I take pride in pointing out obscure but memorable stats and occurrences from Dodgers games, but this season especially of late we at True Blue LA have been treated to an entire new level of greatness, thanks to GWilson in the comments.
At the conclusion of several games in the last month, Wilson has provided an insanely detailed factoid tied to that game, with the kind of detail and minutiae that would make Ross Porter blush.
These deserve a wider audience, so here are the words of Wilson wisdom, game by game. Enjoy.
Aug. 11 - Dodgers 5, Nationals 0
Puig and Greinke
The last time that a Dodger right-hander won his third consecutive start by allowing zero runs on six hits while a teammate delivered a 3-run extra-base hit with two outs in the fifth after driving in the first two runs of the game with another extra-base hit his previous time up as the Dodgers won 5-0 at home despite being outhit was 10 May 1953. Billy Loes earned the victory on that day with Roy Campanella knocking in all five Brooklyn runs.
Aug. 12 - Dodgers 3, Nationals 0
Kershaw and Crawford
The last time that a Dodger leadoff man drove in the first run of the game from second with a 2-out single in the third to provide a lead that would not be relinquished by a CYA recipient left-hander who allowed only three hits and no earned runs while striking out eight on a Wednesday at Dodger Stadium was 25 April 1984. The pitching performance was turned in by Fernando Valenzuela with Steve Sax driving in the first run against Nolan Ryan.
Aug. 14 - Dodgers 5, Reds 3
Turner, Gonzalez and Wood
The last time that a third baseman who was born in Southern California and attended Cal State Fullerton started the Dodger scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first and then drove in the run that put LA ahead for good in the fifth before scoring later in the inning on a 3-run home run with two outs by a first baseman wearing number 23 who went to High School in San Diego county to support a pitcher who picked up his first Dodger win that involved recording at least ten outs was 1 June 1993. Tim Wallach and Eric Karros were the corner infielders on that day with the great Pedro Martinez earning the victory in relief of Orel Hershiser.
Aug. 15 - Dodgers 8, Reds 3
Kiké is the first Dodger who had played multiple infield and outfield positions with the club to break a second inning tie with the first 3-run home run of his major league career in a home victory against the Reds during which multiple teammates also homered to power a starter to his seventh win in his first year with the Dodgers since Tommy Buckshot Brown on 15 July 1949. Rookie Don Newcombe was the winner in that game with Hall-of-Famers Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella also contributing home runs.
Aug. 16 - Dodgers 2, Reds 1
Question from a.rubenstein: "Does anyone know of another time in NL history where #8 and 9 hitters hit back-to-back HRs (let alone on back-to-back pitches)?"
On 12 June 2007 the seven, eight, and nine spots in the Dodger lineup (Betemit, Kemp, Kuo) homered on consecutive pitches in the second inning.
Aug. 21 - Astros 3, Dodgers 0 (Fiers no-hitter)
History is on our side
The last time that the Dodgers managed fewer than three total hits over consecutive games was September 1981 against Hall-of-Famers Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton in Houston. The ballclub was sufficiently inspired by the offensive ineptitude that they defeated the same Astros in the NLDS on the way to a World Championship.
Aug. 25 - Dodgers 5, Reds 1
Turner, Rollins and Wood
The last time that a Dodger third baseman and shortstop hit 2-run home runs in the third and sixth to power a 4-run win with a starter who was born in North Carolina and who posted a 2.78 ERA the year before getting the win was 12 August 1956. Randy Jackson and Pee Wee Reese hit the home runs against Hall-of-Famer Robin Roberts with Roger Craig earning the win.
Aug. 26 - Dodgers 7, Reds 4
Anderson, Van Slyke, Ellis and Puig
The last time that a Dodger left-hander delivered LA’s second straight win after the club had lost the previous five by allowing zero earned runs with four strikeouts and only one walk while enjoying the support of three fourth-inning home runs as part of a 10-hit attack on the road was 15 July 1971. Claude Osteen was the winner on that day with Willie Davis, Dick Allen, and Jim Lefebvre connecting for home runs in the fourth.
Aug. 27 - Dodgers 1, Reds 0
The Dodgers are the first team in major league history to win a baseball game while grounding into at least five double plays with one of the GIDPs scoring the game’s only run.
