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1920 Dodgers Week 12: A tough stretch

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A long losing streak was snapped, but Brooklyn lost ground in the pennant chase

Ed Konetchy Practices At Ebbets Field Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images

The Dodgers were able to rebound after a long losing streak 100 years ago this week, but their 4-4 week widened the gap between Brooklyn and the top of the National League.

The good

First baseman Ed Konetchy continued his stellar season, going 14-for-27 (.519) while driving in eight runs. He had three sacrifice flies during the week, including two in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday at the Polo Grounds, helping the Dodgers beat Fred Toney, who shut them out three days earlier at Ebbets Field.

The 14-year vet Konetchy is hitting .320/.361/.413 this season with 28 RBI in 52 games. Yet it was an odd week for him as, despite reaching base more nearly half his trips to the plate, he scored no runs in eight games.

Rube Marquard split his two starts against the Giants, losing to them at home and beating them on the road. But he only allowed three runs in his 17 innings.

Burleigh Grimes pitched a complete game win in his only start of the week, though he was 0-for-3 at the plate, his first hitless game of more than two at-bats in eight weeks. He’s hitting .436 (17-for-39) with six extra-base hits this season.

Zack Wheat started to heat up with four multi-hit games, hitting .323 (10-for-31) with four extra-base hits, including a home run and triple on Wednesday against the Giants’ Jesse Barnes.

The bad

Second baseman Pete Kilduff was 3-for-30 (.100) last week, though he did walk four times. He’s hitting .230/.313/.340 on the season, but batted third in the final three games of the week. Sure, why not?

Tuesday’s loss in Boston was the sixth in a row for the Dodgers, their worst stretch of the season, and dropped them to just a game over .500 at 31-30. That dropped them a season-low 3½ games out of first place in the National League, a mere two weeks after sitting atop the circuit.

Brooklyn ended the week three games behind the defending champion Reds, though still in second place.

Week 12 summary

4-4 record
25 runs scored (3.13 per game)
24 runs allowed (3.00 per game)
.519 pythagorean record

Year to date

35-31 record
248 runs scored (3.70 per game)
219 runs allowed (3.27 per game)
.557 pythagorean record (37-29)

NL standing: 3rd place, 3 games behind the Reds

Game results

Up next

The Dodgers run the Possum Whitted gauntlet, finishing up with the Phillies at home before hitting the road to Boston and St. Louis. It will be a busy week with three doubleheaders — one scheduled in Boston, and the other two featuring makeups of rained out games from earlier this season.