Reds at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: Apple TV (7-day free trial). Here are a couple of ways to watch on Apple TV for free on your computer or tablet.
The Reds send RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (0-1, 4.15 ERA) to the mound to face the Dodgers’ RHP Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 3.00 ERA). Gutierrez deserved better in his first start of the year. He gave up six hits but just two runs to the Braves, but his team only scored one run over the entire game. Gonsolin threw 62 pitches in three innings in his first start, giving up just one run. Unlike Gutierrez, his team managed to score more runs than he gave up, thus he got no decision.
Dave Roberts expressed some unhappiness with MLB’s recent organizational actions and their effects on player development among Black athletes.
Baseball’s owners cut the draft from 50 rounds to 40 rounds in 2012, then to 20 rounds last year. They also eliminated 43 minor league teams, and with them about 1,000 players.
“When you’re talking about undeveloped, raw, talented African American players, that process takes time,” Roberts said. “It always has.
“When the draft is shortened, it just doesn’t give those same guys the opportunities. It also doesn’t give the organizations the opportunity to seek those guys or identify those guys.
“For me, you’re shortening the draft, you’re eliminating farm teams, you’re looking for more turnkey guys. The way the game has been for the last 20 years, those are people not of color.”
- 1909 On Opening Day, the Superbas are no-hit by the Giants’ Red Ames for 9.1 innings. The Polo Grounds contest will go thirteen innings before Brooklyn defeats the 26 year-old right-hander, 3-0.
- 1930 On Opening Day, Phillies’ southpaw Les Sweetland throws a three-hitter at Ebbets Field. The 28 year-old southpaw doubles and scores the lone run in the eighth inning of his 1-0 complete-game victory over Brooklyn.
- 1933 In his major league debut, Tigers rookie Lynwood “Schoolboy” Rowe tosses a six-hitter, blanking the White Sox, 3-0. During his 15-year career, playing also with the Dodgers and Phillies, Rowe will compile a 158-101 record, posting an ERA of 3.87.
- 1947 A year before President Truman desegregated the military, Jackie Robinson debuts for the Dodgers, becoming the first black player to participate in a major league game this century. In front of 25,623 Ebbets Field fans, the 28 year-old first baseman is hitless in three at-bats, but scores a run in the 5-3 Opening Day victory over the Braves.
- 1958 On Opening Day, the transplanted New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers play the first major league game on the West Coast. The California contest sees Ruben Gomez blanking Los Angeles and Don Drysdale at San Francisco’s Seals Stadium, 8-0.
- 1959 Cardinal right-hander Bob Gibson makes his major league debut at LA Memorial Coliseum, tossing the final two innings in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers. The 23 year-old rookie becomes the first future Hall of Fame hurler to give up a home run to the first batter he faces in the major leagues when third baseman Jim Baxes takes him deep in the seventh inning.
- 2004 Major league baseball begins the tradition of Jackie Robinson Day, an annual celebration commemorating the day the color line was broken in 1947. At big league venues across the country ceremonies are being held to honor the ground-breaking historic event, including baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Jackie’s widow Rachel Robinson attending the festivities at Shea Stadium.
- 2005 The Dodgers, to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game in the big leagues, wear replicas of the old road uniforms worn by the 1947 team which played in Brooklyn. Right-hander Derek Lowe throws a three-hitter, blanking the Padres in San Diego, 4-0.
- 2007 In honor of the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut, Ken Griffey, Jr. wears the Dodger Hall of Fame infielder’s retired uniform #42 after getting permission from Commissioner Bud Selig, who gives all major leaguers the option to wear the number individually. In 2009, all uniformed personnel will start wearing #42 every year on April 15th, the date designated annually as Jackie Robinson Day.
- 2007 To honor Jackie Robinson, some players on each team, including Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves’ outfielder Andruw Jones, wear the Dodger immortal’s uniform No. 42 on the 60th anniversary of his historic breaking the color barrier in baseball. In the Cardinals and Brewers contest at Busch Stadium, every player and coach on both teams dons Jackie’s revered number.
Lineups when available.
Tonight's #JackieRobinsonDay lineup against the Dodgers.
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Shut them down.
Another groovy slide!
Probably not a good idea, Ebel and JT.
All that action for only one run that inning.
Up to CT3
Saved the inning.
Cody fails. Rats.
Oh Will. So close.
Productive out. Runners moved up.
Great third out!
Kinda a throwback game on a throwback night!!
Got bloody Farmer!
Are you challenging me?
Ha! Not I. (Not anymore anyways)
It has really been a good day listening to all the Jackie Robinson tributes and stories. I even watched The Jackie Robinson Story from 1950. It is a shame that he was taken so young. Breaking the baseball color barrier took at least 10 years off his life. Rest In Peace Jackie. I wish I would have seen you play.
