Game 39, 2020

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA

RHP Luke Weaver (1-5, 8.23 ERA) pitches for the visitors. He had a couple of good starts but his last one was horrible: he gave up four runs on eight hits to the Giants in just three innings. He has the unenviable task of facing the Dodgers’ LHP Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 1.80 ERA), who is, by some accounts, no longer an elite pitcher, just a very good one. Those doubters have so far been proven wrong.

How have the Dodgers built their team? Despite their obvious wealth, they’ve drafted most of their current stars.

Justin Turner is the Dodgers’ nominee for the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player who best emulates the Pirate superstar’s philanthropy and community service. Clemente died delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua in 1972. Here are all the nominees.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1917 Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the distance in both games of the Phillies’ doubleheader sweep of Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. In his 18 innings of work, the Philadelphia right-hander limits the Dodgers to seven hits en route to posting 5-0 and 9-3 victories in the twin bill.
  • 1978 At Dodger Stadium, Lee Mazzilli becomes the first Mets player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game. The center fielder’s first and seventh inning blasts, respectively hit off southpaw Tommy John and right-hander Charlie Hough, pace the last-place club to an 8-5 victory.

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74 thoughts on “Game 39, 2020

  1. That was very much a gift run (even though Kike’s getting on was rule a hit and not an error).

  2. Kershaw now 30 k’s behind Colon for 5th on the active list (if you consider Colon to still be active). Depending how many starts Kershaw has left, he might catch him this year.

    • Before that he would pass Felix Hernandez who has 2524 K’s. So that seems achievable.

  3. It would be great if one – or both – of Beaty and Rios got it going a bit offensively.

    • Brandon Belt. Thanks for coming out. Here’s some parting gifts for you as you walk back to your seat on the bench.

        • I’ve heard it lots in terms of NFL.
          “A trap game is when a stronger opponent overlooks a weaker opponent and the weaker opponent overcomes adversity potentially winning the game. This especially happens when the stronger team is on their home turf with their fans behind their backs. They get too comfortable!” (Quote from a quick google search on trap game.)

          • Never heard it, but I pay no attention to handegg. When those cardboarders are on your side, though…

  4. I hope we don’t pay the price tonight for having used Kenley last night in a game that the Dodgers led 6-1 after eight innings.

    • That was two nights ago. Last night we got to see Jansen start the 10th with a runner on second. That was interesting.

      • Whoops. Said tonight would be three nights in a row, which I doubt Roberts would allow. A few more Dodger runs would make that moot.

  5. A perfect throw would have got Walker out. Which could mean an error but a hit is the right call. He says begrudgingly.

  6. I have to go to a Zoom meeting at 8pm so will have to catch up on everything later. Hopefully in time to chime in with a woo-know-what!

    • Castro has fouled off some pitches that would have been ball four too though. He’s gone now.

  7. This feels like such a trap game. Maybe that’s only a football thing but I wouldn’t be surprised if this game was tighter than what it looks on paper.