Game 116, 2019

Cardinals at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-M, SPNLA

RHP Miles Mikolas (4-6, 4.54 ERA) goes for the Cardinals against the Dodgers’ LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 2.85 ERA). Mikolas has pitched against the Dodgers once in his career; he beat them on April 8 of this year. Kershaw criticized his last start, in which he walked five men, gave up two runs and went just six innings, but he did get the win. He’s 7-0 with a 2.35 ERA at home this year.

Notable praise from San Diego’s Wil Myers, speaking of the Dodgers’ redheaded rookie Dustin May: “Usually,” Myers said, “guys like that, who throw 98 with sink, end up being pretty good.”

Here’s Muncy’s stellar defensive play on Monday:

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1981 The players approved a split-season format necessitated by the seven-week strike. The Yankees, A’s, Phillies, and Dodgers are declared the first-half champions and will be automatically qualified for the divisional series.

Great moments in labor-management relations: In 1908 Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb gets married, having departed the Tigers three days ago to participate in the ceremony without the team’s permission. The 21 year-old Georgia Peach’s six-day defection during a pennant race will be described by club co-owner Frank Navin as the most arrogant act he had ever heard of in baseball. (Note: The Tigers got to the World Series anyway. They lost to the Cubs, the last time the Chicago team would win a World Series until 2016.)

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97 thoughts on “Game 116, 2019

  1. Happy to see Edwin Rios back, walking and then later scoring the insurance run. Rios now has 5 walks to Beaty’s 6.

    Kristopher Negron is on fire – .391/.417/.652, OPS = 1.069. He doesn’t appear to have the arm for the outfield, though..

    • He set up perfectly, but it was not accurate. He doesn’t appear to have a strong arm.

  2. With tonight’s results, the Dodgers remain 18 games ahead of the Snakes, while the Gnats fall to 19 back. The Pads trail by 22, the Rox by 22.5. For best in the NL, Dodgers remain 8.5 ahead of Barves. In all of baseball, they remain one ahead of the Minute Maids, and 1/2 (.003) ahead of the Yanquis.

  3. Martinez making all the catches now. But Max does an amazing job with 2 out, 2 strike hitting.

  4. Martínez doesn’t usually catch that ball. He’s a terrible defensive outfielder.

  5. Another 9 k’s for Clayton tonight. At this rate, Kershaw will be well north of 2450 k and closing in on 2500 k by season’s end.

  6. Feels like Seattle is in a lot of interesting games this year. Anyway – in another one tonight.

    • Going back to standing more erect and choking up less than what he was doing coming out of the All Star game.

  7. When the dust settles post-injuries, I hope that Negron is still on the active roster. He’s been more than a pleasant surprise.

  8. Old friend Greinke’s first outing with the Minute Maids is not going quite the way Houston had hoped.

  9. Hah! I just figured out why Tyler White is on the team. He has four relief appearances this year. (Although now that I look, he stinks at that, too – ERA = 21.6. His Wikipedia article doesn’t mention that.)

  10. Hoornstra’s tweet inspired me to look up the Gonsolin surname, about which there is limited information online. According to, “It may be an altered form of Goncelin, Gonssolin, from a pet form of a Germanic compound personal name formed with gund ‘battle’. Alternatively, perhaps, an altered form of Consolin, in southeastern France an occupational name for a magistrate.” Their map, however, shows the name concentrated in Louisiana, which might suggest it’s Cajun.

    For what it’s worth, Tony himself hails from Vacaville, a literal cowtown.

  11. A thorn in the Dodgers’ side has been removed. Joe Panik has been DFA’d
    by the Jints. He was hitting .235/.310/.317 for a .627 OPS.