Game 52, 2019

Dodgers at Pirates, 4:15 PM PDT, TV: Fox

LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-1, 1.52 ERA) looks to continue his stellar work for the Dodgers against the Pirates’ RHP Joe Musgrove (3-4, 3.67 ERA). Ryu has the lowest ERA in the big leagues, helped mightily by a startling 0.28 ERA in four May starts. Musgrove had two consecutive bad starts but won his last two, giving up just four runs in 13 2/3 innings. He went 6 2/3 innings against the Dodgers on April 27 and gave up three runs, only one of which was earned.

Freese hit his grand slam in his first AB after an appreciative ovation honoring his work as a Pirate for two-plus years.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1919 Casey Stengel, traded by the Dodgers in the off-season to the Pirates, calls time, steps out of the batter’s box to give the razzing Ebbets Field fans the ‘bird’. The Pittsburgh right fielder doffs his hat, allowing a sparrow to fly out, much to the amazement and amusement of the fans.
  • 2002 With four homers on Thursday (5/23), one on Friday (5/24), and two more on Saturday (5/25), Shawn Green becomes the first major leaguer to hit seven round-trippers in three games. The Dodger outfielder’s nine big flies in a week also breaks a National League record, established by Ralph Kiner with eight and tied by Ted Kluszewski and Nate Colbert.
  • 2002 Getting his 3,509th K, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson passes Walter Johnson to become seventh on the all-time career strikeout list. After fanning Shawn Green in the first to catch the ‘Big Train’, Dodger outfielder Brian Jordan swings and misses a 2-2 pitch in the second inning to become the ‘Big Unit’s’ historic victim.

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95 thoughts on “Game 52, 2019

  1. Q: Can the O’s hold the Rox to fewer than three runs in the ninth?

    A: Remarkably, they did so.

    Dodgers now lead Pads by six, Snakes by seven, Rox by 10 and Gnats by 12.5.

  2. We have Lithuanian friends in Oakland who were unaware they had somebody to root for in MLB.

  3. Like last night, the O’s took a substantial lead over the Rox, and are in the process of blowing it again.

  4. Ryu has had his share of base runners, but best strander in the business.

  5. Came here to brag about something nobody (here) could really care about.
    My son is part of a home school sports club. One of the sports they play is Ultimate (the frisbee disc game). This weekend is the Manitoba Provincial Ultimate tournament and our group of home schoolers is playing against of public and private. We have been playing in Tier 2 all year but have been placed in Tier 1 for this tournament. Whoever wins this tier this weekend will be Provincial champs.
    We played well today and have put ourselves two wins away from the finals tomorrow.
    TLDR: Dave is excited about his son playing Middle School sports because his team is doing much better than expected.

        • Congratulations. My daughter was on the club Ultimate Frisbee team for all four of her years at UCLA. Great team sport. They made it to the national championships two or three times and reached the semifinals twice. My wife and I went and also went to many of the tournaments in California. She loved it and so did we. No officials; players call the fouls.

          • Woah! National semi-finals is amazing! I’ll pass that on to Bereket to inspire him. 🙂

          • They were at the University of Colorado at Boulder one year and at Ohio State University the next.

    • So great, Dave! That takes speed and coordination! Wish I could see a tournament!

  6. 7 of 10 Dodgers’ hits are doubles. Last time that happened was a 9-4 win over the Padres in Sept. 2016, the radio guys tell me.

  7. I’m also watching the Rox and O’s (whose Halloween uniforms are almost as ugly as the Gnats’).

  8. It’s early and I really shouldn’t do this, but it looks like Pirate hitters are being schooled at Re U.

  9. Cervelli for Strip was one of the rumors for shoring up the catching. He is at OPS+ 42.

  10. Chance of rain decreasing to 30 percent by 9 pm EDT, and cloudy after that. Tomorrow’s forecast is much worse.