Game 49, 2020

Dodgers at Padres, 6:10 PM PDT, TV: FSSD, SPNLA

RHP Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 1.57 ERA) gets back to his starting role after an unexpected stint in relief of Dustin May after May’s foot injury last Thursday. He’ll face RHP Zach Davies (7-2, 2.48 ERA), who is apparently the changeup artist in all of baseball, using it to great effect: opponents are hitting .175 against it.

Highlights of yesterday’s game are few, so here’s the postseason schedule instead.

The best-of-three Wild Card Series, best-of-five Division Series and best-of-seven League Championship Series will each take place without any off-days in between games. Teams will have to decide whether to use the traditional five-man rotation, or utilize four starting pitchers, with the potential for as many as three of them pitching on short rest.

Each series will be preceded by at least one off-day, though more are possible depending on when other series are completed.

The 116th World Series is slated to start with Game 1 on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Globe Life Field in Arlington. A potential Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The Dodgers have activated IF Justin Turner and optioned RHP Josh Sborz.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1946 In Brooklyn, a giant swarm of gnats engulfs Ebbets Field at the end of the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader. The nightcap is called due to the bothersome insects and the impending darkness, resulting in a 2-0 Dodger victory over the Cubs.
  • 1950 At Ebbets Field, Cardinal starter Cloyd Boyer hurts his arm while warming up and is replaced by Red Munger. The reliever goes the distance, beating the Dodgers, 6-2, getting credit for a complete game, but not for a game started.
  • 1978 Don Sutton, in front of 47,188 fans at Dodger Stadium, throws a six-hitter to beat Atlanta, 5-0. Los Angeles, with tonight’s attendance, becomes the major league first team in history to draw three million fans at home.
  • 1995 Ozzie Smith takes part in the 1,554th twin killing of his career to set a new big league record for double plays. The Cardinals’ shortstop’s wizardry isn’t enough to prevent the Redbirds’ 7-6 loss to the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.

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125 thoughts on “Game 49, 2020

    • Thanks Scoop! And I won’t disappear for a few innings to do bedtime stuff with my son either.

  1. Thought that was Gonsolin’s globe that fell off for a second. I wonder if it still would have been ruled an out if that happened?

    • They also continue to have a losing record vs the Dodgers as LA leads the season series 5-4.

  2. Phew! Dodgers win. I don’t know what that prices for Jansen. Is he back or still not really?

  3. I wonder if Doc has his speech ready if Jansen blows it, just like Patterson had a disguise ready before fighting Liston.

    • He’s still the ninth inning guy but taking Trinien out after 4 pitches eliminates a huge resource.

      • Are you talking about the second bunt that got passed him? I liked that he slid on a knee and popped up. For a big guy, he looks like has great control of his body. Didn’t he play shortstop before turning pro?

        • I was being facetious. It was a fine bunt by Grisham, and the pitcher’s falling off towards third.

  4. Runners don’t start their slide soon enough and tend to slide past the bag. If they didn’t let themselves slide past they would jam their ankle into the bag. As a person that has put a tag down in front of a bag and let the runner slide into it, I appreciated that the runner didn’t slide into me as they would if they slid late.

    • I will guess he had the ball too deep into his hand when he threw it and lost some steam on the throw.

  5. Pederson will provide the occasional homer, but I think he is a lost cause. Is there anybody on the “farm” (USC?) who can help?

    • In this oddball season, I wouldn’t put too much value – positive or negative – on anybody’s performance. Six months tells you a lot, two months far less. That said, Joc’s likely gone next year, though he’s not helping his free agent cause.

  6. I think a win tonight is imperative. That sentiment is probably shared by most of you, I expect.

    • I remember the 1963 season, when the Dodgers went into St. Louis with a slim lead, after the Redbirds had won 19 of 20 to close within a game or so. The Dodgers won the 10-team league over StL by six games (shoutout to Dick Nen here).

      This season is a little different, because both teams are going to make the post-season, and the division championship simply determines the seeding. I don’t like that, but at least we have baseball.