Game 71, 2019

Cubs at Dodgers, 6:10 PM PDT, TV: ABC7 (Chicago), KTLA (Los Angeles), MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

Cubs RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.98 ERA) makes his first appearance at Dodger Stadium since his horrific 2017 World Series Game Seven appearance in which he gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings and put the Dodgers in a hole they couldn’t climb out of. Interestingly, he credits the Dodgers with making him appreciate baseball again.

“The Rangers were an old-school organization,” Darvish said. “They had a lot of rules. I really didn’t like that. But I came to the Dodgers and was told I could do what I wanted. I felt a lot more relaxed. It made me love baseball more. I felt a greater appreciation for the concept of a team.”

Darvish will face the Dodgers’ RHP Walker Buehler (7-1, 3.35 ERA), who went 5 2/3 innings against the Cubs in April and then gave up a three-run home run to Javier Baez. His last start was a seven-inning scoreless gem against the Giants. His ERA for June is 0.60.

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This is fascinating. WBBsAs found it and posted it in the comments to the last post. It’s some guy (whose language is salty; be forewarned) explaining Jansen’s balk in the ninth inning last night.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1938 In the first night game played in New York City, Johnny Vander Meer pitches his second consecutive no-hitter, beating the Dodgers at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, 6-0. Four days ago, the Reds’ southpaw held the Braves hitless in a 3-0 victory at Crosley Field.
  • 1951 The Cubs trade Andy Pafko along with Johnny Schmitz, Wayne Terwilliger, and Rube Walker to the Dodgers for Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten, Eddie Miksis, and Gene Hermanski. The deal, which prevents the coveted ‘Handy Andy’ from going to the rival Giants, is the first of many to be made by Buzzy Bavasi, Brooklyn’s new general manager.
  • 1996 In the first inning of their 6-2 victory over the Braves, the Dodgers turn their first triple play in forty-seven years. After making a running, back-to-the-plate grab of Chipper Jones’s popup to short left with runners on first and second, Juan Castro throws to second baseman Delino Deshields to double up Marquis Grissom, then the ball is relayed to first baseman Eric Karros to get Mark Lemke, who was also running on the pitch.


69 thoughts on “Game 71, 2019

  1. On the bright side this afternoon, the Nats (gnot the Gnats) have a comfortable lead over the Snakes, and the Pads have taken a 3-0 lead over the Rox (It’s Coors, though, and it’s only the first inning).

  2. I woke up in the middle of night to check the score and yikes, what a bummer.

    • I fell asleep in front of the TV, and woke up to the homer in the ninth. Waking nightmare.

  3. Pads are trailing the Rox 11-4 after five, so they’ve got ’em right where they want ’em. They’ll have to do it without Machado, though, as he got ejected.

  4. The boos bother me, personally. Yes, he flopped in the Series, but the Dodgers might not have won the division without him, much less advanced to the Series at all.

      • I’ve never BadGums pitch in person, but I’d enjoy booing him under any circumstances.

      • Orel or Joe said one of the reasons Yu didn’t sign with the Dodgers was because of what his kids would endure.

    • Here’s an option: Don’t get picked off first base.

      Wait, maybe that’s more of an opinion than an option.

  5. Man. I wish the Dodgers could bottle the last few weeks of David Freese and uncork it again in mid-October.

  6. Meanwhile, in Denver, Eric Hosmer just hit a three-run single and it’s now 11-7.

      • If he continues like this he’s in line for some serious money next year, not that the qualifying offer of 17 million wasn’t pretty good for this year.

  7. It’s like Bellinger decided to steal Joey Votto’s ability to get on base.

    And then he decided to steal second.

  8. Pitching duel. I wonder which pitcher took his glove off and slapped the other pitcher with it?

  9. Nats (gnot the Gnats) got drubbed by Snakes. Pads and Rox look to be restaging last night’s slugfest.

  10. The above explains how utterly weird that Kenley balk was to watch. I honestly could not figure out what I was seeing!

    • I believe he was annoyed by the “ runner on second signs” from Martin, so he solved the problem.