This Day In Dodgers History: Franchise Milestone; Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier Records

This day in Los Angeles Dodgers history is memorable for the franchise, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, as April 30 marked a bit of a milestone for all three in separate seasons.

The most recent of which was in 2014, when the Dodgers defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-4, at Target Field. It marked the 10,000th franchise win, which at the time left the Dodgers trailing only the San Francisco Giants (10,709 wins), Chicago Cubs (10,447) and Atlanta Braves (10,421) for most in MLB history.

The Giants reached 10,000 wins milestone in 2005, the Cubs in 2008, and Braves in 2011. Of their victories, which of course have continued to increase since 2014, the Dodgers won 5,214 games while the franchise was in Brooklyn.

Zack Greinke struck out six and didn’t allow an earned run over seven innings of work. That game him an 18th consecutive regular-season start of at least five innings pitched and two runs or fewer allowed, which was the longest run since 1914.

Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Ethier, Juan Uribe and Yasiel Puig each had at least one RBI.

The Dodgers reaching 10,000 wins was celebrated that June with a special $10 ticket offer and commemorative pin giveaway. The first 40,000 fans in attendance received a 10,000 wins Dodgers commemorative pin, and were treated to a pregame ceremony that included a video tribute.

Kemp sets franchise record behind hot start

On April 30, 2012, Kemp hit a home run — though in a Dodgers loss — against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The homer was Kemp’s 12th to begin the season, which at the time set a Dodgers franchise record for most in March/April.

That later was broken by Cody Bellinger, who hit 14 home runs through March/April games played during the 2019 season.

Ethier extends hitting streak

On April 30, 2011, Ethier, went 2-for-4 in a loss to the San Diego Padres, extending his Major League record for the longest April hitting streak to 26 games. He ultimately stretched it to 30 games, which fell just shy of tying Willie Davis’ 31-game hitting streak for the Dodgers franchise record.

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