Game 156, 2021

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports Arizona, SPNLA

LHP Julio Urías (18-3, 3.10 ERA) of the Dodgers tries to right his personal ship after he gave up seven hits and four earned runs in six innings in his last start. He’ll face the D-Backs’ RHP Humberto Mejía (0-2, 7.20 ERA). Note this is the second time in three games that the Diamondbacks have started a pitcher named Humberto.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1908 Cubs right-hander Ed Reulbach pitches two shutouts in the same day, whitewashing the Brooklyn Superbas in the opener 5-0 on a five-hitter and 3-0 on three hits in the nightcap. The entire Washington Park doubleheader takes less than three hours to complete.
  • 1954 Willie Mays, with three hits in the season finale, wins the batting title, finishing the campaign with a .345 average. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ goes third to first in batting average with his performance passing teammate Don Mueller (.342) and Dodger center fielder Duke Snider (341).1975 Burt Hooton sets a Dodger record for starting pitchers by winning his twelfth consecutive game. The 25 year-old right-hander, who was traded to LA in May for Eddie Solomon and Geoff Zahn, accomplishes the feat by beating J.R. Richard and the Astros at Dodger Stadium, 3-2.
  • 1981 Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to throw five no-hitters when the Astros defeat the Dodgers at the Astrodome, 5-0. The Ryan Express, who will finish his 27-year major league career with a record seven no-hitters, previously has thrown hitless gems against the Royals (1973), Tigers (1973), Twins (1974), and Orioles (1975).

  • 1997 Dodger catcher Mike Piazza, in a 10-4 win over the Rockies, hits the longest home run in the history of Coors Field. The 28 year-old backstop’s sixth-inning blast travels 496 feet and hits the left-center field billboard between the scoreboard and the Rockpile.

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120 thoughts on “Game 156, 2021

  1. Save of the year? In the ninth at SD, Will Smith of the Barves walked the bases loaded and struck out the side. 31 pitches.

    Don’t ever complain about Kenley again.

  2. Julio! Good show, though big hit to your pitch count recoverying from shaking defense and blooper.

  3. Varsho getting a work out out there. Well hit by Mookie but out at the wall. That’s a big center field!

  4. It’s hard to rejoice in our wins when we are constantly one to two steps behind the Gnats. I have to remember that we are a really good team. (And be grateful I’m not a Padres fan.)

  5. Almost every time umps gift batters with balls for strikes, pitchers have to pitch to more of the plate and batters get hits, or so it seems to me.

  6. Yesterday afternoon in Oakland against the Asterisks, running on a broken fibula, Elvis Andrus scored the winning run from first base in the bottom of the ninth.