Game 73, 2019

Giants at Dodgers, 4:10 PM PDT, TV: ESPN, NBCS BA, SPNLA

RHP Tyler Beede (0-2, 8.06 ERA) will pitch for the Giants tonight, facing RHP Kenta Maeda (7-3, 3.89 ERA) of the Dodgers. Beede’s first outing of the season was awful — 7 ER in 2 1/3 innings — and he’s been trying to bring his ERA down ever since. He had three reasonably good outings in May but he’s regressed in June, giving up 9 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings. Maeda’s last start was a tale of two pitchers — he gave up five runs on 36 pitches in the first inning and then retired the next 13 hitters he faced. That wasn’t enough; he took the loss.

Here’s Verdugo’s game-saving catch yesterday:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1915 Cubs right-hander reliever George Washington Zabel, called into the game with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, throws 18 and 1/3 innings of the Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the Robins at Chicago’s West Side Park. ‘Zip’, establishing the major league record for the longest relief stint in one game, beats Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer, who tosses a 19-inning complete-game. (Pfeffer won 113 games for Brooklyn and lost only 80 in a nine-year career with the Robins.)
  • 1956 Joe Adcock’s ninth-inning home run off Brooklyn right-hander Ed Roebuck, his second round-tripper of the game, proves to be the game winner in the Braves’ 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. The blast to left field, which clears an 83-foot wall at the 350-foot mark, is believed to the only homer ever to land on the roof at Ebbets Field.
  • 1956 Fred Haney, named yesterday to replace Charlie Grimm, wins two games in his managerial debut with the Braves when the team sweeps a doubleheader against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 5-4 and 3-1, starting a streak of 11 consecutive victories. The club’s former coach will compile a 341-231 (.596) record, guiding Milwaukee to two pennants and a world championship during his four seasons at the helm.
  • 1976 At Shea Stadium, Dave Kingman hits a walk-off homer to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. Sky King’s game-ending blast comes off Charlie Hough in the 14th inning.
  • 1992 Dodger farmhand Mike Piazza, believing he was low balled in his contract negotiations, takes exception to the team giving a reported bonus of $500,000 to top draft pick Ryan Luzinski, a 220-pound catcher from Holy Cross High in Delran, New Jersey who will never play in a major league game. Next season, Piazza will be selected as the National League’s Rookie of the Year, and will hit .331 in seven seasons for LA.

One more item from the history books: on this date in 1962 Met Marv Throneberry’s apparent first inning triple becomes an out on an appeal play for missing second base in an 8-7 loss to San Francisco at the Polo Grounds. When New York manager Casey Stengel questions the call, he is told by the umpire, according to legend, “Don’t bother arguing Casey, he missed first base, too.”

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69 thoughts on “Game 73, 2019

  1. Is it the dog days of summer already? The Dodgers have looked a little woof-y in some of their recent games.

  2. I will try to be less sour about Taylor. I will try to be less sour about Taylor. I will try to be less sour about Taylor. I will try to be less sour about Taylor. I will try to be less sour about Taylor……….

  3. If the Dodgers didn’t have the enormous lead in the NL West, we would not be seeing Taylor platy so much, even with Seager being injured, IMHO. They should bring up the kid Lux at least for a week or two.

    • Would be very unusual to bring up a AA position player, who doesn’t even have one year at that level under his belt, other than as a September call-up.

    • If they maintain that 11 game pace for the rest the of the season, they win 88 games. Rox and Snakes at their paces to date win 84.

  4. I didn’t have a lot of faith that Garlick was going to do anything there.

    • A great talent. Saw him and the Heartbreakers at the Oakland Coliseum once. Died way too soon.

      • I saw him at the old Keystone Berkeley when he was barely starting to go national.

  5. In other news, Will Smith looking good in his audition for the Dodgers.

    • May as well have some struggle in all categories all at once: pitching, fielding, situational hitting. Even as lackadaisical as the Dodgers have looked tonight, they certainly aren’t out of it.

  6. Colorado and Arizona are idle tonight. To this point, the Dodgers have been mostly idle.

  7. I am beginning to wonder if Muncy might end up with more HR’s than Bellinger by season’s end.

      • Great answer! Outside of the Dodgers winning the WS, and Kershaw continuing to prove he is not dead yet, the thing I would really like to see is the Dodgers’ franchise’s first 50 HR hitter.

  8. Such a pleasure to have been able to follow last night’s game with everyone. Was a 1 am start for me, so up until 4 to see the last out. It was a luxury, as West Coast game normally start at 4.

    • When I was in Amsterdam last year, I’d wake up around 7 a.m. to see the end of the games.

      • Did that a few times last year and the year before (alas, during the 1-17 run).

    • I can identify with that. I was in South Korea while the Lakers were in a playoff series in 1991. The game was on Armed Services TV at about 3 a.m. I set my hotel alarm, watched the game, which was won by the Lakers, for whom I root, but nothing close to the extent that I root for the Dodgers, and then went back to sleep.

  9. Let’s make Muncy Meat out of this pitcher, who started tonight’s game with an ERA this season of 8.06.

  10. The good news is that Maeda seems to pitch better after giving up some runs.

  11. Put my house up for sale today. Maybe I can be back to west coast time before the season is over.