Dodgers at Braves, 4:20 PM PDT, TV: FSSO, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA
The Dodgers’ RHP Kenta Maeda (8-8, 4.12 ERA) takes the mound at Sun Trust Park against RHP Mike Soroka (10-2, 2.32 ERA). Maeda’s last start was arguably his best of the year: he pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball against the D-Backs, striking out six and walking none. Soroka is a rookie with the second-best ERA in MLB behind the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu and this is the first time I’ve heard or read his name. He’s gone at least seven innings in each of his last three starts and four of his last six.
Yesterday’s game was mostly forgettable, but here’s Cody Bellinger’s 40th HR of the season. It’s a career high for him.
Today in Dodgers’ history:
- 1950 At the Polo Grounds, Hank Thompson’s two inside-the-park home runs off Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine contribute to the Giants’ 16-7 drubbing of the Dodgers. The 24 year-old third baseman will hit 129 round-trippers in his 9-year career, three of which will be of the IPHR variety.
- 1964 St. Louis outfielder Curt Flood collects eight consecutive hits during a doubleheader against Dodgers pitching. The Cardinals split the twin bill in Los Angeles, losing the opener to Sandy Koufax, 3-0, but take the nightcap when Curt Simmons tosses a six hitter to give the Redbirds a 4-0 victory.
Babe Ruth died in New York City on this day in 1948.
Today’s Dodger lineup at Braves:
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 16, 2019
I wonder if Bellinger has a bonus clause in his contract for winning a Gold Glove award and that’s why they’ve started playing him in positions other than right field.
Saturday Summary – Gnats have taken over second place, but still trail by 19.5, Snakes by 20.5, Pads by 24.5 and Rox 26. FanGraphs projections, though, still give the Snakes a better shot at the mild card. For best in NL, Dodgers lead Barves by ten but the Nats (gnot the Gnats) are creeping up on Atlanta.
For best in baseball, Dodgers remain tied with Yanquis, while the Minute Maids bullpen gave away another one and they now trail by 3-1/2. Projections say the Dodgers finish with 104.8 wins, Yanquis with 103.9, and Minute Maids with 103.6.
Woo-HOO!!! Just got home. Watching the replay.
The Barfpen has been pretty shaky lately. They were so desperate they acquired Melancon from the Gnats, and he’s been awful.
You nailed that one.
I wasn’t aware that Soroka is Canadian, probably Ukrainian descent. “Ukrainian and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from the nickname Soroka ‘magpie’, denoting a garrulous or thievish person, or someone with a streak of white among black hair. In the case of the Jewish surname it is normally an ornamental name, one of the many taken from bird names.”
Kenta’s back to nibbling. Weak hitter like Hechavarría, go right after him.
Neither tidy nor efficient. And on an 0-2 pitch.
Miami feasting on those nibbles
A Major League second baseman has to take a cut off throw and relay it home and get it within 20 feet of home plate.
Muncy make a bad throw? (No eyes, no ears).
Didn’t make a difference this time but his throw home was way way way up the third base line.
Got it. Thanks.
Ok. Joining really late, but glad to see our pitching was better this game.
Late (but happy!)
Monday’s musing about Muncy. “2 straight years of 30 HRs, and he couldn’t find a job before the Dodgers signed him.”
And they kept him in the minors for a year before he got a chance.
The Barves have lotsa young talent but, in a short series, the Nats (gnot the Gnats) can put out a rotation of Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin. That’s a tougher challenge.
I was at that 1964 doubleheader referenced above, sitting in box seats between the plate and first base as a guess of my closest friend and his dad. I remember it well because I got a foul ball in the second game, the only one I have ever gotten in hundreds of MLB games that I have attended. The batter was Charlie James; the pitcher was Larry Miller, who was known for carrying a big red bandana in his back pocket and taking it out to wipe the sweat of his brow. Koufax’ first game shutout was his final appearance of the season, which he ended at 19-5. Here’s why he pitched no more that year (from Wikipedia): “Koufax jammed his pitching arm in August while diving back to second base to beat a pick-off throw. He managed to pitch and win two more games. However, the morning after his 19th win, a shutout in which he struck out 13 batters, he could not straighten his arm. He was diagnosed by Dodgers’ team physician Robert Kerlan with traumatic arthritis. With the Dodgers out of the pennant race, the book was closed on Koufax and his 19–5 record.” Miller went 4-8 (4.18 ERA) with the Dodgers that year, his only season with the club. His career mark was 5-14 in three MLB seasons. He died in March of 2018 at the age of 80. James is 81, Koufax 83. Tempus fugit.
