Game 99, 2023

Blue Jays at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: Sportsnet, SNET-1, TVA Sports, SN NOW App, SPNLA

The Torontonians send RHP José Berríos (8-7, 3.39 ERA) to the Dodger Stadium mound to face the Dodgers’ RHP Michael Grove (2-2, 6.40 ERA).

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1909 At Washington Park, the Superbas sweep a twin bill from the visiting Cardinals with identical 1-0 scores. Brooklyn’s southpaw Nap Rucker, who will finish second in the NL with 200 strikeouts, whiffs 16 Redbirds in one of the contests.
  • 1931 For the second time in ten days, Babe Herman hits for the cycle. The Dodger outfielder joins “Long John” Reilly and Bob Meusel as one of only three ‘tricyclists’ to have accomplished the feat of collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in one game three times.
  • 1965 Unbeknownst to him at the time, 75 year-old Mets skipper Casey Stengel, who compiled a managerial record of 1,905-1,842 with the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets, manages his final baseball game, a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. After leaving a party after midnight at Toots Shor’s, the ‘Old Perfesser’ loses his balance and fractures his left hip, resulting in the unexpected retirement with the team.
  • 1968 ChiSox reliever Hoyt Wilhelm breaks Cy Young’s record when he makes his 907th career appearance, pitching a third of an inning in which he gives up a run on two hits to be on the short side of the team’s 3-2 loss to Oakland. The 45 year-old knuckleballer, who will retire in 1972 after pitching in 1,070 games, will finish his 21-year major league career with a 143-122 (.540) won-loss record and 228 saves, hurling for the Giants, Cardinals, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels, Braves, Cubs, and Dodgers.
  • 1970 Tommy Agee steals home with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, the New York center fielder stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring the winning run with his thievery of home plate.
  • 1977 After his two-out foul pop-up is dropped by Mets’ right fielder Bruce Boisclair, Davey Lopes responds with a game-ending three-run home run off Bob Apodaca. The L.A. second baseman’s ninth-inning dramatics provide the Dodgers with a 5-3 win and spoil the opportunity for a win for Nino Espinosa, who left the game needing just one more out for a complete-game victory.
  • 1993 Following the game at Dodger Stadium, Vince Coleman tosses an M-80 from a car, resulting in reported injuries to three fans in the Chavez Ravine parking lot, including an 11 year-old boy and a two year-old girl. The Mets’ player was a passenger in the 1991 Jeep Cherokee driven by LA outfielder Eric Davis, who acknowledges Coleman flipped the firecracker out of his vehicle as a ‘joke,’ but not into a crowd of people.
  • 1993 In a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, Mets right-hander Anthony Young extends his record losing streak to 27 games. The latest defeat is the result of the hard-luck hurler walking Dave Hansen in with the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning.
  • 2015 Michael Conforto becomes the 1,000th player in Mets history when he makes his major league debut, going 0-3 in the team’s 7-2 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field. Tomorrow, the 24 year-old rookie left fielder will enjoy a 4-for-4 day at the plate when he will collect three singles and a double en route scoring four runs.
  • 2020 For only the second time in baseball history, all four starting infielders are the sons of former major leaguers, when shortstop Bo Bichette (Dante), second baseman Cavan Biggio (Craig), first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Vladimir), and third baseman Travis Shaw (Jeff) top the order for the Blue Jays on Opening Day. In 2012, the Dodgers’ lineup featured an infield consisting of third baseman Ivan DeJesus Jr. (Ivan), second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. (Jerry), shortstop Dee Gordon (Tom), and first baseman Scott Van Slyke (Andy), with outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. (Tony) patrolling center field.

Lineups when available.

116 thoughts on “Game 99, 2023

  1. Baseball off to a good start today, as Gnats lost their sixth straight (in Detroit). As a makeup, it’s part of a sweep that started in April (in addition to the sweep in DC – the Nats hadn’t swept anybody in the last 96 series).

    • The Giants are streaky, if nothing else. This was their sixth straight loss coming on the heels of a six-game winning streak. They have now had nine streaks of four or more consecutive wins or four or more consecutive losses this season.

  2. Just need one more base runner here Mookie and then a blast from Freddie.

  3. Nice to see the team being nice to Phil when he came off the mound and walked dejectedly into the dugout.

  4. Phil did really well after the first 5 guys reached. 3 straight outs after that. Dodgers still kinda in it.

  5. I’m getting a bit tired of these 4 inning starts from Dodger pitchers. It’s killing the bullpen.

  6. Yeah that was ugly. As I feared, Bickford not cut out for this kind of pressure.

  7. Redbirds finally finish off Snakes, so Dodgers can gain a game on everybody tonight.

  8. Heyward really doing a good job of distracting the pitcher, dancing around on second.

  9. Redbirds in the process of blowing their lead over the Snakes, thanks to ex-Gnat Stratton.

  10. Grove says he doesn’t want to be involved in the trade deadline moves. He is being very articulate right now.

        • Outside chance later this year. We have close friends in San Diego and would like to see a Dodger game at the Litterbox. I was in San Diego in 1988 to see Orel set the scoreless innings record at the old Jack Murphy.

  11. Roberts calling Sheehan out saying among other things that hitters can smell fear.

  12. Maxie not being Maxie goes with the pitch and grounds a ground ball single up the middle. I like it.

    • Skip Battin, for what it’s worth, was a member of the Byrds and also part of the duo Skip and Flip, who had late 1950s hits with “It was I’ and “Cherry Pie.”