Game 153, 2019

Rays at Dodgers, 5:10 PM PDT, TV: Fox Sports Sun, SPNLA

LHP Brendan McKay (2-4, 5.27 ERA) goes for the Rays while RHP Tony Gonsolin (3-2, 2.83 ERA) starts for the Dodgers. McKay is regarded as the Rays’ top pitching prospect; they’ve gone 4-6 when he’s started, so they’re not helping him out much. Gonsolin has been a pleasant surprise to the fans if probably not to Dodgers’ management. He’s made appearances as a starter (10 walks in 28 innings) and as a reliever (no walks in seven). He came in and pitched three quality innings after Rich Hill’s forced departure last week.

Here’s a recap of Tuesday’s game:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1964 Willie Davis broke a 16-inning, 3–3 stalemate between the Phillies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium with a walk-off steal of home. With two outs in the bottom of the 16th, Davis reached on an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch by Philadelphia’s Jack Baldschun, then stole home on reliever Morrie Steevens.
  • 1984 The Tigers, with a 3-0 victory over Milwaukee, clinch the American League East title to become only the fourth team in major league history to lead from start to finish of a season. The 1923 Giants, 1927 Yankees, and the 1955 Dodgers also led their circuits from wire to wire.
  • 2006 The Dodgers, who are last in the National League in homers, hit four consecutive home runs in an inning when Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson all go deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Padres, 9-9. The improbable feat, which had been accomplished only by the 1964 Twins, 1963 Indians, and the 1961 Braves, leads to Nomar Garciaparra’s walk-off two-run homer in the tenth and sole possession of first place when Los Angeles beat the Friars, 11-10.


137 thoughts on “Game 153, 2019

  1. Friday Findings – From a Dodgers viewpoint, not much happened yesterday, and what did happen was bad. The idle Minute Maids (projected wins 106.4) remain two games ahead of LA (projected 103.7). Dodgers trail Yanquis (104.9) – who clinched their division yesterday by clubbing the Angles – by 1-1/2. For what it’s worth Domingo Germán, the Bronxsters’ best starting pitcher, is done for the season because of a domestic violence incident.

    In the NL, Dodgers lost half a game to victorious Barves (98.5, and a potentially tough playoff opponent), but still lead Atlanta by 4-1/2 (five in loss column). Magic number over Atlanta, which plays Gnats tonight, remains four.

  2. Thursday Thoughtstorm – Sour ending yesterday but, given that both Yanquis and Barves lost, it could’ve been worse. Dodgers (projected wins 103.7) are now two games behind Minute Maids (106.4) and one behind the Bronxsters (104.5). In the NL, they remain four ahead of Barves (98.1).

    Pending outcome of Fillies-Barves today, magic number remains Billy North.

    • Ugly Update – Fillies flail in ninth, so Barves now trail LA by just 3-1/2. Magic number remains the same until at least tomorrow.

  3. Moura over at The Athletic takes a stab at the first round playoff roster. The usual suspects with Lux and Beaty, with the possibility that Verdugo replaces Beaty in later rounds. Quique and Joc switching up in right and CT3 conceding left to Pollock, but perhaps starting somewhere against lefties in place of Lux (Quique flipping to 2nd, CT3 to left, Pollock CF and Belli RF). For the pitchers, he has Gonsolin over May and Caleb over Hill (unless he shines in a couple of outing). Sadler, Yimi, and Foro on the outs.

  4. Rooting for him, but Kenley not sharp enough to overcome his own doing. Seems like his inconsistency pegs him for an earlier role or as a closer who gets lifted when it appears he is not on that particular night.

    • I don’t know whether he’s just declining as closers do or whether he’s too stubborn to listen to coaches telling him the cutter’s not as good as it once was.

    • I don’t know whether he’s just declining as closers do or whether he’s too stubborn to listen to coaches telling him the cutter’s not as good as it once was.

      • Well, he is declining as a closer who can get outs using his now less effective cutter. One might imagine that it is a big mental leap not to rely on a pitch that has brought him such success, so I am sure that he harbors the idea that he can get it back making him reluctant to change. Then you have the problem in mechanics and command associated with incorporating new pitches in his repertoire on the fly.

  5. Yanquis have lost to Angles, and Fillies continue to lead Barves 4-1 after eight. Minute Maids lead Texas 2-1 in seventh.

    • It was going along fine for most of it. I will be glad to be through all these bullpen/new pitcher every 2 or 3 outs kinda games however.

  6. On 4+1 day, Marlon Anderson is the hitting coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones these days. Jeff Kent is doing quite a few generous things. I can’t find out what J.D. Drew is doing. We know where Russell Martin and Nomar Garciaparra are.

  7. Thought it was another former Dodger catcher out there for a second. Looking at you Grandal.

  8. Those VJN patches on the Rays uniforms always catch me thinking it is a tribute to Vin Scully. Wonder who VJN is/was?

  9. What a difference a year makes. The Dodgers wouldn’t have played with the lineup this much last year. And 2 years ago, I think they were still trying to get their footing after the crazy losing streak.

      • Last year was a close division race. Two years ago, Dodgers had horrendous stretch losing 16 of 17.

          • Then there was a mostly-set starting lineup of position players, too. Lineup last Sept. 15:

            Today’s Dodger lineup at Cardinals:
            Pederson LF
            Turner 3B
            Machado SS
            Muncy 1B
            Grandal C
            Bellinger CF
            Puig RF
            Utley 2B
            Hill P

          • Lineup seems pretty set this year as well, just adding Lux to the rotation and having Turner rest. Perhaps a lot of changes during the game in these last two, but they are playing TB that constantly changes pitchers, but not clear to me that the basic left/right lineups have been in flux.

          • I was just thinking of the fact that the Dodgers have more of an opportunity to try a bunch of different options player and position wise. Doc was asked in Baltimore how unconventional he would be over the next 2 weeks on a scale of 1 to 10 – 1 being traditional and 10 being completely out of the box. He said 7. Not sure he and the team would have been that close to 10 the last 2 years.

          • Beaty at 3rd is the one wrinkle I have seen. Part of that due to Turner resting, but as well maybe looking at options for him if Lux takes over in lefty rotation with Max at first. But that is probably an emergency option, as I can’t imagine Turner leaving the lineup at any point once he returns.

          • Taylor at 3rd isn’t very common either. Pollock has had more time in left than usual. There have been a few little wrinkles in position players and even more in terms of the pitchers.

          • CT3 at third against lefties and Beaty against righties is a function of Turner’s rest. I would read much into it. Pollack to leftfield also coincides with Turner being on the bench, but that one might stick.