Game 140, 2023

Dodgers at Nationals, 4:05 PM PDT, TV: MASN 2, SPNLA

RHP Emmet Sheehan (3-1, 5.31 ERA) takes the mound for the visiting Dodgers and LHP MacKenzie Gore (7-10, 4.28 ERA) does so for the Nationals.

Have you noticed how high the uniform numbers worn by some of the Dodgers’ young pitchers are? Bryan Hudson (#93) is the highest of them all, then Dustin May (#85). Sheehan’s wearing #80, Michael Grove has #78 and Bobby Miller’s got #70.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1955 The Dodgers clinch their eighth National League pennant with a 10-2 victory over the Braves at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Brooklyn’s 17-game lead makes it the earliest date that a team has captured a flag in baseball history.
  • 1957 Before their departure to play on the West Coast for next season, the Dodgers and Giants face one another for the final time in New York. The Jints beat the Bums at the Polo Grounds, 3-2, to finish the intense 68 year-old storied rivalry with a 656-606 advantage over Brooklyn in the battle between the boroughs.
  • 1967 The Mets, at the urging of their fans, honor former Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, who retired last season when arthritis ended his career prematurely at the age of 30. The Brooklyn-born southpaw, who threw a no-hitter against New York in 1962, started twenty games against the Amazin’s, compiling a 17-2 record that included 14 complete games and 5 shutouts.
  • 2007 Alex Rodriguez, hitting his 50th and 51st home runs, joins Babe Ruth (1920-54, 1921-59, 1927-60, 1928-54), Roger Maris (1961-61), and Mickey Mantle (1956-52, 1961-54) to become only the fourth player in Yankee history to hit 50 or more homers in a single season. The Yankee infielder’s second homer breaks the major league mark of 49 homers hit by a third baseman, shared with Mike Schmidt (Phillies-1980) and Adrian Beltre (Dodgers-2004).
  • 2017 The Dodgers, who just a couple of months ago seemed poised to challenge the major league record of 116 wins in a season, lose again, their 8th straight defeat and 13th in 14 games, as they bow to the Rockies, 5 – 4. They blow an early 4 – 1 lead as D.J. LeMahieu hits a two-run double in the 5th to put Colorado ahead to stay. On a positive note, Yu Darvish records the 1000th strikeout of his career, punching out Carlos Gonzalez in the 5th, becoming the fastest starting pitcher to reach the mark, in 812 innings over 128 games.

One of the most important inventions in all of baseball history was officially introduced on this day in 1885 when George H. Rawlings patented a close-fitting baseball glove that features padding made of felt and rubber in the fingers, thumb, and palm. The owner of a St. Louis sporting goods store invented the padded piece of equipment to prevent players from bruising their hands when catching a ball.

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161 thoughts on “Game 140, 2023

  1. With a larger group that voted to leave at the first drop. No problem for me as I will get a lot of baseball this weekend.

  2. Taylor and Muncy were not trying to kill the ball with their last two at-bats with great results.

      • I can see that. Dodgers are going to have to get creative in the playoffs with their pitching. Use Lynn as an opener and bring in Yarbough.

  3. I don’t wanna see it this weekend, but there’s gotta be a great home run call for Kieboom.

  4. From the article Scoop posted a couple of hours ago:

    Martinez said a specialist recently identified that his tail bone was pressing on a nerve in his backside.

    That sounds unpleasant.

    • Not terrible. Could have been a hit and run play by Doc. I hope they stay aggressive on the bases.

    • I think he usually runs at first movement which takes the need for skill out of base stealing. He mostly gets away with it.

      • Will you be attending all three games? Would love to get your perspective on any of the games you are at. No eyes, no ears where I am.

        • Tonight’s game we are above the pen, still most reporting will be on any shenanigans among the relievers. One year in these seats had Justin launch dingers that landed within six feet of me on each side.

    • Division and playoffs are all but secured. No need to play him with an injury. Same with Kersh. We need both 100% in October.