Game 50, 2020

Dodgers at Padres, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: ESPN (out-of-market only), FSSD, SPNLA

RHP Graterol is 0-2 with a 3.06 ERA. LHP Adrian Morejon (2-0, 2.53 ERA) will be one of a squad of bullpen pitchers for the Padres. It’s sort of startling that neither team, in the third game of a crucial series with only ten games left in the season, has a regular starting pitcher going.

Here are highlights of Tony Gonsolin’s game yesterday:

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1924 Cardinal first baseman Sunny Jim Bottomley goes 6-for-6, including two homers, and bats in a record twelve runs when the team beats the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 17-3. The previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by today’s opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson.
  • 1976 In the 11th inning at Veterans Stadium, Rick Joseph hits a walk-off grand slam in the Phillies’ 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Two batters are walked intentionally by Ron Perranoski to face the weak hitting Philadelphia pinch hitter, who responds with his first career home run, which will be his only round-tripper this season.
  • 1988 The Reds’ Tom Browning pitches a perfect game against the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing only eight balls to be hit out of the infield in his 1-0 victory. Over three starts, including the perfect game, he retires 40 consecutive batters – one shy of a major league record.

On September 16, 1993 Dave Winfield got his 3000th hit. In 1996 Paul Molitor did the same. And in 2005 Youppi!, who got his start at Olympic Stadium, is named as the first official mascot of the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first to ever switch from Major League Baseball to the NHL. The acquisition, reportedly at the cost of six figures, is made possible when the Expos leave the hairy orange arm-waving giant behind in favor of an eagle called “Screech” when they moved to Washington, D.C. to become the Nationals.

Lineup when available.

154 thoughts on “Game 50, 2020

  1. A tad nerve-racking near the end but quite satisfying. I just didn’t want us to face Machado again.

  2. Longfellow:

    Under a spreading chestnut-tree
    The village smithy stands;
    The smith, a mighty man is he,
    With large and sinewy hands;
    And the muscles of his brawny arms
    Are strong as iron bands.

    His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
    His face is like the tan;
    His brow is wet with honest sweat,
    He earns whate’er he can,
    And looks the whole world in the face,
    For he owes not any man.

  3. Once, in Berkeley softball, there was a pull hitter so extreme that we placed our right fielder directly on the left field line. Except for first base, everybody was on the left side of second. This was in the days before advanced metrics.

  4. The Dodgers are making a big statement in San Diego’s home field and could have been bigger if they had not lost game one in the ninth.

  5. Lots of pitchers today on both sides. It’s like spring training. Or an ASG. Or baseball in 2020.

  6. I like the concept of a ball having to fit inside a string box that borders the strike zone to be a strike and not one that merely touches the string but passes outside the string.

  7. Dodgers have 5 players that have hit 10 or more HR’s. In a full season that would be – let me see – 5 times 2.7= 13.5 players. Did I do that right? lol!

  8. Other personnel moves: Pederson to family emergency list (he just came off paternity; I hope this is procedural rather than something wrong with wife and/or baby), Ferguson to IL (replaced by Sborz), and Joe Kelly has been reactivated following his suspension.

  9. The left-handed hitting Muncy, batting cleanup, is hitting .231 vs. lefties, .183 vs, righties, I expect he will see pitchers from both sides today.