Game 10, 2020

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

Today is the first start of the year for the Dodgers’ LHP Clayton Kershaw, who scratched from Opening Day with back soreness. This will be his 34th career start against the Arizona team. He’ll face the D-Backs’ RHP Merrill Kelly (1-0, 1.17 ERA). Kelly took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his last start against the Rangers.

Game highlights from yesterday:

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1938 Bright yellow baseballs designed by Frederick Rah, who believes the visibility of the dandelion-hue sphere will help players avoid getting hit by a pitch, are used in the first game of a doubleheader. The one-game experiment draws mixed reactions and the Dodgers complete their sweep of the twin bill from the Cardinals, 6-2 and 9-3, using the traditional white ball in the nightcap.
  • 1982 During a ceremony held in Cooperstown, NY, the United States Postal Service unveils a 20-cent stamp commemorating baseball great Jackie Robinson as part of its annual Black Heritage series. The Dodger infielder becomes the first individual baseball player to be depicted on a U.S postage stamp.

  • 2002 Reds general manager Jim Bowden is fined by commissioner Bud Selig for the comments he made to reporters prior to yesterday’s game against the Dodgers comparing a baseball strike with the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Quickly realizing the use of such analogy was inappropriate and insensitive, the Cincinnati GM issues an immediate apology after the game.
  • 2008 In the first game after the Manny Ramirez trade to the Dodgers, the Fenway Faithful enthusiastically welcome Jason Bay, the player replacing the Boston icon. The former Pirates outfielder doesn’t disappoint, tripling and scoring the winning run in the 12th inning of the Red Sox’s 2-1 victory over the A’s.
  • 2017 The Dodgers lost to the Braves, ending their nine-game winning streak. Had they won it would have been the third time that season they’d have won ten straight. The bullpen gave up the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta.

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89 thoughts on “Game 10, 2020

  1. Pence, the outfielder not the VP, got his first hit of season today. He is now 1-for-26. His teammate Samardzija was knocked out again today. In 9 2/3 innings this year he has allowed 10 earned runs and three HRs.

  2. Barnes fouled off four balls and watched strike three go by. But at least he got the pitch count up ever so slightly.

  3. Mookie, after two hits today, now hitting .289. Early-season averages can fluctuate wildly because of the dearth of at bats.

  4. I wish we had more breathing room. These guys are capable of jumping right back in at any moment.

  5. I wonder why Taylor never cuts down on his swing and/or chokes up on the bat with two strikes. Also, it appears to me that he would benefit from a lighter bat. I know he hits some homers, but he fans too much, leading the league in 2018.

  6. Betts left the game with a sore middle finger. Affects his hitting, not his defense they say. A good friend of mine would also say it affects his ability to speak in Italian.

  7. Id like a little more balance to the offense. The first week we strung a bunch of hits together, now we are back to last year where it was all HRs. Something in the middle please.

  8. Following up on RBI’s post of a little bit ago, Barnes can frame pitches well, and Smith has some pop, but I don’t think we can go through even a mini-season without getting a catcher who can hit. Ruiz, a switch-hitter, is ready and waiting, and he had pretty good numbers last season, particularly in Triple-A.

  9. Just realized I attended the game, and the 3 game series, in Atlanta referenced above. Beat them the next day.

  10. That’s the second time Joc has been successful hitting it to the hole at short. It’s one way to get bat on ball while waiting for his bigger swings to make contact.

  11. I know it’s only two innings, but… This is the best I’ve seen Kershaw pitch in a couple of years.

  12. Cody gets back to back change-ups. The first one fooled him. The second one Cody said I’ve seen this pitch before. Fool me once…Fool me twice…not happening.

  13. Taylor stung his as well. HR most places. Me thinks this starter is not long for the game.