Game 54, 2023

Dodgers at Rays, 8:35 AM PDT, TV: Peacock (streaming)

The Dodgers give the ball to one of their rookies, RHP Gavin Stone (0-0, 10.13 ERA). As of midnight Saturday night the Rays had not named their starter.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1956 Going deep in the fourth inning off Carl Erskine in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Dodgers at Forbes Field, Pirates first baseman Dale Long establishes a major league record by hitting his eighth home run in eight games. Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly (1987) and Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993) will also match the accomplishment.
  • 1957 Walter O’Malley and Horace Stoneham are given permission by the National League to negotiate deals with cities on the West Coast, with the proviso that the future location of their respective clubs, the Dodgers and the Giants, be known by October 1. The Brooklyn and New York owners both deny there is any significance to the unanimous vote other than being given an opportunity to explore all the available options for their possible relocation of their clubs.
  • 1969 The day after he becomes a father, Randy Hundley hits a grand slam and a double, driving in five runs in Chicago’s 9-8 victory over San Francisco at Candlestick Park. The eight-pound, four-ounce baby boy named Todd will follow in his dad’s footsteps, becoming a major league catcher, receiving for the Mets, Dodgers, and the Cubs.
  • 1989 With runners on second and third, no outs, and the Mets and Dodgers tied at 3-3 in the 12th inning, home plate umpire Bob Davidson calls a balk against Roger McDowell which scores the winning run in the Chavez Ravine contest. Dave Anderson is waved home when the New York reliever fails to pause and make a discernible stop.
  • 2001 In an 11-inning slugfest with Colorado, LA catcher Paul Lo Duca goes 6-for-6 in the team’s 11-10 victory at Dodger Stadium. The backstop’s five singles and a three-run homer tie a National League record for hits in an extra-inning game.
  • 2011 The game between Los Angeles and Florida continues as fans in a section of the upper deck seats at Dodger Stadium are evacuated due to a small fire in a nearby storage area. With plumes of smoke visible coming from the top level of the ballpark on the first base side, the crowd is informed by the public address announcer that it will not be necessary to evacuate the entire stadium.

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110 thoughts on “Game 54, 2023

  1. Our minor league system is loaded. We should trade some of it for a solid starting pitcher. The Dodgers cannot cool their heels until the trading deadline.

      • When will Pepiot be ready? Urias is getting close. May will be out for quite a bit longer. Buehler may return near the end of the season. Kershaw is scuffling lately. Syndergaard is all but done. Stone isn’t ready. Tough times.

  2. You’re awesome, Link. What time in Hawaii did you get up to post this? Thank you.

  3. Dodgers (32-21) 1st Place NL West
    Rays (38-16) 1st Place AL East

    SP Gavin Stone R
    0-0 10.13 ERA 8.0IP 2K
    Josh Fleming L
    1-0 3.59 ERA

    RF Mookie Betts R
    1B F. Freeman L
    DH J. Martinez R
    LF Chris Taylor R
    3B Max Muncy L
    2B M. Vargas R
    SS Miguel Rojas R
    CF T. Thompson R
    C A. Barnes R

    Doc’s throw away game lineup. Good luck Gavin.

  4. Thanks to a guy named David Goldstein we have the current NL West standings on the sidebar again. We also have the current Wild Card standings directly beneath the division standings. Probably a little early for those.

  5. Muncy has had his two good hit games and now is ready to take a nap for 5 or 6 games.

  6. I watched this game here and there. Was the game won because of stolen bases?

  7. Yankees lead the Padres, 8-3, in the 4th after knocking out Darvish in 7-run 3rd. Giants losing, 3-0, in the second to the Brewers. Neither the Diamondbacks nor the Rockies have started.

    • MLB broadcasts are available to the highest bidder. Viewers be damned. The NFL is going down the same path. Only the NBA has stayed (relatively) wise.

  8. Really needed Betts to show up to win this kind of game. Outman is lost and Barnes is worthless.

  9. I thought this before that AB: I wouldn’t have pinch-hit for perfect day Trayce.

  10. My grandson is on a Little League minors team. If a kid gets a walk, you can pretty much guarantee a run, as they steal second and third with alacrity. This game was like that.

    • Barnes has an atrocious percentage of throwing runners out and he can’t hit a lick. I know he’s been decent in the past, but that was in the past.

    • I think he is worried about hitting the high strikes and avoiding those above the zone. Apparently he has good bat speed for lower pitches but is maybe too worried about the higher pitches.

  11. How’s this for an oddity? Back-to-back sac flies by two guys named Miguel.

  12. I doubt if a Dodger starter has ever given up 10 hits in the first two innings before.

  13. Well – I’m heading out to lunch with the family. Check back in on this one later.

  14. I’m only following on Gameday – anyone know if Trayce misplayed the hit or was it a legit triple?

  15. Good inning. But dang I was hoping for more there as Stone will need lots of support.
    Mookie, I’m looking at you there.

  16. Thanks, MLB, for putting this game on a legacy network’s desperation streaming service at 8 am on a Sunday morning! Way to grow the game!