Game 157, 2021

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports San Diego, ESPN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

RHP Yu Darvish (8-10, 4.21 ERA) takes the mound for the visiting Padres, facing the Dodgers’ RHP Walker Buehler (14-4, 2.58 ERA).

The Giants have put their slugging first baseman (29 HRs, 59 RBI) Brandon Belt on the IL with a fractured thumb.

As noted in the comments to the previous post, Albert Pujols has been put on the IL; Cody Bellinger has been activated.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1924 Rogers Hornsby finishes the season with a .424 batting average to lead the National League. The Cardinal second baseman easily outdistances Zack Wheat, who finishes second in the race, batting .375 for the Dodgers.
  • 1952 On the last day of the season at Ebbets Field, the Braves’ 77 years of representing Boston is extended by three innings when Eddie Mathews’ ninth-inning, two-out double ties the game. The contest is called due to darkness and ends in the 12th inning in a 5-5 tie with the Dodgers.
  • 1955 In the bottom of the second inning, Elston Howard, in his first World Series at-bat, knots the score at 2-2 when he homers off Dodgers’ right-hander Don Newcombe. The round-tripper to deep left field at Yankee Stadium marks the first time a black batter has hit a home run off a black pitcher in the history of the Fall Classic.
  • 1959 The Braves, who ended the National League regular season in a first-place tie with the Dodgers, lose Game 1 of the three-game series, 3-2, in front of a sparse crowd of 18,297 at County Stadium. Milwaukee will lose tomorrow’s game in L.A., spoiling their chance for a three-peat as NL Champs.
  • 1966 At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Larry Jaster throws a four-hitter, blanking Don Sutton and the Dodgers, 2-0. It’s the southpaw’s fifth shutout against LA this season, equaling a post-1900 major league mark held by the Senators’ Tom Hughes (against the Indians in 1905) and Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Phillies (against the Reds in 1916).
  • 1988 In his last start of the regular season, Dodger Orel Hershiser tosses 10 shutout frames to extend his streak to 59, breaking Don Drysdale’s record of 58 consecutive scoreless innings.
  • 1997 With his 40th home run, catcher Mike Piazza sets a single season Los Angeles Dodger record. Duke Snider holds the franchise record, slugging 43 round-trippers for Brooklyn in 1956.
  • 2003 At Turner Field in Atlanta, Jose Reyes becomes the second Mets player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in one game. Lee Mazzilli was the first when he went yard twice against the Dodgers in LA on September 3, 1978.
  • 2006 At Coors Field in Colorado, James Loney collects four hits, including two homers, and drives in nine runs in the Dodgers’ 19-11 victory over the Rockies. The rookie first baseman, who had one homer and eight runs batted in in 93 previous at-bats with the team, ties the franchise RBI mark set by Gil Hodges in his 1950 four-homer game for Brooklyn and breaks the Los Angeles club mark held by Ron Cey.


121 thoughts on “Game 157, 2021

  1. Giants won, 6-4. We remain 2 back with 5 games left for us and the Giants. Scherzer pitches on Wednesday.

  2. A late response to WBB’s inquiry from near the start of the game: I returned home late Sunday afternoon. Spent part of Wednesday, a good chunk of Thursday, and Friday morning at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Went with an old friend/former roommate. We had a simply marvelous time. Fans of so many teams were there. Great conviviality. Everyone having a fine time. The HOF has added many exhibits since my other visit in 1988, including a remarkable section on baseball cards. There was a continuously running film of highlights of last year’s World Series. One Tampa fan standing next to me was still angry about Cash’s removal of Snell. Main Street, on which the HOF is located, has many shops with all sorts of baseball memorabilia. One of them is run by a cousin of Carl Yastrzemski and carries the family name. At another store I purchased a Brooklyn Dodgers cap with its distinctive “B”. I got my first one as a little kid in Brooklyn and my second in Cooperstown in 1988. I strongly recommend any and all baseball fans visit Cooperstown.

  3. D-backs had their chances, just as we have had ours. Only difference is Walker’s pitching shutting down the Pads.

        • He did a couple of Hoyas (Georgetown) college basketball games that I saw. It was weird for me to hear him, plus he wasn’t that good. Didn’t do enough homework.

  4. Wouldn’t it be great if Arizona jumped off to a lead in San Francisco? I’d feel a lot better about our chances if we were just one game back at the end of play tonight.