Game 8, 2020

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

The visiting Dodgers send RHP Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to face the D-Backs’ RHP Zac Gallen (0-0, 2.25 ERA). Gonsolin was a late arrival to Summer Camp (the shortened restart of Spring Training) and was the first to be optioned to the Dodgers’ alternate training site, so there’s some question as to how long he’ll go. This looks to be a bullpen game for the Dodgers. In Gallen’s first start he went four innings, walked five, gave up just two hits and one run and struck out six Padres.

Mookie Betts may not be hitting much yet, but he can catch line drives:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1954 At Ebbets Field, using a borrowed bat, Joe Adcock hits four home runs in one game as well as a double which just misses by inches being his fifth round-tripper, in the Braves’ 15-7 victory over the Dodgers. The Milwaukee first baseman’s 18 total bases, collected on just seven pitches, set a major league record, surpassing the mark established in 1950 by Brooklyn’s Gil Hodges.
  • 1955 The Indians obtained Sal Maglie off waivers from the Giants, who release the 38 year-old right-hander because of his ailing back. The ‘Barber’, who will be used sparingly in Cleveland, will become a major cog next season in the Dodgers’ National League championship after being acquired by the team in May for $100.
  • 1983 Orioles Gold Glover Brooks Robinson, Giants ace Juan Marichal, ten-time American League All-Star infielder George Kell, and long-time Dodger skipper Walter Alston are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Marichal, the Dominican Dandy, becomes the first Latin player to be enshrined at Cooperstown.
  • 2004 Ten minutes prior to the trading deadline, Steve Finley gives the Diamondbacks permission to deal him to the Dodgers. The trade sends the four-time Gold Glove center fielder and backstop Brent Mayne to LA for minor league catching prospect Koyie Hill, flycatcher Reggie Abercrombie, and southpaw Bill Murphy, who was acquired in yesterday’s trade with the Marlins.
  • 2006 The Dodgers trade infielder Cesar Izturis to the Cubs for 300-game winner Greg Maddux. The last minute deadline deal, in which the future Hall of Famer waived his no-trade clause, gives the 40 year-old hurler an opportunity to go to a contender.
  • 2008 In a three-team swap, the much anticipated departure of Manny Ramirez from Beantown is finally accomplished with the unhappy outfielder being traded to the Dodgers. Former Pirates player Jason Bay will now roam left field for the Red Sox, with Pittsburgh receiving outfielder Brandon Moss and pitcher Craig Hansen from Boston as well as getting third baseman Andy LaRoche and right-hander Bryan Morris from Los Angeles to complete the last-minute deal.

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190 thoughts on “Game 8, 2020

    • By the time we get to the playoffs there might not be 16 teams left. And the 2020 World Series Champion goes to the lone survivor.

  1. I’m rarely a fan of loading the bases with an intentional walk. Even with two outs.

  2. At some point we need a starter to go deeper for us. Bullpen may be getting overtaxed.

  3. It’s tough to lose a game in which you have never trailed until the bottom of the 8th and then you lose because of an error.

      • It was the 2 walks that burned them. The intentional especially but also the unintentional.

        • The intentional walk was a strategy move that didn’t work out, but was likely the least of their problems. Not worthy of “especially” in my book.

  4. May as well have everyone self implode tonight and start up a clean sheet again tomorrow.

  5. Had to take a dinner break – grilled shrimp, squash and corn on the cob, paired with Argentine Torrontés – but now I’m back.

    • I was going to say only in sports can a 23 year old make it to the top of their profession but it was a teenager that hacked Twitter.

  6. Okay. It maybe was better when they were striking out. At least it took more pitches.

  7. I like how Arizona’s uniforms are having a bit of an affair with the NC Tarheels (with the baby blue secondary colours).

  8. The ump is calling lots of pitches on the black/gray as strikes. As long as it works for both pitchers I’m good with that.

    • Techs are showing exactly what part of the ball hit the strike zone. With that kind of capability, it would seem that the electronic strike zone is near.

  9. Had the runner been safe at third it would have been a hard pill to swallow given the condition of the bat scattered on the infield.

  10. Well – hopefully the Dodgers got that out of their system. 2nd inning I’m sure will be better than the first.

  11. Hello fans! To make this game feel like the old days I had my son charge me $40 so I can park my car and have one beer.

  12. Regarding the item posted by Link about Maglie, he and Furillo loathed one another. When the Dodgers acquired Maglie the following year, Bavasi knew that he had to resolve their differences. Here’s how that was done:$200+dinner&source=bl&ots=Zc7tjOdjn0&sig=ACfU3U0i0VtZyYD44bjOBK08SNA096qIXw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjcp-_34_jqAhWqKDQIHddODtsQ6AEwAHoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=Maglie%20Furillo%20%24200%20dinner&f=false

      • It was my second. I remember that dramatic last weekend. It began on Saturday with the Dodgers a half-game behind the Braves, but even in the loss column. My parents took my sister and me to the L.A. County Fair in Pomona, quite a drive without the freeways. The Dodgers won both ends of a twinbill vs. Pittsburgh and St. Louis beat Milwaukee 2-1 in 12 innings. Wehmeier of St. Louis and Spahn of Milwaukee both went the distance. The Dodgers were thus up by a full game with only Sunday remaining. The Dodgers won 8-6 as Snider hit two homers, his 43rd and 44th of the season. The Braves won, too, but that was irrelevant. I was an excited 8-year-old. We had just moved from Brooklyn to L.A.. that July.

        • Must have been quite something for you when they later followed you out West.

        • In Tacoma, we would occasionally get Dodger games on the radio, and I loved the Jackie Robinson story. The first Series I saw on TV was 1956, and you couldn’t root for Standard Oil.