Apr 20

Game 18, 2021

I apologize for not getting a post up for yesterday’s game; I was SURE Monday was an off day. Sorry!

Dodgers at Mariners, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), ROOTNW, SPNLA

LHP Julio Urias (2-0, 3.86 ERA) goes for the visiting Dodgers. He’ll face LHP Marco Gonzalez, (1-1, 8.22 ERA). Urias wants to get back to the height he achieved in his first game this year when he went seven innings giving up just one run on three hits; in his last two starts he’s given up eight runs over 11 2/3 innings. Gonzalez’s first two starts were awful: he gave up twelve runs in 10 1/3 innings. In his last start he gave up just two runs in five innings.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1999 A crowd of 37,317 fans enjoys a 3-2 victory over the Braves when LA surpasses the 100 million mark in attendance at Dodger Stadium. The ballpark opened in 1962, four seasons after the franchise moved from Brooklyn to the west coast.
  • 2011 Bud Selig announces MLB is taking over operations of the Dodgers because of concerns over team finances and the ability of Frank McCourt to run the franchise. Los Angeles is facing substantial debt payments, which the owner plans to meet by using funding from the club’s new $2.5 billion, 20-year media-rights deal with Fox Sports, but the Commissioner has withheld his approval of the agreement between the News Corp.’s media company and the team.
  • 2012 The Reds become the fifth major league team to record their 10,000th franchise victory with a 9-4 win over Chicago at Wrigley Field. Cincinnati joins the Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Braves in reaching the milestone.


As expected, no Mookie.

Aug 18

Game 25, 2020

Mariners at Dodgers, 4:10 PM PDT, TV: ROOTNW, SPNLA

The visitors hand the ball to LHP Marco Gonzalez (2-2, 3.97). In his last start he gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings, but he’s been Seattle’s most consistent starter nonetheless. He’ll fact the Dodgers’ RHP Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who’s being tried in the swing role vacated by Ross Stripling so far this year.

What kind of week has Mookie Betts had? Well…

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1959 Long time baseball executive Branch Rickey is named president of the newly formed Continental League. The 77 year-old former Dodger general manager is currently serving as an advisor with the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Editor’s Note: Here’s a pretty good book about the Continental League)
  • 1982 In the second longest game in franchise history, the Cubs lose to the Dodgers, 2-1. The Wrigley Field contest, which is played over two days, takes a Dusty Baker sacrifice fly and 21 innings to complete.

A sad note: On this day in 1967 Jack Hamilton of the Angels threw a fastball which shattered Tony Conigliaro’s left cheekbone. The 22 year-old Red Sox slugger missed the rest of 1967 and all of the following year and never came close to the Hall of Fame potential displayed during his first three seasons.

Lineup when available.