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1920 Dodgers Week 23: Closing in

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Burleigh Grimes helped Brooklyn get closer to the pennant, 100 years ago this week.

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

One hundred years ago this week, the Brooklyn Dodgers won six of eight games, getting ever closer to their second National League pennant.

Brooklyn won four of five games against the Cubs at Ebbets Field, then welcomed the second-place Reds to town and won two of three against them, too. The Dodgers’ NL lead is five games with nine left to play.

Burleigh Grimes got both series starts with complete-game wins, shutting out Chicago on Sunday, then beating Cincinnati 5-3 on Thursday. Grimes improved to 22-10 on the season with a 2.10 ERA, including 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in September.

Second baseman Pete Kilduff was 9-for-20 (.450) with seven walks for a ridiculous .593 on-base percentage last week. He scored five runs.

Ray Schmandt filled in for an injured Ed Konetchy at first base, and drove in a run in four straight games against the Cubs.

Week 23 summary

6-2 record
35 runs scored (4.38 per game)
31 runs allowed (3.88 per game)
.555 pythagorean record

Year to date

86-59 record
631 runs scored (4.32 per game)
500 runs allowed (3.42 per game)
.605 pythagorean record (88-57)

NL standing: 1st place, 5 games up on New York and 6 up on Cincinnati
Magic number to clinch pennant: 7

Game results

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