Game 102, 2021

Dodgers at Giants, 6:45 PM, TV: NBCS BA, SPNLA

LHP Julio Urías (12-3, 3.63 ERA) goes for the visiting Dodgers. He’ll face RHP Logan Webb (4-3, 3.54 ERA) of the Giants.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1918 In his major league debut, Robins (Dodgers) starter Harry Heitman, after giving up hits to four consecutive batters in a 22-7 loss to the Cardinals, is pulled from the Ebbets Field contest. The 21 year-old Brooklyn rookie right-hander will never hurl again in the big leagues, ending his career with an ERA of infinity.
  • 1959 The Continental League is formally announced, with franchises located in Denver, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, and Toronto. The concept of the new major league is the brainchild of William Shea, an attorney who proposed the idea a year after the Giants and Dodgers left New York City to move to the West Coast.
  • 1966 Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 Phillies and Jim Bunning whiffs 12 Dodgers in the first 11 innings of a pitching duel between future Hall of Famers at Chavez Ravine. With both starters out of the game, Los Angeles beats Philadelphia, 2-1, thanks to an unearned run scored in the bottom of the twelfth inning.
  • 1998 Tony Womack of the Pirates establishes a new major league mark by not grounding out into a double play in 888 consecutive at-bats, breaking the record previously established by Dodger outfielder Pete Reiser in 1946.
  • 2005 Ryan Freel becomes the first player in the Reds’ 136-year history to steal five bases in a game, including two in the ninth that moves him to third base, where he scores the eventual winning run on Felipe Lopez’s sacrifice fly. The Cincinnati second baseman’s thievery contributes to the team’s 7-6 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. [Note: the Dodgers’ catcher was Jason Phillips, in his only season with the team.]

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83 thoughts on “Game 102, 2021

  1. From the Athletic: The issues in this series have gone beyond Bellinger. The Dodgers have come this far, within a throw of one of the best records in baseball, despite a down year from Bellinger and seemingly constant churn among their best position players and a suddenly thin rotation. They’ve managed to stay close in these games. But they’ve seen firsthand what the Giants can do, something the Dodgers have done for years as they dismantled division opponents. San Francisco executes its plan as well as anyone. Lately, they’ve out-executed even the Dodgers.

    “You got to be honest with yourselves,” Roberts said. “It’s two evenly matched ballclubs. If you look at how we played, whether it’s an at-bat here or an execution on defense, a misplay, walk in a bad spot. They’ve been better than we have.”

    The little differences have packed a massive punch, and the Dodgers have been on the wrong end of quite a lot of those blows lately.

    The Dodgers have played 15 games this season with a tie score entering the eighth inning. They have lost 10 of those games after Tuesday — and the Dodgers have lost seven of 10 games when tied entering the ninth, for good measure. Not all have come against these guys — but they’re feeling the impact of those losses all the same when looking at the standings of their most competitive division race in years. Even a boring loss in late innings would sting — but to seemingly compound each loss in a more devastating fashion than the last makes the gap seem like a gulf.

    “It hurts, man,” Bellinger said. “It definitely hurts. These in-division games mean a lot.”

  2. Okay Dodgers. This pitcher is DUE a bad inning, especially as he used to be one of ours.

  3. What a lost year for Belli. It is humbling to see how much he is struggling.

      • Might have to use reverse jinx WBB. Maybe try talking about how good they are, and maybe that will cause them to finally stumble. Because they are the best team in baseball right now and the gap is growing.

  4. We just can’t get those runs in when we need them lately. This next inning is huge. And by the way, what’s with the gnats’ uniforms? Are they throwbacks, or what?

  5. I think I liked it better when the Dodgers scored lots of runs during Urias’ starts.

  6. Bellinger and Railey in the race to improve their .161 batting average

    • Less strain on the hamstring – unless he stretches a bit too much for a throw, maybe.