Game 31, 2020

Dodgers at Giants, 6:45 PM PDT, TV: FS1, NBCS-BA, SPNLA

The visiting Dodgers hand the ball to LHP Julio Urias (2-0, 2.74 ERA). He’ll face the Giants’ RHP Johnny Cueto (2-0, 4.35 ERA). Urias’s last outing was poor: he only went 1 2/3 innings, throwing 52 pitches while giving up four hits and one run to the Mariners. In Cueto’s last start he went 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits and got the win against the Angels.

Here’s video of the Dodgers’ seven HRs in their 11-3 win over the Rockies:

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1979 In a Hollywood Stars vs. the Media game played at Dodger Stadium, Robin Williams, the star of the hit television series, Mork and Mindy, a show in which he plays an alien, runs the bases backwards. The comedian explains circling the bags clockwise is very common on the Planet Ork, his character’s home in the universe.
  • 1995 At Veterans Stadium, Gregg Jefferies hits for the cycle when Philadelphia crushes the Dodgers, 17-4. The Phillies’ first baseman, who has four RBIs and scores four runs, collects all of his extra-base hits off of LA starting pitcher Hideo Nomo.
  • 2008 After being swept in a four-game series earlier in the month in L.A., the Phillies return the favor, beating the Dodgers, 5-0, to complete its own four-game sweep. It is the first time in franchise history that Philadelphia has swept the Dodgers in a four-game series at home.
  • 2009 With a 5-4 win in ten innings over the Dodgers, the Rockies move 18 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. The wild-card leader, winning 52 of their last 74 games, the latest on a Troy Tulowitzki bases-loaded single, has cut LA’s Western Division lead from 15.5 games on June 3 to just two games.
  • 2012 In a nine-player blockbuster trade, the Dodgers obtain Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto, and cash considerations for James Loney, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, Jr., and two players to be named later (Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands). The deal gives the new Dodgers ownership an opportunity to show their fans they are serious about making a run for the postseason, while giving an under-performing Boston team more financial flexibility in the offseason.

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189 thoughts on “Game 31, 2020

  1. We’d better score a few more in this inning. Mookie is due for sure. If we can get to him…

  2. Joining in the game already in progress – I see the Dodgers are picking up right where they left off at the end of the first half as they start the second half. Max Muncy with being kind on his birthday “you only have to get the ball out of the bleachers this time!”.

  3. We lost a 3-0 lead, a 6-3 lead, and then two leads in extra innings. Granted we’re still way ahead in the standings, but that’s no way to keep your fans happy.

  4. Nice to get the first one easy, but now it gets tougher. Longo’s having something of a comeback so far.

  5. On the bright side, satisfying to see Yaz go 0-for-6, and the Baby Kangaroo trying to book his ticket back to Sacto.

  6. As of 5 pm, SF air quality had improved to “moderate,” and it’s windy at 16 MPH out of the west. Ours in the East Bay was still “unhealthy” then, but has just improved to “moderate” as of 6 pm.

  7. Dodgers need to sharpen their defence, strand this runner at third and then score some more runs themselves.

  8. OK, it’s time for the Gnats to go down in order. Listening to Steiner is agonizing.

  9. I’d bring Urías out to start the 5th. Especially if the Dodgers score again in the top of the inning.

  10. Maybe it’s the KC connection from their WS teams or maybe it is just the fact that the Dodgers have been able to score 6 runs off him, but I enjoy Cueto.

  11. Seager reminds me of Tommy Davis. I hope he gets back to back years like Tommy had as a Dodger.

  12. Urias is pitching tentatively and erratically again. I don’t remember him struggling this much last year. Am I misremembering?

    • Well then I’m apparently not a fan of – wait a second – I may need to rethink my position.

    • Huge portions of Carmel Valley are no longer under the mandatory evacuation order, but our home is still off limits by one block, so we remain hunkered down at a ranch 20 miles southeast of Hollister. As far as being refugees goes, we have nothing to complain about.