Padres at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports San Diego, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA
LHP Blake Snell (7-6, 4.22 ERA) pitches for the Padres, facing RHP Max Scherzer (13-4, 2.28 ERA) of the Dodgers.
Today in Dodgers’ history:
- 1930 The last major league bounced home run is hit by Dodger catcher Al Lopez at Ebbets Field as the NL joins the American League, which had enacted the rule change in 1929. The player who hits the ball over the wall on a bounce will now be awarded a ground-rule double.
- 1932 In the bottom of the ninth, Johnny Frederick hits his major league record-setting sixth pinch-homer of the season, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. The Brooklyn outfielder’s major league mark will not be broken for 68 years until another Dodger, Dave Hansen, strokes seven round-trippers coming off the bench in 2000.
- 1953 The Dodgers clinch a pennant at the earliest date ever in baseball history with a 5-2 victory over the Braves at County Stadium. Carl Erskine gets the win when Brooklyn, who clinches consecutive titles for the first time in franchise history, goes up 13 games up on Milwaukee with 12 left to play.
- 1962 One game behind the front running Dodgers, the Giants lose Willie Mays, their All-Star center fielder, when he is hospitalized for nervous exhaustion. The ‘City by the Bay’ will drop six games in a row, but will recover along with ‘Say Hey Kid’ in time to beat Los Angeles in a playoff to win the National league pennant.
“I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn” – DUKE SNIDER, – addressing the Mets fans on his special night at the Polo Grounds.
In a pregame ceremony with his former Dodgers teammates, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and Ralph Branca in attendance, Duke Snider is honored by the Mets with a special ‘night’ at the Polo Grounds, which coincidentally marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will ever play in their once long-time home in Harlem. The ‘Silver Fox’, obtained by the last-place expansion team in April, has recently requested to be traded to a contender.
- 1995 During a WGN pre-game radio broadcast at Wrigley Field, Cubs announcer Harry Caray remarks to the team’s skipper Jim Riggleman, “Well, my eyes are slanty enough, how ’bout yours?”, referring to Hideo Nomo, the Japanese rookie hurler scheduled to start for the Dodgers. The veteran announcer, known for not backing off for his on-the-air off-handed comments, does issue an apology, calling the incident “unfortunate.”
- 2000 On the same date the mark was established 68 years ago, Dave Hansen breaks Johnny Frederick’s 1932 record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season with his seventh round-tripper coming off the bench. The Dodger pinch-hitter’s historic homer, a seventh-inning three-run blast off Diamondback right-hander Curt Schilling, isn’t enough to prevent the team’s 5-4 loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 12, 2021
Blow the top off this baby, boys.
Here we go.
What a beautiful game. So close to perfection!
Guess this guy could use the sticky stuff.
Too bad the SOB will not have to bat.
I guess the Jays can keep their runs…
Make that 22.
Make that 23.
Yikes! In 48 innings?!
Despite that, his overall numbers are pretty good.
Clean it up Electro-Lux.
I would still like to see the Dodgers reach double figures in hits today.
¡Miércoles en domingo!
The downside to this game is that the Pads are burning through their pen before a four-game series at SF’s Software Stadium.
Here comes the sun. Doo-Da-Doo-Doo
Scherzer does it all.
He doesn’t handle the bat very well, this last bunt notwithstanding.
The sacrifice worked this time. As someone who doesn’t want the DH, what more could you possibly want from that at bat?
He doesn’t have a hit this year, and few successful bunts.
So maybe the DH is a good idea…
Just kidding WBB, I know you aren’t a fan of that idea.
Lux showing signs of life.
Now he needs to show Belli those signs.
True. Although given what’s happening in this game, I like Lux the hitter – but have some fears about Lux the left fielder.
Despite the spector of 3000 k, I thought this would be the third most interesting sporting event I would watch today behind the US Open Men’s Final (go Novak – but not looking good at all) and the Browns-Chief game (go Browns).
But this is scintillating.
Joker looks to be in serious trouble. Lost the first two sets and down 1-4 in the third.
It’s shocking how out of it he looks! He has had nothing all day long.
Working on the next 3000…
Dodgers need to work on signing him to a contract extension.
That’s a no-brainer.
Plaschke wrote a column today excoriating the Dodgers for the Trevor Bauer debacle and the $102 million committed to him over the next three years. That could limit the Dodgers’ financial flexibility with Scherzer, Seager, Kershaw and more.
That signing… did not work out.
AF with a knee jerk reaction because he thought the Padres were going to sign him. I sure wish he was their problem.
This game has more to interest the fans than just the strikeout milestone.
Only 54 pitches thru 5. He could go all the way. A Jumbo Jack record setting complete game..
Lol. Jumbo jack record setting game. You are on fire today.
Wish our bats would catch fire.
Nice. Classy and classic.
Ok Max. This inning. This batter. It’s all yours.
Imagine if Seager had been healthy all year.
Here’s a question. Who becomes the 20th pitcher to get to 3000 strikeouts: Zack Greinke or Clayton Kershaw?
Good question. Not sure either will stay healthy enough to get there. Right now I would say Greinke if he stays healthy.
Greinke’s 100 Ks closer than Kershaw, too.
I would be sad if Kersh didn’t make it to 3K.
Gonna need at least 3 healthy years at the least. Probably four. May not be in the cards.
He’s not held up as well as Scherzer.
In Baltimore today, the Scrub Jays scored 22 runs. Couldn’t they spare a few for the Dodgers?
44 runs in 3 games for the Blue Jays.
Manny would make a nice 3000th.
Nice catch Seager.
It looked to be in no-man’s-land.
Start off the game in which you expect to reach 3000 strikeouts with an immaculate inning. A flourish, that is.
Snell walking off the mound, and will need a replacement. It looks like a groin injury.
Mitch White has been recalled and Kenley Jansen has been granted paternity leave.