Game 9, 2020

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 5:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA

LHP Julio Urias (0-0, 1.80 ERA) takes the hill for the Dodgers. He walked three and struck out three in five innings in his first start. He’ll face the D-Backs’ RHP Luke Weaver (0-1, 16.20 ERA), who gave up six runs on seven hits in his first start, walking two and striking out six.

Mookie Betts’ throw may make us forget Yasiel Puig:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1906 After pitching 10.2 innings of no-hit ball, Harry McIntire yields a single to Pirates second baseman Claude Ritchey. The Dodgers and McIntire lose the game in the 13th on an unearned run, 1-0.
  • 1924 Dazzy Vance strikes out seven consecutive batters to establish a major league record when the Brooklyn Robins defeat the Cubs at Ebbets Field, 4-0. The future Hall of Famer, who will compile a 28-6 record for the Brooks this season, will lead the National League in strikeouts with 262.
  • 1957 Gil Hodges, in a 12-3 win over the Cubs, hits his 13th and last career grand slam in Brooklyn Dodger history. The first baseman’s bases-loaded shot off Dick Littlefield establishes a new National League record, previously shared by Rogers Hornsby and Ralph Kiner.
  • 2011 After popping out in a pinch-hitting appearance, Craig Counsell remains without a hit in his last 45 at-bats, tying the longest single-season hitless streak by a position player in history, established by Brooklyn backstop Bill Bergen in 1909. The major league record is 0-for-70, established in 1970 by Bob Buhl, a pitcher who toiled with the Braves and Cubs that season. Counsell and Bergen’s record for position players has since been surpassed by the Orioles’ Chris Davis, who got it up to 54 straight hitless ABs in 2019 before getting a hit on April 13.
  • 2015 Clayton Kershaw strikes out Mike Trout looking with a wicked curveball, marking the first time that reigning MVPs have faced one another in a major league game. The interleague contest between the two LA teams ends with Dodger southpaw keeping the Angel outfielder 0-for-3 while hurling eight innings in the team’s 3-1 victory over the Halos at Chavez Ravine.

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153 thoughts on “Game 9, 2020

  1. Fade away change-up almost a screw ball and that would be cool for Urias to add to his arsenal.

  2. A few outfield related questions that I am genuinely curious about. I am pleased to see Bellinger get the night off and I see that AJ is replacing him in CF. Last night though when they switched players around, Belli went to 1st, AJ went to right and Mookie was in CF,
    So – my questions:

    1. Who is better in CF – Mookie or AJ? And if there is a clear answer here why have one in CF last night and the other one tonight?


    2. Would AJ have made the catch in CF in the 8th? Or Bellinger?

    • Betts first two steps were not a straight line to the ball. AJ and Belli would have had to have taken better first two steps. I don’t think height or speed difference would have helped. I toss that out without the slightest idea of the correct answer to your question.

      • Height was the one thing that I wondered about. Mookie seemed to miss it by a foot or less and wondered if Belli might have snagged it.

  3. Baked taters with broccoli and sharp cheddar cheese sauce and summer salad – a great game to watch while chopping.

  4. Before tonight, the Dodgers had used 39 relievers in eight games, a shade under five per game.

        • Yes. I hope that when the rosters are cut to 28 and then to 26 we will be getting more innings from our starters. We will need that. One guy who won’t be cut is Rios, particularly with the universal DH and most starting pitchers being righties.

    • Many of them in high-stress situations. This is our first laugher since the first two games vs. the Giants.

  5. Where do JT’s pants end and his shoes begin? All I can see is pant cuff and then the bottom of his cleats.

  6. Just as I was about to say how impressed I am with Graterol, he puts a ball too close to the hitters head.

  7. AZ will be wishing they had put in this relief pitcher in one inning sooner. 6 up and 6 down.

  8. I would be thrilled with 5 innings and 2 runs allowed from Kershaw tomorrow.

    • What is it like in Hawaii? I feel very blessed/fortunate to be living in a place where the virus is not viral. I still wear a mask though on most occasions when out in pbulic

    • In our neighborhood of Oakland it’s pretty good, but there are always a few careless or clueless people. In some other areas, it’s just thoughtless – a couple weeks ago, I walked all the way around Lake Merritt for the first time, and many if not most of the joggers seemed utterly oblivious.

    • Ridgefield WA is doing a good job with mask wearing. It’s mandated. Golfers are even wearing masks from parking lot to check in.

    • They had the 5 run inning against the Astros. Seager started and ended that inning.

      • Still recall a baseball writer saying that in more than 50% of games the winning team scores more in one inning than the losing team scores in the whole game. Don’t know if that was anecdotal or not.

  9. Nice read by Seager, he was off to the races right when that came off the bat.

  10. Would Betts or Bellinger have treated us to an inside the park home run on Turner’s hit?

  11. All the talk about two MVPs and Betts and Bellinger and Seager might be the one that is paired with Betts to lead the team.

  12. “Mookie turns on the jets and makes it to third.” I think we will be hearing that a lot.

    Also – good reminder that the Winnipeg Jets are in action tonight.

    • One of the hardest plays to make in that it is hard to judge a line drive hit directly at you.

  13. Ok – I know there are 2 outs again. But lets get the runner in from third this inning.

  14. Note to hitters: Look for the off speed pitch and ignore the fast ball until you have 2 strikes.

  15. Joc is always slow getting back in a groove after sitting on the bench for 3 to 5 days due to days off and lefty pitchers starting. Either that or he is trying to give Belli misery company.

  16. Congratulations to White who is on the active roster for the first time today. We might see him pretty soon.

  17. Need to buy Urias a GPS to find the strike zone. Feels like when he throws a strike it is just by accident.

    • Another Seager scorching out. It is like Seager has a personal vendetta against baseballs and is hitting them as hard as possible.

  18. Sounds like Tim Neverett has the call today. I really like his work. Would like him full time simulcast.

        • Hey Scooplew

          I agree with Roberts 100% Bells, needs a day off to clear his head as he looks confused sometimes. He is struggling for sure. Scoo, hope you are doing well