys’ bullpen melted down, so the NL Central depends on what happens today. If Milwaukee somehow crushes Rox and Cubbies manage to beat St. Louis again, there’ll be a playoff tomorrow at Budweiser Field. The loser will face Scherzer in DC on Tuesday.

  2. The Larry Jaster domination of the Dodgers in 1966, mentioned above, was only compounded by Moe Drabowsky’s domination of the Dodgers in the ‘66 World Series.

  3. That game was one hour (and 2 minutes) shorter than last night’s game. Good pace, tight game, exciting win.

  4. Note to Jansen – throw the ball about 2 feet wide on left handed hitters and it’s an automatic strike. Apparently.

  5. I hope Bellinger swings for the fences as much as he wants today and tomorrow. But come postseason, I hope he has some variety in his approach at the plate.

  6. Dodgers vs. NL West this season:
    Arizona 11-8
    Colorado 15-4
    San Diego 13-6
    San Francisco 10-7 (with two games remaining)
    Total of above: 49-25

    Dodgers vs. everybody else: 55-31
    Record in blowout games (decided by five or more runs): 40-12