Game 114, 2021

Dodgers at Phillies, 4:05 PM PDT, TV: ESPN (out-of-market only), NBCSP, SPNLA

LHP David Price (4-1, 3.53 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and RHP Kyle Gibson (8-3, 2.79 ERA) is his counterpart from the Phillies.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1940 Bees hurler Nick Strincevich completes an unusual 1-1 unassisted twin killing when he doubles up Joe Vosmik, the runner trying to score on attempted squeeze play signaled by Dodger skipper Leo Durocher. The Boston southpaw catches Vito Tamulis’ bunt in the air and continues running until he steps on third base, completing the double play to end the top of the seventh inning in the team’s 3-0 loss to Brooklyn at Braves Field.
  • 1946 Sweeping a doubleheader, the Phillies end the Dodgers’ 18-game winning streak, a major league record, in Philadelphia. The Dodgers hadn’t lost in the City of Brotherly Love since May 5, 1945.
  • 1950 Vern Bickford, throwing just 97 pitches, no-hits the Dodgers at Braves’ Field, 7-0. The 29 year-old right-hander hurls the first hitless game for Boston since Jim Tobin accomplished the feat, also against Brooklyn, on April 27, 1944.
  • 1951 WCBS-TV televises the first baseball game broadcast in color, a Braves’ 8-1 victory over the hometown Dodgers in the first game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn’s announcers Red Barber and Connie Desmond provide the play-by-play commentary.
  • 1969 Don Drysdale announces his retirement. The last Dodger to have played in Brooklyn, Drysdale will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984.
  • 2015 The Blue Jays, Rays, Marlins, Mets, Indians, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and Giants all win, making it the first time in the live ball era that every contest is won by the home team in a full slate of games. The unique occurrence became a reality when the two last games to finish end in extra innings, with the host clubs enjoying a walk-off victory.
  • 2020 For the first time in over a century, games are played at three different New York major league ballparks when the Toronto Blue Jays face the Marlins at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field, joining contests taking place at Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium. The last time this happened in the Empire State occurred on September 8, 1915, with the Polo Grounds (Yankees), Ebbets Field (Dodgers), and Federal League Park (Buffalo Blues) hosting big-league teams.


209 thoughts on “Game 114, 2021

  1. Was listening to the dispirited Phillies broadcasters on SiriusXM. They said that Bellinger fouled off 19 pitches today and that Joe Girardi calls Trea Turner the best under-the-radar player in baseball.

  2. Meanwhile, the Giants continue to show no interest in losing. They are up 5-2 over the Diamondbacks in the 6th inning. This is gnoteworthy, gno?

  3. Bullpen game for us (again) tomorrow? It’s a 10:05 a.m. start on the West Coast, but on the West Coast of Hawaii that means 7:05 a.m. for Link.

  4. Do the Dodgers have any desire to re-sign Albert next year? On a muuuuch smaller contract than his last one?

  5. No word yet on who starts for the Dodgers tomorrow? Is Mitch White the leading candidate?

  6. The reference above in the notes to Drysdale is correct. However, Jim Gilliam, who broke in with Brooklyn in 1953 (he was rookie of the year) and played with the Dodgers through 1966, remained with the club as a coach. He died the day after the Dodgers won the pennant in 1978. Maury Wills often credited Gilliam’s taking so many pitches with Wills on first that it greatly contributed to his stolen base totals.

  7. AJ in his last 162 games (regular season): .292 AVG, .545 SLG, .884 OPS with 35 dingers and 92 ribbies.

    • If you exclude his horrible first half when they first signed him (and his playoff performance) he has provided the Dodgers with OPS+ 135 over 743 PA, which is better than his best year with the Snakes.

  8. Well, at least we forced Philadelphia’s starter to throw 25 pitches in that inning, meaning we are closer to seeing its bullpen. The Phillies’ bullpen has a 4.55 ERA and has allowed 64 home runs. The Dodgers’ bullpen ERA is 3.55 and has allowed 42 homers.

  9. At the Litterbox this afternoon, the Fish pummeled the Pads 7-0. SD had only four hits.

  10. Bellinger is inching his way up the batting order. He has hit in eight consecutive games, going 8-for-25 in that span and raising his batting average from .156 to .177.

  11. Mookie to the IL. Earliest return date is August 18th. Getting more tests done. I hope he is not done for the season.

    • If he is done for the season that would be a big blow. Perhaps the Dodgers should sit him through the end of the month in the hopes that he returns strong in September.

  12. MLB network calling us “The New Look Dodgers” in the hype for their Saturday televised game.
    I guess TTurner has given us a different approach.