Aug. 28 - Dodgers 4, Cubs 1
Kershaw and Utley
The last time that an All-Star Dodger starter earned a victory by allowing only three hits and one earned run with double-digit strikeouts in a game where his second baseman, who joined the team during the season, scored to break a 1-1 tie after leading off the 6th with a walk from the second spot in the order to spark a multi-run game-winning rally was 20 September 1941. Whit Wyatt was the winner in that game with Hall-of-Famer Billy Herman scoring the go-ahead run.
Aug. 29 - Dodgers 5, Cubs 2
Peraza, Crawford and Ethier
The last time that a Dodger eight-hitter drove in LA’s left-fielder, who had singled, with the tying run in the home seventh before the nine-hitter, in his first plate appearance of the game, delivered a two-run single to put the Dodgers ahead for good on the final pitch and eighth hit allowed by an opponent starter who had been signed as a free agent the previous off-season after pitching for two AL teams the year before while a collection of Dodger pitchers allowed just two runs was 16 September 1981. Derrel Thomas knocked in Dusty Baker with the tying run in that one and Reggie Smith chased Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry with his clutch two-run single.
Aug. 31 - Dodgers 5, Giants 4 (14)
Adrian is the first Dodger first baseman to deliver a bases-loaded walk-off single in the 14th after homering earlier in the game to end a 1-game losing streak after LA had won the previous five since Steve Garvey on 1 May 1974.
Sept. 1 - Dodgers 2, Giants 1
Greinke, Gonzalez and Pederson
The last time that an All-Star Dodger right-hander allowed only one run on five hits and a walk to send an overmatched opponent to their fourth straight loss by defeating a left-hander who gave up the first run of the game on a 2-out, left-on-left, single to a Dodger infielder in the third before being victimized by another left-handed batter, this one the Dodger center-fielder, who doubled the size of the lead by driving in and scoring a run a few innings later was 3 July 1942. Whit Wyatt was the winner in that game with legends Arky Vaughan and Pete Reiser contributing offense from the left side.
Sept. 2 - Dodgers 2, Giants 1
Kershaw and Utley
The last time that a former Cy Young and MVP left-hander stranded two in the ninth to deliver a complete game victory for the first-place Dodgers in a game where he allowed only one run on six hits and a walk with double-digit strikeouts and watched in the sixth as his second baseman, a native of Southern California in his first season with the team, drove in the run that broke a 1-1 tie was 22 May 1965. The left-hander was Sanford Koufax with Jim Lefebvre knocking in the tie-breaker in the sixth.
Sept. 4 - Dodgers 8, Padres 4
Crawford, Schebler, Ruggiano, Gonzalez, Utley, and Bolsinger
The last time that the Dodgers hit two solo home runs during the first five innings to enter the sixth tied 3-3 before putting the game away by crushing three sixth-inning home runs with the final two blasted back-to-back with two outs by infielders to power a victory for a 27-year-old right-hander on the road was 29 April 1954. The home runs were courtesy of the Duke, Junior, future Friar manager Dick Williams, Gilliam again, and Pee Wee. Carl Erskine got the win.
Sept. 5 - Dodgers 2, Padres 0
Ethier, Crawford and Wood
The last time that a 33-year-old in his tenth major league season, all with the Dodgers, led off the visiting fourth with a double from the left side and scored when the next batter, a left-handed hitting outfielder wearing number three, followed with another double to put LA up 1-0 and provide the only run necessary for a left-handed starter who allowed only three hits in a scoreless seven-inning outing that was backed by two innings of hitless relief was 12 July 1962. Jim Gilliam and Willie Davis started the fourth with doubles to put the Dodgers on the board and the great Sandy Koufax improved to 14-4.
Sept. 7 - Dodgers 7, Angels 5
Adrian is the first left-handed batter to drive in the run that put the Dodgers ahead for good with a sixth inning sacrifice fly against a left-handed reliever who was brought in to face him and to make a winner of a right-handed starter, pitching in the sixth month of the season, who recorded fewer than twenty outs while allowing multiple home runs for only the second time all year since Willie Davis on 20 September 1968.
Sept. 8 - Dodgers 6, Angels 4
Ruggiano and Kershaw
The last time that a 33-year-old who was originally signed by the Dodgers led off the visiting first with a home run and then, after the opposition had tied the score at one, hit a third-inning double that led to LA taking a lead that would not be relinquished to key a victory for a former Cy Young Award winner who had won a stressful 2-1 complete game in his previous outing was 30 May 1966. Maury Wills launched the game-opening home run and the win went to Hall-of-Famer Don Drysdale.
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