Game 157, 2019

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: FSSD, SPNLA

LHP Rich Hill (4-1, 2.68 ERA) tries to come back from his spell on the IL and the torn scar tissue in his knee which forced him out of his last start in the first inning. He’ll be wearing a knee brace. His opponent will be rookie RHP Ronald Bolaños (0-1, 5.79), who’s made just three big league appearances, all this month. Two of those were starts in which he went a total of 11 innings and gave up seven runs on ten hits, walking six and striking out ten.

Here is Ryu’s first career home run:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1957 Grounding out, Pirates left-handed first baseman Dee Fondy becomes last player ever to bat in Ebbets Field when the Dodgers blank the Bucs, 2-0, in the final major league game ever played in Brooklyn.
  • 1971 Al Downing becomes a 20-game winner when he blanks the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 2-0. The Dodger left-hander, best remembered for giving up Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run, will compile a 123-107 record during his 17-year major league career.
  • 1981 Dodgers 7, Giants 5 at Candlestick. The Dodgers got a three-run homer from Mike Scioscia and two more runs in the third inning to put themselves ahead. The game was — marred? supplemented? — when a fan threw a helmet and — well, here:

    Reggie Smith went into the stands after a fan who had been heckling him during the game; the fan had just thrown a batting helmet into the dugout before Smith climbed into the stands; Smith punched the fan and tried to pull him over the rail onto the field; Dodger teammates grabbed Smith; eight fans were arrested and Smith was ejected by HP umpire Harry Wendelstedt; as two policemen walked with Smith down the RF line to the clubhouse, someone threw a beer bottle and missed.

  • 2001 Batting for reliever Joe Beimel in the bottom of the sixth inning, Craig Wilson drives the first pitch he sees into the seats in left center for his seventh pinch-hit home run, tying the major league mark established last season by Dodger infielder Dave Hansen. The Pirate rookie’s two-run round-tripper sparks a five-run frame, enabling the Bucs to overcome a 5-0 deficit in their eventual 7-6 victory over the Chicago at PNC Park.
  • 2003 Eric Gagne ties John Smoltz’s National League mark for saves with 55 when he helps the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 5-3. The Los Angeles closer equals the NL mark in consecutive opportunities, which is also a record.

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139 thoughts on “Game 157, 2019

  1. Wednesday Writeup – In the race for baseball’s best record, making up two games on Minute Maids (projected wins 106.2) seems unlikely, but Dodgers (104.1) could overtake the losing Yanquis (104.5) for second-best, as they trail NY by just one-half. FanGraphs gives Houston a 35 percent chance at winning the Series, NYY 16.1, LA 15.6.

    A satisfactory day in the NL, as Dodgers clinched best in league when Barves lost. Also worth noting that the Gnats clinched their third straight losing season by losing to the Rox in 16, as the Busted Poseur shows here.

  2. We’re a half-game behind the Yankees but even in the loss column. We’re two games behind the Astros and two games behind them in the loss column. Both teams have the tiebreaker on us.

  3. Seven Dodgers pitched 8 1/3 innings of no-hit, shutout ball tonight. Floro allowed the only five Padre hits and their three runs in 2/3 of an inning.

  4. Turner spared Bellinger of getting one more at bat tonight. His head can still hit the pillow as a .300 hitter. But one less game in his attempt to tie or break Green’s franchise record of 49 HR’s.

  5. As for batters here’s a pretty fair guess for the postseason:

  6. Will Stripling make the postseason roster? For me he is on the bubble and doesn’t make it if Hill is good to go.


  7. The Dodgers haven’t had two players with 100 or more RBIs since 2009: Ethier (106) and Kemp (101). Bellinger, with 114 this season, is the first Dodger to reach triple figures since Gonzalez (116) in 2014.

  8. Muncy now has 96 ribbies, which we used to call them when I was a kid. It would be great if he could reach triple digits.

  9. Tampa Bay beat the Yankees, 2-1, tonight on a leadoff homer by Ji-Man Choi in the bottom of the 12th.

  10. Quote from Roberts concerning Joe Kelly: “…Right now the body part isn’t quite where we want it to be.” I sure hope they are not talking about his head.

  11. I was going to write that this could be the end of Rich Hill’s Dodger career, but then he suggested my comment was premature.

      • Dodgers can afford to cut him some slack at present, but he’ll have to show more in his next start.

  12. With Pollock starting over Beaty tonight vs. a right-handed pitcher, does that mean that Beaty’s chances of making the post-season roster are diminishing or that Beaty is injured or something else?

  13. I guess if you do not hit the ball out of the infield, you have to be glad for the one run. But what a missed opportunity.

  14. Do hope Hill can show something. It was a treasure to be able to see him up close warming up in the pen in Baltimore and then to see him and his curve make the first two O’s batters look foolish.