Game 71, 2022

Dodgers at Braves, 4:08 PM PDT, TV: ESPN, MLBN (out-of-market only)

There’s kind of a “Lord of the Rings” flair to this game today; both pitchers names are close to those found in the books. RHP Tony Gonsolin (9-0, 10.58 ERA) faces RHP Spencer Strider (3-2, 3.40 ERA). Gondolin was an Elvish city in Beleriand, while Strider is the Rangers’ name for Aragorn, ultimately King of Gondor and Arnor.

Gonsolin has flirted with the league lead in ERA all year and is tied for the MLB lead in wins. Not bad for a guy who’s celebrating the anniversary of his major league debut in 2019. Strider was strictly a reliever until May 30, when he made his first start. His June appearances have all been as a starter.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1944 At the Polo Grounds with over 50,000 fans looking on, the New York major league teams face each other in a six inning three-team game (a team played consecutive innings against the other two teams then sat out an inning) to raise money for war bonds. The charity contest, billed as the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game, ends with the final score of Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.

  • 1968 Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson tosses his fifth consecutive shutout as he blanks the Pirates, 3-0, in the first game of a doubleheader played at Busch Stadium. The future Hall of Famer’s accomplishment is one shy of the major league mark, set earlier in the month by Don Drysdale of the Dodgers.
  • 1993 Hall of Fame (1969) catcher Roy Campanella passes away at 71 after suffering a heart attack in Woodland Hills (CA). The wheel-chair-bound former Brooklyn Dodgers backstop, permanently disabled in a 1958 traffic accident, ten-year career included three NL MVP seasons, 242 home runs, 856 RBIs, and five World Series appearances.
  • 1999 At Candlestick Park, Todd Hundley’s second homer of the day, a ninth inning three-run shot to deep right field off Giants’ closer Robb Nen, sparks the Dodgers’ 7-6 comeback win. Ellis Burks had put San Francisco ahead in the bottom of the eighth, 6-4, with a three-run homer off Alan Mills.
  • 2011 Three days after Jim Riggleman’s sudden resignation, the Nationals name senior advisor Davey Johnson as the team’s manager for the remainder of the season. The 68 year-old former skipper compiled an 1148-888 (.564) record during his 14 years in the dugout with the Mets, Dodgers, Reds, and Orioles, finishing lower than third place on only three occasions.

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302 thoughts on “Game 71, 2022

  1. Game of the year to this point. If there’s a hangover on Monday, I won’t be able to get that upset.

  2. Oh man. Take the lead, then Muncy crushes one that’s caught. Then Kimbrel does his part, blowing the save just like Jansen did. Blech.

  3. Kimbrel blows the save and gets the win. Something wrong with the scoring system.

  4. Congratulations to the Dodgers on their first extra-inning win of the year, and to the Colorado Avalanche for their Stanley Cup win.

  5. After I go outside and kick the kids off my lawn, I am going to say something old-man-like about Kimbrel’s hair.

  6. Sugar. Need to get a scoreless inning here. No moral victories. Want the real deal.

  7. Oh boy. Close game here. We could have had three, needed two, have to settle for one.

  8. Having to pitch Moronta in a high leverage situation is testament to the dire state of the pen.

  9. Does Freddie seem a little depressed to you guys? This must be like attending a party at your old home where your ex still lives only now with his new mate.

    • That’s my thought as well. Weird to say in what is still just a 1-0 game (at least for now).

      • I was hoping for your natural optimism to challenge my statement, but yeah. Well, let’s prove ourselves wrong!

    • Very odd play. Not sure what you can call it. Batter didn’t move and Smith’s throw hit the bat.

  10. Trea sees the ball and thinks it is 3 inches outside so he has to swing and it winds up 5 inches outside. That’s just as much on the ump as it is on Trea.

  11. Just got back from a friend’s birthday picnic at a Calistoga winery, and now I get this? (Have been following on Gameday in the car, but no audio).

  12. I’m in such a sad and angry mood today and I could really use a win. What do you say, Dodgers?

  13. I watched the Angels Mariners brawl and what led up to it and must say the Mariners had a point.

  14. ESPN just chatted about Trea signing with the Braves next year – and Swanson signing with the Dodgers. Didn’t realize Trea didn’t love being on the West Coast…

    • I don’t know whether that’s true or not. They said it was “rumored” he’d rather be on the East Coast. Someone should ask him.

      • Yes. That’s true. Asking is always a good way to avoid all kinds of confusion.

  15. Thompson has now K’d 14 times in 28 ABs with the Padres and Dodgers this season.

  16. Surprised Will didn’t tag and try for 3rd on that fly. Would have scored on WP.

  17. Phillies vanquished the Padres, 8-5. Reds dominated the Giants, 10-3. With a win we will pick up a game on each of the defeated squads.

  18. Just got back from a week in the ol’ US of A. Most of it was in Madison Wisconsin for a work conference – but last night saw the Twins vs Rockies in Minneapolis. It was my first MLB game outside of seeing a few in Toronto.

  19. Phils just put up 3 in the 7th — a 3-run homer by Schwarber — to take a 6-5 lead over the Padres. Darvish left after 6 with a 3-2 lead. Reds lead Giants 10-3 after 7.