Game 68, 2019

Dodgers at Angels, 7:07 PM PDT, TV: FS-W, SPNLA

RHP Kenta Maeda (7-2, 3.48 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and Félix Peña (3-1, 4.53 ERA) pitches for the Angels. In his last start Maeda was pulled after five innings of two-hit, one walk and seven strikeout ball and wasn’t happy to be taken out after just 70 pitches. Peña had his worst outing of the year in his last “start” (the Angels are using the “opener” concept with him), giving up seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings.

First reports of NL All-Star votes:

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1957 The Dodgers’ Roy Campanella surpasses former Cub and Giant backstop Gabby Hayes to establish a new National League mark when he hits his 237th career round-tripper as a catcher. Campy’s historic home run comes off Ray Crone in the seventh inning of Brooklyn’s 7-2 loss to the Braves at Ebbets Field.
  • 1972 LA outfielders Manny Mota and Willie Davis both hit inside-the-park homers down the foul lines at Dodger Stadium off Bucs’ starter Bruce Kison. Roberto Clemente’s seventh inning home run over the fence proves to be the difference in Pittsburgh’s 7-5 victory, their 21st win the last 26 games.

Also, in 1938 In the first of two consecutive no-hitters he will hurl, Johnny Vander Meer keeps the Boston Bees hitless in Cincinnati’s 3-0 victory at Crosley Field. The Reds’ southpaw, in the first night game played in Brooklyn, continues his no-no mojo four days later by beating the Dodgers, 6-0, without giving up a hit in the Ebbets Field contest.

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116 thoughts on “Game 68, 2019

    • It seems a bit rushed to me. At the very least, I’d spend a couple extra days in Lima and vicinity just for the food.

  1. Probably won’t be able to enjoy/endure a game live until after the ASG, given time differences. Hoping Seager back before me!

  2. First the good news: the Cachorros drubbed the Rox 10-1 in Denver, so Dodgers’ division lead increases to 9-1/2 games. Further good news – Dodgers will not have to face Hamels, who pitched seven scoreless at Coors today. Bad news – the Cachorros did not have to waste their bullpen in Colorado prior to the upcoming series at Dodger Stadium.

  3. Given neither Kiké nor CT3 have hit well this year, some may think of Gavin Lux at AA Tulsa. Well, from the same “Athletic” article:

    One of the Dodgers’ top prospects is 21-year-old shortstop Gavin Lux, who has hit well since making changes to his swing before the 2018 season with hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc. His defense may not be as ready for the big leagues. He experienced issues throwing the ball to first base during this year’s spring training. In 45 games at shortstop for Double-A Tulsa, he has made nine errors.

  4. J-Hair is a pretty good injury diagnostician. From The Athletic:

    “Grade 2 strains typically require at least four weeks of recovery.”

    Today’s MRI will tell us more, of course.

  5. I see Joe Kelly gets a bobble head on Thursday. Maybe that will straighten out his actual head…

  6. Grade 2 hamstring. Jerry H. says Corey will be out at least a month if not longer.

  7. Couldn’t score because of Corey’s injury… Such a frustrating game. Can we still do it?

  8. Oh no. No no no. Seager hamstring injury. Just when he was back. Several violations happening in the RBI kitchen.

  9. This is one long game. Six innings in two hours, 45 minutes. I am going to stay up to see Bellinger bat once more, then call it a night. Pull out a win for me, won’t you RBI.

  10. Seager is 14-for-29 in his last seven games, including tonight, to raise his batting average from .246 to .275. I think he is starting to return to pre-injuries form.

    • Taylor provides great versatility in the field, but…

      2017 — ,288/.354/.496/.850
      2018 — .254/.331/.444/.775 (led NL in strikeouts)
      2019 — .225/.290/.402/.693 (before tonight)
      He is is signed only through this year and is arbitration eligible in 2020.

  11. Hi, RBI. I just turned the game on to see Barnes take a called third strike and Joc hit into the shift. The team seems a bit listless in many of its recent games. Maybe that comes with being so far in front after only a little over 40 percent of the season.

  12. What a catch by Corey! No idea how he did that – over the shoulder running catch of a Trout foul ball.

  13. Maeda already up to 65 pitches, too many of them not close to strikes. Not his night, for sure.

      • True. I’d forgotten about all the the nibbling he did last year. He doesn’t look comfortable tonight.

  14. Snakes have lost to Fillies, but it looks as if Rox will beat Cachorros. Dodgers’ division lead could slip to nine.

  15. I’ve always disliked interleague play. These teams should only meet at the end of spring training or, otherwise, in October.

  16. As my grandmother used to say when faced with tribulations, “Me oh my and a custard pie.” A five-run deficit before the seats get warm.

    • And all five with two outs and the bases empty. Among Dodger pitchers, the only starter with more than one loss is Maeda, with two. It will take some work to prevent him from reaching three. but the night is still young.

  17. Bellinger’s regression to the mean is getting meaner. He is now 5-for-30 in June.

  18. Joc”s roller coaster season continues. Although he hit the ball hard there, he is now 0-for-17 and, in June, 2-for-26.