“The Dodgers’ summer tryout camp continues…”
Will the Legend!
22 homers in five games!
That seems good,
4 or more HRs in five consecutive games is a new MLB record. It’s never been done before.
So Kenta struck out 7 in a row? That is now 2 games out of 3 that a Dodger pitcher has struck out 7 in a row!
Fine future person!
Joining the party late tonight – but then again so did the Dodgers!
You missed the Calgary Ukrainian.
I just read about it down below: Good pitching, good hitting, bad wheels.
Welcome to Dodger baseball and pull up a chair.
Thanks Scoop! Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated 21 years of wedded bliss so I missed that game as well.
The Dodgers have now hit 21 home runs in their last five games, with two innings remaining tonight.
Muncy is but 10 RBIs behind Bellinger.
I think that there may be fewer people on this site now than at a Marlins home game.
It’s a shame that we hit back-to-back home runs so infrequently.
Not since yesterday, I don’t think.
Yup. Any idea how many times we have accomplished that feat this year?
Where are the future people when you need them?
On a field trip to Ojai…
Poor patience by Beaty there.
Good outing by Kolarek, against the bottom of the Barves’ order.
Was Soroka just thrown out at first by Pederson on an apparent single?
I guess he is not the fastest Canadian/Ukranian in the big leagues.
Joc was playing shallow, and it was a one-hopper.
Nonetheless, I stand by my assessment.
Minor leaguers are generally not financially treated well by baseball. I covered a little minor league ball many years ago. The players really had to stretch their dollars.
I think it takes real commitment to hang in there.
Seven consecutive Ks
Hope it’s not too late to get it going
Maeda has now struck out seven in a row.
Maeda hits 94
Back to back
So, the failed bunt doesn’t matter (though Soroka could always have thrown it away).
Jok Krushes a seeing eye hopper
Terrible AB by Kenta, who usually handles the bat well.
Lets go Jok
Pretty good wheels for Beaty.
Beaty, Rios, Garlick, Negron, Smith. Who would have figured that on Opening Day?
Dodgers have hit 19 HRs in their last 4 1/9 games.
The problem with fractions is that 4 out of every 3 people don’t understand them.
Three walks, two singles and a double in the inning. We’re fortunate, thus far, that it is only three runs.
Fortunate ending to inning.
Freeman hit it hard, but not a difficult play.
Kenta’s not even klose.
And we may not have need for a Kloser tonight.
This game looks klose to yesterday’s game.
I may have to go into the kloset to avoid it.
Kould be a good idea
It looks as if Inciarte’s season might be over.
Hamstring, Monday thinks.
Both teams looking for 2 here
Marlins got theirs
Atlanta gets Code Blue
Pulling ahead of Yelich (who missed several games recently with a sore back).
Thinking along the same track
Great minds . . .
A tidy first inning for Kenta.
Turner leads the Dodgers in GIDP, now with 10. Machado leads MLB with 18. The Dodgers have the fewest in the NL, now with 69.
For the Gnats, the Busted Poseur has 14, and has only played 90 games.
Wow. That’s a lot.
He’s on pace for 8.03 HR and 44.18 RBI
Soroka, a righty, has a great ERA. We have many excellent left-handed batters. Should be an interesting test.
Roster stuff. https://twitter.com/DodgerInsider/status/1162502594343964674?s=20
I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see Chargois again, but what can the rosters expand to this season? Is it still 40?
Yep. This is the last year of 40. Next year it drops to 28.
Not a Rule No. 5 violation. https://twitter.com/ShaneGoldmacher/status/1162391748074770432?s=20
Now I’m REALLY leaning toward him!