Game 16, 2023

Cubs at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: Marquee Sports Network, MLBN, SPNLA

LHP Drew Smyly (0-1, 6.52 ERA) is the Cubs’ twirler today, while LHP Julio Urías (3-0, 1.50 ERA) picks up the horsehide for the Dodgers.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1928 Braves’ pitcher Charlie Robertson has his glove removed from the game by umpire Charley Moran after the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) complain the ball is acting strangely. The Boston hurler still manages to win, 3-2.
  • 1946 LOCAL NEWSPAPER AD — “An Apology to Braves Fans – The management will reimburse any of its patrons for any expense to which they might have been put for necessary cleansing of clothing as a result of paint damage.” As the result of the newly painted grandstand seats having not yet completely dried, about 5,000 fans attending the Boston’s home opener against the Dodgers left Braves Field with green paint covering much of their clothing. The team took out newspaper ads to apologize to the affected patrons, agreeing to reimburse any expense caused by the mishap, an offer that will cost the team $6,000, after it generates nearly 13,000 claims, including some from as far away as California and Nebraska.
  • 1964 Shea Stadium is christened with Holy Water from the Gowanus Canal, which passes near Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, the Dodgers’ old home, and Holy Water from the Harlem River at the location where it flows past the Polo Grounds, the once longtime ballpark of the Giants and the Mets’ home for the past two seasons. The stadium’s namesake Bill Shea, the lawyer credited with bringing the National League back to New York, pours the water from two bottles, blessing the Flushing Meadows structure on the eve of its debut.
  • 1975 After making the second of his two poor starts for the Dodgers, Juan Marichal, who signed with the team as a free agent, appears in his final major league game. The 37 year-old ‘Dominican Dandy’ finishes his 16-year Hall of Fame career with more complete games (244) than the total of his victories (243).
  • 1983 Steve Garvey appears in his 1,118th straight game, breaking the National League record established by Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams playing for the Cubs in 1970. The Padres’ first baseman, who spent 13 seasons with the Dodgers before signing as a free agent with San Diego in the offseason, will see his consecutive game streak end at 1,207, the third-longest span in major league history at the time, due to a dislocated thumb suffered as a result of a collision at home plate during the first game of a doubleheader in 1983.
  • 1988 The Braves establish a National League record for losses at the start of a season by losing their tenth consecutive game. With a 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers, Atlanta surpasses the mark, previously owned by four teams, including the infamous 1919 Braves and the 1962 Mets.

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85 thoughts on “Game 16, 2023

  1. On the bright side, Pads have lost to the Beerboys again, though the Fish failed to spear the Snakes. Gnats got washed out in Detroit.

  2. Does anybody else here remember when, on a walkoff like Peralta’s yesterday, the batter-runner would touch second base to get credit for a double?

    • I don’t recall that, but now the batter/runner is too busy running into the outfield waiting to get mobbed by his teammates to worry about touching second.

      • Probably you can only get credit for as many bases as it takes the winning runner to advance to home plate.

        • The game was over as soon as Vargas scored. Other than a home run or a ground rule double, the runner should get credit for a base he hasn’t crossed after the game is over.

    • It is ultimately up to the official scorer. They are not going to award a double on a ground ball thru the infield.

      • What I mean is that the batter-runner (Peralta) would continue to second and get credit for a double, on a technicality. He could only do so if the winning run scored from second.

        • On that specific play any advance to second would have been on the throw home, so even if he got there don’t see how he would be credited with a double.

  3. ESPN’s SportsCenter highlighted all three strikeouts called against the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth. They were really bad calls.

  4. Here comes the sun, doo-doo-doo-doo, here comes the sun
    And I say it’s all right

      • I would have been more surprised not to see him out there. Back in the day, Doc was certainly extra careful with him, but haven’t seen that in awhile.

  5. Barnes has been doing a great job of hitting in the pitcher’s spot in the lineup, pre DH.

  6. Is Outman’s success having any affects on decisions to advance Busch and Pages?

    • In more ways than one. Ties the game and costs Urias more pitches.
      Sad part is, it was not a difficult chance.