Game 34, 2019

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: FSSD, SPNLA

The Dodgers send LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 2.25 ERA) out to face the Padres’ LHP Eric Lauer (2-3, 4.41 ERA) in the opener of a three-game series. While Kershaw’s velocity is down some, his sliders are sharp and he’s been able to vary their speeds. Lauer has been bitten by the “one bad inning” bug, which has precluded him going longer than six innings in any game this season.

Bellinger has evolved into a complete hitter, Matt Kelly of says.

Pollock will be out for several months. He’s having surgery to remove hardware left from previous operations from his elbow.

Manager Dave Roberts would not provide an estimated time frame for Pollock’s return, but said it should be this season. Typical hardware removals require one to two months of recovery before a player can return to competition to assure the holes in the bone where the screws were removed are fully healed. Hardware is sometimes left on the bone for added protection, and because removal can be more trouble than it’s worth.

This will be the third operation on Pollock’s right elbow since 2010. The previous two required five-month recoveries, but Roberts said that isn’t expected to be the case this time.

The dilemma that is Urias’s youthful arm and how to protect it while at the same time getting its benefit.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1947 In a controversial move, Branch Rickey trades five Dodgers, including southerner Kirby Higbe, to the Pirates for five-foot, six-inch left-hand-hitting outfielder Al Gionfriddo and $100,000. Some believe ‘the Mahatma’ made the deal to send a message to the team about his commitment to breaking the color barrier and his support of Jackie Robinson, the first black to play in the major leagues this century. It’s a darned good move, considering that Gionfriddo made a game-saving catch of a DiMaggio fly ball in Game 6 of that fall’s World Series.

  • 2004 Similar to last season, the aging outfielder Rickey Henderson re-signs with the Atlantic League’s Bears, hoping for a shot of returning to the big leagues. The 45 year-old future Hall of Famer batted .339, hit eight home runs, drove in 33 runs, scored 52 runs, and stole nine bases for the Newark team last season before joining the Dodgers in July.
  • 2009 Defeating San Diego 2-1 in 10 innings, the Dodgers tie a franchise record, winning their ninth consecutive decision at home from the start of the season. The 1946 club also reeled off nine straight victories at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field at the beginning of the post-war campaign.

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51 thoughts on “Game 34, 2019

  1. Not quite the 8-0 comeback today in Cincinnati, but I’ll take it

  2. Doc saves Max from getting tossed and he comes up with a tap dance and drives in go-ahead run.

  3. Alex has smacked the ball well three times, but with no results.

    • Fernando should have his number retired, Plasche lost me at Garvey. He basically dismisses Cey and Lopes, even though they were statistically better players (just not the statistics Plasche believes in).

      I would hate for them to follow the Yankees’ example. The Yanks have had a lot of great players, but they are at a point where they’re starting to run out of numbers. I’m pretty sure they don’t have any single digit numbers left. Jeter’s #2 was the last one to go.

  4. The Athletic evaluates the NL West.

    It’s not that the Dodgers are clearly the class of the league but that their rivals so clearly are not. The Giants, Diamondbacks and Rockies all lack the top-end talent to compete. The only team with any potential is the Padres, the only team the Dodgers have yet to see. San Diego has Manny Machado, of course, who is off to a slow start, and top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who is not. The Padres also have elite pitching prospect Chris Paddack and more in the pipeline.

    The story also notes that Matt Beaty’s call-up means he’s reunited with a former rival, Walker Buehler. Beaty went to Belmont University in Nashville, a mile away from Vanderbilt’s campus where Buehler was playing. In 2015, the Dodgers drafted both players: Buehler in the first round, Beaty in the 12th.

    Vandy and Belmont play one another twice each season, once at each other’s field. In 2015 Belmont won both games, which Beaty says Walker prefers not to discuss.

  5. More lefties in the lineup.
    1. Enrique Hernandez (R) 2B
    2. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Corey Seager (L) SS
    5. Chris Taylor (R) CF
    6. Alex Verdugo (L) RF
    7. Austin Barnes (R) C
    8. Joc Pederson (L) LF
    9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

    1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
    2. Franmil Reyes (R) RF
    3. Manny Machado (R) SS
    4. Hunter Renfroe (R) LF
    5. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
    6. Ty France (R) 3B
    7. Wil Myers (R) CF
    8. Austin Hedges (R) C
    9. Eric Lauer (R) P