Game 69, 2021

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 PM, TV: Bally Sports Arizona, SPNLA

The Dodgers’ RHP Trevor Bauer (6-5, 2.64 ERA) takes the mound in Phoenix, where he’ll face the D-Backs’ LHP Caleb Smith (2-2, 3.61 ERA).

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1938 After accepting GM Larry MacPhail’s offer to coach first base, Babe Ruth wears a Dodger uniform for the first time as a coach and takes batting practice with the team. The ‘Bambino’ will quit at the end of the season, ending his ties with major league baseball.
  • 1940 Dodger Ducky Medwick, acquired in a trade less than a week ago, is beaned by former Cardinal teammate Bob Bowman and needs to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Brooklyn president Lee MacPhail accuses the St. Louis pitcher of deliberately hitting Medwick in the head because the two had quarreled in a hotel elevator prior to the game.
  • 1996 Brant Brown hits the first three home runs of his career on the same day. The 25 year-old rookie goes deep as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning off Chan Ho Park in a 9-6 loss to the Dodgers in the opener of a Wrigley Field twin bill, but his two additional round-trippers contribute to Chicago’s 7-4 victory in the nightcap.
  • 2014 With the only batter reaching base as a result of a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning, Clayton Kershaw no-hit the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, striking out a career-high 15 batters. The left-hander’s teammate Josh Beckett also threw a no-hitter 24 days ago, making it the shortest span between no-hitters by a team since the Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer accomplished it in consecutive starts, four days apart, in 1938.


76 thoughts on “Game 69, 2021

  1. Missed the game entirely, but at least there were some highlights. Souza’s dinger was a real screamer,

  2. Walker Buehler vs. Matt Peacock tomorrow night. Here’s what one of the sites says about Peacock: “Peacock, who has been thrust into rotation duty due to injuries, will look to turn around what has been a rough June. In three starts this month, Peacock has allowed nine earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.” Peacock is right-handed. He’s 2-4 with an ERA of 5.26.

  3. I want the Dodgers to sweep the DBacks and then I want the Dbacks to win a bunch because they look really really depressed.

    • I was listening to one of the Giants’ announcers tonight — I think it was former player Javy Lopez (the pitcher) — and he was saying how hard it is when you are that far back, 24 1/2 games before today, when you get to the ballpark. Even if Arizona wins 20 in a row, depending on what the first-place team does, they won’t really get close, he said.

      • Must be hard to run onto the field after a while. That balk the ump called was brutal.

          • Yeah, but it came because the pitcher slipped and put his mitt down to keep from falling. A weird one.

          • Tough luck for a team that didn’t need any more…I am in my 19th year of umpiring youth ball (and some adult games). The balk call (or non-call) is the toughest decision to make.

  4. Save number 329 for Jansen. He ties Francisco Cordero for 16th all time. He is one behind John Wetteland for 15th.

  5. I realise I haven’t been following the games super closely this year when a player I have never heard of opens the scoring tonight

  6. Maybe Bauer is just the Dodgers tough luck pitcher. 6-5 record with a low era.

  7. Unlike the England v Scotland (go Scots!), I’m pretty sure that this one won’t end 0-0.

  8. In the Bay Area, and perhaps elsewhere, tonight’s Phillies-Giants game is on Peacock.

  9. My participation tonight, if any, will be limited. We have out-of-state guests (Dutch and Brazilian), and will be going out to dinner.