The desert comes to Hollywood
It’s hard to believe that the Diamondbacks and Dodgers have had the exact same outcome for eight straight days. I had really hoped we’d be tied going into this showdown, as that would’ve made it even more exciting, but it’s going to be quite a weekend around here. With the WBC announcement, the trade deadline and four games that will determine who is in first place by Sunday, I hope those of you who are local get a chance to come down here to be part of it.
Chad Billingsley’s performance last night was downright dominating. The finish was pretty exciting, too, so much so that Retrosheet’s Dave Smith (a Dodger fan from the Brooklyn days), got curious how many times a shutout has ended with a tag at home plate. Here’s what he sent me this morning:
“I looked at all games from 1954 through last night and find the following:
1) 146 games have ended on a tag play at the plate (no force plays included).
2) Only 12 of those 146 were shutouts
3) The Dodgers have been involved in 3 of the 12:
They lost 4-0 in Philadelphia on 6-07-1975
They beat Montreal in Canada 1-0 on 8-15-2002 Last night’s win 4-0 over the Giants.”
As they say, when the Dodgers and Giants meet, you never know what is going to happen and last night was a very memorable game. Let’s hope it’s the first of many shutouts in Chad’s career.
Deadline is in less than four hours…we’ll see if anything goes down. With everything going on, I might not get to post until much later in the day so keep an eye out for breaking news from Ken Gurnick on the front of the site (I honestly don’t know if we’ll do anything, so that’s not a hint that something is coming…)