Game 33, 2023

Dodgers at Padres, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports San Diego, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 1.89 ERA) pitches for the visiting Dodgers while RHP Yu Darvish (1-2, 3.60 ERA) takes the ball for the Friars.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1953 In the second game of a twin bill at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Braves’ hurler Max Surkont strikes out the hitter for the third out of the second inning, and will continue to fan batters until there is one out in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory over the Reds. The eight consecutive strikeouts establish a new major league record, surpassing the mark of seven straight strikeouts shared by Dazzy Vance (Robins aka Dodgers, 1924) and Van Lingle Mungo (Dodgers, 1936).
  • 1955 In his first major league start, Dodger rookie starter Tommy Lasorda ties a record, throwing three wild pitches in the first inning of the team’s 4-3 victory over St. Louis at Ebbets Field. The future Dodgers’ Hall of Fame skipper, during his one inning of work, will be spiked by Wally Moon while covering a play at home plate after uncorking on of his errant pitches.
  • 1962 In just his fourth big league start, Bo Belinsky throws the first hitless game in Angels history and the first one ever tossed at Dodger Stadium, beating the Orioles, 2-0. The 25 year-old southpaw is only the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.
  • 2000 Former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda is named manager of the United States’ Olympic baseball team. The Hall of Fame pilot won four National League pennants and two World Series titles with Los Angeles.
  • 2008 At Coors Field, Derek Lowe throws 43 pitches before he retires the first Rockies batter of the game. The Dodgers starting pitcher never recovers from the 50-pitch, three-run first inning, leaving after the fifth of a 7-2 eventual loss to Colorado.
  • 2008 In the 4,000th game played at Dodger Stadium, Joe Torre’s Dodgers beat the Mets, 5-1. The Los Angeles skipper also managed in the 1,000th game at the Astrodome (Mets – 1977) and Coors Field (Yankees – 2007), the 2,000th at Busch Stadium (Cardinals – 1991), the 3,000th at Angel Stadium (Yankees – 2003), and the 6,000th at Yankee Stadium (Yankees -2001).
  • 2009 The Dodgers tie the major league record of 12 consecutive wins at home to start the season with their 3-1 victory over Arizona. L.A.’s 12-0 start at home equals the mark set by the Tigers in 1911.

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103 thoughts on “Game 33, 2023

  1. Back on a relatively normal sleep schedule, I awoke around 5am Stockholm time to jinx Klayton. I expected Dodger bats to do much better against Darvish.

  2. Mentioned this a week or two ago – but wanted to say again. I will be in LA the weekend of June 23-25 and a few of us (ScoopLew and RBI) will be going to a game or two. It would be great to meet a few more of you as well, if anyone can make it.

  3. So just to update: Kershaw and Bunning tied for 21st all time with 2855.

    Next up, the still moving target of Zack Greinke at (currently) 2907.

  4. I started posting on the previous blog for some reason. Anyway, phooey times two with the Tatis dinger times two. Kershaw doesn’t have it tonight.

  5. What a great throw by Smith on the attempted steal. Meanwhile, Yu is sharp sharp sharp.

  6. By my back of the envelope calculations, Kershaw is 2 k’s away from tying Jim Bunning for 21st all time.

  7. Kershaw definitely fighting it tonight – by his standards. 7 baserunners in 4 innings.

    But he is strong to battle and can go from fighting to figuring it out in a hurry sometimes!

  8. Man our guys are not seeing the pitches over the plate. Maybe because Darvish has so many variations.

  9. There’s Kershaw’s (hopefully) one solo homer allowed for tonight.

    • Ha! No. Home doing my weights and watching from the comfort of my own living room.

  10. Soto with his high obp would be an alternative for the Padrs leadoff hitter

    • He was a problem when he was with the Dodgers. Problem was, he didn’t produce.

  11. The designer of the Puds uniforms is in the club house playing Candy Land.

      • Are they celebrating something? What is the reason for the different uniforms?

        • It’s their City Connect uniforms. I think every year a specified number of teams agree to wear them so many times a year.

          • And that uniform represents San Diego? I guess I didn’t get the memo.

          • San Diego is where two countries, two cities, two cultures, and one home club meet. Every day, thousands journey between San Diego and Tijuana to live and work—and the result is a city like no other, with some of the most passionate baseball fans on either side of the border.
            The Nike San Diego Padres City Connect Jersey mixes iconic California imagery with the vibrant colors of the Baja peninsula, honoring a blend of cultures that makes the city so special. The jersey evokes a pink and yellow sunset dropping behind the Pacific Ocean on a clear summer day.

            The vintage typography reminds San Diegans of weathered beach signs, marking the special spots they cherish from Oceanside to Imperial Beach and everywhere in between. Generations of San Diegans have gathered on those beaches, tuning their radio dials to Padres games in English and Spanish, enjoying baseball in the sun and on the sand.

            The Padres will wear the new uniforms for the first time on Friday, July 8, for their home game against the San Francisco Giants. They’ll wear them for every Friday night home game for the remainder of the 2022 season. San Diego was the seventh and final team of the year to debut the City Connect uniforms.