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Dodgers run-scoring futility set a record Friday night

The Dodgers on Friday in San Francisco did something they hadn't done in nearly 20 years.


Before we move on, let's take one more look at Friday night, which was a unique game in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Against the Giants on Friday, the Dodgers had 11 hits, seven walks, and scored just one run. Since 1958, it is the only nine-inning game by the Dodgers with at least 18 baserunners and no more than one run.

It fits with the Dodgers' pattern so far this season, as they are second in the National League with a .331 on-base percentage yet second to last in the NL with 3.29 runs per game.

There have been six other games since 1958 that the Dodgers have put at least 18 runners on base but scored just one run or less. But all were extra innings. Here's a look back at those games:

Aug. 25, 1993: Pirates 2, Dodgers 1 (12 innings)

The Dodgers had 10 hits and nine walks, but managed just one run. Starting shortstop Jose Offerman, batting second, reached base four times. Denny Neagle got the win in relief for Pittsburgh. Pedro Martinez struck out four in his two scoreless innings of relief.

Jul. 8, 1992: Dodgers 1, Expos 0 (11)

Brett Butler had two hits and three walks, and the Dodgers put up 12 hits and six walks. The game was the first game of a doubleheader, one of three straight days of doubleheaders against the Expos, part of a 22-game homestand at Dodger Stadium that was a byproduct of postponed games during the L.A. riots earlier in the season. Dave Hansen ended the game with a two-out, bases loaded single in the 11th inning for the win.

Aug. 23, 1989: Dodgers 1, Expos 0 (22)

This was one of two 22-inning games for the Dodgers in 1989, and Orel Hershiser pitched seven scoreless innings in each one. After 18 singles, a double, and no walks at Olympic Stadium, catcher Rick Dempsey homered in the 22nd inning against Dennis Martinez for a 1-0 win. John Wetteland pitched six scoreless innings in relief for the victory.

May 7, 1972: Expos 1, Dodgers 0 (13)

The Dodgers managed 10 hits, seven walks, and a hit by pitch against Montreal but couldn't push across a run. A 36-year-old Frank Robinson had a hit and three walks for the Dodgers, and Don Sutton pitched 10 scoreless innings. Future Dodger Mike Marshall pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the win for the Expos, after Carl Morton matched Sutton with 10 scoreless frames.

Aug. 22, 1970: Pirates 2, Dodgers 1 (16)

The Dodgers had just seven hits but also drew 11 walks and were hit by a pitch in another game started by Sutton. Bill Sudakis started at catcher, moved to third base, and had two singles and two walks in the game for the Dodgers. Roberto Clemente scored the winning run in the 16th inning for Pittsburgh, on an RBI single by Jerry May.

Apr. 24, 1970: Dodgers 1, Mets 0 (15)

Alan Foster for the Dodgers and Jerry Koosman for the Mets each pitched nine scoreless innings. The Dodgers had 12 hits and eight walks, but didn't score until catcher Tom Haller drove home Wes Parker from first base with the game-winner.