Game 87, 2023

Pirates at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: ATT SportsNet-PIT, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

RHP Johan Oviedo (3-9, 4.61 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates and LHP Julio Uriás (5-5, 4.94 ERA) does so for the Dodgers.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1938 At Crosley Field, Yankees’ hurler Lefty Gomez is defeated for the first time in four All-Star starts as the NL wins the All-Star game 4-1. National League shortstop Leo Durocher becomes the first Dodger to start in an All-Star Game and gets a ‘bunt’ home run.
  • 1953 In his first major league start, 24 year-old right-hander Al Worthington throws a two-hitter, blanking the Pirates, 6-0. The Giants’ rookie, known as ‘Red’, will become the first National League freshman to throw consecutive shutouts at the start of a career, when he repeats the feat in his next outing, also blanking the Dodgers, 6-0.
  • 2000 Vin Scully, 72, is voted the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century by members of the American Sportscasters Association. The Dodger veteran broadcaster’s 51-year career has included play-by-play of 25 Fall Classics and a dozen All-Star Games.

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128 thoughts on “Game 87, 2023

  1. If your name is Jack Suwinski, it seems appropriate that you play in Pittsburgh. With a name like that, it sounds like someone that Loretta Lynn sang about.

  2. It’s now 7-0 Mutts over Snakes after 2-1/2. Dodgers have good chance of gaining a game tonight.

  3. With Austin Barnes catching tonight, some data: The Dodgers have allowed 1.20 steals per game, tops (worst) in the majors; only two other teams are above 1.00. You know how I feel about Barnes the batter (.108), but he has thrown out only five of 50 who have attempted to steal while he has been behind the plate, and that’s been in only 27 games. He’s thus giving up 1.67 steals (45/27) per game and has a success rate of 10 percent. The MLB average is 20 percent. Will Smith has thrown out nine of 60 (15 percent).

  4. Mutts have taken an early 2-0 lead over Snakes, on a dinger and later a run-scoring single by Alonso. Gnats are idle tonight.

    Cubbies lost to the Keggers today, but old friend Cody went 4-for-4 with a dinger. He’s now hitting .298 with an .838 OPS.

  5. Corbin Carroll left the D’Backs game with a shoulder injury. Shoulder injuries are the worst. Ruined Bellinger for 3 years.

  6. I am such a fan of Freeman. I always liked him, and secretly wished he was ours… I never thought it would happen, though.

  7. Max has had a fine game at third, though I personally dislike the bounce throws – even if they’re on target, they take longer to get there.

  8. Mookie has been better at the plate the last week or so.

    On June 27 he was at
    .253/.349/.503 (.852 OPS)

    Now he is at
    .271 with a .930 OPS

    • Don’t know his exact up to the minute on base and slugging (just the combo number).

  9. It’s been a few runs since they Dodgers have scored without the use of a HR.

  10. If I didn’t have a strong rooting interest in one of these two teams, I’d find this a very entertaining series. Kind of like when I’m umpiring.

  11. Is Smith getting worn down? Granted that here are many catchers who have played in more games this season, but here are some numbers: Smith batted .300 in March/April, .318 in May, .230 in June and, thus far,.133 in July (very small sample size–2-for-13). And he won’t be getting five days off over the All-Star break.

    • Absolutely.

      But I would say that while he will play a few innings on Tues night, it still has to be easier on his body than a regular week during the season.

  12. “Last night I dreamt of Chavez Ravine – and a healthy rotation of Uriás, Kershaw, Buehler, May and Gonsolin.”

    Note. I didn’t really have that dream last night. But my goodness, that would be some rotation.

    Also – pitchers break.