Game 58, 2020

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

The visiting Angels send out old acquaintance (he was a Dodger for about three hours before they traded him to the Angels for Howie Kendrick on December 11, 2014)) Andrew Heaney (4-3, 4.02 ERA) to face the Dodgers’ LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.15 ERA). In Heaney’s last start he gave up three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rangers. Kershaw’s probably not going to win a Cy Young Award this year (he’s got the fewest starts and innings of the top ten contenders) but his credentials are pretty darned good nonetheless.

Here’s Seager’s oh-so-close-to-a-grand slam sacrifice fly from yesterday’s game:

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1941 Combined with a Cardinal defeat, the Dodgers win their first pennant in 21 years when they beat Boston at Braves Field, 6-0. Whitlow Wyatt throws a five-hitter and Pete Reiser hits a homer in the winning cause.
  • 1956 Dodger right-hander Sal Maglie no-hits the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 5-0. The ‘Barber’s’ gem helps second-place Brooklyn to keep pace in the pennant race with Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

  • 1962 After appearing in 60 games over a two-year span, Dodger reliever Ed Roebuck suffers his first loss. The LA right-hander gives up a 10th inning home run to Houston’s Al Spangler, breaking the 2-2 deadlock at Chavez Ravine.
  • 1974 In the first-of-its-kind operation, Dr. Frank Jobe transplants a tendon from Tommy John’s right wrist to the Dodger pitcher’s left elbow. The revolutionary ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, which will become a standard surgical procedure better known as Tommy John surgery, enables the southpaw to win an additional 164 games, more than half of his career total of 288 victories.
  • 1996 Giants slugger Barry Bonds draws an intentional walk which gives him the National League record with 149 bases-on-balls in a season. The free pass is issued in the seventh inning by LA’s Mark Guthrie with two outs and a runner on third base in the team’s 7-5 loss at Dodger Stadium. (Note: Bonds wasn’t done. He now holds down the top three spots in Most Walks, Hitter, Season).
  • 2008 The Diamondbacks, defending division champions, lose to St. Louis, 12-3, allowing the Dodgers to clinch the NL West. Los Angeles first-year skipper Joe Torre’s 13-year postseason streak continues, unlike the Yankees, his former team.

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160 thoughts on “Game 58, 2020

  1. Manitoba moved to Orange Level for Covid today. 10 outdoors and 10 indoors with masks required in public places (but schools, restaurants, bars, casinos, and churches not affected). We had such a good summer but now it’s ramping up.

  2. Smith chokes up on the bat and I noticed on the replay with two strikes he chokes up even more. Seager chokes up on the bat and so did Bobby Bonds. Why don’t more players do it?

  3. Third baseman Justin Turner on Friday became the only three-time winner of the Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award, which was voted upon by Dodgers uniformed personnel, will be presented to Turner on Saturday night by Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, via a video message.

  4. A win tonight would assure the Dodgers of a winning record against every team they have faced this season.

  5. Only in 2020: The Giants lost the second game of their DH to San Diego (after winning the first) on a walkoff three-run home in the bottom of the 7th inning of a HOME game.

  6. Joc’s first RBI since:
    A — Woodrow Wilson was reelected
    B — Tommy Lasorda was pitching a weight-reducing beverage
    C — Bill Singer’s no-hitter

    D — Ruth Bader Ginsburg was still on the Supreme Court

  7. I know that when Dodgers score 4 or more runs, Kershaw’s record is excellent. I wonder what it is when he gives up 4 or more runs?

    • I think Trout was long overdue to get a hard hit against Kershaw. The team is probably laid back waiting for the playoffs, even Kershaw.

      • Agreed. Except for the Kershaw part. Laid back and Kershaw don’t jive too often when he is on the mound pitching.

      • Yeah, best hitter in baseball is bound to get you at some point. Not really Klayton’s fault that guys were on base.

  8. I see that Lux is till on the active roster, but he hasn’t played since Sunday. Anybody know why?

    • CT3 has claimed second base? Doesn’t seem to be part of the “rotation”. Still, unlike Doc to let someone rust on the bench.

      • CT3 has been splendid. But given that the Dodgers have locked up the No. 1 seed, rather meaningless given how the postseason has been set up, it seems odd that Lux had not appeared in any of the last four box scores. I agree with your point that it is unusual to let the skipper allow him to rust. The Dodgers haven’t indicated that Lux is suffering from even a minor injury. Perhaps he will emerge from the shadows tonight. As things stand now, I wonder if he will be on the initial postseason roster.

        • Doc claims that his is going with 13-14 pitchers first round, which actually seems strange, so plenty of room in that is the case for Lux on the roster.

  9. Buehler talked to Rich Hill about blisters. Then there’s this:

    Every Dodger pitcher who entered Thursday threw at least one strikeout. Buehler, Dylan Floro, Pedro Báez, Blake Treinen, Jake McGee and Kenley Jansen combined to strike out a season high 16 batters.