It was another streaky week for the 1920 Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost their first three games last week before winning the last three to stay ever so slightly atop the National League standings.
Perhaps Brooklyn’s biggest ally at the moment is time, as another week was lopped off the schedule with them still in first place. But it’s still a tight three-team race, with Cincinnati just a half-game behind and New York looming at two games back.
Two shutouts to end the week lifted the Dodgers back into first place. Burleigh Grimes pitched a four-hitter Friday against the Phillies, picking up his 19th win and 22nd complete game in the 6-0 win. Grimes was also 2-for-4 at the plate, and is hitting .323 with nine extra-base hits and 16 RBI this season.
On Saturday, Brooklyn’s offense was even more prolific against Boston with 10 runs, which was more than enough thanks to Leon Cadore pitching his first shutout since May 21.
Cadore scattered 12 hits in the shutout, including a triple and double by Rabbit Maranville. The double came with two outs in the second when the game was still scoreless. An errant throw to third base from right fielder Tommy Griffith gave Maranville ideas of scoring, but third baseman Jimmy Johnston recovered to throw out the Rabbit at home plate.
Hi Myers drove in eight runs during the week, including five RBI on Saturday with a triple, double, and single. Zack Wheat hit three triples and a double during the week, hitting .375/.400/.667 with six runs scored. Johnston was 10-for-27 (.370) with a triple.
The Dodgers have 27 games remaining over the final four weeks of the season.
Week 21 summary
25 runs scored (4.17 per game)
19 runs allowed (3.17 per game)
.623 pythagorean record
Year to date
537 runs scored (4.20 per game)
436 runs allowed (3.41 per game)
.594 pythagorean record (75-52)
NL standing: 1st place, a half-game up on Cincinnati and two up on New York
- Sunday, August 29: Cubs 4, Dodgers 3
- Monday, August 30: Game 1 — Cardinals 6, Dodgers 0
- Monday, August 30: Game 2 — Cardinals 7, Dodgers 1
- Tuesday, August 31: Dodgers 5, Cardinals 2
- Wednesday, September 1: Dodgers at Cardinals, ppd. (rain)
- Friday, September 3: Dodgers 6, Phillies 0
- Saturday, September 4: Dodgers 10 Braves 0
The Dodgers run the Buster Brown gauntlet, with three doubleheaders to boot. Brooklyn finishes up at home with the Braves before heading to Philadelphia for five games in three days, then back home to face the Cardinals for four games in three days, including making up last week’s road rainout with a home game. It’s a 10-game week for Brooklyn.