Game 16, 2024

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), San Diego Padres, SPNLA

RHP Michael King (2-0, 3.14 ERA) pitches for the Padres and RHP Yoshinobu Yamamoto (1-1, 4.19 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1906 At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Boston Beaneater rookie Johnny Bates becomes the first modern player to homer in his first major league at-bat. The 23 year-old outfielder connects off Harry McIntire in the top of the second inning in the team’s 2-0 Opening Day victory over the Superbas.
  • 1962 Pete Richert, making his major league debut, comes out of the bullpen and strikes out the first six batter he faces, a major league record. The rookie southpaw fans four in the third inning in LA’s 11-7 comeback victory over the Reds at Dodger Stadium.
  • 1976 The game against the Padres is rained out at Dodger Stadium for only the second time in the 14-year history of the ballpark. The washout ends a streak started in April 1967, covering a span of 724 straight contests, with subsequent postponements coming much sooner when inclement weather cancels two consecutive home dates in September.

Lineups when available.

96 thoughts on “Game 16, 2024

  1. 74 pitches through 4 innings. Hope Yoshi can at least make it through a full 5.

  2. As an Oaklander I loathe John Fisher, but can’t help but be amused that the Athletics now have an identical record to the Gnats.


        In some earlier explanations of the term it is said that it is a contraction of “go far,” but usage suggests it is the “go fer” as in “go for a double, triple, or home run.” Lawrence Frank (Playing Hardball: The Dynamics of Baseball Folk Speech, 1983, p.108) suggests the term “presumably originated in the early days of baseball when there were no fences (or fences that were far from home plate) and a fielder had to ‘go for’ a ball that was hit past him.” Hy Turkin (Baseball Almanac, 1955) reports that the term was coined by Lefty Gomez when he pitched for the New York Yankees (1930-1942). Neal McCabe and Constance McCabe (Baseball’s Golden Age, 1993, p.50) quote Gomez: “I throw the ball, and then the batter swings-and then it will go for three or four bases.” Gomez explained that base coaches of opposing teams invariably bellowed to the batter-runner, “go-fer three” (Washington Post, Apr. 14, 1931; Barry Popik). Although there have been many published explanations of this term being a play on “go fer,” opinion is not unanimous. Parke Cummings (Dictionary of Baseball, 1950) reports: “Like the gopher, which vanishes into its hole, the ball quickly vanishes into the stands or out of the park.” Along those same lines, Ray Corio (The New York Times, Feb. 8, 1988) adds: “But there’s also the line of thought that the expression reflects how a pitcher feels as he watches his pitch soar over a fence: like digging a hole and crawling into it, gopher style.”

  3. Is anybody else delighted to see the Trashtros dead last in the AL West, and getting crushed nearly every night?

    • Hell yes. Me and every Dodger fan. And almost every fan outside of Houston. They will not shed their cheating mantra anytime soon. Commissioner should have stripped them of the 2017 title.

  4. In Phoenix, the Cradinals have blown a six-run lead in the fifth, and are now tied with the Snakes.

  5. I understand the righty-lefty-righty thing. But honestly CT3 should be batting last in this lineup.

    • If not for his ill thought out contract, he would be a DFA. Having both Kike and KT3 is redundant. I am hoping Pages will get a look soon.