Game 7, 2020

I get an email notice whenever anyone comments on this blog (excluding my own). I cleaned up the mailbox tonight, deleting 17,256 comments from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

And we didn’t even GO to the second round of the playoffs or the World Series last year!

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA

Fresh off a satisfying two-game sweep of the Astros, the Dodgers send RHP Ross Stripling (1-0, 1.29 ERA) to the mound in Chase Field to face the Diamondbacks’ LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 7.36 ERA). Stripling was impressive in seven innings against the Giants on July 24, giving up just one run. Ray had a horrible opening against the Padres, throwing 97 pitches in 3 2/3 innings and giving up a 3-run HR to Wil Myers.

Here’s Edwin Rios’s go-ahead HR in the 13th inning of last night’s game in Houston:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 2004 In a blockbuster trade, the Marlins deal Brad Penny, the winner of two World Series games last season, first baseman Hee Seop Choi, and southpaw prospect Bill Murphy (who will be traded to the Diamondbacks tomorrow) to the Dodgers for backstop Paul Lo Duca, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, and much-traveled outfielder Juan Encarnacion.
  • 2017 Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre collects his 3000th hit when he doubles in the fourth inning in the Rangers’ 10-6 loss to the Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The twenty-year veteran, who has also spent time with the Dodgers, Mariners, and the Red Sox, is the first-ever Dominican-born player to reach the coveted milestone.

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98 thoughts on “Game 7, 2020

  1. I have decided the crowd noise is just silly as well. Id rather try and hear
    what everyone is saying on the field.

  2. MLB’s recap starts “Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger are homerless, a pair of MVPs batting a combined .185, but seven games into the season and the Dodgers are fine. In fact, they’re on fire.”

  3. MLB’s recap starts “Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger are homerless, a pair of MVPs batting a combined .185, but seven games into the season and the Dodgers are fine. In fact, they’re on fire.”

  4. There was some talk here about Seager not maintaining his hot pre-season, but part of it has been hitting them where they are. In 28 AB he has whacked 12 balls at +100 mph.

  5. Both pitchers threw 20 pitches. Ross just threw them all to one batter (basically).

    • I heard a rumour somewhere that it might be a shorter season this year, so getting off to a good start is of some value.

  6. I can’t decide which bullpen pitcher I’m most excited to have in our pen: Graterol, Trenein, or Ferguson. Not to mention Jansen, Báez, and Kelly.

    • Personally, I think bounced throws are riskier. They’re also slower – the ball travels through the air faster and more directly.

  7. Orel channels Rick Monday with talk of “Professional at bats” by Turner.

  8. Wonder if Ross can go one more inning or not? He’s at 77 pitches but it would be great if he could get through the 6th to help the pen tonight.

  9. Regarding the 2004 trade involving LoDuca that Link posted at the top, I remember being very upset about it because I thought he exemplified toughness and personified the Dodgers. He was one of my favorite players. Then, all the steroid stuff came out and my views changed. Here is a brief radio interview he did two years ago about his steroid use:

    • I felt the same. It was a big letdown, but at least he never indulged in Bondsian egotism.

  10. That pitchign discussion was actually fascinating. Wish Orel would do more of that instead of his usual non relevant nonsense.

  11. Hernandez id getting a lot of at bats I would rather see Joc get, lefty pitcher and all.

    • Don’t know about that, but the other day Doc should have had Joc PH for Quique late against the righty. A normal move for Doc in past years.

      • The last game Joc started he only got 2 at bats and was pinch hit for because a lefty came in but that pinch hitter stayed in and then had two more at bats against a righty. That isn’t happening the other way around. I really think the Dodgers wanted to move Joc to allow them to have a more set lineup.

  12. If Strip can get out of one of the next two innings with less than 10 pitches, he will have really won the battle with Marte.

  13. Robbie Ray has talent, but not much command. He throws lotsa pitches and doesn’t go deep into games.

  14. I recall being fired up about that Marlins-Dodgers trade in 2004. It felt like Randy Johnson was the next move to be made.