Game 97, 2022

Nationals at Dodgers, 12:10 PM PDT, TV: MASN 2, SPNLA

LHP Patrick Corbin (4-13, 6.02 ERA) tries to finish a sweep of the Dodgers while LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.59 ERA) tries to prevent it. Corbin’s performance has fallen off a cliff and no one seems to know why. Since the start of the 2020 season, Corbin has a 5.61 ERA in 337 innings. There are lots of theories but no answers. His contract has now become a source of speculation: should he and it be added to any trade of Juan Soto, as the Red Sox added David Price to the Mookie Betts deal?

Heaney, meanwhile, is coming off a long stretch on the IL with shoulder discomfort. Before it occurred, he had shown the Dodgers that offering him a one-year contract last fall might pan out. He’d made two starts in April, going 10 1/3 innings and giving up just 4 hits and one run.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1918 In his major league debut, Robins (Dodgers) starter Harry Heitman, after giving up hits to four consecutive batters in a 22-7 loss to the Cardinals, is pulled from the Ebbets Field contest. The 21 year-old Brooklyn rookie right-hander will never hurl again in the big leagues, ending his career with an ERA of infinity.
  • 1959 The Continental League is formally announced, with franchises located in Denver, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, and Toronto. The concept of the new major league is the brainchild of William Shea, an attorney who proposed the idea a year after the Giants and Dodgers left New York City to move to the West Coast.
  • 1966 Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 Phillies and Jim Bunning whiffs 12 Dodgers in the first 11 innings of a pitching duel between future Hall of Famers at Chavez Ravine. With both starters out of the game, Los Angeles beats Philadelphia, 2-1, thanks to an unearned run scored in the bottom of the twelfth inning.
  • 1998 Tony Womack of the Pirates establishes a new major league mark by not grounding out into a double play in 888 consecutive at-bats, breaking the record previously established by Dodger outfielder Pete Reiser in 1946.
  • 2005 Ryan Freel becomes the first player in the Reds’ 136-year history to steal five bases in a game, including two in the ninth that moves him to third base, where he scores the eventual winning run on Felipe Lopez’s sacrifice fly. The Cincinnati second baseman’s thievery contributes to the team’s 7-6 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. [Note: the Dodgers’ catcher was Jason Phillips, in his only season with the team.]

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86 thoughts on “Game 97, 2022

  1. Gnats fall again to Snakes. Dodgers lead SD by 11.5, SF by 17.5, Snakes by 20.5, Rox by 21.

  2. WBB: Thanks for your post about my new neighbor, Brad Pitt —
    My wife and I dropped out of the bidding at $35 million.
    Regarding the book by “Danny Santiago,” an Anglo who wrote as if he was a Chicano, one of our reporters at the Monterey Herald broke that story in 1984. It was quite a sensation. More on the author:
    Let me know whether or not you can open it.

  3. I have umpired 81 games this season, most of them behind the plate, from the young leagues through varsity high school. These include summer games. I certainly have missed calls behind the plate. But watching how the MLB umpires miss calls — more than two or three a game — I feel as if I am in good company.

      • I got in trouble earlier this year when the German Shepherd didn’t show up and I broke my white cane.

      • Thanks. I have been doing it for 20 years and I I greatly enjoy it. I’ve made about $6,000 this year. I don’t do it for the money, but I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t paid.

  4. My goodness. Turn on the game in the second inning and what do I find? A six-run first inning and another disappointing outing for poor Corbin.

    • GM Mike Rizzo of the Nats (gnot the Gnats) just said he wouldn’t even consider a salary dump in a Soto trade package. I wonder whether he’s reconsidered.

  5. When I was growing up in L.A. and listened to virtually every game — very, very few were televised — I thought the best thing would be to turn on the radio and have the No. 3 hitter, almost always Willie Davis, leading off the second inning. That would mean that the Dodgers had scored 5, 6, 7 or 8 runs in the first inning as 11 men would have batted. It won’t be Willie Davis, but the No. 3 batter, Freddie Freeman, will lead off in the second.

    • Thanks Scoop. I had just read the Pitt article and was then wondering about DL James.

    • I grew up learning about Campy catching for the Brooklyn Dodgers and how he would alternate years between hitting at MVP levels with struggles. Since then I have it ingrained in me that catchers only hit well in alternating years. (Obviously not always true however.)

    • It’s on MLB.TV for free; you can watch it on your computer or, I expect, Smartphone.

        • That’s interesting. Same thing happened to me out here in the ocean. I even called the Spectrum trouble line. Rebooted the cable box and when it came back the signal was back too.

  6. Next time anyone complains about Kimbrel, remember that closer Taylor Rogers of the Paddies has a 1-5 W-L record and 7 blown saves.

  7. Nelson Cruz, now 42, broke into the majors in 2005. This surprised me: He has 457 home runs.

  8. Corbin has the most losses (13) and the highest ERA (6.02) of any qualified pitcher in MLB this year.