Game 43, 2020

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.60 ERA) goes to the Chase Field mound to face the home team’s RHP Luke Weaver. Coincidentally the last outing for each of these guys was against the other’s team. Buehler went five innings, gave up just two hits and walked just one while striking out six on September 2, while Weaver went 5 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on September 3, giving up four hits and two runs and taking the loss.

Here are Seager’s two home runs from Sunday’s game:

Old friend note: Dee Gordon has changed his name to Dee Strange-Gordon to honor his mother, who was killed by her boyfriend when Dee was just seven years old.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1955 The Dodgers clinch their eighth National League pennant with a 10-2 victory over the Braves at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Brooklyn’s 17-game lead makes it the earliest date that a team has captured a flag in baseball history.
  • 1957 Before their departure to play on the West Coast for next season, the Dodgers and Giants face one another for the final time in New York. The Jints beat the Bums at the Polo Grounds, 3-2, to finish the intense 68 year-old storied rivalry with a 656-606 advantage over Brooklyn in the battle between the boroughs.
  • 1967 The Mets, at the urging of their fans, honor former Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, who retired last season when arthritis ended his career prematurely at the age of 30. The Brooklyn-born southpaw, who threw a no-hitter against New York in 1962, started twenty games against the Amazin’s, compiling a 17-2 record that included 14 complete games and 5 shutouts.
  • 2007 Alex Rodriguez, hitting his 50th and 51st home runs, joins Babe Ruth (1920-54, 1921-59, 1927-60, 1928-54), Roger Maris (1961-61), and Mickey Mantle (1956-52, 1961-54) to become only the fourth player in Yankee history to hit 50 or more homers in a single season. The Yankee infielder’s second homer breaks the major league mark of 49 homers hit by a third baseman, shared with Mike Schmidt (Phillies-1980) and Adrian Beltre (Dodgers-2004).
  • 2017 The Dodgers, who just a couple of months ago seemed poised to challenge the major league record of 116 wins in a season, lose again, their 8th straight defeat and 13th in 14 games, as they bow to the Rockies, 5 – 4. They blow an early 4 – 1 lead as D.J. LeMahieu hits a two-run double in the 5th to put Colorado ahead to stay. On a positive note, Yu Darvish records the 1000th strikeout of his career, punching out Carlos Gonzalez in the 5th, becoming the fastest starting pitcher to reach the mark, in 812 innings over 128 games.


156 thoughts on “Game 43, 2020

  1. That was not an confidence inspiring win considering the opponent and all the breaks they were given.

  2. Rox took a 3-0 over the Pads, but their starter was determined to walk every opposing hitter. After a pitching change, Pads now lead 5-3 lead on a slam by Myers.

  3. 4 hour game and counting. Not exactly made for prime time viewing except maybe for Link.

    • I turned to news 3 hours ago, made dinner, served and ate it, watched the rest of the PBS NewsHour, turned back to the game just as Wood started the 9th.

  4. AJ fouled off one to hit out and then swung through another. Our lineup has a lot more weak spots lately.

  5. That was a lot of action in 10 pitches from Wood. 2 base runners, a wild pitch (pass ball?), and 2 outs. Got my monies worth.

  6. Dodgers not a good team in tight games. Well, if they win tonight by a run or two (literally) then they will be 9-9 in games decided by 2 runs or less.

    • Teams are typically about even in games decided by one run, no matter how good or bad they are otherwise. Two, I don’t know what the numbers are?

  7. Arizona brought in rightty Crichton probably figuring they’d take their chances with the lefty Rios and then he could go after the two righties — Barnes and Betts.

  8. Gonzales made an athletic play to catch the high bouncer with back turned away from plate to help him spin and throw to first. He’s more than a pitcher.

  9. Lux is not persuading himself to be irreplaceable at second yet. Meanwhile, come on, Dodgers! This is the worst team in our division!

  10. Buehler is fun to watch when he is on. Which means he is fun to watch a lot of the time.