Game 158, 2021

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

LHP Ryan Weathers (4-7, 5.01 ERA) goes for the Padres and RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 2.28 ERA) does the same for the Dodgers.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1951 Don Newcombe becomes the first black pitcher to win twenty games in a season. In a must-win for the Dodgers, the right-hander bests Robin Roberts, also a 20-game-winner, when he blanks the Phillies at Shibe Park, 5-0.
  • 1959 At the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams being tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning, after the first two batters make outs, when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.
  • 1976 Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as Dodger manager. ‘Smokey’ compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558), during his 23-year tenure with the club, winning seven pennants and four world championships.
  • 1979 Manny Mota sets a major league record with his 146th career pinch hit, a single to right field, in LA’s 6-2 victory over Chicago at Dodger Stadium. The Dominican Republic native surpasses the all-time record set by Smoky Burgess, who collected his last hit as a pinch-hitter in 1967.
  • 2000 Gary Sheffield ties the Dodgers’ franchise single-season home run record when he goes deep off Woody Williams in the team’s 3-0 victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. The left fielder, with his career best 43rd round tripper, now shares the team mark with Duke Snider, who established the record in 1956 when he played for Brooklyn.

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  1. Are we all glad we stuck with it?

    Tomorrow may be the only time I’ll ever be rooting for BadGums to walk away with a victory.

  2. I recall another Dodger-Padres game where the Dodgers were down 9-5. Of course that was in the 9th inning, so it’s all ruined now.

  3. Trying very hard to be fascinated and not frustrated with the Dodgers tonight.

    Trying. Very. Hard.

  4. Giants just took a 1-0 lead in the 7th. Here’s how: a leadoff single, a stolen base by a pinch runner, a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly.

  5. If the Padres wanted to win over Dodger fans, they could pass over their 5 runs to the Dbacks tonight.

    And they could sweep the last series of their season.

  6. Max serving up his pitches right down the middle. So uncharacteristic. When we gave him four in the first I thought this was going to be a rout.

  7. I was thinking this morning how I have greatly under-appreciated this team. All because they are not (currently) leading the division, I have been more frustrated than fascinated with the 2021 Dodgers.

  8. Re the above intro: I recall the 1959 season fondly, though I was very young. A friend’s father, a former major leaguer named Marv Rickert, was siting in a bar in Tacoma and called a clutch homer by Gil Hodges, winning a spontaneous bet. I consider that season a good precedent for this one.

    Regarding Manny Mota, he was one of my favorite Tacoma Giants (they were gnot Gnats), and he autographed my scorecard one night. Unfortunately, that went missing in my parents’ house and I couldn’t find it after they died. Tom Haller also played in Tacoma.