Game 54, 2021

Cardinals at Dodgers, 6:10 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports Midwest, SPNLA

RHP Jack Flaherty (8-1, 2.84 ERA) takes the mound for the visiting Cardinals and RHP Trevor Bauer (5-3, 2.07 ERA) goes for the Dodgers.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1937 In Game 1 of a Memorial Day doubleheader, Carl Hubbell’s consecutive-game winning streak, compiled over two seasons, ends at 24 when the Dodgers, led by Babe Phelps’ 5-for-6 performance, defeat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 10-3. ‘King Carl’ is honored between games when the southpaw is presented with the National League’s 1936 MVP Award by Babe Ruth.
  • 1948 Tommy Lasorda, best known as the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame skipper, strikes out 25 batters and collects the game-winning hit when the Schenectady Blue Jays defeat the Amsterdam Rugmakers, 6-5, in 15 innings. The promising southpaw, who goes the distance in the CanAm minor-league contest played in McNearney Stadium, believes he probably threw more than 300 pitches during the game.
  • 1965 For the first time in history, an all-switch-hitting infield starts a big league game. In the nightcap of a twin bill, the Dodgers, with Wes Parker at first base, Jim Lefebvre at second, Maury Wills at shortstop, and Jim Gilliam at third, lose to the visiting Reds, 6-1.
  • 1968 Don Drysdale’s shutout streak stays intact when home plate umpire Harry Wendelstedt rules that Dick Dietz, who is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, did not make an attempt to get out of the way of the right-hander’s delivery. The Giants catcher finishes the at-bat by popping up, and the next two batters also make outs to give ‘Big D” his fifth straight shutout, tying a major league established by White Sox hurler Doc White in 1904.
  • 2001 The Red Sox finally beat the Yankees in their eighth attempt, and for the first time in over a year since Pedro Martinez scoffed at the ‘Curse’. The right-hander was 7-1 with a 1.44 ERA when he said, “Wake up the Bambino and let me face him — I’ll drill him in the “%#$,” but after the comment he managed only seven more winless starts, making it first time he did not win in seven straight starts since the first seven major league appearances as a rookie with the Dodgers.
  • 2012 With their 6-2 victory, the Brewers beat LA at Chavez Ravine for the fourth consecutive day, making the Brew Crew the first visiting team to sweep a four-game series since the Rockies accomplished the feat in August, 1993. The victories also mark the first time the franchise has ever swept the Dodgers.

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201 thoughts on “Game 54, 2021

  1. Belli just can’t lay off those high fastballs. All three were balls in the same place.

  2. I disagree with Joe and Orel. They slide late to get there sooner so their inertia carries them off the bag. Paying the price for that is fine by me

  3. Dog bless America
    Hound that I love
    Stand beside Him and guide Him
    With the leash that descends from above.

      • I have fond memories of Alex Cora’s masterful at bat vs Matt Clement and the Cubs – “watching” it through the eyes of Gameday and the posters on Jon’s old site.

  4. Bah! I was just about to say I wish we had a few more runs. Not enough breathing room.

  5. The grim truth is that at the end of play today, with the season one-third over, the Giants will be in first place in the NL West. Overachieving? Perhaps. The question is whether we will be 2 or 3 games behind in third place.

    • It’d be more concerned if season was two-thirds over.
      And down right devastated if it was three-thirds over.

      But regardless, it is surprising!

    • Wonder if it’s windy out there or whether Belli just had trouble getting a bead on it?

    • Nope. Sloppy error. Hopefully won’t hurt us, but definitely adding unneeded pitches.

          • Nobody else will ever match his personality, but the Dodgers still have versatility, but not quite at his defensive skills level.

    • Actually the Angles are down 6-1 but, anyway, tomorrow starts the June Swoon. It’s a Gnats tradition.