Game Five, 2021

Dodgers at Athletics, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: NBCSCA, SPNLA

RHP Dustin May (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his first start of the year against fellow RHP Frankie Montas (0-0, 0.00 ERA), also making his first start. May went 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 12 starts in the shortened 2020 season. Montas had a down year in 2020, going 3-5 with a 5.60 ERA in 11 starts.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1913 In an exhibition game against the Yankees, 25,000 fans watch the Dodgers play their first game in Ebbets Field. Brooklyn beats New York, 3-2, with Casey Stengel hitting the park’s first home run, an inside-the-parker.
  • 1957 The Phillies trade five players, Ron Negray, Tim Harkness, Elmer Valo, Mel Geho, and Ben Flowers (the player to be named later), and send $75,000 to the Dodgers to obtain much-touted Cuban infielder Chico Fernandez. Philadelphia’s new shortstop plays three seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, batting just .242, before being traded to the Tigers.
  • 1989 At Riverfront Stadium, Dodgers’ hurler Orel Hershiser’s scoreless-inning streak ends at 59. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Todd Benzinger’s single scores Barry Larkin, who had been picked off after getting a base hit to lead off the game, but was safe on the ‘Bulldog’s’ throwing error.
  • 1993 In front of 42,334 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, the Florida Marlins, making their major league debut, defeat the Dodgers, 6-3. Joe DiMaggio throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and the team retires uniform number 5 in tribute to Carl Barger, their late president.

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46 thoughts on “Game Five, 2021

    • A bit too early to make those judgments. They both have track records, especially Price (who missed an entire year, so rust is understandable).

  1. I was serendipitously in San Diego the night that Orel broke the scoreless innings record. My best memory of it, though, is José González stumbling over first base with an apparent injury, somehow staying in the game, and then stealing second base on the next pitch.

    I will be blacked out for the next three nights, and will require all your eloquence, in lieu of Steiner, to understand what takes place on the field.

  2. According to Baseball Reference Gamelogs, Kershaw currently has his highest era at any point in his career at 7.94

    The previous high was after a game in Colorado on April 26, 2009 where he gave up 9 earned runs. Following that game his era was 7.29. He ended the season with a 2.79 era.

  3. All 4 of the struggling Dodger hitters batted this inning: Belli, Pollock, Beatty and Rios. No better time than up 9-0 in the 8th.

    • Belli hasn’t looked good, but as Jon notes, if he had been credited with the dinger his OPS would be .812 instead of .654.

    • Tough for him to live down his post season performances, but has been real good in regular season play since July 2019. In 2020 tied Mookie for most dingers on the team and had a similar OPS+ as JT.

    • A double that clears the bases and brings in 3 runs was always my favorite Vin call. “WHACKED to left center….it goes to the wall….INNNNNNNNNNNNNN comes X…..INNNNNNNN comes Y……INNNNNNNNN comes Z.”

      • The best ever was Lee Walls’s bases-loaded triple against the Gnats in the 1962 playoff, but the next day was a catastrophe.

    • Ive ditched cable, and just listen to the games these days. I really like Nevertt.

      • We cut the cable years ago, but I do watch on MLBTV – though Gnats and A’s games are always blackouts.

    • So, you’ll have a chance to see him? I thought he might have been headed to the KBO.

      • Yes, this is the summer league with the Diablos Rojos in Mexico City (Gonzo is supposedly going to play with a new team in Guadalajara called the Mariachis). Play starts in late May. Not sure I will be around though, more likely back in the States.

  4. The Rangers have a full house for their home opener today. Gov Abbott, who otherwise loves super-spreader events, is boycotting in solidarity with Georgia.