Game 110, 2020

Twins at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: BSSN, SPNLA

RHP Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.19 ERA) pitches for the visitors this evening and RHP Ryan Pepiot (1-0, 2.76 ERA) does the same for the Dodgers. In Gray’s last start he went five scoreless innings and gave up just one hit but got no decision in a game which blew up after he left: The Jays got three runs in the sixth and six in the eighth and won 9-3. Pepiot has been in four games for the Dodgers, all starts in this his rookie season. He got his first win in his last game, the first one in which he went as many as five innings. He gave up four hits and one run in that one.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1979 Dodger hurler Don Sutton sets a franchise record with his 50th shutout, blanking San Francisco at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The 34 year-old right-hander had previously shared the mark with Don Drysdale. (Ed. note: 50! In his twelfth year [now fifteenth] Clayton Kershaw has a career total of 15! In fact, Kershaw hasn’t thrown a complete game since 2017, which shows how the management of pitchers has changed.)
  • 1995 The first forfeit in the majors in sixteen years occurs when the fans for the third time during the night throw promotional souvenir baseballs onto the Dodger Stadium field. At the time of the decision to halt the game, Los Angeles is trailing the Cardinals, 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

August 10 is a good day for pitchers: in 1971 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal records his 50th career shutout as the Giants blank the Expos, 1-0. The Dominican hurler’s ninth inning double helps to build the winning run.

Lineups when available.

105 thoughts on “Game 110, 2020

  1. You know you’re old when Fox Sports puts up an In Memoriam notice during the ball game for John Smoltz, 1942 – 2022 and you think it’s the Hall of Fame pitcher. Then you click the mute button off and you hear him talking and realize it’s his father who died. The pitcher wasn’t born until 1967.

  2. Today’s news of young Mr May from The Athletic:

    May remains the Dodgers’ wild card. Progress reports to manager Dave Roberts indicate that May has gotten “more physical” and added mass during his time at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona. After one simulated session facing hitters at Dodger Stadium this summer, infielder Max Muncy read off the pitch data that May put forth. May’s fastball pumped in the triple digits. His curveball spun at more than 3,000 RPM, a rate that only six major leaguers have averaged this season.

    May quipped that it was what he had to do just to stay in the big leagues. Muncy simply shook his head.

    The possibilities are endless. He torched the minors in his build-up, with 23 strikeouts and just three runs allowed over 14 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Now, his arrival is quick to come after months of waiting. Roberts told reporters that May is expected to make one more rehab start Sunday and, if all goes well, rejoin the Dodgers next week.

    • “Everything is up-to-date in Kansas City. They’ve gone as far as they can go…”

    • I saw that – report says a contusion and he couldn’t swing a bat then, but x-rays were negative.

  3. Dodgers have outscored the opposition 70-24 during this 10-game winning streak. The Dodgers are 77-33, a winning percentage of precisely .700.

      • It’s taken me a while, but i agree about his work in the regular season, but it’s the postseason that concerns me with Roberts.

        • Having managed a slow-pitch team, I can’t imagine having to deal with the egos of 26 highly paid professionals.

        • .631 winning percentage with the Dodgers. That is a 102 win pace. 5th place on the managerial win chart for the Dodger franchise with 618 wins in 7 seasons (including short 2020 season).

  4. In 1965, I was a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University, where everybody I knew was a Twinkies fan (lotsa Midwesterners). I was ecstatic when Sandy blanked them on two days’ rest to win the Series.

      • For a year, yes, but then transferred to a state university. In fairness, there were some pretty good instructors despite class offerings such as “Life of Jesus” (referred to by students as “Sunday School 101,” which I managed to avoid).

  5. I keep thinking Polanco is Pablo, but Pablo retired in 2016 and (surprise!) per Wikipedia “Polanco joined the Los Angeles Dodgers front office as a special assistant in player development in 2019.”

  6. Correction: In their last three-plus games, Muncy and Bellinger have combined to drive in 12 runs, not 11. I’d like to see that total increase tonight.

  7. Muncy and Bellinger, in their last three games plus two innings tonight, are a combined 11-for-24 with five homers, four doubles and 11 RB1s.

  8. Padres, scoring all their runs in two innings, registered a 13-7 win this afternoon over the Giants, who blew leads of 4-0 and 7-6.

    • I just watched the condensed version on MLBTV, and can only comment that regression to the mean is a cruel master.