Game 2, 2020

Giants at Dodgers, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: NBCS BA, SPNLA

The visitors will start a pitcher, we can count on that. As of this morning they have not announced who it will be. The Dodgers will send Ross Stripling to the mound. “Chicken Strip” has become their seasoned swing man, rotating between the bullpen and the rotation. I’m not sure he enjoys that role, but it’s what he’s slotted as for the time being. He was 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA last year.

Mike Lupica of writes about Mookie Betts’ first game as a Dodger.

Here are the highlights from Kiké Hernández’s big night:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1909 At Washington Park, the Superbas sweep a twin bill from the visiting Cardinals with identical 1-0 scores. Brooklyn’s southpaw Nap Rucker, who will finish second in the NL with 200 strikeouts, whiffs 16 Redbirds in one of the contests.
  • 1931 For the second time in ten days, Babe Herman hits for the cycle. The Dodger outfielder joins “Long John” Reilly and Bob Meusel as one of only three ‘tricyclists’ to have accomplished the feat of collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in one game three times.
  • 1965 Unbeknownst to him at the time, 75 year-old Mets skipper Casey Stengel, who compiled a managerial record of 1,905-1,842 with the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets, manages his final baseball game, a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. After leaving a party after midnight at Toots Shors, the ‘Old Perfesser’ loses his balance and fractures his left hip, resulting in his unexpected retirement.
  • 1968 ChiSox reliever Hoyt Wilhelm breaks Cy Young’s record when he makes his 907th career appearance, pitching a third of an inning in which he gives up a run on two hits to be on the short side of the team’s 3-2 loss to Oakland. The 45 year-old knuckleballer, who will retire in 1972 after pitching in 1,070 games, will finish his 21-year major league career with a 143-122 (.540) won-loss record and 228 saves, hurling for the Giants, Cardinals, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels, Braves, Cubs, and Dodgers.
  • 1970 Tommy Agee steals home with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, the New York center fielder stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring the winning run with his thievery of home plate.
  • 1977 After his two-out foul pop-up is dropped by Mets’ right fielder Bruce Boisclair, Davey Lopes responds with a game-ending three-run home run off Bob Apodaca. The L.A. second baseman’s ninth-inning dramatics provide the Dodgers with a 5-3 win and spoil the opportunity for a win for Nino Espinosa, who left the game needing just one more out for a complete-game victory.
  • 1993 Following the game at Dodger Stadium, Vince Coleman tosses an M-80 from a car, resulting in reported injuries to three fans in the Chavez Ravine parking lot, including an 11 year-old boy and a two year-old girl. The Mets’ player was a passenger in the 1991 Jeep Cherokee driven by LA outfielder Eric Davis, who acknowledges Coleman flipped the firecracker out of his vehicle as a ‘joke,’ but not into a crowd of people.
  • 1993 In a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, Mets right-hander Anthony Young extends his record losing streak to 27 games. The latest defeat is the result of the hard-luck hurler walking Dave Hansen in with the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning.
  • 2015 Michael Conforto becomes the 1,000th player in Mets history when he makes his major league debut, going 0-3 in the team’s 7-2 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field. Tomorrow, the 24 year-old rookie left fielder will enjoy a 4-for-4 day at the plate when he will collect three singles and a double en route scoring four runs.

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131 thoughts on “Game 2, 2020

  1. The 2 run 7th made up for the scoreless 2nd inning. And now they have covered not needing to bat in the 9th as well. (They better not have to bat in the 9th.)

  2. Went to pick up my son from youth group and see I missed more Max Muncy.

  3. Gausman was originally drafted by the Dodgers 10 years ago but didn’t sign with them.

  4. So when Mookie leads off in the 5th inning, it will mean he will have come to the plate five times in five innings.

        • Yep and no blackouts! Unlike Hawaii, not even one team has claimed it as a territory. Doing something else, so following on Gameday.

          • Same is true in Argentina. You can even watch post-season games at no extra charge.

      • Actually he was safe but is no longer in the game. His neck might have stiffened up. He landed hard on his back and then Pablo’s forearm came down on Taylor’s neck.

          • I did too and I thought Roberts took him out of the game after the inning but he just caught a pop up. Maybe players can come back into games with the new Covid rules 🙂

  5. How many $30M AAV players might the Dodgers have on the team at one time in the next 4 years?

    • No one on the current roster would likely join Mookie, and Klayton and Price won’t be around.

      • Seager and Bellinger were my best guesses and maybe Buehler. I think you are right though.

        • Seager not FA until year 4 and $30M in today’s dollars he probably isn’t at that level. They could buy out Belli’s arb years, though.

  6. Joe and Orel talking about the cut-outs. Any of you thinking of doing it? Also – they somehow need to get the cut outs to flinch when a ball is fouled straight back behind the plate! 🙂

  7. Early days, but it seems to me the Dodgers are air conditioning the plate a lot less this year. I approve.

  8. Hey all! Just finished exercising – what did I miss? Kidding. Watched on the iPad. Go Dodgers!

      • I’ve watched the Disney+ broadcast twice and will watch it again. I love the cast. Mhy wife especially liked the King of England, I did too.

  9. Watching the broadcast I have two requests. 1: Get rid of the fake crowd noise. Im fine with the organ though. 2: Mute Orel.

    • No Orel? I actually like how he plays off of Joe. But I hear you on the crowd noise. It doesn’t quite hit the mark.

      • He lost me the other night talking about BBQing in the dry air in Vegas.

        • Fair enough. Do you listen to their off-air podcast at all? They talk about bbq’ing on it a few times because Joe got Orel into it.

          • They are hit and miss of course, but in general I enjoy listening to some of them as much as watching tv shows.

      • If I had my way, Tim Neverett would do every game alone as a simulcast. I really admire his work. A pleasure to listen to.

      • Very true. ESPN made opening day less than it should have been. But, I am a big fan of the Dodger duo so I am biased. They would have made opening day so much better.

    • I like the crowd noise. To each their own I guess. I also am enjoying Orel and Joe.

      Glad Strip and Joc are still Dodgers.

    • Later on when rosters contract that will probably change, but for now I fear we will see a parade of arms.

  10. Tonight’s another blackout, but at least Gameday shows video highlights as they happen (unlike ESPN).