Tony Gonsolin‘s major league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers maybe is one he’d like to forget, and the game as a whole was one the team should soon forget, as the Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 while only getting one win in the three game series.
The game got off to a bad start with Adam Jones flipping a bunt down the left side of infield. Tim Locastro followed with another infield hit, a ball that Joc Pederson was unable to handle, and a three run homer made it 4-0 before there was a single out recorded in the first inning.
Gonsolin did manage to settle down and retire the next three batters. He threw 77 pitches over four innings, allowing six runs, four earned. He struck out three and allowed one homer. Tony did collect his first major league hit in his first at bat, a scorching ground ball right back up the middle. In order for Gonsolin to make his debut, the Dodgers optioned catcher Will Smith back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The offense didn’t quite ever get going. They scored one run in the first, and one in the fourth, courtesy of Cody Bellinger‘s 26th home run. He has now surpassed his home run count for all of last year halfway through this season. Max Muncy saw his on base streak ended at 34 games, the second-longest in the NL this season.
Caleb Ferguson worked the fifth and allowed two more runs to score.
Still, there were some bright spots. Yimi Garcia and JT Chargois both pitched 1-2-3 innings. But the best relief appearance of the afternoon belonged to catcher Russell Martin, who induced two pop ups and struck Christian Walker, needing only eight pitches and touching 90 MPH.
The Dodgers now fly to Denver to start a four game series with the Colorado Rockies. They will once again look to Walker Buehler to have a long outing, as the bullpen was taxed in the last two games against the Diamondbacks. Buehler will go up against Peter Lambert, whom the Dodgers just saw Saturday in Los Angeles. They scored three run against him in five innings.
Clayton Kershaw will get the call on Saturday, the only pitcher going on normal rest. He will face off against Jon Gray. The righty is 8-5 on the season with a 3.92 ERA and 103 strikeouts. He went six scoreless innings against the San Francisco on Monday.
For the Sunday finale, Kenta Maeda will take the mound, with Chi Chi Gonzalez taking the mound for the Rockies. The righty has only one start so far this season, last Tuesday against the Giants. He went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits.
Hopefully the Dodgers offense will rekindle itself in homer friendly Coors Field, as the Dodgers look to stretch their divisional lead further.