It took 124 years, name changes from such monikers as the Atlantics, Bridegrooms, and Superbas, and a move from the East Coast to the West. But on Wednesday night, the Dodgers won their 10,000th game. And they did so on the road against an American League team from which they had taken just three wins–one for every 41 Dodger seasons–in their entire history.
Yasiel Puig went 2 for 4 and scored two runs to help the Dodgers defeat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Zack Greinke gave up one run striking out six over six innings to get the win. The Twins rallied for three runs in the ninth but it was too little, too late. The Dodgers improved to 15-12, good for a tie for second place in the National League West with Colorado.
Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, and Jackie Robinson didn’t play Wednesday night. But the Dodgers surely couldn’t have won their 10,000th game without them. The accomplishment arrives as the ultimate team effort, with Steve Garvey and Ron Cey and Fernando Valenzuela as responsible for the historic milestone as Juan Uribe, Hanley Ramirez, and other current Dodgers celebrating the win in Minneapolis.
The team becomes the fourth Major League franchise to post 10,000 wins. The San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs have also won 10,000 or more games. The New York Yankees, owning 9,962 wins, look to become the first team from the younger American League to reach 10,000 victories sometime this season.