Game 30, 2020

Rockies at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: ATT SportsNet RM, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-0, 2.90 ERA) takes the mound for the Rockies and RHP Ross Stripling (3-1, 5.61 ERA) does the same for the Dodgers. Senzatela is having a whale of a season: he’s struck out 24 while walking only five in 31 innings, and in his last start he went eight scoreless innings, giving up just three hits. Stripling started off this season well, winning his first two starts. His last three have been progressively worse. He went only three innings in his last one, giving up eight hits and seven runs.

Here’s Bellinger’s walk-off HR and his reaction. He said he lost sight of the ball; he thought he’d hit it to left-center.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1958 Gil Hodges hits his 14th career grand slam in the Dodgers’ 10-1 victory over Milwaukee at LA Memorial Coliseum. The first baseman’s bases-full round-tripper establishes a new National League record, but is far fewer than Lou Gehrig’s major league mark of 23.
  • 1989 In the 11th frame of an eventual 22-inning 1-0 loss, the Expos’ Youppi! becomes the first mascot to be thrown out of a game when Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda complains to the umpires about the hairy orange giant’s behavior at Olympic Stadium. The L.A. skipper takes exception to the loud noise caused by the hairy creature’s running leap onto the visitors’ dugout before sneaking back into a front row seat.
  • 1989 In that same game, the second-longest shutout in big league history ends when Rick Dempsey hits a home run in the top of the 22nd inning, giving the Dodgers an eventual 1-0 victory over the Expos at Olympic Stadium. The Astros blanked the Mets for 24 frames en route to a 1-0 win at the Astrodome in 1968.
  • 2000 Team president Bob Graziano apologizes to a female couple who were asked to leave Dodger Stadium on August 8th because the two shared a kiss during a game. The pair felt the action of the eight security guards was discriminatory because the couple’s friends, a man and a woman, also kissed but were not ejected.
  • 2013 At a Dodger Stadium press conference, LA announces Vin Scully will continue to broadcast Dodgers’ games for his 65th consecutive season. Some of the historic moments the Hall of Fame broadcaster has called include Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, 19 no-hitters, including four thrown by Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, and Kirk Gibson’s dramatic walk-off in the 1988 Fall Classic.


120 thoughts on “Game 30, 2020

  1. First time this season that Taylor is starting a game batting third. He did that 10 times last season. Roberts wants to put a right-handed bat in the middle of all the lefties and Taylor has been hitting well of late: 12-for-38.

  2. Strikeouts, halfway thru this year: 224. Extrapolated for full year: 448. If you use the 2.7 multiplier (60*2.7 = 162) 448*2.7=1207

    Compare to 162 games:
    2019: 1356
    2018: 1436
    2017: 1380

    Marked improvement this year.

  3. Joe Davis uses the verb “tomahawk” a lot. I wonder if in this day and age if it is still appropriate.

    • I’ve used that term a lot myself. I think of it as hitting a high pitch with raised hands instead of upper cutting a high pitch and not as a weapon. I like being political correct so I will just say who knows for now.

  4. And Ross Stripling is thinking – you couldn’t have let me pitch one more inning?!

  5. Bellinger may have done Max a favor last inning by taking away a two strike count against a lefty to a new count against a righty to lead off this inning.

  6. In regards to the game in 1989 that Link mentions above – my dad and I watched all 22 innings on the French language channel in Canada that carried some Expo games. Definitely a favourite baseball memory of mine!

        • He didn’t go until the ball got away from the catcher. The box score does not include a CS.

          • I saw that. It doesn’t include a passed ball either. A player that gets picked off is recorded as a caught stealing. I consider it as a failed delayed steal.

          • It depends. If the runner getting picked off tries to advance, it’s a CS. If he tries to get back to the base, it’s not. It would’ve been a passed ball, but no stolen base, had he been safe at second.

            Gameday says “Cody Bellinger out at second, catcher Elías Díaz to shortstop Trevor Story.” It does not say “caught stealing.”

  7. Here’s a weird little piece of trivial info:

    Only 6 players in the history of major league baseball have 20+ home runs in a season without grounding into a double play.

    1990 Rob Deer (27 HR)
    1997 Craig Biggio (22 HR)
    2006 Marcus Thames (26 HR)
    2018 Matt Carpenter (36 HR)
    2019 Eric Thames (25 HR)
    2019 Joey Gallo (22 HR)

    Facebook baseball groups are well-populated with stat nerds.

  8. That inning worked out. Now back to some hard hitting fly balls for Dodger hitters.

  9. Houston scored three in the top of the first at San Diego, which is our closest competitor in the NL West, four games back.

  10. I see that Will Smith is starting behind the plate. Was Ruiz returned to the training facility?