Game 128, 2019

Blue Jays at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: SNET, SPNLA

RHP Wilmer Font (3-3, 4.41 ERA with three different teams so far this season — Rays, Mets, Jays) faces the Dodgers’ RHP Walker Buehler (10-3, 3.31 ERA). The Jays have indicated this will be a bullpen game, so while Font starts he’s expected to give way to Zack Godley and others in the middle innings. Buehler’s last start was uncharacteristic: in four of the five innings he started he allowed the leadoff man to get on base, including the fifth when he was knocked out and was charged with the loss to the Marlins. He’s 5-0 at home this season with a 2.33 ERA.

Here’s Bellinger, thrown out at third and losing his pants on the same play!

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1975 The Reuschel brothers of the Cubs join forces to blank the Dodgers, 6-0. Rick goes 6.1 innings, and Paul finishes the game for the first shutout thrown by siblings.
  • 1990 The Phillies overcome an eight-run deficit, scoring nine runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Dodgers, 12-11. John Kruk’s pinch-hit three-run homer ties the game, and two batters later, Carmelo Martinez’s double plates Rod Booker with the eventual winning run in the Chavez Ravine contest.

  • 2005 Florida suspends their bat boy for six games after the 11 year-old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The Milk Processor Education Program will promise to pay off the dare and to cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if the sixth grader, who is able to drink the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.


170 thoughts on “Game 128, 2019

  1. Thursday Thumbery – Everybody’s upset about Kenley (including he himself), but let’s remember that 29 other teams have worse records and even other elite relievers like Josh Hader have similar issues. The Dodgers at least have the luxury of being able to work on these issues.

    Meanwhile, Dodgers lead Snakes by 20, Gnats by 20.5, Pads by 24 and Rox by 25.5. The magic number is 15, and an August clinch – however tenuous that might be – would be delicious. For best in NL, Dodgers continue to lead Barves by eight.

    For best in baseball, it’s a one-game lead over the Yanquis (who play our Atléticos again tonight), and three over the Minute Maids (who get the Tigres again, the night after Verlander surrendered a game-winning dinger to a .202-hitting backup catcher). The Houston game ended when their own catcher, Robinson Chirinos, got thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple (which he needed for the cycle).

    Over the weekend, as we know, Dodgers have three with Yanquis (including Sunday ESPN blackout), while Minute Maids host the Angles.

    • Thanks for this perspective. The HR pitch wasn’t a cookie last night, but rather a pretty good pitch that the batter was nevertheless waiting on. But at this point Kenley must be feeling not only discouraged but almost cursed. I, too, start to despair, until I remember Pedro Baez, not that long ago. And Kelly, earlier this year! Kenley’s too good and too much of a competitor not to adjust.

  2. The Scrub Jays seem to have plenty of fine young position players, but will they have the pitching to back it up?

  3. Wrapup cites worries about Jensen.

    There have been many stars on this team over the past eight years, but nobody has been more vital to the franchise’s success than Jansen, a three-time All-Star who has overcome heart issues and now faces a career crisis.

    He’s blown six save opportunities including the last two, the previous one on Aug. 6, and in the interim has been used in non-save situations as manager Dave Roberts and staff have tried to reset Jansen’s command and confidence. Since June 26, he has as many blown saves as converted ones — three each.

  4. I think we have hit 32 homers in our last nine games, with the emphasis on the word “think.”

  5. Thinking about Jansen. The Dodgers would never do this but I wonder what he would be like as an “Opener”.

  6. KJ has now blown three of his last six save opportunities and was the losing pitcher in one of them.

    • It’s just weird how much he is faltering. As I said below, I wonder if he’s hurt somewhere and not saying anything.

  7. Jansen gets two or three saves in a row, and then that happens. It’s been a pattern for some time now. Do that in a post-season game, again, and we will be thinking about 2020.

  8. Keep waiting for the bats to come alive. Just can’t quite getting going tonight. Now it’s on the pen to produce 2 shut down innings.

  9. Giants just lost. Our magic number is now 16 regarding both the Giants and the Diamondbacks.

  10. With another double, I believe Seager would be tied for NL lead, despite starting only 75% of the team’s games.

      • Read the obit. He’d been retired for quite a while. He was 95. Whitaker was wounded on Omaha Beach three days after D-Day just after he turned 21.

  11. With Arizona’s loss to Colorado tonight, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the NL West is 16.

  12. Buehler did well to pitch out of that mini jam. Almost a 5 or 6 pitch inning before that bloop single and then all of a sudden it’s a jam.

  13. Who would have thought that Joc taking all 6 pitches he got for a walk would have the most exciting thing that happened in that half inning.

  14. In 1990, going into the top of the 8th, the Dodgers led 11-1. Didn’t experience that game at the time. Can’t imagine any Dodger fan who did survived.

      • It was the late game on Friday Night Baseball back when ESPN had first gotten the MLB contract and was televising games three days a week, two games a day on Wednesday and Fridays. I got home in time to see that inning. I was furious at the Dodgers as the Phillies kept getting hit after hit after hit.

        • Boxscore a little confusing, but apparently only 4 of the Fillies 12 runs were earned, due to two errors in the ninth by the Dodgers.

          • I watched the game on TV. Groan. Offerman homered in his first at bat as a Dodgers, leading off vs. Dennis Martinez, two games earlier. It was one of eight homers he hit in six seasons with the Dodgers. His two errors in the debacle game gave him three in his first three games. Offerman ended the season with four errors at short in 27 games with the Dodgers. In all, he played for 15 MLB seasons. His career fielding percentage at shortstop was .943. His career slash for the Dodgers: .256/.344/.325/.669. He did make the All-Star team for the Dodgers in 1995 and with the Red Sox in 1999.