Game 85, 2022

Cubs at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: Marquee Sports Network, SPNLA

LHP Drew Smyly (2-5, 3.80 ERA) goes for the Cubs in this final game of the series and LHP Julio Urías (7-6, 2.57 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers. Smyly is making his first big league start after six weeks on the IL with a left oblique injury. he went four innings and threw 52 pitches in a minor league rehab start on Monday. Urías has won his last four starts and his ERA is seventh-best in the league, which his manager thinks makes him a good candidate for the All Star Game.

On this date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1943 Some of the Dodgers, led by infielder Arky Vaughan, threaten not to play in today’s game to protest the suspension of their teammate Bobo Newsome by manager Leo Durocher. The Ebbets Field contest begins ten minutes late. Brooklyn plundered the Pirates, 23-6, and in a few days, Newsome, who had argued with his skipper over a pitch selection in a previous game, is traded to the Browns for Archie McKain and Fritz Ostermueller.
  • 1953 With Roy Campanella’s home run off Giants hurler Sal Maglie, the Dodgers establish a National League record, homering in their 24th consecutive game. Campy’s homer is the only run Brooklyn scores as the Giants extend their winning streak to seven with the 6-1 victory. Six teams have surpassed 24 consecutive games with at least one HR since; the record is now 31 games in a row by the 2019 NY Yankees.
  • 1979 With his team trailing the Padres 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs at Veterans Stadium, Phillies pinch hitter Del Unser hits a three-run walk-off home run, giving the team a 6-5 comeback victory. The dramatic dinger makes Del Unser only the second player in major league history to hit a homer in three consecutive at bats as a pinch hitter, a feat also accomplished by Lee Lacy of the Dodgers last season.
  • 1984 At San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Dodger southpaw Fernando Valenzuela and Mets rookie Dwight Gooden combine to strike out six consecutive American League All-Stars on the 50th anniversary of Carl Hubbell’s memorable 1934 Midsummer Classic performance of setting down five future Hall of Famers on strikes (see below). Dwight Gooden, at the age of 19, becomes the youngest player ever to participate in an All-Star Game.

In one of the most famous events in baseball history, at the All Star Game in 1934 in New York’s Polo Grounds, Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell faces a starting lineup comprised of nine eventual Hall of Famers. ‘King Carl’ is up to the unique occurrence in baseball history when he fans five batters in a row after letting the first two hitters reach base: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.

Lineups when available.

73 thoughts on “Game 85, 2022

  1. Willie Mays is now 91 years old. Here’s a feature article written by Steve Rushin for SI’s “Where Are They Now” series last year. It’s a reminder of what a phenomenon the man was, not just as a ballplayer but in the culture as well. I enjoyed it.

  2. Just finished watching the condensed game on MLBTV., and it was a wild and sloppy one. I couldn’t even check the score on my phone because Nicasio (Marin County) is a black hole for cell signals. We left after the grand finale (oddly, Ray now has an Italian pedal steel guitarist).

      • The official scorer has discretion, so it doesn’t have to be Bickford, who was the pitcher of record when the Dodgers took the lead for good.

        • That was my understanding– that the official scorer has discretion. But I just saw where Bickford got the win. We’ll see if it changes.

        • He would probably like to forget his performance, but now he never will!

          • Thanks for playing Phil. And now the lovely Carol Merrill has some parting gifts for you behind curtain #2.

  3. Remarkable come-from-behind win. We now have an eight-game lead over the Padres.

  4. Hi all. Up in Carpinteria with family and checked in a little while ago. What a game!

  5. Will and Freddie not selected for the AS game. Still could make it with injuries and withdrawals.

  6. We’ve got the Cubs just where we want them now. Let’s see if the Dodgers can pick up a win for Urias.

  7. Recalling how earlier in his career how Julio had a tough time getting off the starting blocks.