Game 16, 2020

Giants at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), NBCS-BA, SPNLA

RHP Kevin Gausman (0-1, 5.27 ERA) goes for the visitors and RHP Walker Buehler (0-0, 5.19 ERA) takes the hill for the Dodgers. Gausman gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings in his last start. Buehler hasn’t yet hit his stride this year, and one symptom is the four HRs he’s given up in his 8 2/3 innings of work; last year he averaged 1 HR every nine innings.

Mookie Betts, water boy? Yep. When he went to high school in Nashville his mother wouldn’t allow him to play football, so he volunteered to be an assistant to the coaches, helping out with water, equipment, etc.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1975 At Shea Stadium, Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base without being caught, breaking Max Carey’s 1922 record in the Dodgers’ 2-0 victory over New York. The Dodger second baseman’s mark will be broken by Vince Coleman in 1989.
  • 1976 John Candelaria becomes the first Pirate since 1907 to throw a no-hitter in Pittsburgh. Nick Maddox threw the first and only Buc home no-hitter until the ‘Candyman’ beat the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium. (There was never a no-hitter pitched in the 61-year history of spacious Forbes Field.)
  • 2001 Mike Hampton ties the National League record for pitchers with his seventh homer when he goes deep off Felix Heredia in the Rockies’ 14-5 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Colorado southpaw equals the mark established by Dodger hurlers Don Drysdale (1958, 1965) and Don Newcombe (1955), and two shy of the major league standard set by Wes Ferrell, playing for the Indians in 1931.
  • 2013 The Dodgers rally for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, overcoming a six-run, seventh-inning deficit, for their fifth walk-off victory of the season. The team’s 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay is their 11th consecutive win in a one-run games, a span in which they have defeated ten different clubs.

Also on this date, in 2013 Dan Haren becomes the thirteenth pitcher in history to record a victory over all 30 major league franchises when he hurls seven solid innings in the Nationals’ 9-2 win over Philadelphia. The 32 year-old right-hander joins Al Leiter, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, A.J. Burnett, Kevin Brown, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling, Woody Williams, Jamie Moyer, Javier Vazquez, Vicente Padilla, and Derek Lowe in accomplishing the feat.


90 thoughts on “Game 16, 2020

  1. Rox lose, so Dodgers now trail them by half a game. They have a solid lineup and a couple good starters, but I have to think they’ll have issues sooner rather than later.

  2. After losing today, Mattingly’s Fish are still in first place, but half a game behind the Barves.

    • Good question. At this moment the only Dodgers in the lineup hitting over .250 are Betts at .273 and Pollock at .302.

      • Batting average is, at best, an imperfect indicator of offense. Dodgers lead all of baseball in runs scored.

        • It is imperfect. So has been the Dodgers’ hitting since the start of last night’s game. We are too frequently a homer or nothing team.

  3. In two innings, BadGums has surrendered four dingers to the Pads. His season ERA is now 9.35.

  4. I know that at some point that Bellinger will start hitting. I mean I know that he will. Yes, he will. I know that. I truly know that. Honest, I know that. He will. He will.

  5. I’m reminded of this old quote about one of the best post-war managers around:

    “Weaver preached his prescription for winning: ‘pitching and three-run homers.’”

    He’d have liked this game, with two of those dingers in evidence.

  6. I’m reminded of this old quote about one of the best post-war managers around:

    “Weaver preached his prescription for winning: ‘pitching and three-run homers.’”

    He’d have liked this game, with two of those dingers in evidence.

  7. That was solidly hit by Belli. Nice swing. Too bad it was right at the shortstop.

  8. Kapler was ill-advised to pitch to Mookie there, when he could have loaded the bases with Bellinger v. a lefty. It’s the percentages.

  9. On the bright side, my sorta-hometown Mariners have a 5-0 lead over the Rox in the eighth.

  10. I am watching the game while doing my taxes. I took an extension. Doing the taxes has been more enjoyable thus far. Dealing with many more numbers.

    • The way we’re hitting — three hits in the last 22 innings, one of which should have been caught — I am feeling discouraged. The Dodgers’ batting average before today’s game was .234, and it hasn’t gone up today.

  11. Hey all, I will be dipping in to watch silently now and then while participating in a Zoom reading event. Let’s please get this win, okay?