Game 22, 2020

Dodgers at Angels, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: FS-W, SPNLA

The visiting Dodgers send RHP Walker Buehler (0-0, 4.40 ERA) to the mound tonight in Anaheim. He’ll face the Angels’ LHP Andrew Heaney (1-1, 4.26 ERA). Buehler’s “Summer Camp” was too short and he’s working his way into shape. In his last start he got into the sixth inning, an improvement over his first two games. He gave up two runs on just one hit while walking four and striking out six.

You may remember Heaney as the guy who was a Dodger for five hours before being traded to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. That was six years ago, and if that seems impossible to you you’re not alone. He missed half of the 2016 season and most of 2017 as well after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July of 2016. He was the Angels’ Opening Day starter this season, going 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out six and walking none.

MLB’s Mark Feinsand has selected one guy each team could trade at the trade deadline, which is August 31 in this topsy-turvy year. He asks, “If Joc Pederson was tradeable in the off-season, why would he not still be tradeable this month? He would be.”

Here are Cody’s two homers from last night’s game:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1914 Brooklyn’s Jake Daubert sets a National League record with four sacrifices in one game. The first baseman’s efforts aren’t enough when the Dodgers drop an 8-7 decision to Philadelphia at Ebbets Field.
  • 1926 When Babe Herman doubles with the bases loaded, three Dodgers wind up on third base. The runner on second rounds third but decides to go back as the runner from first reaches the same base, and a few seconds later Herman slides in to join his two teammates.
  • 1951 With one out in the top of the eighth inning and a runner on third base in a 1-1 tied game, Willie Mays, running at full speed, makes an incredible catch of Carl Furillo’s drive to deep centerfield. After grabbing the ball, the rookie outfielder turns counterclockwise and throws a perfect strike to home to nail a surprised Billy Cox at home to complete the double play. Some believe the catch, in the Giants’ eventual 3-1 Polo Grounds victory over the Dodgers, is the impetus for the beginning of the team’s incredible comeback from an 11.5 game deficit to win the National League pennant.
  • 2006 The Dodgers, with their 4-0 blanking of the Marlins, win their sixth consecutive game and 17th in the last 18 contests. The stretch is the team’s best run since the Brooklyn Superbas went 20-1 in 1899.

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73 thoughts on “Game 22, 2020

  1. When Mookie extends his arms, it is a deceptive swing. Doesn’t look like he’s mashing it, but it sure flies a long ways.

  2. Captain’s log, stardate -302377.4174003238- All appear to be sleeping , exercising, out for dinner. It’s quiet. No sign of aliens. Fergusson had another good outing. Betts ties game with home run

  3. For the second straight night, Gott is on our side! He gives up four runs in 2/3 of an inning, include a three-run dinger to put Oakland ahead of the Gnats at Software Stadium.

  4. Trout shouldered arms the whole at bat. All three pitches living on the top of the strike zone, with late movement. A thing of beauty.

  5. The Cardinals, playing today for the first time since July 29, swept a DH at the White Sox, 5-1 and 6-3. I guess they were well rested. St. Louis is now 4-3.

  6. Tim Neverett said Milwaukie was near Eugene. Actually, it’s part of Metro Portland.

  7. I won’t be on here too much tonight. It’s my 22nd wedding anniversary. We had a nice Thai dinner and a stroll for dessert. Just thought I would say hi while we get ready for the rest of the evening.

    • Thee Giants’ post-game show featured an unhappy Randy Winn and an even unhappier Rich Aurilia, the latter of whom raised the issue of bringing in the closer, Gott, in a non-save situation. By giving up five runs (all earned) in one-third of an inning last night, Gott’s ERA went from 1.50 to 8.53.

  8. Austin Barnes, by going 7-for-13 in his last four games, has raised his batting average from .091 to .257.