Game 18, 2020

Padres at Dodgers, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: FSSD, SPNLA

RHP Garrett Richards (0-1, 4.60 ERA) pitches for the Padres while RHP Ross Stripling (3-0, 4.00 ERA) goes for the Dodgers. These two guys faced one another last Wednesday, August 5. In that game Stripling got into the sixth and picked up the win, but he did give up three extra-base hits including a home run to Tatis Jr. Richards gave up four runs in five innings, but even with that he’s got a 2.55 ERA in his seven career appearances against the Dodgers.

Courtesy of WBBsAs in the comments to yesterday’s post, Kiké describes the longest road trip of the “year” and what the protocols for virus-prevention are like.

Molly Knight has written a wonderful article at The Athletic which tells the story of some of the photo cutouts in the stands at Dodger Stadium. The ones she writes about were all purchased by family or friends to memorialize deceased Dodger fans.

I wonder if the Dodgers do this for their season ticket holders?

Here’s a bright spot in yesterday’s disheartening loss: May strikes out Machado with a wickedly-moving fast ball. It’s nearly a duplicate of one Machado struck out on during last week’s game. The video of that went viral among baseball fans.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1946 Sweeping a doubleheader, the Phillies end the Dodgers’ 18-game winning streak, a major league record, in Philadelphia. The Dodgers hadn’t lost in the City of Brotherly Love since May 5, 1945.
  • 1950 Vern Bickford, throwing just 97 pitches, no-hits the Dodgers at Braves’ Field, 7-0. The 29 year-old right-hander hurls the first hitless game for Boston since Jim Tobin accomplished the feat, also against Brooklyn, on April 27, 1944.
  • 1951 WCBS-TV televises the first baseball game broadcast in color, a Braves’ 8-1 victory over the hometown Dodgers in the first game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn’s announcers Red Barber and Connie Desmond provide the play-by-play commentary.
  • 2015 The Blue Jays, Rays, Marlins, Mets, Indians, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and Giants all win, making it the first time in the live ball era that every contest is won by the home team in a full slate of games. The unique occurrence became a reality when the two last games to finish end in extra innings, with the host clubs enjoying a walk-off victory.

Lineup when available.

Bellinger at 1B, Muncy taking the day off, Seager still day-to-day, I imagine.

114 thoughts on “Game 18, 2020

  1. I think we can agree that yesterday’s game was the ugliest of the year. It can only get better from here.

  2. Snakes trying to come back against Rox in ninth, now 8-6 with tying run at the plate.

  3. They just keep us hanging on: Dodger runs scored in innings 1-4, 25; innings 5-9, 59.

  4. Hoornstra, who is doing a series on 50 best Dodgers of the 2010s, notes that Justin Turner based on WAR has been playing at the level of an average HoF 3rd baseman for the past six years.

  5. You guys make this kind of game palatable. I counted three belly laughs, not to mention a Ruby and the Romantics sighting.

  6. My wife and I are watching “Medici: Masters of Florence” on Netflix. Far more entertaining. Catch you all tomorrow night.

  7. Maybe move him from the cleanup spot to lower the pressure? Or would that make things worse?

  8. That’s too bad. Joc played that single into a double – but almost had the out.

  9. Andy Young of the Snakes hit his first career dinger off Matt Strahm of the Pads. Both are from West Fargo, ND.