The Dodgers Lost on the Night When They Retired Hodges’ Number

Saturday, June 4, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On the night that the Los Angeles Dodgers retired Gil Hodges’ number 14, the Dodgers lost to the New York Mets 9-to-4.

In July, Hodges will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Brooklyn first baseman was the cornerstone for the Dodger championship teams, including the first and only world champion in Brooklyn in 1955. Hodges played an integral role on the 1959 Dodgers, the first world championship in Los Angeles. He managed the Washington Senators and the New York Mets, including their first world championship in 1969. He suffered a fatal heart attack during spring training in 1972. He earned the Bronze Star for his service in the Pacific during World War II. Attending Hodges’ funeral, a few months before he died, Jack Roosevelt Robinson called it “the second saddest day of his life.”

While Walker Buehler’s velocity was much better, he could not locate his pitches well, and the Mets are a fantastic offensive team. Pete Alfonso blasted two home runs. Brusdar Graterol allowed three runs. When the Mets hit four home runs, the Dodgers could not defend against the long ball.

The Dodgers had a four-run second highlighted by Mookie Betts’ bases-clearing double. The Mets have a marvelous pitching staff, and Saturday, they baffled the Dodgers. Over the course of the 162-game season, losses will happen, and on Saturday, the Mets were the best team at Dodger Stadium.

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