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.
Lineup when available.
Today’s #Dodgers lineup at D-backs: pic.twitter.com/TNDqT1Yaxr
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 26, 2021
Tío Albert’s not feeling well today. https://twitter.com/DodgerInsider/status/1442995360960417797?s=20
Fun story about the bat “boys” who work for the Dodgers at the LA Times.
Good advice when the going gets rough (from an SF-based Dodger fan whom I know slightly). https://twitter.com/craigary/status/1442208282702012420?s=20
I needed to read this! Thanks – I will adjust my angsty attitude accordingly.
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.
Close but no cigar. And almost an outfield collision.
Julio! Good show, though big hit to your pitch count recoverying from shaking defense and blooper.
He is really some competitor.
Not to mention earlier squeeze by ump.
Three strikes and you walk…
So so very sick of these seemingly biased calls. That was such a great pitch. Can’t do better.
Painted at the knees.
UMP!!!! For goodness sakes!!!!! Stop robbing Urias of his strikes!
That’s an encouraging start. It just kept carrying.
Yankees 21 100-win seasons, Athletics 10, Cards and Dodgers 9.
Yippee! 100 wins, 100 HRs for Turner and Seager.
Fly balls falling just short after the early going.
Varsho getting a work out out there. Well hit by Mookie but out at the wall. That’s a big center field!
I’m impressed that he can play both catcher and CF.
Biggie basically stopped catching at age 25.
It takes a toll.
JT gets a turn.
Nice quiet inning for Knebel.
May Kenley have the same.
Same kind of hit, same kind of
Taylor is late on so many fast balls.
Hit that one pretty well (if only Lux had advanced the runners!).
Yeah. Lux needs to be smarter at the plate in those moments.
He worked a full count, but then got a strike he couldn’t handle.
To me, he looked
like he was going for the big hit, rather than a productive at bat.
CT3 is due.
Gotta somehow advance the runners, Gavin… pop ups ain’t going to do it.
AJ hurt? No, takes first.
That would really hurt.
Nice inning, Joe!
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.)
6-2 Gnats. sigh
Crawford yet another 3-run HR.
They’re killing me.
Wild swings are contagious.
UMP!!!! Way wide strike on Mookie.
Rox appear to be losing it again.
Where is Winnipeg Dave these days?
Weekend parenting I would guess.
I was gone for a week plus for work but now that I’m back, I miss him!
I was away almost 3 weeks.
Okay Tio Albert! Let’s go!
How about some positive futuring?
So are the Rox. Three swinging Ks in a row, bottom of the 8th.
Worse future person.
Barnes also flailing.
Bad future person…
Sorry my friend.
CT3’s bat not showing up today, unfortunately.
When he’s off, he’s K-prone.
You can really see it in his swing.
He’s K-prone when he is on as well.
Nice inning for Julito, with fewer pitches.
After seven, Rox and Gnats gnow tied 2-2.
Julito with the single!
So, I’m pacing early.
Should he have gotten the definite out at first there?
That’s what I thought. Getting too fancy there.
Got away with it, but the expense of a higher pitch count.
Okay Urias. Time to show your stuff here.
Muncy came so close but the hop was too high.
And then Mookie butchered it.
He is not playing his usual stellar game lately.
Mookie misplay. Ugh.
Andrus of the As scored the winning run yesterday but broke his leg in the process, as WBBsAs said below. Here’s the play.
Painful to watch, but more painful to experience.
Now Seager hits his 100th of his career.
Nice recovery by Lux.
Tools overcome inexperience.
So, five Dodgers on the list.
Good catch. Didn’t recall Cesar as a Dodger.
Dodgers lead Gnats, 5-2. Trea, though, I think is the only one to reach the (two-part) milestone in a Dodger uniform.
Mejía’s pitch count is pretty high, so we could see the Snakepen soon.
Barnes didn’t help, though.
We need to get Julito a bunch more runs this inning so he can cool off and regroup
Umpire’s making Julito throw lots more pitches.
Really unfair. But that’s baseball I guess. Finally gets his K, but he is pissed.
I wish the Rockies could show some of the grit against the Gnats they showed against us.
Urias needs to not lose his cool here. Easier said than done.
Not pleased, but I haven’t lost mine yet.
21 pitches now. Should have been long out of this inning.
Phew. Loud foul ball.
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.
I’m a storyteller, after all…
Not sure what was high about that first pitch to Ramos, ump.
Yes!!! Now that’s a good start! SEEGS and TREA!!!!!
Team seems to love scoring runs for Julio. More of that!
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.
Wow. That’s dedication.
He was stumbling the last 45 feet.
Stumbling? I’d be crawling on all fours.
That was the last few feet, and he couldn’t get up by himself.