Game 8, 2019

Dodgers at Rockies, 1:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ATT SportsNet RM

The Dodgers send RHP Kenta Maeda (1-0, 4.05 ERA) to the Coors Field mound today to face LHP Tyler Anderson (0-1, 9.00 ERA). Maeda has very good career numbers in Denver: 4-1, 3.19 ERA, with 35 Ks, only 8 walks and a WHIP of 1.065 in 31 innings there. Anderson’s home ERA is third-best in club history at 3.73. He’s coming off a horrible outing against the Padres in which he gave up nine hits and three runs in five innings.

Mr. Puig’s arm hasn’t changed, even though his uniform has:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1913 In an exhibition game against the Yankees, 25,000 fans watch the Dodgers play their first game in Ebbets Field. Brooklyn beats New York, 3-2, with Casey Stengel hitting the park’s first home run, an inside-the-parker.
  • 1957 The Phillies trade five players, Ron Negray, Tim Harkness, Elmer Valo, Mel Geho, and Ben Flowers (the player to be named later), and send $75,000 to the Dodgers to obtain much-touted Cuban infielder Chico Fernandez. Philadelphia’s new shortstop plays three seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, batting just .242, before being traded to the Tigers.
  • 1989 At Riverfront Stadium, Dodgers’ hurler Orel Hershiser’s scoreless-inning streak ends at 59. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Todd Benzinger’s single scores Barry Larkin, who had been picked off after getting a base hit to lead off the game, but was safe on the ‘Bulldog’s’ throwing error.
  • 1993 In front of 42,334 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, the Florida Marlins, making their major league debut, defeat the Dodgers, 6-3. Joe DiMaggio throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and the team retires uniform number 5 in tribute to Carl Barger, their late president.


55 thoughts on “Game 8, 2019

  1. One more rehab start for Kershaw. Pederson didn’t start the last four games because all four starting pitchers were lefties. He’ll start Saturday and Sunday. Hill still has to make a couple of rehab starts, so he probably won’t be back till late April.

  2. Missed this one, but yawl did a nice job. Running around in Mexican wine country for a few days.

      • Yes, in Valle de Guadalupe. Was here 4 years ago. A bit more sophisticated, but still a relatively rustic adventure. Quite some landscapes driving an hour and a half to Valle de Ojos Negros.

        • I used to bring back wine from Baja, but I haven’t been there in a long time. Apparently retailers cannot import Mexican wine to California.

          • Seems like a strange regulation, if only because Mexico doesn’t produce much surplus to export in Valle de Guadalupe. Perhaps it’s a holdover from poor, mass produced wines that used to characterize the Mexican industry. Producer here told me that Mexican fine wine is sold in San Diego.

  3. When you have a 9-1 lead in the 7th inning, even in Denver, and you end the game with Jansen having to warm up in the bullpen, you know that your middle relief needs help. Brock and Yimi need to head to OKC.

      • Yes it is. We have scored 65 runs in eight games and allowed 40. The average score is thus 8.1-5.0. We won’t continue to score at that pace — no team in MLB history ever has come close to that — so we need a big uptick in our middle relief pitching.

  4. Old (and short-lived) friend Wilmer Font now pitching for the Rays. He sported a 12.86 ERA for us in nine games and 14 innings in brief stints in 2017 and 2018.

    • Font allowed two runs (both earned) in two-thirds of an inning in the 7th, raising his ERA this year to 6.00. Maybe he has a brother who is a better pitcher; I think Wilmer is the wrong font.

  5. Joc seemed angry today. Sitting 5 days in a row have something to do with it?

  6. This game is starting at 5 p.m. Chilean time, so I should be able to actually watch, but MLBTV is buffering itself to death at the moment.

  7. Tampa Bay scored four in the top of the first at San Francisco with two outs and nobody on base: double, double, homer, homer. The score has stayed 4-0 since then with the Rays batting now in the top of the 7th. The Giants have three hits, all singles.

  8. Dodger insider just noticed that Martin was the 10th different Dodger to homer this year

    • Freese and Turner are the only position players without at least one home run this season.

    • I guess he’s gotten over his sophomore slump (a season that most batters, especially second-year players, would have been thrilled with).

  9. Meanwhile, at Software Stadium, the Gnats have fallen behind the Devil Rays 4-0 in the first.

  10. Ahhhh! Finally got a blurry feed, but at least I don’t have to listen to Steiner.