Game 126, 2021

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports San Diego, SPNLA

The Dodgers haven’t yet announced their starter for this game. The Padres will give the ball to RHP Pierce Johnson (3-2, 2.49 ERA).

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1941 During a double-header against the Cardinals, a rag-tag group of five ‘musicians’, dubbed the Dodger SymPhony by announcer Red Barber, makes their Ebbets Field’s debut. This band, in which none of the members can read music, performs their zany antics at all evening and weekend games.
  • 1955 A telegram sent to Brooklyn president Walter O’Malley by the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce offers the team “thirty acres or more of dry flat land in open country in the heart of Long Island’s densest Dodger fan concentration.” The village’s attempt to attract the fleeing franchise to the south shore of Suffolk County will not materialize, and the club, after exploring many different venues as an alternative to Ebbets Field, will leave the East Coast in 1958 to play in Los Angeles.
  • 1957 The Dodgers, in a 13-3 loss to Milwaukee at Ebbets Field, use eight pitchers in one game, tying a major league record. Johnny Podres gives up three home runs in the fourth frame when Nippy Jones, Hank Aaron, and Andy Pafko all go deep off the Brooklyn starter.
  • 1960 During a dull game, Vin Scully, the play-by-play voice of the Dodgers, knowing that many fans in the stands follow the game on transistor radios, asks his listeners to help him surprise third base umpire Frank Secory. His ballpark audience responds when the veteran broadcaster tells them, “Let’s have some fun. As soon as the inning is over I’ll count to three, and on three everybody yell, ‘Happy birthday, Frank!'”
  • 1974 Davey Lopes steals five bases, tying a National League record established in 1904 by Giants first baseman Dan McGann. The Dodger second baseman’s quintet of stolen bags adds to the team’s franchise mark of eight stolen bases in their 3-0 victory over the Redbirds at Chavez Ravine.
  • 1975 Davey Lopes steals his major league record 38th consecutive base, but the streak will be stopped by Montreal backstop Gary Carter when he attempts to swipe another base in the Dodger Stadium contest. The second baseman will be thrown out in the 12th inning of the team’s 5-3 loss in fourteen innings.
  • 2014 Joc Pederson becomes the fourth player in the history of the Pacific Coast League to have a 30-30 season, and the first to accomplish the feat in 80 years, when he steals his 30th base for the Isotopes. The 22 year-old Albuquerque slugger, who has 32 home runs and a .432 slugging percentage in 116 games this season, will join the Dodgers when rosters expand next week.

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103 thoughts on “Game 126, 2021

  1. Bellinger may be a liability offensively going down the stretch. He may not be carrying his weigh offensively, but, He is a gold glove center fielder. A key position on the defense. This team has enough fire power to bat him 8th and reap the rewards of his defense. Think Big Red Machine. Cesar Geronimo. Outstanding center fielder. He didn’t hit a lot but he was a vacuum cleaner in center. Unlike Geronimo, Belli has more upside. Keep him in center field and batting 7th or 8th for now.. He may or may not break out this season, but, he just might. And when he does, look out. If he doesn’t , well, I think his defense is worth keeping him in the line up. Maybe sit him facing lefties.

  2. The Busted Poseur left the Gnats’ game with “knee discomfort.” No further information as to when the surgeons will attach the prosthetic.

  3. A big hit here and Pollock could have a lock on player of the game.

    And there it is!

  4. If they keep going after his first pitch (and don’t get it), Julio could be around for a long time with 32 pitches after 3.

  5. Padres pitchers living on that outside pitch… Our batters need to at least fight them off.

    • It seems as if the umpires are trying to live it up one last time before the robots take over.

  6. Among the best SS in the game, neither Tatis nor Turner actually play SS these days.

  7. Joc as a base stealer never happened in the Bigs. The team itself wasn’t a running team. Rollins led the team with 20 attempts, followed by Carl Crawford with 12. Next was Joc with 11, but he was thrown out seven times!