Game 42, 2020

Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: ATT SportsNet-RM, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

RHP Ryan Castellani (1-2, 4.81 ERA) takes the hill for the visiting Rockies and LHP Julio Urias (3-0, 3.27 ERA) does the same for the Dodgers. In Castellani’s last start he got roughed up for five runs in two innings, but he made a relief appearance later in the week and he performed well. Urias went six innings against the D-Backs in his last start, giving up just four hits and one run, striking out five and walking none.

Yesterday’s game ended in disappointment, but Tony Gonsolin struck out eight:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1924 In a game that features a total of only six hits, the Brooklyn Robins beat Boston, 1-0, behind the strong two-hit performance of right-hander Bill Doak. The Braves Field victory is the team’s 15th consecutive win, establishing the longest winning streak in franchise history.
  • 1953 With Giants manager Leo Durocher yelling “stick it in his ear”, Ruben Gomez hits Carl Furillo, the National League’s leading hitter, on the wrist with a pitch. After taking first base, the Dodgers right fielder bolts into the opposing dugout to choke ‘Leo the Lip’, but in the melee, the knuckle on his little finger is fractured, putting an end to his season.
  • 1981 Fernando Valenzuela ties the National League’s rookie record for shutouts, blanking St. Louis, 5-0, for his seventh whitewash of the season. The Dodger lefty shares the mark with Irv Young (1905 Beaneaters), Grover Alexander (1911 Phillies), and Jerry Koosman (1968 Mets).
  • 1985 In a matchup of aces that lives up to its advanced billing, Dwight Gooden and Fernando Valenzuela hook up in one of the best pitchers’ duels in recent memory. New York beats Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine, 2-0, thanks to Darryl Strawberry’s two-run double on a day that the 20 year-old Mets right-hander strikes out 10 batters, throwing nine shutout innings, while the Dodgers southpaw pitches 11 innings without allowing a run.
  • 1996 Brett Butler returns to the Dodger lineup four months after having surgery for throat cancer. The 39 year-old center fielder scores the decisive run in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Bucs.

Also on this date in big league history, in 1995 Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record, playing in his 2,131st straight game. When the game becomes official in the middle of the fifth inning, the new ‘Iron Man’ takes a victory lap around Camden Yards during the 22-minute standing ovation from the sellout crowd, including President Bill Clinton.

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166 thoughts on “Game 42, 2020

  1. Joc Pederson this season is hitting just .187/.295/.418 against right-handers, his 95 wRC+ well below his career 129 wRC+ against righties. But his batted ball data against right-handers, per Baseball Savant, suggests an expected batting average of .263 with an expected .503 slugging percentage this season, more in line his career numbers.

  2. I’m glad Lux didn’t cause the loss. And I’m okay with Matty’s homerun getting them the win. Kemp doesn’t look like he’s in good shape to me.

  3. What a battle! On Gameday you can see the red ball when it leave the pitcher’s hand, so to speak. He kept fouling them off.

    • Just how this could be like the first round playoff series. Tied 1-1 in games and tied in the 6th inning of Game 3. And then you walk the leadoff hitter…

      • Thanks. That’s been worrying me as well. A three-game series is no way to begin the playoffs. And the Dodgers would have no home crowd advantage.

        • About the only luxury they might have is being able to line up their starters. Hopefully by then the cream will rise to the top for our third guy, be it May, Julio or Gonsolin.

  4. Rockies fighting for a play off spot but still… We’re fighting not to lose our first series.

  5. Team RBI leaders at 31 hit one and two in the lineup. So much for the 3, 4, 5 spots being the RBI spots.

  6. Team RBI leaders at 31 hit one and two in the lineup. So much for the 3, 4, 5 spots being the RBI spots.

  7. A better throw would have had. As in – a better throw and he would have been picked off first. Or a better throw and he would have been out at second. Or a better throw and he would have been out at home.

  8. Joc Pederson was out of the lineup Sunday against a right-handed starter because he’s dealing with a family matter that might require him to miss multiple games, manager Dave Roberts said, without elaborating.

    He has seemed to be distracted lately.

  9. Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly said his scheduled Monday session throwing to batters should put him on the verge of returning from a shoulder injury in time to be a factor in the postseason.

    Kelly said his shoulder is pain free and he’s throwing 97 mph, although wilder than he wants. He plans to ramp up the intensity on Monday to get closer to game conditions.

    Question. Who is the player that has to stand in the batter’s box for Wild Man Kelly.

  10. It is still hard to know what the Dodgers have with Urias. He has the stuff but it’s hard to go deep in games if you are averaging 20 pitches an inning.

  11. Non-baseball entertainment: I re-watched “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” last night. I saw it when it was first released. it’s still amusing. If you wanted to recognize every cartoon character cameo you’d have to have your finger on the pause button a whole heckuva lot.

    • He outlived Ernie Broglio, who died last year. For years that was the pre-eminent example of a bad trade: the Cubs dealing Brock to the Cards for Broglio. Probably unfair to Broglio, but …

  12. Labor Day tomorrow. In addition to honoring our working women and men with a federal holiday, Labor Day used to be a day when all MLB teams played doubleheaders. This was true in 1956 and in many other years. I doubt that any of them were day-night, double-admission affairs then. The Dodgers are idle tomorrow, as are seven other clubs. Traditionally, there were single-admission doubleheaders for nearly all the clubs on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July as well.

  13. Regarding the item above about Furillo above, he still had sufficient at bats (this was before plate appearances were the determining factor to qualify) to win the batting crown. Although Fuillo didn’t play again during the regular season, he did play in all six games of the World Series, batting .333 vs. the Yankees, who won it in six games.