NLDS Game Two, 2020

Marlins vs Braves, 11:08 AM PDT, TV: MLBN

Atlanta leads the series 1-0.

It’ll be RHP Pablo López for the Marlins and RHP Ian Anderson for the Braves. López will be making his first postseason start and Anderson his second.

Padres vs. Dodgers, 6:08 PM PDT, TV: FS1

Los Angeles leads the series 1-0.

The Padres haven’t named a starter yet. Update: It’ll be Zach Davies. LHP Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Dodgers. Should Kershaw get the win he’d even his career postseason record at 11-11.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1952 In the decisive Game 7, the Yankees beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 4-2, to win their fourth consecutive World Championship. Gil Hodges finishes the Fall Classic hitless in twenty-one at-bats, which had prompted some Brooklyn fans to gather at local churches asking for divine help for their beloved first baseman.
  • 1977 In Game 3 of the NLCS, the Dodgers rally for three runs with none on and two outs in the top of the ninth inning to take a one-run lead in their eventual 6-5 victory over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. The game appeared to be over when LA’s Davey Lopes is picked off first base for the final out, but a throwing error by Gene Garber advances him to second base, from where he will score the decisive run on Bill Russell’s single.
  • 1978 In Game 4 of the NLCS, Ron Cey scores in the 10th inning on Bill Russell’s two-out game winning single, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Phillies and their second consecutive National League pennant. Cey, who walked after the first two batters were retired, advanced into scoring position when Garry Maddox misplayed Dusty Baker’s fly ball in center field.

  • 2001 Barry Bonds extends his major league record for home runs in a season to 73 as he drives a 3-2 first inning knuckleball off Dodger Dennis Springer over the right field fence. The blast also secures two more major league records for the Giants’ left fielder when he surpasses Babe Ruth (1920 – .847) with a .863 season slugging percentage and bests Mark McGwire (1998 – one HR every 7.27 AB) by homering in every 6.52 at-bats.
  • 2006 The Mets defeat Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, 9-5, to complete a three-game sweep in the NLDS. The Dodgers have won only one postseason game in 13 attempts since beating the A’s in the 1988 World Series.

Today in Padres’ history:

  • 1984 In a game that will be best remembered for Cubs first baseman Leon Durham’s seventh-inning error on an easy ground ball, the Padres win the NLCS when Tony Gwynn’s seventh-inning two-run double breaks a 3-3 tie en route to a 6-3 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium. Chicago had a 2-0 game advantage as well as a 3-0 lead in the decisive Game 5 but was unable to end their thirty-nine year World Series appearance drought.
  • 2001 On the last day of the season, Rickey Henderson bloops a double down the right-field line off Rockies’ hurler John Thomson to become the 25th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. Tony Gwynn, who is playing in his last major league game and is also a member of the 3000 hit club, meets the Padre outfielder at home plate in front of a sellout crowd Qualcomm Park.

Lineups when available.

Padres’ lineup:

Dodgers’ lineup:

250 thoughts on “NLDS Game Two, 2020

  1. This brings up the obvious question: When was the last time the Dodgers executed a double steal? I wouldn’t be surprised to hear 3 or 4 years.

  2. And to calm down now I think I will run around with scissors – down the middle of a busy highway.

  3. It said grounded out sharply, does Taylor still make that play if he was there?

  4. I actually thought that ninth inning was fun. A little harmless drama is a good thing.

      • Here’s hoping the series is over before Saturday, so you can be in the best frame of mind.

    • You and i both. I can’t take many like this. And I decided to ride with it the whole way. Unbelievable.

  5. I will give him credit for this. Kelly is gonna live or die at the bottom of the zone.

  6. It will be weird not having the Dodgers bat last tomorrow night. First time since Sept 20th. It so long ago, I was still in my 40’s.

  7. Next three Padres batters probably will decide the game. Hopefully Grateral is up to the challenge.

  8. Manny with the crazy bat throw after his HR. Hey Manny. The Dodgers see you. And will respond.

    • Dodgers had 3 straight hits from Barnes, Mookie and Seager. But unfortunately Barnes got thrown out going to third to end the inning.

  9. So nice having Joe Davis doing play by play this series. A touch of normality in an otherwise crazy postseason year.

  10. Without enthusiasm, I lean in favor of the Barves here – simply because I don’t think second- and third-place teams belong in the playoffs. With all due respect to the Padres, they should go home now, content with the progress they’ve made this season.