Game 108, 2023

Dodgers at Padres, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: Dodgers –SPNLA; Padres — DirecTV (channel 694-3), Spectrum (channel 305), AT&T U-Verse (channel 781), Cox (Back on good ol’ channel 4); streaming options here

All those optional channels are a result of Bally Sports SD and Diamond Sports failing to make a rights fees payment, resulting in Major League Baseball taking over the broadcasting rights.

RHP Bobby Miller (6-2, 4.37 ERA) takes the mound at Petco Park for the visiting Dodgers; he’ll face the Padres’ RHP Yu Darvish (8-7, 4.53 ERA).

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1908 In Brooklyn, the last-place Cardinals blank the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers), 3-0. The entire Washington Park contest is played with just one ball.
  • 1941 Mickey Owens becomes the first catcher to handle three foul pop ups in one frame. The Brooklyn backstop’s third inning defense contributes to the Dodgers’ 11-6 victory over New York at Ebbets Field.
  • 1942 In a military relief game at the Polo Grounds, which will be the last war-time twilight game played, Pee Wee Reese’s grand slam in the top of the ninth, which puts the Dodgers up 5-1, doesn’t count, because of the 9:10 pm government curfew. The game ends up as a 1-1 tie with the Giants.
  • 1948 Ernie Harwell, filling in for Red Barber, who is recovering from a bleeding ulcer, calls his first major league game as the Dodgers beat the Cubs at Ebbets Field, 5-4. To obtain the future Hall of Fame broadcaster, Brooklyn general manager Branch Rickey trades minor league catcher Cliff Draper to the Atlanta Crackers.

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171 thoughts on “Game 108, 2023

  1. Just finished watching two episodes of “Suits” on Netflix with my wife. It’s an entertaining and tense show about a high-powered civil law firm in NYC. Noticed that the Dodgers game, even more tense, is now on MLBTV; been following it on my Smartphone. If the Dodgers hang on here, that five-run eighth could be the biggest inning of the year thus far.

      • Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, has a major role in it. There are scenes that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip likely didn’t like. The Duchess is/was a fine actor.

    • Truly peripheral, but a friend in Berkeley has a house near where Oppenheimer lived. The Irish actor who portrays Oppenheimer was brilliant in the Netflix series “Peaky Blinders,” about an early 20th century mafia in Birmingham (England),

          • We’re going to try to see it this weekend. The biography of Oppenheimer, “American Prometheus,” is on my reading list.

      • That particular actor has always given me the creeps, but was quite good, given the script, which didn’t bring out the ambitious nature and flamboyance that Oppenheimer apparently displayed in his life.

  2. Vesia from the little town of Alpine (at least it was little in my days in San Cali Ding Dong).

      • After watching a winter league game in Mexicali, I met several Dodger minor leaguers at Calexico’s now historic Hotel De Anza (including Garey Ingram, who had some brief shining moments in Dodger Stadium).

        • Mexicali was the railroad town where I would take the train south to DF. Big town for Chinese food, a relict from its RR construction days.

          • I took the train once to Mazatlán. I do recall plentiful Chinese restaurants, and also some great banda music.

          • Lived a month in Mazatlan when I was 16. Just a wonderful old Pacific port in those days.

          • The train got delayed when somebody died en route. That’s when I learned the word falleció – “no tiene vida.”

  3. Doc made some good moves and took advantage of the flexibility the roster provides.

  4. If the Dodgers win at least one more in this series, the Padres will be 4 more games closer to the end of the season – and still be under .500.

  5. That’s 36 runs for the Dodgers in their last four games. Yes, I know that three were against the A’s, but still that’s a lot of runs.

    • Amazing defensive plays, hits, stolen bases, etc. And 3 hour 15 min of game time.

      • That’s a long game these days. I love the clock on the pitchers and the fact that batters can’t walk out of the box more than once, or ask for a timeout more than once.

    • He is an excellent player and not a hot dog like Tatis or someone who doesn’t run out ground balls like Machado, who, by the way, is now batting .257.

        • Do you think that his skills have deteriorated, or his attitude, or both or neither?

          • He is having a great season. Seems to have sacrificed some hitting for greater power, such that he seems like a different hitter. He used to show extreme patience, but now looks to drive the ball. He had a tough last half of 2022.

  6. This may have been commented on before, but those Padre uniforms are atrocious. Can’t tell if they look more like a rainbow popsicle or a dog’s upchuck.

    • It’s been an issue for most of the starters recently. 109 through 5 innings. 82 through 4. That kind of thing.

  7. Adios Miller. Been walking a tightrope all night and won’t be given a shot at third time through.

  8. With the Gnats idle – on a Friday! – Dodgers can lengthen their lead to three full games. They actually have a four-game lead in the loss column, which would mean more later in the season.