Game 83, 2021

Dodgers at Nationals, 4:10 PM PDT, TV: FOX

LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-7, 3.25 ERA) takes the hill for the Dodgers and RHP Paolo Espino (2-2, 2.02 ERA) goes for the Nationals.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1925 Milt Stock sets a National League mark by having his fourth consecutive four-hit game, going 16-for-23 during the span to compile a .696 batting average. The 31 year-old second baseman’s offensive output, which includes three singles and a triple, helps the Robins beat the Giants at Ebbets Field, 6-3.
  • 1949 En route to a 16-0 shutout of the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds, starting pitcher Monte Kennedy hits a grand slam. Another 51 seasons will pass by before another Giants hurler hits a four-run homer when Shawn Estes accomplishes the feat in 2000.
  • 1958 In their 35th home date in L.A., the transplanted Dodgers reach the one million mark in attendance. Last season, the team drew only 1,028,258 fans, playing in Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.
  • 2013 Yasiel Puig becomes the first player to be named Player of the Month for the first month he plays in the major leagues in the 55-year history of the award. The Dodger outfielder played in 26 games in June, compiling a .436 batting average, with his 44 base hits being the second-most ever by a first-month player, only behind Joe DiMaggio’s total of 48 in 1936.


286 thoughts on “Game 83, 2021

  1. Pads go quietly in eighth, but Tatís will lead off the ninth. Fillies lost a run on overturned call at the plate in the seventh.

  2. The Fillies’ first reliever of the night is named “Falter,” which does not sound optimum.

        • Is there a difference between a cookie and a meatball in baseball? I can tell the difference in our kitchen. For example, I never have cookies and spaghetti or meatballs and milk.

          • Meatballs and milk sound (and probably taste) better than cookies and spaghetti. Now, perhaps if they were chocolate chip cookies, which are my favorite.

  3. So nice to get this one tonight. Won the series already heading into a bullpen game tomorrow.

      • Meh – sorta but not really. Kershaw went 4 so that’s more than a typical BP game length for pitchers.

        • Bullpen pitched more innings than the starter. So I guess it is more of a bullpen game. As if it freaking matters.

  4. So nice to get this one tonight. Won the series already heading into a bullpen game tomorrow.

  5. To be honest, with a 1:45 rain delay tonight and early morning game tomorrow – this one I thought had extra innings written all over it!

    • We’ll see how much sleep they get. Probably better for Dodgers, who’ll go to nearby hotel v. Nats who may have to return to suburbs.

  6. Soto’s been good this year, but not the terror he’s been in other seasons.

    • And the Mets? Didn’t you like the Mets as well or am I way out to lunch?

      • Yes the Mets are my East Coast favorites from when I was a kid. Nats after Mets.

        • Phew. I doubted myself for a moment there. But all is right with the world again!

          • I have a soft spot for Kansas City. But believe me you that I would have taken them beating San Fran in 2014 and losing to the Mets in 2015! (I was rooting for them both years though.)

  7. Harrison maybe wishes he had swung at that ball that got away from Smith!

  8. Good way for a pitcher to avoid getting checked – walk off the field while the umps are in review. 🙂

  9. Feels like it should be the 8th or 9th inning by now. So much baseball left.

  10. HBP. Joe does what he does, or rather what happens sometimes when he pitches.

  11. At least the game tying HR happened in the 4th inning. An inning later and it may have been the difference between a Dodger win before the rain delay – or a Dodger win after the rain delay! 😉

  12. More about the sac fly:
    A sacrifice fly occurs when a batter hits a fly-ball out to the outfield or foul territory that allows a runner to score. The batter is given credit for an RBI. (If the ball is dropped for an error but it is determined that the runner would have scored with a catch, then the batter is still credited with a sacrifice fly.)

    This is splitting hairs, but with 2 outs and a player say on third base, there is no way the runner “would have scored with a catch”. The catch would have ended the inning.

      • Absolutely. If you have some fast runners and/or some balls bouncing away weirdly from the fielders.

          • He scored from second on a wild pitch that season. I don’t recall him scoring from second on a sacrifice fly.

          • I once saw a Giant score from second on a fly ball out vs. the Dodgers when our centerfielder thought it was the third out and came jogging in. It was the second out, but I can’t remember the outfielder’s name.

          • I think you’re right. My slow pitch team once scored a runner from second on a sac fly, on a huge open field.

  13. The Fillies have taken a 3-2 lead over the Pads in the sixth. Darvish has given up two bombs and a sac fly.

    • Washington needs to save their wins for next week when they play SD and SF.

      • Paulo Orlando was three years later. I was unaware that Gomes made his debut for a team from Canadia. Also, Bo Bichette is technically Brazilian.

      • Is theoretically possible to have an infinite number of sac flies in an inning.

          • Wouldn’t that be an error and not sac fly?
            I’m curious on what I’m missing here from WBB.

          • A fly ball that’s dropped for an error, with less than two outs, would still be sac fly.

          • Posted on TBLA: “The most sacrifice flies ever hit during an inning by an American
            League team is three: Chicago White Sox (vs Cleveland Indians) in the
            fifth inning on July 1, 1962, New York Yankees (vs Detroit Tigers) in
            the fourth inning on June 29, 2000 and the New York Yankees (vs Anaheim
            Angels) in the third inning on August 19, 2000. The National League team
            record is also three: New York Mets (vs the New York Yankees) in the
            second inning on June 24, 2005 and Houston Astros (vs the Texas Rangers)
            in the seventh inning on June 26, 2005.”

  14. My timing these days. We just finished watching Loki and I tune in with bases loaded and no outs.

  15. Today in closed captioning: MLBTV referred to New York’s NL team as “The Melts.”

      • I don’t get many of the Dodgers’ home broadcasts. Who is her replacement and how does she do?

        • Kirsten Watson. Nice enough. But doesn’t come from baseball and almost every question is in the realm of “How did it feel when…” without much baseball smarts behind it. She’ll improve, I’m pretty sure, but Alanna was a star and knew so much about so much.