Game 139, 2019

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA

RHP Ross Stripling (4-4, 3.64 ERA) is back from the IL and expected to pitch only two or three innings, after which he’ll give way to RHP Dustin May (1-3, 4.07 ERA). The Diamondbacks send rookie LHP Alex Young (6-3, 3.81 ERA) out to face them. Opponents are hitting a meager .217 against Young in his 11 appearances this season.

Here’s Smitty’s 13th HR of his rookie season, which gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1890 On Labor Day at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, the Bridegrooms, later to be known as the Dodgers, win all three games against Pittsburgh in the first tripleheader ever played. The home team sweeps the visiting Alleghenys, who will be renamed the Pirates next season, 10-9, 3-2, and 8-4.
  • 1953 The Cardinals tie a major league mark, hitting five homers in a 12-5 loss to Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. The solo shots hit by Stan Musial, Harry Elliot, Rip Repulski, and Steve Bilko (2), all off starter Preacher Roe, aren’t enough to offset the Dodgers’ 17-hit attack, which includes six doubles but no round-trippers.
  • 1969 At Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis ties the franchise record by hitting in 29 consecutive games with his second-inning single in LA’s 10-6 victory over New York. The mark was established by Zack Wheat in 1916.

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75 thoughts on “Game 139, 2019

  1. One final thought about Sunday’s game. On the play where May was struck, a better throw by Hernández would have nailed the runner at home, as the throw arrived before the runner, but was way off line.

  2. September Song – As a freelancer, I’ve always worked on Labor Day (which should be May 1st here as everywhere else in the world), so I’ll post my brief commentary that Sunday was better than Saturday, but not overwhelmingly so. Both the Yanquis and Minute Maids won, so Dodgers remain 1-1/2 behind NYY and 1/2 behind Houston. Latest FanGraphs projections give the ex-Enrons 104.7 wins, the Evil Empire 104.5, and Dodgers 103.4.

    In the NL, Dodgers remain 4-1/2 games better than the Barves (projected win total 97). In the division, they are 18 better than Snakes (magic number 7), 21.5 ahead of Gnats (magic number 4), and 23.5 up on Pads (magic number 2). Today’s opponent, the pulverized Rox, are 29.5 games out.

  3. In the first three-and-a-half games of this thus far frustrating series, we have scored 13 runs in innings one through five, and three runs in innings six through nine. Let’s hope we can show some later innings scoring today.

  4. Freese today became the 10th Dodger with 10 or more homers this season, the same number that reached that mark last year. Taylor is hovering with 9; Beaty has 7. Looking backwards through 2000, no Dodger team has had more than 10 players with at least 10 homers since.

      • Liner thru the box, hit May either in head or on glove which was then pushed back into his head. Two runs scored, May departed for concussion protocols.

      • I hadn’t seen it either; i’m taping the game and I just looked. Line drive right at him. He appeared to deflect it slightly with his glove and it then hit his head and caromed into left field. He stayed on the ground for a minor or more, looked shaken when he got up, and was removed from the game.

  5. It pains me to say that my hometown Atléticos have blown it big time against the Yanquis today – leading 4-0, bullpen gave up three in the eighth and then “closer” surrendered back-to-back dingers in the ninth, with nobody out.

      • I disagree. The Dodgers would not have felt very good about themselves following a four-game sweep by the Diamondbacks. It would have tied their second longest losing streak of the season. That would not have made the plane ride back to L.A., albeit a short one, very pleasant. Moreover, the game would have given the Diamondbacks greater confidence that, if they gain a Wild Card spot, still doubtful, that they can beat the Dodgers. The season series between the two clubs ended with the Dodgers winning it, 11-8. Even though the Dodgers have a huge lead, unchecked losing streaks can mean a lot, both in the short and long runs. And it was a big win psychologically for the fans, yes, rather than perhaps, in my opinion.

  6. In non-sports news, September begins with another mass shooting: eight dead (including the gunman), 22 wounded in and around Odessa, Texas.

  7. Why is Caleb Ferguson on the team while Scott Alexander won’t even be called up with the rosters being expanded?

  8. All I can hope is that the Yankees and Astros are peaking early, and we are slumping right at the correct time before surging through to the end…

      • As Lux bats left and as the Rockies are throwing three right-handers with very high ERAs against us, Monday through Wednesday, I expect that Lux will get one or more starts in that series.

    • Er, who?

      “Alexander, who is 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA in 28 games

      He went on the injured list June 12 because of left forearm inflammation.

      White 28, was acquired by the Dodgers just before the trade deadline. His slash line rests at a weak .045/.192/.045 with the Dodgers.