Game 120, 2019

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

RHP Mike Leake (9-8, 4.24 ERA) pitches for the D-Backs in the rubber game of this series against LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-2, 1.53 ERA) of the Dodgers. Ryu is freshly off the injured list while Leake is starting his second game for the D-Backs after coming over from the Mariners in a trade for INF Jose Caballero. Leake went 5 1/3 innings in his first start NL start in several years, giving up 11 hits and walking one but allowing the Phillies just three runs, only two of them earned. Ryu’s last start was July 31 when he shut out the Rockies for six innings. He didn’t get the win because the Dodgers were shut out until the ninth when Will Smith hit a three-run HR and Khristopher Negron followed with a two-run blast of his own to win the game.

Muncy opens the scoring in Saturday’s game with a solo blast to center field:

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1940 Bees hurler Nick Strincevich completes an unusual 1-1 unassisted twin killing when he doubles up Joe Vosmik, the runner trying to score on attempted squeeze play signaled by Dodger skipper Leo Durocher. The Boston southpaw catches Vito Tamulis’ bunt in the air and continues running until he steps on third base, completing the double play to end the top of the seventh inning in the team’s 3-0 loss to Brooklyn at Braves Field.
  • 1946 Sweeping a doubleheader, the Phillies end the Dodgers’ 18-game winning streak, a major league record, in Philadelphia. The Dodgers hadn’t lost in the City of Brotherly Love since May 5, 1945.
  • 1950 Vern Bickford, throwing just 97 pitches, no-hits the Dodgers at Braves’ Field, 7-0. The 29 year-old right-hander hurls the first hitless game for Boston since Jim Tobin accomplished the feat, also against Brooklyn, on April 27, 1944.
  • 1951 WCBS-TV televises the first baseball game broadcast in color, a Braves’ 8-1 victory over the hometown Dodgers in the first game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn’s announcers Red Barber and Connie Desmond provide the play-by-play commentary.
  • 1969 Don Drysdale announces his retirement. The last Dodger to have played in Brooklyn, Drysdale will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984.
  • 2015 The Blue Jays, Rays, Marlins, Mets, Indians, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and Giants all win, making it the first time in the live ball era that every contest is won by the home team in a full slate of games. The unique occurrence became a reality when the two last games to finish end in extra innings, with the host clubs enjoying a walk-off victory.
  • 2020 For the first time in over a century, games are played at three different New York major league ballparks when the Toronto Blue Jays face the Marlins at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field, joining contests at Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium. The last time this happened in the Empire State occurred on September 8, 1915, with the Polo Grounds (Yankees), Ebbets Field (Dodgers), and Federal League Park (Buffalo Blues) hosting big-league teams.

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    • Heh.

      “He has a burning desire to be great,” says Dodgers president Andrew Friedman, “in large part to back up the amount of trash he talks.”

  1. Tuesday topics – Yesterday was a quiet day in baseball, and the Snakes gained half a game to trail by 18.5. The idle Gnats still trail by 19.5, while the losing Pads and Rox fall to 23 and 25.5 behind, respectively. For best in NL, the idle Barves remain nine behind the Dodgers.

    On the downside, the Yanquis swept the Orangebirds and are now tied with the Dodgers for best in baseball. The Minute Maids remain one full game behind, and play a doubleheader with the Chisox today.

  2. Monday morning observations – Order restored throughout baseball. Dodgers lead Snakes by 19, Gnats by 19.5, Pads by 22.5 and Rox by 25. The magic number is now 25.

    For best in NL, they remain nine games up on the Barves. In all of baseball, they are one full game up on both the Minute Maids and the Yanquis, though NY could pull into a tie by sweeping the Orangebirds in a doubleheader today. Dodgers and Minute Maids are idle.

    Meanwhile, anyone complaining about Kenley should take a look at what the Minute Maids’ closer did against Baltimore yesterday.

    • He’s very efficient at giving up runs. When he puts a batter on, that guy usually scores. WHIP doesn’t measure the kind of hits given up. Yimi has allowed 30 hits, 21 for extra bases (12 homers, 8 doubles, and a triple) in 46.2 innings. He is by far the leader in home runs given up by the bullpen (Kenley is second with 7, which is, of course, another problem). Kenta, Walker, and Kersh have given up more, but in way more innings. Ryu has only given up 10.

  3. Yimi giving up a single is quite something. He only gives up 5.5 hits per 9. Of the 30 hits against him, 12 have been dingers.

  4. Well doubled up on the 4 runs I asked for off of Leake. And likely could have had double the 5 today as well.

  5. I think that despite not pitching today, and not even being with the club, Sadler took a big step toward being on the post-season roster.

  6. Sunday Summary – Last night marked the beginning of a return to order. Dodgers lead Snakes by 18, Gnats by 19.5, Pads by 21.5, Rox by 25. Magic number is 27. Amusingly, FanGraphs projections now give the Pads a better shot at the mild card than the Gnats. For best in NL, Dodgers are nine games up on the Barves (whose bullpen issues are far more grave than the Dodgers’; see last night’s box score for details).

    For best in baseball, Dodgers are one game up on Yanquis but .003 behind Minute Maids in a virtual tie.

  7. Maybe we should have put in a position player like Arizona. He only gave up one run.

  8. The streaking Mets and the Nats are tied 3-3 after 2 1/2 innings today. The Nats scored all three of their runs in the top of the 1st on a three-base throwing error by Mets first baseman and presumptive rookie-of–the-year Pete Alonso with the bases loaded and two outs. I wonder where Alonso was throwing for it to be a three-base error. Trying to get the force at second?

    • He is now 1-22 (as a Dodger), and 0 for his last 20. He has walked 4 times since coming over, which is half the number of walks Matt Beaty has after his two walks today (not that Beaty had a choice ion the second one).

  9. The article about Sadler’s demotion said that one of the reasons for it was so they can figure out if Yimi and Chargois have what it takes to make the post-season roster.

  10. Will Smith’s first game back with the Dodgers was July 27.
    Since then, he has hit .316 (12-for-38) with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in 12 games (10 of them as starting catcher).
    Since then, Martin has hit .333 (5-for-15) with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in 7 games (4 of them as starter).
    Since being sent to OKC, Barnes has hit .308 (12-for-39) with 5 HRs and 11 RBIs in 10 games.

  11. The Angels beat the BoSox today. Believe it or not, the Halos have only three fewer wins than Boston does, and seven fewer losses.

    I don’t think they’re a candidate for a Wild Card, but that shows you how far Boston has fallen in the last month or so.

  12. It was kind of Baltimore to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get a 8-7 come from behind win today against Houston.

  13. Just a bit of a “phew” moment there. Runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs proves to be old hat for Ryu.

  14. Funny that Ryu gets a hit to start it off – yet it turns out to be the easiest and best inning by Leake today.

  15. Made progress with our move today. We sold a riding lawn mower, a snow blower, two chain saws, a miter saw with stand, assorted other lawn equipment. Our house is to close no later than September 6 and we will soon be driving cross country to Pacific Northwest. This will be the first time we will not already have a home picked out before we sold a home.

    • How are the stress levels? It’s a big task to move and bigger to move cross-country.

        • For $4000 we get access to a 16 foot moving container for a month which includes the cross country move so we are picking and choosing what we want to move or can justify moving instead of replacing before we add a second container.

  16. I’m hoping we can score 4 or 5 against Leake. He is the type of pitcher they should be able to handle.

  17. There’s no pool at this ballpark, but will the Dodgers take a Leake on the Snakes today?