Game 35, 2020

Dodgers at Rangers, 4:05 PM PDT, TV: FSSW, MLBN free game-of-the-day, SPNLA

The Dodgers send RHP Ross Stripling (3-1, 5.46 ERA) to the mound against the Rangers’ RHP Lance Lynn (4-0, 1.59 ERA). Stripling’s first start was excellent (7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 7 Ks) and he’s been getting progressively worse ever since. In his last start he went just four innings and gave up two runs on six hits. He leads the majors in HRs allowed with 10 in 29 2/3 innings. Lynn has had a great start and is being mentioned as a trade possibility given the woes his Rangers are having. He’s made seven starts against the Dodgers in his career and gone 3-1 with a 3.69 ERA.

Here’s Mitch White’s MLB debut yesterday:

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1939 Wheaties sponsors the first telecast of a baseball game when their ads are aired during the Ebbets Field contest between the Reds and the Dodgers. The commercial broadcast is available only in New York City, where an estimated 500 people own television sets.
  • 1948 Jackie Robinson hits for the backward cycle when he homers in the first inning, triples in the fourth, doubles in the sixth, and completes the rare event with a single in the eighth. In addition to his ten total bases, the Dodger second baseman drives in two runs, scores three times, and steals a base, helping Brooklyn beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 12-7.
  • 1951 With his second home run of the game, the sixth time he has accomplished the feat this year, Gil Hodges hits his 36th round-tripper to establish a new franchise record for homers in a season. The Dodger first baseman’s seventh-inning three-run blast in the team’s 13-1 rout of Cincinnati at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field surpasses the mark of 35 set by Babe Herman in 1930.
  • 1989 Giving up just three singles, recently acquired Mets southpaw Frank Viola outduels Orel Hershiser and beats the Dodgers, 1-0. The classic contest between two aces marked the first time in baseball history that the reigning winners of the Cy Young Award have faced one another in the regular season.

Cultural history note: On this date in 1966: On a typically cool night, the Beatles play their final concert at Candlestick Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. The “Fab Four’s” performance on a five-foot stage, which is located just behind second base surrounded by a six-foot high wire fence, is less than stellar due the ballpark’s inadequate lighting, poor acoustics, and the group’s growing disdain of doing live shows.


187 thoughts on “Game 35, 2020

  1. Muncy, Pederson and Bellinger are all now hitting at least .200. It’s been a long time since we could say that.

  2. Walking the lead off hitter is the relief pitchers version of a starter who struggles in the first inning. Fortunately it’s a 3 run lead.

  3. Didn’t seem like Belli ran full out on that one. I’m mean he should have been out by a mile but thought it might have been closer considering the bobble.

  4. Texas deserved to have one long fly ball get caught since the Dodgers have had at least 3 this game.

  5. Kolarek maintains his 0.00 ERA this year. In parts of two seasons with the Dodgers he has allowed one earned run in 23 innings.

  6. Hadn’t realized the Dodgers were closing in on the record for HR’s in a month. The record is 56 and they are at 54.

  7. I would not be offended if the Dodgers traded for Lynn. (Depending on who they gave up to get him that is.)

  8. Stripling takes over the MLB lead in homers allowed with 11 . . . uh, make that 12.

  9. Poor Ross. It’s like he is using 2019 baseballs when everyone else is using 2020 ones.

      • Little League signups have an August cutoff so a player born in August would be the oldest 12 year old and that would give him an advantage which would lead to making all star teams and better coaching lada lada lada and that is why more Major Leaguers are born in August.

          • Yes, I have countless younger friends who set out to conceive in November for that very reason.

          • Doesn’t everyone?

            My birthday is in November, so I nearly got held back a year in elementary school for those stupid reasons. “He’s too young.”

            Right. I got moved from first-half fifth grade to first-half sixth at 259th St school in Lomita in 1959. ‘Course, I then moved to St Peter’s in Westwood and was promptly shifted back to fifth. Catholic schools were a little ahead of the LA Unified School District in curricula in those days.

          • I’m November as well. I liked being a 12 year old 7th grader instead of a 12 year old 6th grader in Little League.

  10. Stripling struggling as well, though not as much as last game. Both pitchers have high pitch counts so far, though.