Game 99, 2019

Dodgers at Phillies, 9:35 AM PDT, TV: None

This seems very odd to me, but this game is not televised on cable or network. Rather, it’s live and free on YouTube.

The Dodgers send RHP Ross Stripling (4-3, 3.65 ERA) to the hill to face the Phillies’ RHP Aaron Nola (8-2, 3.63 ERA). Stripling’s last start was his best since taking the injured Rich Hill’s spot in the rotation; he went five strong innings against the Red Sox last Saturday and got the win. Nola is on a hot streak: he’s 3-1 with a 0.76 ERA in his last five starts.

Here’s Freese’s go-ahead 2-run HR inthe 7th inning of Wednesday’s game:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1939 The Red Sox send 21 year-old farmhand Pee Wee Reese to the Dodgers for $35,000 and a player to be named later (Red Evans), along with three minor leaguers due to a less-than-enthusiastic scouting report filed by Joe Cronin, the team’s current player-manager, who deliberately downplayed the prospect’s talent to keep his own job in the Boston infield. The Louisville Colonels regular shortstop, a future Hall of Famer, will become a crowd favorite, helping Brooklyn to win seven pennants during his 16 seasons with the team.
  • 1949 Jackie Robinson testifies in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, reading a carefully worded statement put together with the help of Dodger GM Branch Rickey. The Brooklyn second baseman’s statement makes it clear he disagrees with singer and actor Paul Robeson’s belief that American Negroes would refuse to fight in any war against Russia due to the country’s racial discrimination toward blacks.

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95 thoughts on “Game 99, 2019

  1. News and notes
    • Roberts said he expects Kenley Jansen (right ankle) to be available Thursday in the bullpen. Jansen did not pitch Wednesday after taking a 98 mph comebacker off his right ankle in Tuesday’s loss, but Roberts said the closer’s ankle was “significantly better” Wednesday after receiving treatment.

    • Catcher Will Smith, the Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, left Wednesday’s game with Triple-A Oklahoma City after getting hit on the right hand after he appeared to be crossed up on a pitch.

    “He’s fine,” Roberts said. “It was more just precautionary.”

    • The Dodgers recalled left-hander Caleb Ferguson from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Thursday’s game to provide a fresh arm in the bullpen after using five relievers following Wednesday’s lengthy rain delay. Casey Sadler, who tossed two-thirds of an inning immediately following the 2-hour, 37-minute delay, was optioned to Oklahoma City to make room on the active roster.

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  2. It could be said that Taylor was useless until he stepped up when Seager went down and now that Taylor is down, Kike’ seems to be stepping up. This is an interesting (a word used to describe a great pitching perfecto) team.

    • That was a tough road trip. Not to mention weird. But it’s clear we need bullpen-strengthening.

      • Yes. I hope that the FO is willing to part with blue-chip prospects and perhaps someone on the active roster, if necessary, to improve the relief pitching and the offense behind the plate. We need to do all we can to try to win the World Series this season.

        • Would, myself, never trade Lux, Smith nor May. Smith probably would provide as much if not more bat than any catcher likely to be available. Lux looks like he could hit in the Bigs as well. With Kershaw and Hill on the downside, and Ryu a FA, best to have May in our back pocket.

      • 4-3 road trip against quality opposition is nothing to sniff at, however.(oops, didn’t see Scoop’s comment)

      • If the bullpen blows up during the regular season while we have a huge lead that’s one thing but, as we have witnessed, much more damaging, if not fatal, during the World Series.

        • Downfall during the WSes have been starting pitching and offense (lack of). The closers for the last two WS winners have been atrocious. That said, I wish along with everyone else that they strengthen the pen in the next couple of weeks.

  3. Nice outing by Stripling. Actually deserved better than where it is at right now.

  4. Fly out and groundout are not the most accurate picture of Bellinger at the plate today. He scorched both balls.

  5. It was a 6:35 p.m. start for me today in Assisi, the first game I can try to follow. All the rest started about 1 a.m. Italian time.

  6. All is fine so far with my YouTube feed.
    This umpire was just said to have the highest rate of called strikes and that is evident early.

  7. Two strike outs on questionable pitches. Apparently the umps have aa nearly plane to catch.

    Also, youtube continues to lose the feed every couple of minutes, requiring a page reload.

  8. Ha! 5:35pm game for me here on the Costa Vicentina in Portugal. Truly a place that globalization passed by (so far).

  9. Yeah, last night they were talking about how today’s game would be exclusive to YouTube. Curious to see if it’ll be concurrent on MLB.TV.