Game 35, 2019

Dodgers at Padres, 5:40 PM PDT, TV: FSSD, SPNLA

LHP Rich Hill (0-0, 1.50 ERA) makes his second start of the season for the Dodgers, while LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-2, 4.94 ERA) goes for the Padres. In Hill’s first start he went six innings, struck out six, walked none and gave up one earned run. This season Lucchesi has had outings in which he’s given up seven, five and five runs in a total of fifteen innings. Last year he gave up 13 runs in 12 2/3 innings while making three starts against the Dodgers. Oddly, one of his starts against them was last year on this date when the two teams met in Monterrey, Mexico.

Sad news about The Bison: The Reds released him today. He was hitting .200 with one HR and five RBI for Cincinnati and was on the 10-day IL. I suspect he’ll get picked up by an AL team looking for a DH at some point this year.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1919 A SRO crowd attends the first-ever major league game played on a Sunday in Brooklyn. The Ebbets Field contest, in which the Dodgers beat the Braves, 6-2, was made possible when the New York Legislature passed the Sunday Baseball Bill into law.
  • 1966 In a 6-1 victory over L.A. at Candlestick Park, Willie Mays becomes the all-time National League home run leader when he strokes his 512th career round-tripper off Dodger starter Claude Osteen. The San Francisco center fielder passes another Giant, breaking the mark established by Mel Ott in 1946.
  • 1976 Illinois state Rep. Eugene F. Schlickman, co-author of the House of Representative Resolution 747 declaring today as Rick Monday Day, will be in attendance when Los Angeles vice president and GM Al Campanis presents the Cub outfielder with the flag he saved that was about to burned on the field at Dodger Stadium. Last month, the former Marine reservist, in a game played in Los Angeles, ran in from his position, swiping the ‘Stars and Stripes’ away from a father and a son, who were intent on setting it afire.
  • 2009 With their 7-2 win over Arizona, the Dodgers establish a National League record for consecutive victories to open a season at home. Their 11-0 start surpasses the NL mark shared by the 1918 Giants, 1970 Cubs, and 1983 Atlanta Braves, and is one shy of the major-league record set by the Tigers in 1911.

Lineup when available.

Bellinger separated his shoulder in last night’s game and is day-to-day.

95 thoughts on “Game 35, 2019

  1. I heard that mess of a 6th while driving up to a Wendy’s for a BOGO cheeseburger deal. Got home with the score tied only to find we’d been given two chicken sandwiches rather than cheeseburgers. Turned around and went back (1 1/2 miles, maybe?) and got home with the burgers just in time for Verdugo’s walk to score the go-ahead run. Finished my burger just as Kenley struck out local boy Garcia.

    Exciting evening in so many different ways!

  2. Just got back from San Jose, where the Rancho Dodgers beat the Gnatlings 7-3. Jeter Downs (acquired from Reds) went deep twice, and Tony Cingrani made a rehab appearance.

  3. So can Belli be used later tonight as a pinch hitter since Barnes replaced him?

  4. Hate the way these calls are going against the Dodger pitchers and for the Padres.

  5. A very good inning for the Dodgers. It still hurts to leave runners on.

  6. Hedges is a darn good receiver. Really keeps those 65 foot pitches in front of him.

  7. Beaty, congrats, but dude. A shaved head is not a good look for you. Let it grow out.

    We old guys may have a bald head out of necessity.

  8. Petey needs to hold them here for the team to have a chance. Tough situation.

  9. It seems to me that hitters used to duck inside pitches like Muncy did fairly often compared to what happens now.

    • Maybe Toles will learn to hit from the right side while in his Spring Training.

    • Don’t see anything within the organization, other than having Belli switch hit. What happened to the fellow that the team had to let go after a good spring? Right handed outfielder. Don’t recall his name, but I think he went elsewhere (Twins?), but didn’t stick.

      • He’s injured no? They won’t need a DH until May 21 and then only for two games until again June 10 for two games.

      • OPSing .905 in FOURTEEN at bats. He’s been terrible against righties (in 46 at bats). He probably would be better than Beaty, especially at league minimum, but don’t try to pass him off as an all-star on the basis of 14 at bats.

        Actually, given his track record, he’s likely to give you something close to league average offense, which for a bench player would be fine.

  10. The Bison is kind of a modern day Pete Reiser. What might have been if he hadn’t kept colliding with the wall.

    • From the SABR bio of Reiser comes this sad litany:

      There is no official count of Reiser’s baseball injuries, but the best guess reads something like a dozen collisions with unpadded fences, five skull fractures (though he claimed only four), a chronically dislocated shoulder, two broken ankles, damaged knee cartilage, torn muscles in his left leg, and two beanings in the days before batting helmets. As a player, he was carried off the field on a stretcher eleven times—six times conscious, five times not.

      • Wow! Guess he can be forgiven for not remembering the fifth skull fracture.