Game 122, 2019

Dodgers at Marlins, 4:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-M, SPNLA

LHP Clayon Kershaw (11-2, 2.77 ERA) goes for the Dodgers while LHP Elieser Hernandez (2-4, 4.94 ERA) pitches for the home team. Kershaw has gone at least six innings in each of his 20 starts this season, and his last one was a seven-inning nine-strikeout gem against the Cardinals. Hernandez’s last start might have been his career best (he’s only made 14 overall), when he threw six innings of shutout ball against the Braves.

Astros, Dodgers or Yankees? Which is best right now and in October? The question is addressed by an ESPN panel.

Baseball’s 20-Something Sluggers Are Saving The Sport, say the stat guys at 538. Take note: measured by WAR, the Dodgers have two of the best 23-year-olds in all of baseball history in Bellinger and Verdugo.

Americana: Yasiel Puig became a naturalized citizen today.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1919 In a total of two hours and seventeen minutes, the Dodgers and Cubs split a doubleheader. In the opener, the Cubs blank Brooklyn 2-0, in one hour and ten minutes, and in the nightcap, it takes the Dodgers one hour and seven minutes to shut out Chicago, 1-0.
  • 1932 Brooklyn’s 10-inning, 2-1 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds makes reliever John Quinn, at the age of 49, the oldest player to win a major league game. Johnny Frederick, who will have a total of only six home runs during the entire season, hits a ninth inning game-tying homer off Carl Hubbell, his fourth round-tripper as a pinch hitter, establishing a new major-league record.

Also, in 2015 the Padres’ Matt Kemp hits a ninth-inning triple to complete the cycle, making him the first player in the 35-year history of the franchise to accomplish the feat. The San Diego outfielder’s home run in the first, single in the third, and double in the seventh contribute to the team’s 9-5 victory over Colorado at Coors Field.


142 thoughts on “Game 122, 2019

  1. Thursday Topics – At this time of year, it seems odd not to care much about division rivals, but when the Snakes trail by 19.5, the Gnats by 20.5, the Pads by 24 and Rox 26.5, what else can you do? The only possible question is whether the Dodgers – whose magic number, appropriately enough after last night’s game, is 22 – can clinch before September 1st. However improbable, that would be epic.

    Meanwhile, for NL’s best, Dodgers remain nine games ahead of Barves, who made a massive mistake in Melancon’s acquisition from the Gnats but somehow managed to hold on yesterday (unbelievably, Farhan got Atlanta to pick up every last dollar of an albatross contract). For best in baseball, Dodgers remain in an exact tie with Yanquis but are now 2-1/2 games ahead of Minute Maids, who had a truly epic bullpen meltdown for the second time in four days.

    • Or even clinch on Sept 1st since that is the last game of the 4 game series vs Arizona. Less epic of course but still very impressive – and just ever so slightly more realistic.

  2. Eighth straight game in which our starting pitcher has not given up more than one run.

  3. Belli needs a new way to beat the shift. So many hits go to the left of first, and someone is always waiting.

  4. Kershaw is done for the night. Let’s hope the Dodgers hang on to the 7-0. They had trouble with the 6-0 lead the last time Kershaw went up against the Marlins.

  5. Boy, you tune in a little late and you miss all the action! (Or at least some of it)

  6. Poor Joc. To everyone else batting the ball looks as big as a beach ball, but to him it is the size of a ping pong ball.

  7. If anybody’s up for some Schadenfreude, Archie Bradley served up a walk-off to Arenado in Denver today.

  8. Again, if you have any complaints about the Dodgers’ ‘pen, take a look at what the Minute Maids have been doing – especially today.