Game 24, 2019

Dodgers at Brewers, 11:10 PDT, TV: FS-WI, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA, WYTU

The Dodgers’ LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 2.57 ERA) makes his second start of the season. He went seven innings, allowed two runs, walked no one and struck out six in his previous appearance. He’ll face the Brewers’ RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-1, 5.23 ERA), who hasn’t pitched badly but whose hitting has outshone his mound performance; he’s got five hits in his first seven ABs of the year.

In case you missed it, Freddie Galvis made a remarkable catch Saturday:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1925 No games are played in the National League due to the funeral for Dodger owner Charles Ebbets, who died three days ago. Edward McKeever, who became president of the Brooklyn club upon the death of the owner, contracts pneumonia at the services for his business partner and will be dead in eight days.
  • 1948 Returning after serving his one-year suspension from baseball, Dodger manager Leo Durocher uses 24 players in a 9-5 loss to the Giants. The controversial ‘Lip’ had been suspended last April by commissioner Happy Chandler for an assortment of actions deemed detrimental to baseball.
  • 1967 For the first time since LA opened their stadium in Chavez Ravine in 1962, the team is rained out at home. The postponement of their scheduled game against St. Louis ends a streak of 737 consecutive contests at Dodger Stadium without a washout.
  • 2000 In Cincinnati, the Dodger/Red game is delayed for 27 minutes due to the umpires’ equipment being accidentally shipped to New York. Replacement gear is secured from a downtown store, but due to heavy traffic, a police escort is needed to get the goods to Cinergy Field.
  • 2016 Jake Arrieta tosses a no-hitter in the Cubs’ 16-0 rout over the Reds at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. The Chicago right-handed ace becomes only the second pitcher, joining Johnny Vander Meer, who threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938, ever to go unbeaten between no-hit games, having not recorded a loss in his last 17 regular-season starts since he threw a no-no against the Dodgers last season.

You know, fans say the Cubs’ trade of Lou Brock to the Cardinals for Ernie Broglio was possibly the worst trade ever, but I think this one comes very close: in 1966 the Phillies obtain Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl from the Cubs in exchange for future Hall of Fame hurler Ferguson Jenkins, outfielder Adolfo Phillips, and first baseman/outfielder John Herrnstein. The pair of right-handers will post a 47-53 record collectively for Philadelphia as Chicago’s new moundsman will win twenty or more games for six consecutive seasons starting in 1967.

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186 thoughts on “Game 24, 2019

  1. Although that was a heckuva at bat by Barnes, he struck out and is badly slumping. If Martin does not get activated by Tuesday, when the Dodgers play next, I would send down Rocky Gale, who has not show he can hit yet, and bring up Will Smith from OKC as the backup. Smith is hitting .289 and leading OKC in homers (3) and RBI (10). Smith and Ruiz will probably be our future catchers.

  2. Officially, in Uruguay, today is the final day of Semana de Turismo (Tourism Week).

    • Always loved driving around Uruguay that week. People would just pull off the road, set up camp, drink their mate, and grill something up.

  3. Heading into this series, Hader had a career W-L record of 8-4 in two-plus seasons. It is now 8-6.

  4. It won’t happen, but Bellinger and Yelich should shake hands after this four-game series.

  5. So the Dodgers take the season series from the Brewers, four games to three, after taking the NLCS from the Brewers last season, four games to three. It would be interesting to meet them again in the post-season.

  6. Just a routine four-out save for Kenley. LOL. Seriously, I am very excited by this win!

  7. I wonder if they fret in Milwaukee about their team being too reliant on the HR in terms of scoring runs? Every run of this series has been via the HR. Sheeesh.

  8. We’re seeing Kershaw and Kenley somewhat past their prime. Still frequently pretty good, just not lights out.

  9. Cubbies beat Snakes, but Bucs lose to Gnats. Reds lead Pads, but Rox lead Fillies, both early.

    • Regarding Joc’s last at bat, I wish he had not swung at strike 2 which broke down below the strike zone. The pitcher made a great next pitch, one that looked just like the previous pitch at the bottom of the strike zone but it didn’t break down below it. Joc took it. If he had swung and the ball had again broken down, he would have missed it and been fooled on back to back similar pitches. I was okay with Joc looking at that strike 3.

  10. The only reason Taylor won’t contend for the NL lead in strikeouts this season — he led the league last year — is because he won’t get enough at bats.

  11. Scotty has sure set the right tone this year as Doc begins the parade of relievers.

  12. Nice to get that DP. This game feels uncomfortably close despite the hit totals, etc.

  13. I didn’t realize that until that triple this game had been in the interesting category.

  14. Pederson and Seager have both raised their averages about .250 today. Bellinger keeps a cushion about .400.

    • Looked like it was going be just short of a HR anyway. Always seems like the best catches are made against the hitter that needs the hit (home run in this case)

  15. It is not an understatement to say that it is unusual for Kershaw to have walked three today (in the first two innings, for that matter). Here are the number of times he walked three or more in a game in the last five seasons:
    –2018: 3
    –2017: 3
    –2016: Zero
    –2015: 4
    –2013: 3
    Prior to 2013 the occurrences are much higher.
    He did not walk anyone in his first start last week.

  16. Happy Easter, all. My niece showed with donuts before we’d finished our first cup of coffee, and far before we’d gotten dressed. Arrgh!

    However, the Dodgers are off to a good start, so there’s that.

  17. The Giants did not score in the first inning today. This is their 23rd game of the season. They are yet to score a run in the first inning.

  18. When did major leaguers decide to not throw to second on an attempted steal with a runner on third?

      • Alright then, let me rephrase–When did they start to worry that they didn’t have the skill to prevent the double steal?

        • I have been wondering about that as well. In the old days (not that long ago), the catcher would almost always try to get the runner stealing second, even with a man on third. . . . I umpire youth baseball. I don’t expect catchers to make throws in that situation; I do expect it, however, in the big leagues.

          • We practiced it in Little league and did it in games. I always loved the look the runner gave me when he saw me holding the ball as he approached second. If the runner took off from third we would step toward the mound and cut off the throw and throw home.

          • In PONY baseball rules, the leagues in which I umpire, lead offs are allowed, even at the Bronco level (11- and 12-year-olds).

          • Moving up to Pony league and getting to lead off the base was big for me. The jump to the 90 foot base paths in Colt league was the jump that seemed to require the biggest adjustment.

          • Ha! Pitching out the stretch. How often do you call balks (and please tell us what one is)?

  19. Happy Easter everybody. The Dodgers after getting shut out yesterday resurrected their scoring ways quickly today.

  20. Surprising for me, Pollock came into today tied for most PA on the team. Good for him to get the day off, starting-wise.

  21. By the numbers:

    –During their first 15 games (8-7), the Dodgers averaged 6.7 runs per game and allowed 5.5. In five of their first 10 games they reached double figures. They haven’t since.
    –During their subsequent 8 games (6-2), they averaged 3.6 while allowing 2.5.

    –In their last four (3-1), the ratio was precisely 2.8 to 2.8 (11 runs for and against).

    For the season, the Dodgers have scored 130 runs, an average of 5.65 per game and allowed 102, an average of 4.43. The only team in the NL averaging more runs per game is Philadelphia, at 5.75.