Game 119, 2017

White Sox at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSN-C

The White Sox try to get a split of this series tonight, sending out YALHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.24 ERA) to face the Dodgers’ big (6′ 5″, 220 lbs) trade deadline acquisition, RHP Yu Darvish (8-9, 3.81).

This will be Darvish’s home debut, and if he continues the way he did in his first two starts for the Dodgers he’ll please the crowd, his teammates and management. Since his acquisition he’s 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and has 20 strikeouts to only three walks in 12 innings. He also has finished off a strikeout with 30.3 percent of his two-strike pitches. Rodon’s last start against the Astros was his best of the season. He went 8 innings and gave up just two runs but got no decision for all his work.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1950 At the Polo Grounds, Hank Thompson’s two inside-the-park home runs off Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine contribute to the Giants’ 16-7 drubbing of the Dodgers. The 24 year-old third baseman will hit 129 round-trippers in his 9-year career, three of which will be of the IPHR variety.
  • 1964 St. Louis outfielder Curt Flood collects eight consecutive hits during a doubleheader against Dodgers pitching. The Cardinals split the twin bill in Los Angeles, losing the opener to Sandy Koufax, 3-0, but take the nightcap when Curt Simmons tosses a six hitter to give the Redbirds a 4-0 victory.

Babe Ruth died in New York City on this day in 1948.


I suspect Kiké is in the lineup because he homered twice off Rodon in his only other start against the Dodgers back in July.

50 thoughts on “Game 119, 2017

  1. Tuesday night, my wife was in Buenos Aires headed for LAX and then on to Oakland, but a late departure meant she missed her connection in Santiago. On the rescheduled flight she sat next to two other Argentines, a young couple dressed in Dodgers gear, who had tickets for last night’s game. The rescheduled flight didn’t arrive until game time, though, and I have no idea whether they were able to make it or not. If they did, though, they got their money’s worth.

  2. Snakes win, Rox lose, so idle Dodgers’ lead is now a season-high 19 games over both.

  3. While Chicago has no reliable closer after trading away their two best ninth inning choices, this was still a great win.

  4. In the top of the ninth, I got a phone call from my wife that her flight had arrived in Oakland, and I had to leave to pick her up. I was stuck listening to Steiner on the phone, telling me that Puig had 21 dingers and 55 RBI.

  5. are you serious!! I had class so I missed it. (I last peeked at the score as we were about to bat in the 9th)

  6. I was at that DH on this date in 1964 (see above). I remember it because of all the hundreds of Dodgers games I have attended, it was the only one at which I retrieved a ball in the stands. It was in the second game off the bat of the Cards’ Charlie James against the Dodgers’ Larry Miller. We had great box seats, first level, between home and first. Miller carried a huge red bandana in a back pocket, and he used it often to mop his brow. He went 4-8 in his only season with the Dodgers. Koufax was masterful in the first game, his last appearance of the 1964 season. From Wikipedia: (see section on 1964 season.)
    Nonetheless, Koufax led the NL in ERA at 1.74

  7. Allowing a home run on the first pitch in back-to-back games. That has to be extremely rare, if not unprecedented.