Game 15, 2023

Cubs at Dodgers, 6:10 PM PDT, TV: Marquee Sports Network, SPNLA

RHP Jameson Taillon (0-2, 7.00 ERA) goes for the Cubs and RHP Michael Grove (0-1, 14.73) pitches for the Dodgers.

Here’s a profile of an alumna of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Rep. Lauren Underwood, a Democrat from IL-14 and a nurse with a postgrad degree (like Jackie’s wife Rachel, who’s got an MS in psychiatric nursing and was an Assistant Prof at Yale’s School of Nursing). It’s from the NYT but it’s out from behind the paywall and free for y’all to read.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1909 On Opening Day, the Superbas are no-hit by the Giants’ Red Ames for 9.1 innings. The Polo Grounds contest will go thirteen innings before Brooklyn defeats the 26 year-old right-hander, 3-0.
  • 1930 On Opening Day, Phillies’ southpaw Les Sweetland throws a three-hitter at Ebbets Field. The 28 year-old southpaw doubles and scores the lone run in the eighth inning of his 1-0 complete-game victory over Brooklyn.
  • 1933 In his major league debut, Tigers rookie Lynwood “Schoolboy” Rowe tosses a six-hitter, blanking the White Sox, 3-0. During his 15-year career, playing also with the Dodgers and Phillies, Rowe will compile a 158-101 record, posting an ERA of 3.87.
  • 1947 A year before President Truman desegregated the military, Jackie Robinson debuts for the Dodgers, becoming the first black player to participate in a major league game this century. In front of 25,623 Ebbets Field fans, the 28 year-old first baseman is hitless in three at-bats, but scores a run in the 5-3 Opening Day victory over the Braves.
  • 1958 On Opening Day, the transplanted New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers play the first major league game on the West Coast. The California contest sees Ruben Gomez blanking Los Angeles and Don Drysdale at San Francisco’s Seals Stadium, 8-0.
  • 1959 Cardinal right-hander Bob Gibson makes his major league debut at LA Memorial Coliseum, tossing the final two innings in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers. The 23 year-old rookie becomes the first future Hall of Fame hurler to give up a home run to the first batter he faces in the major leagues when third baseman Jim Baxes takes him deep in the seventh inning.
  • 2004 Major league baseball begins the tradition of Jackie Robinson Day, an annual celebration commemorating the day the color line was broken in 1947. At big league venues across the country ceremonies are being held to honor the ground-breaking historic event, including baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Jackie’s widow Rachel Robinson attending the festivities at Shea Stadium.
  • 2005 The Dodgers, to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game in the big leagues, wear replicas of the old road uniforms worn by the 1947 team which played in Brooklyn. Right-hander Derek Lowe throws a three-hitter, blanking the Padres in San Diego, 4-0.
  • 2007 To honor Jackie Robinson, some players on each team, including Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves’ outfielder Andruw Jones, wear the Dodger immortal’s uniform No. 42 on the 60th anniversary of his historic breaking the color barrier in baseball. In the Cardinals and Brewers contest at Busch Stadium, every player and coach on both teams dons Jackie’s revered number.

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128 thoughts on “Game 15, 2023

  1. I was listening to Mo and Steiner on the way back from my new house to the condo I’m still camping in. Two lousy hits in the whole game? Wassamatta dese guys?

    Townhouse pictures. The furniture is the previous owners, although they left me the air conditioner and the office chairs, which I surely didn’t expect.

  2. Heute in Schadenfreude (LAT’d): Gnats blow a 6-1 lead to lose to the Tigres in extras for the second straight day. At the Fishbowl, Snakes come from ahead to get spiked by the Marlins 3-2.

    On the downside, Pads rolling the Beerboys 8-3 in the eighth.

    • Gnats might finish last in the NL West. I hope so. I think they will be big players in the Ohtani sweepstakes.

    • The Giants’ relief corps has recorded a 6.08 ERA with two blown saves through its first 14 games of the season, the fourth-highest bullpen ERA in the Majors. Rogers, who joined the club on a three-year, $33 million deal over the offseason, has an 18.90 ERA through his first six appearances, while Brebbia has a 7.94 ERA through a team-high eight outings.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever heard this story about Jackie and Rachel before. He and she became great friends with the Simons of Stamford CT. That would be Richard Simon of the publisher Simon and Schuster. He was also singer/songwriter Carly’s father.

    • It’s interesting how new stories can still emerge after so many years. I hadn’t heard it before today either.

  4. 5th walk off win on Jackie Day!
    2009 5-4 vs SF
    2010 6-5 vs AZ
    2012 5-4 vs SD
    2019 4-3 vs Cincy
    2023 2-1 vs Cubbies

    Since 1999, Dodgers are 19-5 on April 15th.
    Since 2004 when Jackie Day started, Dodgers are 16-3.
    Last lost on 2014.

  5. Nice win. Seems like up till now most wins were ho-hum bludgeoning of the opposition.

  6. I was under the impression that the boos for Belli were good natured. Orel thinks it’s more like a Machado thing.

  7. The time is now Dodgers. It’s always good to win – but even more so on April 15th.

  8. Fun to see the Kings vs the Warriors in NBA action. I will be going to Sacramento in June for a conference.

  9. I don’t necessarily need a walk-off for JRob Day. A 2 spot here would be fine by me.

  10. Dodger pitcher ERA keeps dropping with each pitcher tonight. From 9 to 7 to 6 (for now) to 3.

  11. Just got home from grandson’s Little League game. I feel like I’m still at it with the Dodgers inability to hit pitches.

  12. In terms of pick-off attempts, it’s a max of 2 without (potential) penalty of a balk. But it resets with each new batter right? Or is it 2 max for the base runner regardless of how many different hitters come to bat while the runner is on base?

        • Pitchers are limited to two disengagements (pickoff attempts or step-offs) per plate appearance. However, this limit is reset if a runner or runners advance during the plate appearance.

      • That I know. But I was wondering if the rules are applied per plate appearance or per base runner.

        • Given how many times he threw over with Heyward there, I would say based on batter.

  13. Two starters with high ERAs and we get a pitching duel.

    Grove has his 5 innings and can get the win if…