Game 160, 2019

Dodgers at Giants, 7:15 PM PDT, TV: NBCS BA, SPNLA

RHP Walker Buehler (13-4, 3.25 ERA) goes for the Dodgers. He’ll face RHP Johnny Cueto (1-1, 2.57 ERA), who is making his fourth and last start of the season after recuperating from Tommy John surgery. In his first two starts he was surprisingly good, going ten scoreless innings. His third start was less so: he gave up four runs in four innings against the Braves. Buehler went six innings in his last start, gave up four runs to the Rockies and took the loss.

How yesterday’s shutout was pitched:

Check out the photos up and down the Dodgers’ Twitter feed. They look a lot like these:

On this date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1936 Replacing Johnny Mize, tossed by an ump for arguing, Cardinal rookie first baseman Walter Alston makes an error in handling two chances and strikes out in his only major league at-bat. ‘Smokey’ will, however, win seven pennants and four World Series in his 23-year Hall of Fame career as Dodger manager from 1954 to 1976.
  • 1951 Bill Sharman, recently called up from Fort Worth, is one of 15 Dodgers who are ejected by umpire Frank Dascoli for bench jockeying after a close call at home plate. The future basketball Hall of Famer will never play in the big leagues, and thus he will become the only player to be ejected from a major league game without ever appearing in one.
  • 1960 Ryne Duren makes his first start in two years memorable when he strikes out the first five batters he faces in the Yankees’ 5-1 victory over Washington. The feat ties a modern major league record shared by Lefty Gomez (Yankees), Dazzy Vance (Dodgers), and Walter Johnson (Senators).
  • 1961 Sandy Koufax breaks the National League mark for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Christy Mathewson’s mark of 267 established in 1903. Unlike the turmoil caused by commissioner Ford Frick’s edict of having to hit 61 homers by the 154th game in the extended 162-game schedule to break Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, little is made that the Dodgers southpaw’s 268th punch-out occurs in the 151st game of the season, compared to the 142-game sked played early in the century.
  • 1964 The Houston Colt .45’s play their final game in Colt Stadium, the team’s home ballpark since joining the National League in 1962. The future Astros beat the Dodgers in the 12th inning, 1-0, when Jimmy Wynn’s single plates Bob Aspromonte.
  • 1993 In a 7-3 victory over the Dodgers, Cubs’ reliever Randy Myers becomes the first National League pitcher to record 50 saves in a season.
  • 1993 Mike Piazza, who broke the major league rookie record for home runs by a catcher earlier in the month, sets another mark for round-trippers when he hits his 34th, surpassing the previous L.A. Dodger mark shared by Steve Garvey (1977) and Pedro Guerrero (1985). Duke Snider established the franchise record with 43 homers playing with Brooklyn in 1956.
  • 2000 The United States Olympic team, managed by former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda, stuns the world, beating the much-favored Cuban team to win the country’s first gold medal in its national pastime. Ben Sheets ends Cuba’s 21-game Olympic winning streak with a 4-0 shutout.
  • 2011 After giving up five runs in the top of the tenth inning, the Diamondbacks score six times in the bottom of the frame in an amazing 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Dodgers. Arizona infielder Ryan Roberts delivers the decisive blow in the Chase Field contest, a walk-off grand slam with two outs.

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67 thoughts on “Game 160, 2019

  1. Saturday Surmises – Yesterday’s game dragged on a bit, but was ultimately satisfactory. Dodgers still trail Minute Maids by one and lead Yanquis by the same margin. “Home-field advantage” might be nice, but nobody’s going to go all out for that even if it would be nice for AL teams to have to play four of seven by baseball rules. Personally, I’d like to see a 1965 rematch with Kershaw filling the Koufax role (but not on two days’ rest).

    My big weekend disappointment is that BadGums will not pitch for the Gnats tomorrow, as he had a shot at a losing record for the third straight year but will instead finish 9-9. He also could’ve gotten his ERA above 4, which would’ve been a bonus.

    In NL Central, both Redbirds and BeerBoys lost, though they have something to play for – the second-place finisher will have to face the Nats for the mild card, but the numerous possible scenarios include a Game 163. In the AL, my hometown Atléticos have clinched their spot but are tied with Devil Rays, so today and tomorrow will determine who hosts the mild card. I can’t work up a lot of enthusiasm for that or the AL in general, but I’d rather see the game on the West Coast.

      • Well, BadGums’s ego may not find those statistical risks acceptable as he approaches free agency. The reality, though, is that he’s a pretty ordinary pitcher who screwed up by not demanding a big contract a few years back.

  2. Milwaukee meltdown in the ‘pen at Coors. Seven-run sixth for the Rox, and BeerBoys looking likelier for mild card v. Nats.

  3. Alls well that ends well. It only took one extra pitch to get out of the mess. That’s why LA is in first and San Fran is not.

  4. Both BeerBoys and Redbirds suffered major meltdowns in bullpen tonight, and St. Louis still leads Milwaukee by one game with two to go.

  5. I did not realize that the Colt 45’s and I co-existed. I always thought they were well before my time on this planet.