Game 26, 2020

Dodgers at Mariners, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: ROOTNW, SPNLA

LHP Julio Urias (2-0, 2.53 ERA) goes to the mound in Seattle’s T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco). He’ll face the Mariners’ RHP Taijuan Walker (1-2, 4.05 ERA). In his last start Urias gave up back-to-back HRs in the first inning and then kept the Padres confined to first base into the seventh. Walker missed most of the last two years with Tommy John surgery and recovery. He had a rough first start this season but boasts a 2.16 ERA and only 10 hits allowed in his last 16 2/3 innings.

Here’s how the winning run scored in yesterday’s game:

On this date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1955 For the sixth consecutive season, Robin Roberts is a 20-game winner. The Phillies right-hander, who will finish the season with a 23-14 record, beats Don Newcombe and the first place Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium, 3-2.
  • 1957 Citing poor attendance as the reason, Giants’ president Horace Stoneham, ignoring baseball’s edict of banning announcements about relocation of franchises until after the World Series, informs the press the club has signed a lease to play its home games in San Francisco next season. The club’s Board of Directors voted 8-1 approving the shift to the West Coast, with the only dissenting vote cast by M. Donald Grant, who will become the chairman of the Mets, an expansion team located in New York to fill the National League void created by the departure of the Giants and Dodgers to California.
  • 2004 Pitching a perfect bottom of the ninth inning, John Smoltz establishes the franchise record with his 142nd save in a Braves uniform. The right-handed reliever surpasses Gene Garber as Atlanta beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles, 6-5.
  • 2008 The Dodgers reacquired Greg Maddux (6-9, 3.99) from the Padres for cash and two minor leaguers to be named or an additional monetary sum. The 42 year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander, obtained to help the club down the stretch run, played in LA for part of the 2006 season, winning six of nine decisions.

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111 thoughts on “Game 26, 2020

    • So Roberts has now been ejected from a game and suspended for a game this season.

  1. Dodgers lose, but that’s not the news. Scoop’s plight is more important. If you can read this, Scoop, I hope you and yours are safe.

  2. Things I have liked in tonight’s games:
    The 3 HRs from the slumping sluggers.
    Ruiz picking off the runner at 3rd.
    González’s pitching.

    Things I would like in tonight’s game:
    A come from behind win.

  3. Turning back to baseball, I see that we have three solo homers hit by the three players who entered the game batting under .200.

    • In this odd season, with the late training season, it’s unsurprising that starters might not go long enough for a win (a statistic of limited utility).

    • In this odd season, with the late training season, it’s unsurprising that starters might not go long enough for a win (a statistic of limited utility).

  4. To all my friends at Elysian Fields: Our home in Carmel Valley is only a couple of miles or so from the advancing “Carmel Fire,” so we have loaded up our cars with the important stuff to quickly depart if so ordered. I hope that won’t be necessary, but who knows? Win one for the Scooper, please. Be well.

    • My word Scoop! Prayers for your family that you will not have to leave your home. Hope you can stay safe out there.

      • Thanks, WD, for your prayers. They are always welcome. We are ready to go. Our dog is a bit puzzled.The last thing that I will load up in my computer.

        • Scoop! I just saw this thread. Please stay safe, and fingers and toes crossed for your home.

    • Yikes. Scary times. Glad you are ready and willing to get of Dodge quickly when told.

      • Yes, we put stuff by the front door yesterday. Among the irreplaceable stuff I will be taking with me is an autographed baseball from Duke Snider. One has to establish one’s priorities.

      • Thanks. If the fire does take down our house, which we purchased in 1986, a few months before our daughter was born, my several hundred baseball books, accumulated over the decades, will be lost, but as long as we are all safe it will e fine.

    • Recall as a child being thrown in the car in the middle of the night to evacuate. Tidal wave alert in Hawaii. Nothing much came of it, thankfully.

    • We were here in Oakland for the 1991 firestorm, but in the flatlands at the base of the hills, just outside the conflagration.

  5. Maybe Seattle getting a 6th run is a good thing. The Dodgers are 1-5 when giving up 5 runs, but 2-1 when giving up 6 or more runs.

  6. Could have had a quicker hook on Santana. (But I realize that is totally hindsight analysis.)

  7. Are these games against Seattle considered one 4 games series or two 2 games series?

  8. Santana – 2 pitches to get his first out. But then 32 pitches before getting his second.

  9. Shed is an interesting name. I’ve never heard/seen it before. I know a Shad but not Shed.

    • Davey was from Rhode Island, and is of Cape Verdean descent. Seattle’s is from LA, though there were quite a few Portuguese in California’s Central Valley. Lopes is the Portuguese equivalent of Spanish “López.”

  10. Not sure I’ve ever watched a game played at Safeco before. Seems to be a rather unglamorous setting.

    • I’ve been to a game, and it’s a fine ballpark. I hate the naming practices, though (it’s now T-Mobile).

  11. SF Gnatfans will never admit that, but for the Dodgers, they wouldn’t even have a team.