Game 20, 2024

Nationals at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: MASN2, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

LHP Patrick Corbin (0-2. 8.44 ERA) goes for the Nationals; the Dodgers have just called up RHP Kyle Hurt (0-1, 1.93 ERA) to start tonight’s game.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1928 Braves’ pitcher Charlie Robertson has his glove removed from the game by umpire Charley Moran after the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) complain the ball is acting strangely. The Boston hurler still manages to win, 3-2.
  • 1946 LOCAL NEWSPAPER AD — “An Apology to Braves Fans – The management will reimburse any of its patrons for any expense to which they might have been put for necessary cleansing of clothing as a result of paint damage.” As the result of the newly painted grandstand seats having not yet completely dried, about 5,000 fans attending the Boston’s home opener against the Dodgers left Braves Field with green paint covering much of their clothing. The team took out newspaper ads to apologize to the affected patrons, agreeing to reimburse any expense caused by the mishap, an offer that will cost the team $6,000, after it generates nearly 13,000 claims, including some from as far away as California and Nebraska.
  • 1964 Shea Stadium is christened with Holy Water from the Gowanus Canal, which passes near Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, the Dodgers’ old home, and Holy Water from the Harlem River at the location where it flows past the Polo Grounds, the once longtime ballpark of the Giants and the Mets’ home for the past two seasons. The stadium’s namesake Bill Shea, the lawyer credited with bringing the National League back to New York, pours the water from two bottles, blessing the Flushing Meadows structure on the eve of its debut.
  • 1975 After making the second of his two poor starts for the Dodgers, Juan Marichal, who signed with the team as a free agent, appears in his final major league game. The 37 year-old ‘Dominican Dandy’ finishes his 16-year Hall of Fame career with more complete games (244) than the total of his victories (243).
  • 1983 Steve Garvey appears in his 1,118th straight game, breaking the National League record established by Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams playing for the Cubs in 1970. The Padres’ first baseman, who spent 13 seasons with the Dodgers before signing as a free agent with San Diego in the offseason, will see his consecutive game streak end at 1,207, the third-longest span in major league history at the time, due to a dislocated thumb suffered as a result of a collision at home plate during the first game of a doubleheader in 1983.
  • 1988 The Braves establish a National League record for losses at the start of a season by losing their tenth consecutive game. With a 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers, Atlanta surpasses the mark, previously owned by four teams, including the infamous 1919 Braves and the 1962 Mets.
  • 1988 Although better known for his contributions as a Dodger, the Padres retire the uniform #6 worn by Steve Garvey, who signed a $6.6 million five-year deal as a free agent in December 1982. The All-Star first baseman, the first to be honored by the franchise, enjoyed five solid seasons, batting .275, and hit the most dramatic home run in Friar’s history, an elimination-staving walk-off homer in Game 4 of the NLCS for the eventual National League champs.

Lineups when available.

144 thoughts on “Game 20, 2024

  1. Looking forward to seeing Andy Pagés in the lineup. He’s been tearing up the PCL (but how in the world can OKC be part of the Pacific Coast League?)

  2. You have to figure you are walking back to the dugout, adrenaline draining, and then suddenly, nope! Get back out there! Not ideal. Glad he got the final out.

  3. I’m not sure why Doc decided to fiddle with the lineup. Everyone was holding their own.

    • It is in his script written by AF and front office. Gotta play the left vs right, or right vs left game.

      • Strange way to frame it. They are all on the same team and have their roles. Playing the splits has a long tradition to increase advantages from Casey Stengel through Earl Weaver (it ain’t a new fangled nerd thing).

    • Very much his approach to use the whole bench to increase possibility of scoring or run prevention.

  4. I wonder who will have more home runs by the end of the season – Rojas or CT3?

  5. With Pages up on the Dodgers, it gets me thinking of Vargas. Anyone know how that guy is doing?

  6. If that Barnes ball hadn’t been flagged down in deep centre this inning would have been much more sweet.

  7. Link: I love reading that Braves paint night story every year. I don’t think everyone was completely honest there. Lol

    • Yeah, Barnes is only 1-for-2 with an RBI. Crushed that one but strong D from Nats’ CF.

  8. Wish Hurt could have gone another inning. Next couple of games is going to be lots of relief pitchers I suspect.

      • Won’t happen until he realizes he is not Hank Aaron and doesn’t have a hammer. He should concentrate on making contact and using his speed. He swings for the HR on every pitch on every count.

        • He changed his approach and revived his career with the Dodgers. From 2017 through 2021 was an above average hitter and had some dramatic playoff hits. Now, not so much. Seems to be stubborn in his continuing to use the same approach.

  9. Relatively low pitch counts for both pitchers considering a combined 5 hits and 1 walk in that first inning.

  10. Back in DC and blacked out. Don’t recall ever being blacked out of Nationals in LA,