Game 18, 2024

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

RHP Yu Darvish (0-1, 3.86 ERA) pitches for the Padres and LHP James Paxton (2-0, 1.64 ERA) takes the hill for the Dodgers.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1931 At Braves Field, Jack Quinn becomes the oldest pitcher to start an Opening Day game. The 47 year-old Robin right-hander gives up six runs on nine runs in six innings of work, taking the loss when Brooklyn bows to Boston, 7-4.
  • 1968 Jim Bunning becomes the first pitcher since Cy Young to collect a thousand strikeouts in each league when he whiffs eight Dodgers during his first win for the Pirates, a 3-0 complete-game victory in Chavez Ravine. The 37 year-old right-hander, acquired from the Phillies in December, sent 1,406 American League batters back to the bench with a bat in their hands for nine seasons while pitching for the Tigers at the start of his Hall of Fame career.
  • 1993 After establishing the all-time career major league record last night with his 358th save, Cardinal reliever Lee Smith breaks the National League mark, recording his 301st in the Senior Circuit when he tosses a perfect 15th frame in the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The right-handed reliever will extend the big league mark to 478, pitching for the Cubs (1980-1987), Red Sox (1988-1990), Cardinals (1990-1993), Yankees (1993), Orioles (1994), Angels (1995-1996), Reds (1996), and Expos (1997).
  • 2004 In the game played after Yankees’ teammate Mike Mussina earns his 200th career victory, Kevin Brown, who was obtained from the Dodgers for Jeff Weaver and two minor-leaguers in an off-season trade, reaches the same plateau, beating the Devil Rays, 5-1. It is the first time in baseball history members of the same pitching staff have won their 200th career victory in consecutive starts.

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79 thoughts on “Game 18, 2024

  1. The radio feed was way behind Gameday, but I restarted and it’s nearly caught up.

  2. The bully is looking like a liability without Treinan, Graterol and a capable lefty.

  3. Paxton did his absolute best Snell impersonation:
    5 innings, 8 walks, 1 run.

  4. OK Doc. This is where you have someone getting ready in the bullpen. In case the wheels start coming off.

    • I dislike the Puds more than the Gnats these days. Totally agree about Machado.

      • In retrospect Machado was unpleasant as a Dodger, but not at this level. For the Gnats, though, Logan Webb-Steroids is right up there – smug little twerp.

  5. Happy ESPN Blackout Day, to all those who observe. This will be the last year of these, as ESPN will no longer carry baseball after 2024 – good riddance to bad rubbish.

  6. Bellinger is off to a bad start for the Cubbies, but Michael Busch is tearing it up.

  7. Blake is not passing the sMell test. After two starts for SF, he is 0-2 with a 12.86 ERA.

      • He’s been displaying his frequent shortcomings – high pitch counts and walk numbers, leading to brief outings even when he wins.