Dodgers at Padres, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: ESPN (out-of-market only), FSSD, SPNLA
Dustin May scratched from today's start. Brusdar Graterol will start a bullpen game.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 16, 2020
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.
Today's lineup at Padres:#Dodgers | @Biofreeze pic.twitter.com/CBWxr4evIb
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 16, 2020
Denver’s air quality is not encouraging. My cousin writes me that “The winds which were blowing farther to the north, have now found their way to our region. It is a bit grey, the sunrise not too red, but it is noticeable. It appears it will be around at least until the weekend.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d372bc75869443b6e5ef06b0ce5daab09b788de56832a2de66ed3cabb17ac95d.jpg
It blew in from Nebraska. Two days ago it was pretty good after the snows.
A tad nerve-racking near the end but quite satisfying. I just didn’t want us to face Machado again.
González has looked really good and, given Ferguson’s issues, he’s increasingly important.
Luis Perdomo did not pitch well today for the Padres.
Below, however, is my favorite Perdomo game, his MLB debut on Opening Day 2016 at Dodger Stadium. This was a fun game to attend. I remember it well.
He got knocked around for sure, but at PETCO. His first game in DS was July 9. Gave up 4 runs in 6 innings for the loss.
You’re right. And I wasn’t at the 2016 opener in San Diego.
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.
Fitting for a catcher especially on a hot and smokey day
In fairness, his hair’s not long and black.
That inning was very smooth for May. 10 pitches is in the zone.
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.
We played workup every recess and lunch and often after school in grade school and to get more swings sometimes we would pull balls foul. If anyone caught a fly ball they could choose to swap places with the hitter of just move up one place and put the hitter in the back of the line. So, someone would stand in foul ground as warranted.
You can’t do that in baseball. Everybody except the catcher must be in fair territory.
Baseball leagues rarely play workup.
For my fellow uneducated readers:
We played plenty of workup when I was a kid.
Baseball leagues rarely play workup.
Cool that it was his 100th
Brewster gets two!
There it is! (To paraphrase Harry Shearer).
Dodgers win! And they are in!
Nice catch by CT3!
Petey’s fastball still slow.
A deliberate fastball
Up to 93.
Used to hit 98 not that long ago.
I was just fine with Gonzalez finishing this game.
Oh, well, come on Mr. Baez
I’d probably choose Treinen.
Never easy, is it?
Nice K, Victor.
A sweet start to a relief appearance.
Not everyone can home in his first major league at bat.
Seager should be able to do something with this reliever.
Well, he got his first pitch fastball.
Who closes in the 9th?
They’re saying either Gonzales or Báez.
It wouldn’t kill the Dodgers to score another run in the 9th.
And I wouldn’t mind that either.
All started with the error, in my book. You get that out…
Gotta stop them here guys.
Too much shoddy infield defense this season by the Dodgers.
Especially lately, yes?
Sure seems that way.
Seems like leadoff walks and errors wind up scoring so often.
No more than hits.
51 – 49
No openings, Gavin!
Like I said…
Jason Castro has not shone behind the plate.
CT3 goes YARD!!
Upper Deck yard, no less.
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.
Or 7th inning as the case may be.
Some solid fielding that inning from Lux twice and Pollock once.
Smith now at ,313, To be honest, I never expected that.
5 – 9 hitters in various orders
Belli. Let’s go! Drives in Smith.
Buffalo Will Cody?
Will Smith, league’s best catcher.
When there’s a Will there’s a way!
“Under the spreading chestnut tree…”
Pads have a very chirpy dugout.
Its getting quieter.
Deep breath, Max.
Jon has some thoughts about playoff expansion beyond this season. (He’s agin’ it.)
Lots of pitchers today on both sides. It’s like spring training. Or an ASG. Or baseball in 2020.
Supposed to be pen game for both teams, so yeah.
I was thinking Jackie Betts but I like your thinking too.
Mookie. Flying around the base paths today!
Fun to watch!
Gotta love those one-pitch outs.
So sorry for Caleb Ferguson. Bad UCL MRI.
He’d shown so much more this season. Hard to replace.
If he is injured while in a game does that mean he will continue to get paid his salary until deemed repaired? I’m thinking about next year.
Oops, I added an edit just before your answer popped in.
Bad news on Ferguson. He’ll miss next season, too.
Great start and fine finish to the inning for May. The middle was choppy though.
Just what the Doc ordered!
Pitches are piling up
A timely DP
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.
Good at bat by Manny M.. Credit where credit is due.
Finish this game Mr. May
Highly unlikely he’ll go seven.
Gotta match Gonsolin
I would have laughed if he threw Bellingers ground ball away as well!
I think he’s out, but…
buts have it
How many reviews can they do in one inning?
An infinite number, until you get one wrong.
About as many reviews as a new show got on Broadway when New York had seven daily newspapers.
I like that against SD as much as a solid base hit
Yeah. Who’s sloppy now?
Right down the line!
Max came through!
With the kind of hit that opposing teams have hurt the Dodgers
If this guy can’t throw strikes, we have the right batter up
Gameday tells me Mookie was out at home. Not according to the action on the field. Mookie was trying to get back to third.
Gameday’s only slightly more reliable than Steiner.
It woulda been an easy DP.
Phooey. Got him!
No DP here please JT
Nor a K or popup.
There is another gift. Let’s capitalize Dodgers.
Wow, that was an absolute gift.
13 pitches 3 strikes.
But it could have been worse?
So much worse!
I wonder if it feels extra early in the day for relievers to be pitching?
Kolarek with no strike zone to speak of…
Frustrating. We need to keep their energy down. No encouragement!
Supposed to get the lefties out.
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!
And a K!
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.
Smith is hitting .438 in September with an OPS of 1.232.
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.
I’ve said before and I’ll say again, Roberts is stubborn.
Makes two of you, I guess.
When he is on, he hits both. Doc trying to get him going before the playoffs. I wish both of them luck.
What’s wrong with May?!?!?!
Nothing is wrong with May.
Article had some intriguing information. McKinstry activated but Roberts refused to say who was the player making room for him.
Joc, for a family medical emergency.
It may not be a long, long day for May in September.