After a stretch of 58 innings in three days, last week was relatively normal for the 1920 Dodgers. Which is to say they only played two extra-inning games, topping out at 14 innings, and continued to see rain wreak havoc with their early schedule.
Week 5 saw the Dodgers play four games against three teams, going 3-1.
Center fielder Hi Myers had multiple hits in all four games, going 9-for-18 (.500) during the week while scoring three runs. Myers took over the team batting lead, hitting .345 to Zack Wheat’s .323.
Myers hit .307 in 1919, and led the National League in triples (14), RBI (73), total bases (223), and slugging percentage (.436). The extra-base hits haven’t been as plentiful this season to date for Brooklyn’s regular fifth hitter, with four doubles and one triple through 22 games.
First baseman Ed Konetchy chipped in with a 7-for-20 (.350) week.
On the pitching side, Leon Cadore earned a week off after his 26-inning marathon. His first start back was a rough one on Sunday at home in Brooklyn, getting knocked out in the fifth inning, allowing four runs.
The Dodgers rallied to beat the Phillies in that game, thanks to 5⅔ scoreless innings of relief from Sherry Smith, who now sports a 0.75 ERA in 24 innings in his two outings this season.
That was the only time the Dodgers used a relief pitcher all week. Sure, the rainouts helped, but Jeff Pfeffer, Burleigh Grimes, and Al Mamaux all pitched complete games on the road last week, with Grimes lasting 14 innings, striking out a season-high nine.
To get the win for Grimes, the Dodgers plated four against Cardinals pitcher Marv Goodwin, also in his 14th inning. Brooklyn got four hits in the winning frame, including singles by Myers and Konetchy.
Brooklyn has played extra innings six times in their 10 games in May, but they’ve also had four rainouts. The starting rotation is still carrying the load, averaging 9.85 innings per game through 22 games. For the most part, it’s worked. Dodgers starters have a 1.66 ERA, and Brooklyn leads the majors in fewest runs allowed, four-tenths of a run better than the next-best team (Yankees).
Week 5 summary
19 runs scored (4.75 per game)
9 runs allowed (2.25 per game)
.797 pythagorean record
Year to date
86 runs scored (3.91 per game)
62 runs allowed (2.82 per game)
.645 pythagorean record
NL standing: 2nd place, 2 games back of the Reds
- Sunday, May 9: Dodgers 5, Phillies 4 (10)
- Tuesday, May 11: Dodgers at Cubs, ppd. rain
- Wednesday, May 12: Dodgers at Cubs, ppd. rain
- Thursday, May 13: Cubs 2, Dodgers 1
- Friday, May 14: Dodgers 5, Cardinals 1 (14)
- Saturday, May 15: Dodgers 8, Cardinals 2
The Dodgers run the Dave Brain gauntlet, continuing their road trip with two more games in St. Louis, followed by three in Cincinnati and a stop in Pittsburgh.