Game 128, 2021

Dodgers at Padres, 6:10 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports SD, SPNLA

RHP Max Scherzer (11-4, 2.65 ERA) takes the mound for the visiting Dodgers and RHP Yu Darvish (7-7, 3.70 ERA) does the same for the Padres.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1939 At Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, NBC televises the first major league game in history on experimental station W2XBS, covering a doubleheader split in which the Reds win the first game, 5-2, and the Dodgers take the nightcap, 6-1. The network employs two cameras, one behind home plate, showing a wide view of the field, and the other on the third base line to capture the plays at first base.
  • 1947 Dan Bankhead becomes the major league’s first black pitcher. The 27 year-old right-hander doesn’t do well in a relief stint, giving up ten hits and six runs in 3.1 innings in a 16-3 loss to the Pirates, but the Dodger rookie hits his only big league home run in his first major league at-bat.
  • 1965 At Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the Dodgers, 5-2, making Tug McGraw (2-2) the first Mets pitcher to defeat Sandy Koufax (21-7). Previously, New York had lost 13 consecutive times to the future Hall of Fame southpaw.
  • 1993 The Mets announce that Vince Coleman will remain on paid administrative leave until the end of the season, effectively ending his playing career with the team. Co-owner Fred Wilpon’s unequivocal decision that the controversial outfielder, who signed a four-year $11.95 million contract before the 1991 season, will not ever put on a Mets uniform again is the result of Coleman admitting to tossing a M-100 firecracker from a Jeep departing from a Dodger Stadium parking lot last month, injuring three people.

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98 thoughts on “Game 128, 2021

  1. I think the hitting part of Belli’s game is not really going to come back to 2017-2019 levels until next year.

  2. Kelly activated, Gonzalez demoted, Kershaw set for another bullpen session tomorrow. Oh, and this will please WBBsAs, Charlie Steiner is one of six inductees into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame (he’s a Bradley graduate).

    • Great, Steiner should immediately retire to Illinois, but will it play in Peoria?

      Kelly was activated yesterday and pitched briefly.

  3. Max in on fire. Just what we
    needed tonight. I’m still a little bit in shock that he’s on our team now.

  4. The Twinkies have catcher Willians Estudillo on the mound, and he just threw a 38 mph curveball.

  5. 2B Trea Turner R
    SS Corey Seager L
    RF Mookie Betts R
    3B J. Turner R
    LF AJ Pollock R
    CF C. Bellinger L
    1B B. McKinney L
    C A. Barnes R
    P Max Scherzer R

  6. LAT’d. but it bears repeating:

    That was an epic. It also, despite the abominable ghost runner rule, made a strong case for abolishing the DH.

    • Intentionally walking hitters to successfully get pitchers out when they bat makes a case for getting rid of the DH? How so?

        • True. I forgot how much everyone loves the strategy and drama of an intentional walk.

          • So to be clear you like intentional walks more than actual pitcher-batter confrontations which is kinda the heart of the game. I respect your moxie sir.

          • You could just as easily say if you can’t hit you don’t belong in the batters box.

            DH’s could/can play in the field better than most pitchers can hit.

          • To be honest, I think the new way of thinking about DH is that it can give regulars “a day off” but still allow their bat to be in the lineup and allows more playing time for bench players. You might be thinking of it differently, but I doubt the Dodgers would think about it in the same way as you.

  7. Good afternoon/evening everyone. What a heck of a marathon last night. Very glad to come out on top. The ineptitude of both offenses was amazing. Likewise the pitching for both sides was incredible. So was it good pitching shutting down the hitting or bad hitting making the pitching look good? Probably a combination of both.

    Really looking forward to getting Mookie back tonight. It could be like adding nitrous injection to the hemi. Go Dodgers.