Game 15, 2021

Dodgers at Padres, 5:40 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports San Diego, SPNLA

The Dodgers hand the ball to LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.89 ERA), who’ll face old friend RHP Yu Darvish (1-0, 3.06). Kershaw has bounced back from a forgettable Opening Day game to give up just one run in 13 innings over his last two starts. Darvish has also been stingy, giving up three hits and one run in each of his last two starts.

On this date in Dodgers history:

  • 1955 Roberto Clemente singles off Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres in his first major league at-bat. The Pirates’ rookie, who will die in a plane crash attempting to bring relief aid to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua in 1972, will collect exactly 3,000 hits during his 18-year major league career, all with Pittsburgh.
  • 1956 Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale, and Frank Robinson play in their first major league games, respectively, for the White Sox, Dodgers, and Reds. The trio of debuts marks the first time that three future Hall of Famers have made their initial appearance on the same day.
  • 1988 The Braves beat the Dodgers, 3-1, after breaking the National League record with ten losses to start the season. The team will drop 27 of its first 39 decisions, costing Chuck Tanner his job as the Atlanta manager.
  • 2013 Clayton Kershaw becomes the second fastest Dodger to strike out 1,000 batters when he throws a second-inning 93-mph fastball past San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso. The 25 year-old southpaw reaches the milestone in 970 career innings, 15.2 more than needed by Hideo Nomo, who established the team mark in 2003.

Also in baseball history on this day: in 1969 Bill Stoneman pitched a no-hitter for the Expos in the ninth game of their existence, in 1976 Mike Schmidt hit four consecutive home runs in a ten-inning 18-16 Phillies’ win over the Cubs, and in 2012 Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a major league contest. The 49-year, 150-day old southpaw surpassed Brooklyn’s Jack Quinn, who was almost three months younger when he got the victory pitching five frames in relief against St. Louis in 1932..

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189 thoughts on “Game 15, 2021

  1. If that had been Graterol on the mound – he would have tossed his glove and hat again!! Lol

  2. Once a top prospect, Myers has had several mediocre (at best) years, but now seems to have rejuvenated.

  3. Way to go Blake. Only 9 pitches. Bring him back for the ninth. Please, no Kenley.

    • One more game after tonight – and then finally a new umpire crew in Seattle. At least, I hope so!

      • Because the Dodgers have had this crew for 2 series in a row. Of course, the Dodgers have done fairly well in terms of W-L record with this crew… so far.

  4. On the Schadenfreude front: Yanquis now have AL’s worst record, though it could be hard for them to catch the Rox and Snakes for all of MLB.

  5. Meanwhile, in Miami, the Fish have swallowed the Gnats again. SF pen blew ninth- and tenth-inning leads.

  6. I thought the game started at 8:40 my time. I turned it on and saw Mookie up at bat. Took me a second to realize it was the 4th inning already!

  7. The Dodgers are 12-2. The Brooklyn Dodgers started out 12-2 in 1955, the only season in which they won the World Series. After 14 games they had a 3-game lead in the NL. That club started 10-0, then lost a game, won a game and lost a game, before winning 11 more in a row to get to 22-2. At that point they were 9.5 games ahead. I saw my only game in Ebbets Field that year, as a 7-year-old. Eight who wore Dodger uniforms that season are in the Hall of Fame. How many can you name?

  8. Tatis Jr., who may one day be a great player, has more errors (seven) than games played (six) this season, as WBBsAs pointed out last night. His batting average (.167) and his fielding percentage (.759) combined do not reach 1.000. Even this early in the season, that is an incredible stat.

  9. Hoping for the best tonight with internet. Last night sporadic until the sixth and then nothing until the 12th.

  10. After walking the dog and taking a mid-morning nap, I am only now recovering from last night’s wipeout. I would hope the Dodgers would wrap it up more quickly tonight.