Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, 6/29 + Dodgers Notes
Before we get to Pitch or Ditch, I figured I’d share a bunch of interesting historical notes concerning last night’s Dodgers offensive eruption, besides the fact that Nick Blackburn saw his ERA rise by a half-run. We were debating whether or not to make Blackburn a grad on our latest Pitch or Ditch category chart but ultimately decided against it. Glad we did!
- The 15 runs in a shutout are the most by the Dodgers since they defeated the Padres 19-0 on June 28, 1969.
- The Dodgers 25 hits are the most by the club since May 19, 2006, when they collected 25 in a 16-3 win over the Angels.
- The Dodgers 25 hits are tied for the second most in interleague play. The Red Sox – with 28 on June 27, 2003 – have the most. In addition to the two 25-hit games compiled by the Dodgers (this one and the one on May 19, 2006), only one other team – the Orioles on June 13, 1999 – had 25 hits in an interleague game.
- The Dodgers 25 hits are the most in the Majors this season, and the most since the Brewers had 26 in an 18-1 win on August 2, 2010.
- Los Angeles had nine different players have at least two hits, one run scored and one RBI. The last time a team had nine different players do that in a game was on July 14, 1997, when the Red Sox accomplished the feat against the Tigers. The last time a National League club did this was on May 1, 1985, when the Braves did it against the Reds. In that game, Braves pitcher Rick Mahler was one of the nine. Last night, the Dodgers were using a DH while visiting Minnesota. Since the dawn of the liveball era, the Dodgers had never had nine players do this in a game.
- Three different Dodgers players – Tony Gwynn, Jr., Matt Kemp, and Trent Oeltjen – had four hits. The last time three Dodgers players collected four hits in a game was on July 26, 2002, against the Giants.
- Matt Kemp was one of the three Dodgers players with a four-hit game. Kemp singled twice, doubled, and hit his 22nd home run of the year. Kemp’s 22 home runs through 80 games tie him with Roy Campanella (1953), Gil Hodges (1954) and Steve Garvey (1977) for the sixth most by any Dodgers player at this point in the season. Hodges (28 in 1951) and Duke Snider (28 in 1955) are tied for the most. That pair is followed by Gary Sheffield (27 in 2000), Shawn Green (25 in 2002) and Eric Karros (23 in 2000).
PITCH OR DITCH FOR WEDNESDAY
Volquez @ Shields – Volquez is DTM
R. De La Rosa @ Baker
Lowe @ King Felix
Marcum @ Burnett – play it safe on sore-hipped Marcum
Capuano @ Coke
Carpenter @ Jakubauskas – good bounce-back matchup for Carp
Zimmermann @ Haren
Maholm @ Morrow
Nolasco @ Godfrey
Chen @ Stauffer
Carrasco @ Duke – Carrasco is a grad
Lackey @ Worley
Lewis @ Myers – Hang with ‘em
Buehrle @ Jimenez – Ubaldo 6.86 ERA at Coors this year with 1 QS in 8 starts
Lincecum @ Dempster – good matchup for erratic Dempster