Game 29, 2022

Dodgers at Pirates, 9:35 AM PDT, TV: ATT SportsNet PIT, SPNLA

RHP Ryan Pepiot (2-0, 2.05 ERA at Oklahoma City) makes his big league debut for the Dodgers, three years removed from Butler University in Indianapolis. He’ll face LHP Dillon Peters (3-1, 2.16 ERA) of the Pirates. Peters has had two years with the Marlins and two with the Angels; he’s in his second year with the Pirates.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1963 Sandy Koufax takes a perfect game into the eighth inning before walking Ed Bailey on a 3-and-2 pitch, but will finish the Dodger Stadium contest with the second of four career no-hitters, blanking the Giants, 8-0. The Los Angeles southpaw beats San Francisco ace Juan Marichal, who will also author a no-hitter next month.

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83 thoughts on “Game 29, 2022

  1. As someone who took five-plus years between my first unsuccessful years at college and my returning to get the degree, I admire others who take even longer between their stints as students, particularly those who have no need to do so since they’ve been stars in their profession. Ladies and gents, I give you Robin Ventura, lifetime .267 hitter and slugger of 294 HRs in 16 years in the big leagues as a player and compiler of a 375-435 record as manager of the White Sox from 2012-2016.

    It’s likely that at some point Saturday, Ventura will don a cap and gown before he crosses a stage as his name is called. Then he’ll hurry to O’Brate Stadium to help coach the fourth-ranked [Oklahoma State] Cowboys when they host Southeast Missouri State in the second of three games.

    Ventura — a former MLB All-Star and manager — completed his bachelor’s degree this week. He spent the past two years commuting from Edmond, taking undergraduate courses primarily online while coaching baseball for the program that retired his number.

    Good for him.

  2. The National League, as a league, is batting .236. This is its lowest cumulative average since 1887, when the league batted .221. The league was formed in 1876. Last season, without the DH, the league batted .242. In the modern era, starting in 1900, the lowest that the NL has ever batted was .239, set in 1908. In 1968, after which the mound was lowered, the NL batted .243.

    The American League, as a league, is batting .230. That ties it with its lowest league average ever (.230), set in 1968, The Year of the Pitcher. The AL came into being in 1901.

    During the 1930 National League season, six clubs had a team batting average over .300.

    • How long can they blame it on the shortened spring training. I think that started it, but the dead ball is perpetuating it.

        • Doubt we will ever see the first half 2019 MVP Belli again. He would not have won the MVP that year if Yellich had not got injured. I would settle for a .250 BA, 20 HR, 75-80 RBI Belli. I think that is his realistic ceiling. And that may be setting the bar a bit high.

          • I felt the same way about how Yelich’s injury pushed the 2019 MVP Award in Bellinger’s direction. It came down to a Dodger and a Brewer. Interesting, as the cheating and lying Brewer Braun deprived Dodger Kemp of the MVP award he deserved in 2011.

          • Yep. That really sucked. I still can’t stand that bug-eyed cheater.

  3. Feast or famine: Dodger hits by the game on this road trip:
    Saturday, Game 1 — 11
    Saturday, Game 2 — 3
    Sunday — 10
    Monday — 4
    Tuesday — 15
    Today — 5

  4. Baseball can be crazy. In the 7th inning we had the potential tie-breaking run on third with one out and Trea and Freddie to follow. Both of them get on, and we still don’t bring in that run.

  5. They took the bats out of Trea’s and Freddie’s’s hands in the 7th and it worked. Was Smith’s liner close to being a hit?

  6. The spammer chicas were gone yesterday, but they’re back in force today.

  7. Gonna be hard for Dave to sit Rios. I think he has earned a lot more starts.

  8. OK, it was a productive out by Lux. Now it’s up to Trea or Freeman to give us the lead.

      • Can’t say. No video today. I am only listening. It was certainly hit hard enough however.

    • Yes, I have umpired the girls in the 14-and-under division. It is not only fun to watch, it is also fun to umpire. Never an argument from a girl and the enthusiasm and their support for one another is great. Was on the bases for a boys high school varsity game yesterday and one of the coaches on the team that was losing (and eventually lost) was mouthing off. After a warning, the home plate umpire banished him to the dugout for the remainder of the game, which he is allowed to do.

  9. Too many walks (5) and too many pitches (77) notwithstanding, a nice debut for young Mr. Pepiot. He pitched out of trouble, stranding seven Pirates on the bases, and Pittsburgh went 0-for-4 with RISP.

    • Kid showed some Moxie out there. Got to work on his control. But has to be considered a successful debut.

  10. I wonder how many pitches Pepiot is good for? I am sure he is on some sort of pitch count.

    • That pretty much sums it up. I seem to recall a certain Hall Of Famer for the Dodgers who started out that way. Not comparing the two at all, just saying.

  11. Off to the long-delayed memorial service for my mother at Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific this morning followed by a lunch with a dozen people, mostly family. Good luck to the kid and the rest of the team.

  12. Pepiot making his long anticipated debut. Good luck kid. Now lets get him some early runs.