Game Six, 2021

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

LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 7.94 ERA) tries to right his ship after an outing in which he gave up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He’ll face RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 5.06 ERA), who lost his first start of the year while giving up three runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 2001 In the home opener at Veterans Stadium, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning’s number 14 jersey is retired. Kentucky’s Republican U.S. senator, who compiled a 224-184 record in his 17-year career pitching for the Tigers, Phillies, Pirates, and Dodgers, joins Richie Ashburn (1), Robin Roberts (36), Steve Carlton (32), and Mike Schmidt (20) as the fifth player to have his number retired by the Phillies.
  • 2004 Adrian Beltre becomes the 36th player in baseball history to hit 100 home runs before the age of 25. The Dodger third baseman joins Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig to have exactly 100 homers on their 25th birthday.
  • 2016 The Padres, with their 7-0 loss at Petco Park, become the first team to be shut out in the first three games of the regular season, surpassing the dubious mark set by the Browns, who opened the 1943 campaign with 26 straight scoreless innings. San Diego also dropped their first two decisions of the three-game series against the Dodgers, 15-0 and 3-0.

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57 thoughts on “Game Six, 2021

  1. Betts didn’t beat the throw that’s for sure. But getting tagged without the ball in the glove meant he was safe.

    • Didn’t have command of fastball, which he was using often. Cutter speed was 87-89.

  2. Just thinking about Piscotty’s (non)HR. It would have been very funny if he had come charging out of the dugout screaming a la George Brett circa 1983.

      • Initially ruled a HR but then the umps huddled and changed it to foul ball. Then they went to replay to verify.

      • Initially called a dinger but changed to foul ball, which was reconfirmed upon review.

    • My favorite part of the Brett thing, is now he says now it was the best thing that happened to him, because before that he was known mainly for having hemmorhoids make him miss a world series game. That of course led to one of the best headlines ever, when he did perform in the post season, I recall a headline that read “George Piles It On.”

  3. I’m not sure that hitting more home runs in Oakland in 2 games than Colorado in 4 makes sense
    But I’ll take it.


  4. Kershaw has an era of 8.10. That might be the highest it has been at any point in his regular season career. Went through game logs on Baseball Reference last night and his highest I saw was 7.29 at the end of April in 2009. By the end of the year it was all the way down to 2.79.

  5. Im not overly sympathetic to the Dodger’s minor injuries these days while the 11 fractures in my ribs heal. Id trade for them!

    • I once got broken ribs in a co-ed game, running to first. The throw was off-line, and the woman playing first stuck her elbow out and hit me hard. Not intentional, but painful and knocked me out of the lineup for several weeks.

      • Got blindsided by an out of control skier up in Tahoe end of february. Broke ribs 3-8 on the left side, all of them in 2 places except # 4. Apparently it shoved in the whole chest wall an inch or so and punctured the chest cavity, so I had a collapsed lung as well. I didnt realize al this and skied down 2 runs with the ski patrol and drove myself to the hospital in truckee to be checked out since I was breathing weird. Was kind of shocked that it was that bad to be honest.

        • Wow! Sorry Jack. What’s your recovery time looking like? Obviously it’s been over a month already…

          • Well, i thought I would be done this week, as it is week 6. But last friday the x rays showed that while 8 of the fractures are pretty much done, 3 haven’t even begun. Still have like a 1/3 of an inch gap. So now they say 2 more months. I can sleep on my right side now, and Ive worked the whole time. Drove the 7 hours down from reno home no problem after they took chest tube out of me and booted me from the hospital, so I only missed 2 days of work. Just tiring.

  6. None of the last six hitters in the A’s lineup tonight is hitting above .167.

        • Yes, that would make it tough for Bellinger to let out any hits. Tha was remarkable hustle on his part in the 9th inning yesterday for the infield single. Had to feel good — except for getting injured — after going 0-for-5.

        • According to Doc, Taylor’s available for pinch-running and defense, but Bellinger sounds doubtful.