Game 27, 2019

Dodgers at Cubs, 11:10 AM PDT, TV: NBCSCH, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

RHP Ross Stripling (1-1, 3.07 ERA) climbs the hill for the Dodgers and the Cubs trot out veteran lefty Jon Lester (1-0, 2.57 ERA) in his return from the IL, where he’s been since April 8 with a strained hamstring. This will be Stripling’s sixth and possibly last start for a while, as Rich Hill is coming off the IL and will make his first start of the year on Sunday.

The Dodgers are 7-9 against the NL Central Division. They are 3-0 against the Reds, 4-3 against the Brewers, 0-4 against the Cardinals and 0-2 against the Cubs with one game to go in this series.

Today in Dodgers history:

  • 1937 Cliff Melton becomes the first rookie to fan at least 10 batters in his major league debut, finishing with 13 strikeouts in a complete-game loss to the Braves at the Polo Grounds. The 25 year-old southpaw, who loses the 3-1 contest due to the poor defense of the Giants in the ninth inning, will hold the rookie record for K’s in his debut until Dodger freshman Karl Spooner whiffs 15 batters in his first major league start in 1954.
  • 1958 In front of 60,635 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Dodgers, who beat St. Louis, 5-2, set a National League record for the largest crowd to attend a night game during the regular season. The mark will be broken next season when 61,552 fans show up on Opening Night at the Coliseum to watch their team defeat the Redbirds again.
  • 1967 Jim Lefebvre commits three errors in the fourth frame, paving the way for the Braves’ 7-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles third baseman commits a fourth error, booting Hank Aaron’s grounder in the top of the ninth inning.
  • 1975 LA hurler Andy Messersmith strokes three doubles at Candlestick Park. The trio of two-baggers contributes to the Dodgers’ 6-5 victory over San Francisco with the right-hander scoring two runs and driving in another en route to his victory.
  • 1976 During the fourth inning of the game being played at Dodger Stadium, Rick Monday becomes a national hero when he takes away an American Flag about to be set on fire by the two trespassers (a father and son) in the outfield. The Cubs’ 30 year-old fly chaser, who served six years in the Marine Reserves, will be presented the flag a month later in a pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field by L.A. executive Al Campanis as a gesture of patriotic thanks.

  • 1995 The 257-day strike ends when the Dodgers beat the Marlins 8-7. The work stoppage caused last season to end early, forced the cancellation of the World Series, and delayed the opening of this season.

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107 thoughts on “Game 27, 2019

  1. Dodger right-handed batters went 7-for-61 in this series, primarily against lefties. But the Pirates are throwing three right-handers against us this weekend, — Archer, Musgrove and Williams — so we will be well stocked with left-handed hitters. Dodger hurlers will be Ryu, Kershaw and Hill.

    • Maybe a circle change away from saying this at the top of the ninth instead of the end of the ninth.

    • The talent is there. The execution hasn’t been (speaking of which, I wouldn’t mind seeing Verdugo as the Dodgers’ Ohtani).

  2. Kelly almost gave up his proverbial run in his inning of work but the inning is young.

  3. Arizona beat Pittsburgh, 5-0. If we lose we fall into third place, one-half game behind the D’Backs and percentage points behind the Padres.

  4. Good strategy to pitch around Bellinger, particularly with how so many of his teammates are hitting.

  5. Gales looks to be a very good defensive catcher so why not use him more to give Barnes rest. It’s not like Barnes is hitting better lately.

  6. I was a little surprised Verdugo got to third after stumbling between first and second.

  7. Good job Taylor and happy to see you remembered which base to run to when making contact.

  8. No production: Dodger right-handed batters are now 6-for-50 (.120) in this series. Including the last two games in Milwaukee, they are 6-for-77 (.078).

  9. Why do broadcasters insist on using the word “scuffling” when they mean “struggling?”

    • Stripling has kept it scoreless but has done a bit of a high wire act – allowing base runners each inning.

      But yes – let’s get some runs!

  10. New day. Time to get back on the winning side. But I will confess – I’m getting tired of the NL Central and there is still another series to go with Pittsburgh.