Game 22, 2022

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: NBCBS Bay Area, SPNLA

LHP Carlos Rodón (3-0, 1.17 ERA) pitches for the visiting Giants while LHP Julio Urías (1-1, 2.50 ERA) goes for the Dodgers. Rodón has had a very good start to his year; he’s given up just three runs on eleven hits in his four starts, and he’s made it through at least five innings in all of them. Urías’ last three starts have been excellent despite getting just one decision (a win) in them; he’s given up two runs on four hits in those games.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1947 In a controversial move, Branch Rickey trades five Dodgers, including southerner Kirby Higbe, to the Pirates for five-foot, six-inch left-hand-hitting outfielder Al Gionfriddo and $100,000. Some believe ‘the Mahatma’ made the deal to send a message to the team about his commitment to breaking the color barrier and his support of Jackie Robinson, the first black to play in the major leagues this century. It’s a darned good move, considering that Gionfriddo made a game-saving catch of a DiMaggio fly ball in Game 6 of that fall’s World Series.

  • 2004 Similar to last season, the aging outfielder Rickey Henderson re-signs with the Atlantic League’s Bears, hoping for a shot of returning to the big leagues. The 45 year-old future Hall of Famer batted .339, hit eight home runs, drove in 33 runs, scored 52 runs, and stole nine bases for the Newark team last season before joining the Dodgers in July.
  • 2009 Defeating San Diego 2-1 in 10 innings, the Dodgers tie a franchise record, winning their ninth consecutive decision at home from the start of the season. The 1946 club also reeled off nine straight victories at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field at the beginning of the post-war campaign.

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116 thoughts on “Game 22, 2022

  1. Why aren’t balls leaving the yard as they used to? The Athletic noticed. So did the Giants’ pitcher:

    “If Bellinger’s ball’s not gonna get out … ppffhhhuhhh,” Brebbia said. “Then that’s unbelievable. If that ball’s not leaving the yard, then I don’t know what will. It was hit 150 miles per hour.”

    More? Okay.

    It was clear and calm, typical for a springtime night game here. The air was a bit heavier. It took a little bit more oomph to park one.

    “But it doesn’t do that,” [Giants CF] Dubón said following the Giants’ 3-1 loss. “I went back to the wall and it just died. I couldn’t believe it.”

    It’s a small sample. It’s anecdotal evidence. But it’s starting to pile up. The ball isn’t traveling like it did a year ago.

    • All the more reason for Roberts to start playing more small ball. Can’t rely on the HR. Got to manufacture runs. Steal bases, hit and run, work walks, and move runners over with productive outs.

      • Two of the Dodgers’ three runs yesterday were scored by batters who had walked.

  2. Roberts pulling Urias after 6 innings and only 65 pitches was a bit puzzling.
    I guess we have to have faith and trust that Roberts knows what he is doing. Sometimes his moves baffle me but he has a lot more information than we do. Graterol scares me every time he comes in. Especially with runners on base. He walks too many batters for my liking. 6 walks in 8.1 IP this year. I don’t like him in high leverage situations yet. Anyhow, nice win.

    • LA Times columnist Hernandez agrees with you.

      The velocity of his fastball was trending down. The opposing hitters were making some hard contact.

      Julio Urías also hadn’t given up any runs.

      His pitch count was still at 65.

      And manager Dave Roberts removed him after six innings of a game in which the Dodgers were ahead by two runs.

      Roberts can say whatever he wants. So can baseball operations president Andrew Friedman.

      No longer can they conceal what they think of Urías.

      They don’t trust him — at least not how they trust, say, Walker Buehler.

      The Dodgers once championed the former teenage prodigy as a future franchise cornerstone, but they now use him as if he’s a fourth starter. Roberts has called him a superstar but treats him as if he’s the kind of overpriced and broken-down pitcher Friedman used to like to sign.

      This doesn’t make any sense.

      • I think Hernandez is wrong about what the Dodgers, Roberts, and AF think about Urias. I think they trust him but are looking further up the road. Last year was the first time Urias had pitched over 80 innings in a season. He pitched 185.2. And we all saw him and other Dodger pitchers run out of gas last year in the playoffs. I do feel however that Urias could have gone one more inning and around 15 more pitches.

  3. It doesn’t seem to matter whom we are facing, we just aren’t. hitting and there are or four nearly sure outs. Makes it really tough to stage a rally. Still, we’re 14-7.

  4. It’s blackout week here – tonight, tomorrow and Sunday there’ll be no TV. Stuck with Gameday and, unfortunately, it’s Steiner on audio so I’m switching to the Spanish-language broadcast.

  5. According to Gameday, that pitch was identical to one called a strike earlier.

  6. Mookie hit it too hard for Hanser to score. Duck on the pond. C’mon Freddy.

  7. These fly balls should be going out! Is it the temperature or the wind or the humidors?

  8. Okay, okay. Still up by one. But I wonder if Urias is wishing he’d gone another inning, with the bottom of the order coming up.

  9. Brewster seems to be the mini-Kenley Jansen. Jansen would have that same kind of bad luck + walk combo.

  10. Steinered! (There’ve been problems with the Spanish-language stream, so I had to switch).

  11. Good production considering just one (very timely) hit for the Dodgers.

  12. Bart has 24 K’s in 44 ABs for a percentage of .545. That’s with recent improvement.

  13. Rodon due for a stinker. He was a very mediocre pitcher until last year.