Game 32, 2020

Dodgers at Giants, 6:45 PM PDT, TV: ESPN (out-of-market only), NBCS BA, SPNLA

LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.25 ERA) goes for the Dodgers. He’s 13-5 at the Giants’ park (no matter what it’s named) with a 1.57 ERA in 25 games, including 23 starts. He’s 23-13 overall in his career against them. He’ll face the Giants’ RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 4.65 ERA), who went 6 1/3 innings and gave up just one run in his most recent start against the Dodgers on August 9.

Here’s Seager’s monstrous HR in last night’s game:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1939 At Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, NBC televises the first major league game in history on experimental station W2XBS, covering a doubleheader split in which the Reds win the first game, 5-2, and the Dodgers take the nightcap, 6-1. The network employs two cameras, one behind home plate, showing a wide view of the field, and the other on the third base line to capture the plays at first base.
  • 1947 Dan Bankhead becomes the major league’s first black pitcher. The 27 year-old right-hander doesn’t do well in a relief stint, giving up ten hits and six runs in 3.1 innings in a 16-3 loss to the Pirates, but the Dodger rookie hits his only big league home run in his first major league at-bat.
  • 1965 At Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the Dodgers, 5-2, making Tug McGraw (2-2) the first Mets pitcher to defeat Sandy Koufax (21-7). Previously, New York had lost 13 consecutive times to the future Hall of Fame southpaw.
  • 1993 The Mets announce that Vince Coleman will remain on paid administrative leave until the end of the season, effectively ending his playing career with the team. Co-owner Fred Wilpon’s unequivocal decision that the controversial outfielder, who signed a four-year $11.95 million contract before the 1991 season, will not ever put on a Mets uniform again is the result of Coleman admitting to tossing a M-100 firecracker from a Jeep departing from a Dodger Stadium parking lot last month, injuring three people.

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114 thoughts on “Game 32, 2020

  1. I clearly have too much time on my hands today:

    When a nine-inning game is ruled a forfeit the score is listed as 9-0. If one of today’s game is forfeited, is it listed as a 7-0 score?
    I would have thought that the Giants would have made this a day-night twinbill so they could have charged the cardboard cutouts double.

    • He’s the DH so he can recover in the dugout. 75% chance Barnes makes out so that Joc doesn’t have to run.

  2. A’s and Rangers are postponing tonight’s game, Phils/Nats may follow suit, also the Sawx/Jays.

  3. I see glimpses of the San Fran scoreboard out in RF and they show H/R/E (obviously) but they also show LOB and MVR. Any thoughts on what MVR is?

      • I ask because I thought I heard that they wouldn’t be credited with a no-hitter or perfect game.

          • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Major League Baseball’s official statistician, neither a team nor an individual pitcher will be credited with a no-no in a scheduled seven-inning game of a doubleheader — unless that game goes to extras. If the contest extends to at least nine innings and that pitcher (or a team’s group of pitchers) has still not allowed a hit, then it goes down in the history books as a no-no.

            Elias’ designation follows the tradition of a 1991 ruling by a committee led by then-Commissioner Fay Vincent that stated that in order for a pitcher to be credited with a no-hitter:

            “…a pitcher or pitchers had to pitch a complete game of nine innings or more without allowing a hit. Any game of fewer than nine innings in which a pitcher or pitchers do not allow a hit should be considered as a ‘notable achievement.’”

            I disagreed with that 1991 rule when I learned of it, and I still do. If the game was counted as an official one, then what the pitchers did should be recognized. it’s not like the hitter’s hits are taken away if the game is short.

          • Always thought it was weird if a pitcher went nine no-nos or perfectos but didn’t get credit if his team didn’t score.

          • From the Harvey Haddix wikipedia page:

            In 1991, Major League Baseball changed the definition of a no-hitter to “a game in which a pitcher or pitchers complete a game of nine innings or more without allowing a hit;” the rule’s formalization had the effect of proclaiming Adcock’s drive singularly fatal to Haddix’s no-hit bid, irrespective of the score or the game’s ultimate outcome. Despite his having thrown more perfect innings than anyone in a single game, Haddix’s game was taken off the list of perfect games. Haddix’s response was “It’s O.K. I know what I did.”[2]

            That’s just wrong.

  4. Do starting pitchers have to go 5 full to be in line for a win in these 7 inning games?

  5. In the old days in the PCL, teams played seven-game series – single games Tuesday to Saturday and a doubleheader every Sunday (Monday was a travel day). I believe the second game every Sunday was seven innings.

    • I remember 8-game series with the Islanders.

      We’re both right. From Wikipedia: “Initially, PCL teams made a four- and a seven-game visit to the Islands, with the Islanders doing the same. Later, as the league expanded, the Islanders played an eight-game series against each team in order to cut down on travel costs.”

      • I was thinking of the pre-Islanders days. For what it’s worth, I once saw Bo Belinsky pitch for the Islanders in Tacoma.

      • Must have been a lot of fun to be on a visiting team and get to spend a week in Hawaii, all-expenses paid. I expect that most of the games were played at night leaving the days free.

        • They all were. My first year back from Kwajalein (summer 1978) I’ll bet I saw 45 games. i only live about five miles from Aloha Stadium, so it was a 15-minute drive.

          • We used to listen to re-created games between the Tacoma Giants and Islanders, starting at 11 pm. One night I went to bed with Tacoma trailing 8-0 and woke to the startling news that they had scored 11 runs in the ninth to win.

          • Didn’t remember that you spent time on Kwaj. I was in Majuro for a couple of months. And actually spent a few days on Johnston Island.

          • The Wikipedia article above explains it, but I tried before Wikipedia was a gleam in Jimmy what’s-his-name’s eye here.

            I see I made an error, though. The STATE owns Aloha Stadium, not the city. But the lease terms were onerous and the team got none of the concession or parking revenue, it couldn’t sell ads on the outfield walls, and attendance was declining badly.

    • I remember that and yes, the second game was 7 innings. I can remember that but not names or faces near well enough.

      There were a lot of 6 game series in the Major Leagues when there were only a total of 8 teams per league.

  6. Hit and run with CT3 was unusual, but worked out. Got him to cut down on his usual do or die swing, I guess.

  7. Did Turner miss the memo about batting averages against this pitcher on first two pitches?

  8. We were allowed to return to our home in Carmel Valley on Tuesday night after the mandatory fire evacuation order was lifted. The fire came to within about two miles of where we live. We spent five nights as guests of friends. Obviously, we were delighted that our home was unscathed, but 50 homes east of us were burned in the blaze. The firefighters were amazing, but lightning strikes are so random and have been the cause of so much destruction throughout California.

  9. Already grumpy about these Gnat hitters. About to go to work, but I really want Kersh to win this one.

    • Both, looks like to me. The catcher is pulling up or pulling in his mitt and getting the calls.

  10. According to the MLBTV scoreboard, RHP Logan Webb is starting both games for the Gnats.