Game 162, 2022

Rockies at Dodgers, 1:20 PM PDT, TV: ATT SportsNet RM, SPNLA

In the last regular season game of the season LHP Austin Gomber (5-7, 5.62 ERA) pitches for the Rockies and LHP Clayton Kershaw (11-3, 2.30 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers. This could be Kershaw’s last regular season game, but I suspect he’ll be back next year; yes, he’ll be 35 years old but he’s been very good this season even with his back troubles and he enjoys the competition so much that I think he’ll give it one more go. I hope so. I’d like to see him get 200 wins.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1905 The Beaneaters suffer their 100th loss of the season when they drop the first game of a Washington Park doubleheader, 11-5, to the Superbas, a team that has already lost 103 games. It is the first occurrence in major league history that two teams with triple-digit losses have been opponents.
  • 1914 In the eighth, Robins reliever Pat Ragan throws an immaculate inning when he strikes out the first three batters he faces on nine pitches. Unfortunately, the right-handed will give up five runs in the next frame, taking the loss in the team’s 9-5 defeat to the Braves at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.
  • 1947 Al Gionfriddo, inserted in left field for defensive purposes, makes one of the most memorable catches in World Series history when he robs Joe DiMaggio of an extra-base hit with two men on base in the sixth inning. The outfielder’s heroics help preserve an 8-5 Dodger victory in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, which will be the 25-year-old’s last game in the major leagues.
  • 1949 Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe, becoming the first black to start a World Series contest, allows only four hits in Game 1, including Tommy Henrich’s home run leading off the bottom of the ninth, giving the Yankees a 1-0 walk-off victory in the Bronx ballpark. ‘Old Reliable’s shot to right field, the first game-ending home run in the history of the Fall Classic, gives Allie Reynolds the complete-game win, and it is Casey Stengel’s first postseason victory
  • 1953 In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6, the Yankees win their record fifth consecutive World Series when Billy Martin singles, scoring Hank Bauer to give New York a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory over the Dodgers. The Bronx Bombers’ second baseman, named the Series MVP, bats .500 in the six contests, collecting a record-tying 12 hits to equal Babe Ruth’s mark, and compiles 23 total bases, the most in Fall Classic history.
  • 1963 In Game 4, Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth’s record with his 15th World Series home run. In the seventh inning, the Yankees slugger turns around a Sandy Koufax fastball to tie the score, but the blast isn’t enough to stave off the Dodgers’ Fall Classic sweep of the Bronx Bombers.
  • 1966 Reliever Moe Drabowsky ties a World Series record by striking out six consecutive batters in the Orioles’ 5-2 Game 1 victory at Dodger Stadium. Brooks and Frank Robinson hit back-to-back homers in the first inning.
  • 1977 Glenn Burke greets Dusty Baker on the dugout steps to congratulate his Dodger teammate for hitting a grand slam against the Phillies in Game 2 of the 1977 NLCS. The greeting, consisting of the two players extending their right arms above their heads and slapping their hands to make a resounding clap, is considered the first ‘high five’ in baseball history.
  • 2001 In the longest nine-inning game in major league history, Barry Bonds breaks and then extends the mark for home runs in a season during the 4 hours and 27 minutes, 11-10 loss to the Dodgers at Pac Bell Park. The Giant outfielder connects off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park to break Mark McGwire’s 1998 record of 70 and then homers again in his next at-bat to extend his record to 72.

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61 thoughts on “Game 162, 2022

      • Dunno, but the Dodgers would need to have a big eighth or else blow their lead to get him another AB.

      • McNeill is at .326. So, if one more hit gets him to .326 or higher, yes. If Freddie somehow passed McNeill, I bet he would play. Bush league way to win the batting title.

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        Freeman vs. McNeil
        It looks like Mets utility man Jeff McNeil will win the NL batting title, but anything can happen. McNeil sits at .326 heading into the final day while Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman looms behind him with a .322 batting average. McNeil was out of the Mets’ starting lineup on Wednesday, but Freeman was in the Dodgers’ lineup vs. the Rockies. If Freeman goes 5-for-5 — and McNeil doesn’t play — Freeman would raise his average to .327 to claim the batting crown, while also raising his hit total to 201.

        If he got another hit with another AB he’d be at .326, tied with McNeil. At least I think so unless the ABs are different from what MLB has for him.

  1. Trea may be recovering. From today’s “The Athletic:”

    The focus, Turner said Tuesday fresh off another early batting practice session, has been on the placement of his hands, which during his torrid final stretch in 2021 were higher and more separate from his body than they were earlier this season and even early last month. Each subsequent adjustment has come working off where his hands settled to start this season, rather than where they ended last summer. That, Turner said, has created a difficult habit to break, especially during games.

    “When you’re in the game, you just react,” Turner said.

    Hence the extra swings. Turner remains focused on rewiring his swing to where it was at his personal apex and removing those habits by brute force.

    “When you’re in a good spot, you try to swing less and not overdo it,” Turner said. “But I feel like sometimes when you’re trying to create a new habit or break an old one, you’ve got to try to swing through it.”

  2. The way the Dodgers are pitching – I think they will breeze through the playoffs.
    The way the Dodgers are hitting – I think they will struggle to win in the playoffs.
    Baseball being baseball, the pitching will get roughed up but the hitters will provide 6 runs a game!