Game 63, 2022

Guardians at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: Apple TV only

RHP Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.70 ERA) pitches for the Guardians in their first time playing the Dodgers since the team was renamed. He’ll face LHP Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.12 ERA), who took the loss in his last start despite giving up just two runs in four innings when the offense got 13 hits but was 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Plesac may not have the best record in the league right now, but he can surely field his position, as this play from his last start shows:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1915 Cubs right-hander reliever George Washington Zabel, called into the game with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, throws 18 and 1/3 innings of the Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the Robins at Chicago’s West Side Park. ‘Zip’, establishing the major league record for the longest relief stint in one game, beats Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer, who tosses a 19-inning complete-game. (Pfeffer won 113 games for Brooklyn and lost only 80 in a nine-year career with the Robins.)
  • 1956 Joe Adcock’s ninth-inning home run off Brooklyn right-hander Ed Roebuck, his second round-tripper of the game, proves to be the game winner in the Braves’ 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. The blast to left field, which clears an 83-foot wall at the 350-foot mark, is believed to the only homer ever to land on the roof at Ebbets Field.
  • 1956 Fred Haney, named yesterday to replace Charlie Grimm, wins two games in his managerial debut with the Braves when the team sweeps a doubleheader against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 5-4 and 3-1, starting a streak of 11 consecutive victories. The club’s former coach will compile a 341-231 (.596) record, guiding Milwaukee to two pennants and a world championship during his four seasons at the helm.
  • 1976 At Shea Stadium, Dave Kingman hits a walk-off homer to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. Sky King’s game-ending blast comes off Charlie Hough in the 14th inning.
  • 1992 Dodger farmhand Mike Piazza, believing he was low balled in his contract negotiations, takes exception to the team giving a reported bonus of $500,000 to top draft pick Ryan Luzinski, a 220-pound catcher from Holy Cross High in Delran, New Jersey who will never play in a major league game. Next season, Piazza will be selected as the National League’s Rookie of the Year, and will hit .331 in seven seasons for LA.

One more item from the history books: on this date in 1962 Met Marv Throneberry’s apparent first inning triple becomes an out on an appeal play for missing second base in an 8-7 loss to San Francisco at the Polo Grounds. When New York manager Casey Stengel questions the call, he is told by the umpire, according to legend, “Don’t bother arguing Casey, he missed first base, too.”

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269 thoughts on “Game 63, 2022

  1. Speaking of interesting books, I just read The Great Dissenter, a biography of John Marshall Harlan, the only member of the U.S. Supreme Court who voted against Plessy v. Ferguson (separate but equal) in the late 19th century).

    • I’ve been reading the Philip Kerr noirs about Bernie Gunther, an ethical (but flawed) cop navigating the complexities of Nazi Germany and the post-war period. One of them is set in Buenos Aires, but my favorite is The One from the Other.

      • I’m reading City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence. This amazing and heartbreaking book details the lives of 9 different people living in the refugee camp(s) in northern Kenya – the largest ones in the world.

          • I still say this is the best time to be a Dodger fan in the last 40 years. Amazing players, a long run of success, a World Series championship.

  2. Getting back to WBB’s solid reference to potential 20-game losers and Chuck Stobbs, who went 8-20 for the Washington Senators in 1957. Twenty-game losers were fairly frequent in the 19th century and though the 70s in the 20th century. The last 20-game loser in the 20th century was Brian’s Kingman in 1980 for the A’s, whose manager, Billy Martin, overworked his pitchers, The only 20-game loser since than was Mike Maroth of Detroit in 2003. Managers don’t want their pitchers to have such a stigma attached to their name.

  3. Rox have picked up a couple more and now lead 8-4 in the fifth. Pads’ prize rookie Gore allows eight ER in 4+.

    • I view extra innings as a tax on a good Dodger team. And so far they have paid that tax every time. Hoping they sneak past the tax man tonight.

  4. Don’t know if this came up earlier tonight, since I was late to the party: I realize it was his turn in the rotation for this game, but not having Kershaw pitch on Koufax statue day – that’s a miss.

  5. I heard that on a 3-2 pitch, the next pitch is fouled off 75% of the time. 75!

  6. Ok Trea – you have to touch home plate. And bring a friend home with you.

      • At least we will have a speedy Alvarez on second to start the 10th he says so sarcastically that the Dodgers will erupt in the ninth.

    • I remember waiting for enough dark to be able to hear Dodger games on KFI in mid-summer (a bit north of you, in Tacoma).

  7. Law firm of Smith, Muncy, and Turner due up and as the excitement builds, if anybody gets on Bellinger and Taylor to follow. Don’t go anywhere.

  8. I am visiting attend the game Saturday at which a statue of Sandy Koufax will be unveiled. It will in the open area behind center field, which is where the Jackie Robinson statue has been relocated. This will be my first game of the season — except for the 64 games that I have umpired starting in February.

    • I so wanted to be there. This was the series I wanted to be at if I was to make it down to LA this year. Instead we are hosting my in-laws this week.

  9. My wife said enough good things about a book that it will be my next read after Crazy Horse and Custer. Where The Crawdads Sing. Anybody here among the millions who have read it?

  10. Dodgers are presently back in first place, but need to win tonight to stay there.

  11. They were saying Kersh is on a pitch count of around 75. Hope he can go 5 innings…

  12. I couldn’t sign in on my Roku with my Apple ID, but I’m able to do so with the iPad. I hate these multiple providers, even if tonight isn’t technically a blackout.

  13. Maybe I was last to be aware but Celtics and Lakers still tied with 17 Championships.

  14. Rox now lead Pads 6-0. They coulda donated that three-run dinger to the Bucs, though.

  15. Guardians (32-27)
    Dodgers (39-23)

    SP Clayton Kershaw L
    4-1 2.12 ERA 34IP 36K

    Updated Lineup:
    SS Trea Turner R
    1B F. Freeman L
    C Will Smith R
    DH Max Muncy L
    3B J. Turner R
    CF C. Bellinger L
    LF Chris Taylor R
    RF Eddy Alvarez L
    2B Gavin Lux L

    0% Rain
    68° Wind 8 mph Out