Or as one of my former students says, “Rest in Power”.
I’m guessing we will see the raptor tonight…
Is that we are calling him – or has he been called that before?
It’s my nickname.
Ugh. Cody out at second.
Cody having a rough night tonight.
And so it begins with a flair from Will
Anderson doing yeoman work.
Ok Dodgers. Do your 8th inning thing.
Wasn’t that a 2020 thing, IIRC?
I think everything was a (good) thing for the Dodgers in 2020. If they had won one more particular game against the Rockies, they wouldn’t have lost any series all year long.
But yeah – you could be right.
No problem it being a 2022 thing as well.
Yes. More runs please.
Anderson is impressive!
If he – and Heaney – pitch this well, the Dodgers are in great shape.
I’m surprised they didn’t stick with Moreta.
He was sharp.
And not a lot of pitches.
Gosh darn Farmer
I would say Farmer in the Dell but it’s Apple TV – so more Farmer in the Mac?
Haha – yes!
For those that missed it, Jon Weisman had a beautiful piece (as always!) on Kershaw’s game over at Dodger Thoughts a few days ago.
I just dipped into a whole feast of Dodger Thoughts. I didn’t know what I was missing! Thanks.
I wish Jon could get his book published. I want to read it!
Need some more runs guys.
Nice. Could have been worse.
Freaking Farmer. Geez. He really has our number.
Stop it now, Tyler.
Wonder if he is a bit rattled after hitting Votto.
Seems like that might be the case.
Farmer is killing us.
Farmer – grrr.
Always good to back up third base.
Good back up at third by Anderson.
Scary to ever get hit on the helmet, even when accidentally. But no way did Anderson mean to do that.
Glad players are wearing the helmets with the full flap. No more Conigliaros I hope.
Don’t hit the Canadian.
Sorry, as they say.
Really should have gotten more out of that inning. That was pathetic.
I guess the Dodgers are waiting until the 8th to let loose.
Only got one, but this is a tough lineup to pitch to.
Ok Will. Hammer one.
Sounded nice off the bat but just a routine fly ball.
Good eye JT.
The humble walk scores 1
Orioles got a walk off walk tonight against Chapman and the Yankees. I was loving it.
Woo-hoo. That is great!
Also – now every team has at least 2 wins.
Up to JT.
Trea fails. Bail him out Max.
Need a crooked number here.
Not from Trea unfortunately.
Bust this baby open Trea.
Ok Freddie. Let’s go.
Mookie doing his wind sprints.
Gavin with the wheels!
Another triple. Go Lux go!
Low scoring game (so far).
Time for some tack on runs.
Dodgers should hit for the cycle tonight – just needing the HR.
Hard to believe Freeman does not have a HR or RBI yet.
Willy called out on a ball. Geez. He gets alot of bad calls.
Is it a Tyler Anderson night?
It’s looking like it.
Tony needs a quick low pitch inning.
2 quick outs so far.
Farmer fixed that. He is a thorn in our side.
I don’t know how Apple TV calculates their reach base possibility – but earlier tonight Farmer was at something like 49% while Freddie was 26%.
Listening to this game in the radio. Old timey.
Theatre of the mind!!
Baseball is great on the radio. I have an old tube radio from the 40s that I love to listen to baseball on.
Summer night listening to the game in the backyard is glorious. Summer is not very long here – so you just got to take any minute you get.
Sock it to them JT.
Nice to have a Dodger stolen base tonight. Seems appropriate.
Nice catch Cody.
Replays not going LA’s way tonight.
Love that every team is wearing Dodger blue 42’s on their uni’s.
Trust your stuff Tony.
I thought he was safe. Hard to tell.
Either way it’s a very early burn of a challenge.
The reach base probability Apple TV shows is… interesting.
Is Apple TV a front for gambling? What’s with all the prop betting info?
Goose needs to find the strike zone.
WBBsAs is not going to be happy to hear that Hunter Pence is one of the broadcasters for Apple TV.
Looking for the Dodgers to win on JRD.
And – why not – the Clips to beat the Pels.
Gonna need Gonzo to have a good outing.
Corey Seager intentionally walked with the bases loaded in the 4th inning. Wow. Angels chose to give up a run to not pitch to Seeegs.
The Barry Bonds treatment.
Well, having iTunes for Windows has paid off. I have an Apple ID already, so I’m watching.
SPTony Gonsolin R
0-0 3.00 ERA
RF Mookie Betts R
1B F. Freeman L
SS Trea Turner R
DH Max Muncy L
3B J. Turner R
C Will Smith R
CF C. Bellinger L
LF Chris Taylor R
2B Gavin Lux L
63° Wind 7 mph Out