Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: BS Arizona, SPNLA
The Dodgers continue their road trip tonight with RHP Walker Buehler (1-1, 4.02 ERA) trying to get his second win and his ERA down. He’s gone no longer than 5 2/3 innings so far this season. He’ll face the D-Backs’ RHP Merrill Kelly (1-0, 0.59 ERA), who’s been increasing his innings in each start and got a win in the last one, giving up a run on six hits to the Nationals over 6 1/3 innings. That was the first run he’d given up this year.
Today in Dodgers history:
- 1937 Cliff Melton becomes the first rookie to fan at least 10 batters in his major league debut, finishing with 13 strikeouts in a complete-game loss to the Braves at the Polo Grounds. The 25 year-old southpaw, who loses the 3-1 contest due to the poor defense of the Giants in the ninth inning, will hold the rookie record for K’s in his debut until Dodger freshman Karl Spooner whiffs 15 batters in his first major league start in 1954.
- 1958 In front of 60,635 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Dodgers, who beat St. Louis, 5-2, set a National League record for the largest crowd to attend a night game during the regular season. The mark will be broken next season when 61,552 fans show up on Opening Night at the Coliseum to watch their team defeat the Redbirds again.
- 1967 Jim Lefebvre commits three errors in the fourth frame, paving the way for the Braves’ 7-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles third baseman commits a fourth error, booting Hank Aaron’s grounder in the top of the ninth inning.
- 1975 LA hurler Andy Messersmith strokes three doubles at Candlestick Park. The trio of two-baggers contributes to the Dodgers’ 6-5 victory over San Francisco with the right-hander scoring two runs and driving in another en route to his victory.
- 1976 During the fourth inning of the game being played at Dodger Stadium, Rick Monday becomes a national hero when he takes away an American Flag about to be set on fire by the two trespassers (a father and son) in the outfield. The Cubs’ 30 year-old fly chaser, who served six years in the Marine Reserves, will be presented the flag a month later in a pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field by L.A. executive Al Campanis as a gesture of patriotic thanks.
- 1995 The 257-day strike ends when the Dodgers beat the Marlins 8-7. The work stoppage caused last season to end early, forced the cancellation of the World Series, and delayed the opening of this season.
Lineups when available.
Tonight's #Dodgers lineup at D-backs: pic.twitter.com/rsWp5wWRsw
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 25, 2022
Game 17. pic.twitter.com/pQdhqLjOH4
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 25, 2022
Buehler! Wow! Just came into the game.
Sweet swing on that single by Mookie.
What a game by Walker!
YAH-HOO!! Buehler Complete game shutout.
Buehler given some rope here.
Who’s warming up for the Dodgers?
No one, apparently
Did not see that coming.
Buehler is coming back out.
Buehler ≠ Kershaw I guess.
To quote the movie; “anyone, anyone?”
Bottle this game and Kershaw’s first start and re-open again in Oct please.
It’s like spring training is over now.
Hope the guys brought playing cards to the pen tonight.
Willy, Muncy, and the Mook.
That was smoked.
Smith looking good.
Ring’em up again Munce.
The more I see of Freeman, the more I like him.
A quick note, as I have been tied up with things. I listened to the first inning of tonight’s game on SirilusXM. It was the Arizona feed. The duo — I don’t know they were — were effusive in their praise of the Dodgers. That was nice to hear….In an unrelated note, noting Today in Dodgers History above, Karl Spooner was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers in the only game I attended at Ebbets Field, in 1955. He was not effective. The Dodgers lost, but the loss wasn’t pinned on him. Spooner’s story is sad one, but for another day,
He coulda been a Koufax.
Yes, I agree,
It make you wonder what pitchers like Spooner and Koufax might have done with the benefit of today’s advanced sports medicine.
Do you mean the flaxseed oil? Lol jk
Buehler looking sharp thus far tonight.
Only 60 pitches!
Joc having fun with Giants this year. His brother must be very happy.
Doing so well that a contender may cough up something significant for him at the trade deadline.
The Giants sure look like the real deal. Kinda like last year unfortunately.
We are confident that the BALCO™ Flaxseed Oil will run short.
Who do you mean by “we”?
Speaking for the Commonwealth…
By the way, you misspelled “whom.”
Whom do you mean by we? Don’t you mean just you by yourself?
Gnats are for real. Not going to win 107 games, but they are not going to go away like the Puds last year.
Or like the Rockies this year. Lol
Gno, they’re gnot.
The Giants might trade him. But Joc is not looking to go anywhere that’s for sure.
He did the Munce. The Muncy Mash.
He’ll be fine.
Want him to be great (again), but OK.
Strong swing there for Max.
Productive AB for Freddy.
Not so much for Trea.
Mookie using that 25ft/s to steal 2nd.
Jump made up for slowness.
Nice to score some earlier runs against Kelly. He is dealing.
MLB.tv on the blink for me.
Bummer. I somehow viewed mlb.tv for free for the last 2 seasons (I paid for mlb gameday but not tv) but the free ride ended this year.
Baseball Savant ..Sprint Speeds….ft/sec
Turner, Trea LAD 29 SS 29.92
Lux, Gavin LAD 25 2B 29.13
Taylor, Chris LAD 32 LF 28.14
Bellinger, Cody LAD 27 CF 27.35
Smith, Will LAD 27 C 26.76
Muncy, Max LAD 32 3B 26.57
Freeman, Freddie LAD 33 1B 25.98
Betts, Mookie LAD 30 RF 25.09
Turner, Justin LAD 38 3B 23 24.1
Yep. Surprised the heck out of me.
Good jump on that SB, but not blazing speed.
I was surprised to hear that Belli won the NL player of the week award. Thinking it has been a few weeks since he last won it.
Nice k there by Walker to end the third.
Joining this one in progress after watching some playoff basketball with my son.
Freddie looks like he is right.
Bad baserunning by Trea is rather unlike him.
If Muncy and JT don’t turn it on soon, Dave is going to have to make some moves.
At least Muncy got a bat on the ball!
This is a promising start.
I am wondering when Dave will move Belli up in the lineup and Muncy down.
I would hate to mess with Cody’s success. I think he likes where he is, honestly. At least for the time being.
Yep. It might be a little early to move Belli up. If Muncy contunues to struggle he will eventually have to go down in the order.
SP Walker Buehler R
1-1 4.02 ERA 11K
RF Mookie Betts R
1B F. Freeman L
SS Trea Turner R
2B Max Muncy L
3B J. Turner R
C Will Smith R
CF C. Bellinger L
DH Chris Taylor R
LF Gavin Lux L
Dodgers have hit Kelly pretty well in the past. Muncy is 8 for 18 against him with a HR. Maybe he breaks out tonight.