Game 56, 2023

Nationals at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: MASN 2, SPNLA

The Nationals’ RHP Jake Irvin (1-2, 5.32 ERA) faces the Dodgers’ RHP Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 1.82 ERA). This will be Irvin’s sixth appearance in the big leagues, all of them starts this month.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1946 In Boston’s 10-8 victory over the Dodgers, Bama Rowell’s long drive hits the Bulova clock located above the right field scoreboard, making the left-fielder the first major leaguer to reach the famous landmark at Ebbets Field. The crushing four-bagger, that shatters the face of the clock causing glass to cascade onto Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker, is believed to be the inspiration for author Bernard Malamud having Roy Hobbs, the hero of his 1952 novel “The Natural,” belt a similar home run, which also rains glass over the diamond.
  • 1962 Frank Thomas strokes a double off Sandy Koufax in the Mets’ 13-6 loss to Los Angeles, extending his franchise mark of consecutive games with a hit to 18 for the expansion team. The streak, which will be only one shy of Maury Wills’ league-leading total for the season, is halted when the New York left fielder goes 0-for-4 in the nightcap of the Dodgers’ sweep at the Polo Grounds.
  • 1986 In a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium, future home run king Barry Bonds goes 0-for-5 in his major league debut. The Pirates center fielder, batting leadoff, strikes out three times.

In an amusing uniform requirement, in 2014 the Mets become the first team to have three players appear in a game whose last name begins with a lowercase letter d when Travis d’Arnaud, Jacob deGrom, and Matt den Dekker play in the Mets’ 6-5 walk-off loss to Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. After using an upside-down capital ‘P’ on d’Arnaud’s jersey, equipment manager Kevin Kierst asked Majestic, MLB’s uniform supplier, to make ‘small’ letters available, knowing there would be even more of a need this season.

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43 thoughts on “Game 56, 2023

  1. Have bat Will travel, reads the card of the man
    A night without armor in a savage land
    His fast bat for hire heeds, the calling wind
    A soldier of fortune is the man called JDM

      • Yep, apart from his personality, it’s easy to miss a ballplayer who gives your team OPS+133 over nine years.

  2. Outman battling. A good pitch finally got him. That was a pretty good at bat.

    • Not good to see Willy out of the lineup. Changes the whole dynamic.
      Does he really need this much rest?