Game 155, 2023

Giants at Dodgers, 4:10 PM PDT, TV: ESPN

RHP Ryan Walker (4-3, 3.20 ERA) goes for the Giants and RHP Lance Lynn (12-11, 5.92 ERA) does the same for the Dodgers in their last home game of the regular season.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1957 Grounding out, Pirates left-handed first baseman Dee Fondy becomes the last player ever to bat in Ebbets Field when the Dodgers blank the Bucs 2-0 in the final major league game ever played in Brooklyn.
  • 1971 Al Downing becomes a 20-game winner when he blanks the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 2-0. The Dodger left-hander, best remembered for giving up Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run, will compile a 123-107 record during his 17-year major league career.
  • 1981 Dodgers 7, Giants 5 at Candlestick. The Dodgers got a three-run homer from Mike Scioscia and two more runs in the third inning to put themselves ahead. The game was — marred? supplemented? — when a fan threw a helmet and — well, here:

    Reggie Smith went into the stands after a fan who had been heckling him during the game; the fan had just thrown a batting helmet into the dugout before Smith climbed into the stands; Smith punched the fan and tried to pull him over the rail onto the field; Dodger teammates grabbed Smith; eight fans were arrested and Smith was ejected by HP umpire Harry Wendelstedt; as two policemen walked with Smith down the RF line to the clubhouse, someone threw a beer bottle and missed.

  • 2001 Batting for reliever Joe Beimel in the bottom of the sixth inning, Craig Wilson drives the first pitch he sees into the seats in left center for his seventh pinch-hit home run, tying the major league mark established last season by Dodger infielder Dave Hansen. The Pirate rookie’s two-run round-tripper sparks a five-run frame, enabling the Bucs to overcome a 5-0 deficit in their eventual 7-6 victory over the Chicago at PNC Park.
  • 2003 Eric Gagne ties John Smoltz’s National League mark for saves with 55 when he helps the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 5-3. The Los Angeles closer equals the NL mark in consecutive opportunities, which is also a record.

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94 thoughts on “Game 155, 2023

  1. No eyes here but, if it was a grounder back to Miller, why didn’t he go for the force at the plate first?

      • Other things being equal, he’s more versatile, certainly, but Acuña is much younger, will be around longer.

      • Because the Dodgers are not real strong at second and because Rojas wasn’t hitting for most of the season, Betts was very valuable because he could get Heyward into the game in exchange for a weaker middle infielder hitter.

        Atlanta didn’t have a Heyward to get into the game and were stronger up the middle. Betts would not have been as valuable if her were on the Braves.

        There are some apples and oranges involved here.

    • I wonder where Joc will be playing next year. The Gnats didn’t expect him to take the qualifying offer, so they really had to overpay him this season.

  2. ESPN is the worst of the blackouts, because they don’t even allow highlight videos on Gameday until it’s all over.