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1920 Dodgers Week 2: Vaulting into first place

5 wins in 6 games, with plenty of strong performances

Burleigh Grimes Throws Out Pitch Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

The 1920 Dodgers won five of their six games for the week ending April 24, sweeping the Boston Braves then winning a road series against the Phillies.

Burleigh Grimes won both starts — Monday against Boston, Saturday at Philadelphia — with complete games, and at the plate he was 5-for-7 with three doubles. Quite an all-around week. We’re not doing players of the week for this series, but if we were, Grimes would have probably been this week’s choice.

Zack Wheat was the offensive star of the week, which shouldn’t come as any surprise since he’s been the Dodgers’ best position player for the bulk of the last decade. He has an eight-game hitting streak to open 2020, hitting .448 with five walks. Interestingly, all 13 hits for Wheat so far this season have been singles.

This week, Wheat was 10-for-22 (.455) with four walks and scored three times in six games.

Second baseman Pete Kilduff started twice last week and had two hits in each game, including two doubles and three RBI on Saturday against the Phillies. First baseman Ed Konetchy hit four doubles last week.

The best game of the week was a nail-biter on Tuesday against Boston, won in the 11th when center fielder Wally Hood singled home catcher Rowdy Elliott for the only run of the game. Leon Cadore pitched an 11-inning shutout for the win for Brooklyn, narrowly edging Joe Oeschger of the Braves, who also pitched a complete game. Surely this will the longest duel between these two pitchers and teams this season.

Weekly summary

5-1 record
26 runs scored (4.33 per game)
14 runs allowed (2.33 per game)
.756 pythagorean record

Year to date

6-2 record
42 runs scored (4.20 per game)
24 runs allowed (2.40 per game)
.736 pythagorean record

NL standing: 1st place, 1 game up on the Reds and Pirates

Game results

Up next

The Dodgers run the Beals Becker gauntlet next week, back home to face the New York Giants, then head to Boston to face the Braves.