Game 136, 2019

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA

LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-4, 2.00 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers against RHP Merrill Kelly (9-13, 4.86 ERA) of the D=Backs. Ryu has faltered in his last two starts, giving up 5 home runs and lasting just 4 1/3 innings in his latest one. The Dodgers might have him on a shorter leash just to reduce fatigue. Kelly pitched credibly against the Dodgers in July, giving up three runs in six innings. He’s won two of his last three starts after losing the previous six.

Kiké scores the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a throwing error by the Padres’ shortstop:

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1939 Wheaties sponsors the first telecast of a baseball game when their ads are aired during the Ebbets Field contest between the Reds and the Dodgers. The commercial broadcast is available only in New York City, where an estimated 500 people own television sets.
  • 1948 Jackie Robinson hits for the backward cycle when he homers in the first inning, triples in the fourth, doubles in the sixth, and completes the rare event with a single in the eighth. In addition to his ten total bases, the Dodger second baseman drives in two runs, scores three times, and steals a base, helping Brooklyn beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 12-7.
  • 1951 With his second home run of the game, the sixth time he has accomplished the feat this year, Gil Hodges hits his 36th round-tripper to establish a new franchise record for homers in a season. The Dodger first baseman’s seventh-inning three-run blast in the team’s 13-1 rout of Cincinnati at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field surpasses the mark of 35 set by Babe Herman in 1930.
  • 1989 Giving up just three singles, recently acquired Mets southpaw Frank Viola outduels Orel Hershiser and beats the Dodgers, 1-0. The classic contest between two aces marked the first time in baseball history that the reigning winners of the Cy Young Award have faced one another in the regular season.

Cultural history note: On this date in 1966: On a typically cool night, the Beatles play their final concert at Candlestick Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. The “Fab Four’s” performance on a five-foot stage, which is located just behind second base surrounded by a six-foot high wire fence, is less than stellar due the ballpark’s inadequate lighting, poor acoustics, and the group’s growing disdain of doing live shows.

Lineup when available.

53 thoughts on “Game 136, 2019

  1. Friday Filing – Just about everything went wrong yesterday, as Dodgers fell half a game behind Yanquis for best in baseball. They’re still half a game ahead of Minute Maids, though. Latest projections give Houston 104.8 wins, Dodgers 104.4, NYY 104.

    Having lost half a game to idle Barves, Dodgers are now 6-1/2 games ahead of Atlanta for best in NL. In the division, they are 19 ahead of Snakes (magic number still 9), 21.5 ahead of Gnats (magic number 7), 24.5 ahead of Pads (magic number 4) and 28.5 ahead of Rox (RIP).

  2. Ryu is worrying me. Third straight bad outing. Eighteen earned runs in 19 2/3 innings. ERA has jumped from 1.45 to 2.35. And Kershaw has allowed six homers, all solo, in his last 13 innilngs.

  3. A little surprised Jones – a really good outfielder – didn’t catch Joc’s ball.

  4. Ball four called strike three by the ump against Cody. Par for the game’s course. That’s it for tonight.

  5. After going 19-6 in July and coming within sniffing distance of a Wild Card spot, the Giants decided not to trade any of their few marketable players. After losing tonight they are 10-15 in August.

  6. Regression to the norm is so disheartening sometimes. Ryu is slip sliding away.

  7. Having the Dodgers script on the grey away jerseys caught my eye as a bit unusual.

  8. Minute Maids have just lost to Devil Rays, so Dodgers can gain a game on them in race for baseball’s best. However, LA will have to win tonight to stay ahead of idle Yanquis.