Game 158, 2023

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40 PM PDT, TV: ATT SportsNet-RM, SPNLA

RHP Emmet Sheehan (3-1, 5.13 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers and RHP Noah Davis (0-3, 8.77 ERA) starts for the Rockies.

For those fretting about how deeply into the game the Dodgers’ starters can be expected to go in the playoffs, here’s a nugget from The Athletic:

Here are all of the Dodgers postseason starts that have gone into the seventh inning since 2019:

  • Max Scherzer, 2021 NLDS Game 3
  • Clayton Kershaw, 2020 NLWC Game 2
  • Walker Buehler, 2019 NLDS Game 5

That’s it. That’s the list. The Dodgers had seven such starts in the 2018 postseason, but that’s half a decade ago at this point.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1936 Replacing Johnny Mize, tossed by an ump for arguing, Cardinal rookie first baseman Walter Alston makes an error in handling two chances and strikes out in his only major league at-bat. ‘Smokey’ will, however, win seven pennants and four World Series in his 23-year Hall of Fame career as Dodger manager from 1954 to 1976.
  • 1951 Bill Sharman, recently called up from Fort Worth, is one of 15 Dodgers who are ejected by umpire Frank Dascoli for bench jockeying after a close call at home plate. The future basketball Hall of Famer will never play in the big leagues, and thus he will become the only player to be ejected from a major league game without ever appearing in one.
  • 1960 Ryne Duren makes his first start in two years memorable when he strikes out the first five batters he faces in the Yankees’ 5-1 victory over Washington. The feat ties a modern major league record shared by Lefty Gomez (Yankees), Dazzy Vance (Dodgers), and Walter Johnson (Senators).
  • 1961 Sandy Koufax breaks the National League mark for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Christy Mathewson’s mark of 267 established in 1903. Unlike the turmoil caused by commissioner Ford Frick’s edict of having to hit 61 homers by the 154th game in the extended 162-game schedule to break Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, little is made that the Dodgers southpaw’s 268th punch-out occurs in the 151st game of the season, compared to the 142-game sked played early in the century.
  • 1964 The Houston Colt .45’s play their final game in Colt Stadium, the team’s home ballpark since joining the National League in 1962. The future Astros beat the Dodgers in the 12th inning, 1-0, when Jimmy Wynn’s single plates Bob Aspromonte.
  • 1993 In a 7-3 victory over the Dodgers, Cubs’ reliever Randy Myers becomes the first National League pitcher to record 50 saves in a season.
  • 1993 Mike Piazza, who broke the major league rookie record for home runs by a catcher earlier in the month, sets another mark for round-trippers when he hits his 34th, surpassing the previous L.A. Dodger mark shared by Steve Garvey (1977) and Pedro Guerrero (1985). Duke Snider established the franchise record with 43 homers playing with Brooklyn in 1956.
  • 2000 The United States Olympic team, managed by former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda, stuns the world, beating the much-favored Cuban team to win the country’s first gold medal in its national pastime. Ben Sheets ends Cuba’s 21-game Olympic winning streak with a 4-0 shutout.

  • 2011 After giving up five runs in the top of the tenth inning, the Diamondbacks score six times in the bottom of the frame in an amazing 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Dodgers. Arizona infielder Ryan Roberts delivers the decisive blow in the Chase Field contest, a walk-off grand slam with two outs.

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77 thoughts on “Game 158, 2023

  1. After looking at the Jack In The Box Menu, the free Jumbo Jack is really not a good deal. You can get a combo meal with a Jumbo Jack for what it would cost you to get the free burger, french fries, and drink any time.
    Good marketing. They are basically getting free advertising.

  2. Ah-oooh. Outstanding performance by Emmet. Six innings, 2 runs at Coors Field. Our rookie pitchers have acquited themselves well.

    • The Dodgers now have three players who have reached the 100-RBI mark: Betts, Muncy and Freeman. Martinez has 98. Researching the matter I could find no season in which the Dodgers had four. I went back year by year to 2000 and also looked at the stats of the powerhouse Brooklyn teams of the 1950s. I contacted a friend who works in the Dodgers front office and knows more Dodgers’ statistics and history than anyone I have ever met and asked him to look into this. If I learn more, I will share it.

      • The 1953 Dodgers in a 154 game schedule had 3 – 100 RBI guys (Campy, Snider, Hodges) plus Jackie at 95 and Furillo at 92.

        Just amazing they didn’t win the WS.

  3. Not that he will likely get there, but I was curious if Freddie would be the first 60 doubles 30 HR guy.

    The short answer is – yes he would.

    But Todd Helton and Chuck Klein went 59/42 and 59/40 respectively. So they both just missed being in the 60/40 club.

  4. At the risk of jinxing Emmet, we are getting some wonderful pitching by our youngsters in Coors Field this week. That augurs well for the postseason.

      • We won’t catch the Braves. And that is good. I would rather play the Brewer-#6 seed than the Phillies-whoever winner. I think the Phillies are the most dangerous team out there except the Braves.