Game 58, 2021

Dodgers at Braves, 4:15 PM PDT, TV: Fox

LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.33 ERA) goes for the Dodgers; RHP Charlie Morton (4-2, 4.26 ERA) pitches for the Braves.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1977 On Old Timers’ Day, the Dodgers retire former manager Walter Alston’s uniform number 24. ‘Smokey’ compiles a 2040-1613 (.558) record along with seven pennants that results in four World Championships during his 23 years in the dugout.
  • 2015 Current Dodger Pat Venditte becomes the first full-time switch-pitcher in the modern era when he tosses two scoreless frames in Oakland’s 4-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The A’s ambidextrous reliever faces the minimum six batters in his two innings, allowing a single to Hanley Ramirez before getting an inning-ending double play in the seventh and then proceeds to pitch a perfect eighth.


145 thoughts on “Game 58, 2021

  1. Giants just beat the Cubs, 4-3. ( I didn’t see your post before I posted my first sentence, WBB.)

  2. Muncy is day-to-day with an ankle sprain. Monday says Roberts says he might be able to play tomorrow.

    Gnats legend A.J. Pierzynski is the color commentator on Fox tonight.

    • Doc says he might get tomorrow off as well (Pujols could start against lefty), and then start next on Tuesday against the Filibusteros.

  3. Not by the eye test certainly – but the umps are actually MORE accurate than ever. It’s just that the tv strike zone boxes show them up more. Or so says the reports and numbers.

        • I don’t have an account with The Athletic now – but it was from one of his weekly posts on baseball earlier this year where he was highlighting a report that tracks umps and their pitching calling.

  4. So much for the bullpen being easy to score on. Of course the ump helped.

  5. Something tells me Smith the pitcher would rather have gotten the k last time and given up the HR here.

  6. Well, at least we have Smith and the top of the order coming up in the ninth.

    • That was Almonte’s first HR of the year and his 19th in this, his ninth season.

  7. Braves seem intent on trying to give the game away. We seem more intent on not accepting their offerings.

  8. CT3 now has 53 Ks in 178 ABs. Last year he had 55 Ks in 185 ABs. Consistent.

      • That would be slightly below his career K percentage, which, at this very second, is 30.34 percent. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he fanned twice in his next seven ABs (28.57 percent). He led the NL in Ks in 2018.

    • Meh. The 27 Yanks led the league in K’s by a ton, 60% more than the average team.

  9. In the eighth at Yanqui Stadium, the slumping Quique just drove in the go-ahead run.

    • Once saw Arenado have two ground balls go right through his wickets against the Nats. I felt blessed

  10. Didn’t realize that Charlie Morton, who has been around forever with five different teams, was originally with Atlanta.

    • Stays in. Probably bother him later but it is Sluggo’s turn to catch tomorrow.

      • Sometimes you can walk it off. I did so many times at that age, but last year I had ankle replacement surgery.

        • Had a major injury catching as a young teen that involved my ankle (kid slid into me at home).

          • I never caught but, while playing softball the day before my draft physical, I stepped in a chuckhole while chasing a fly ball. Ankle blew up to the size of a large grapefruit, and I failed the physical (after X-rays and stress tests).

          • You misspelled “Poseur” (who never learned how to block the plate properly).

  11. Foxcaster says Taylor has a “majority” of Dodgers steals – 6 out of 19.

  12. Jon- Dodgers have been the victim of 10 interesting innings out of 12 in this series, but have scored 10 runs.