Los Angeles, CA – After having a bad night on his Major League debut back in June 26 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 3.21 ERA) produced an amazing outing last night to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0.
Gonsolin was projected as one of the top pitching prospects for the Dodgers. He began the season with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, where he had 12 starts with a record of 1-4 and a 4.95 ERA. Still, the Dodgers trusted him too pitch for them in the Majors and he showed last night why the Dodgers made the right decision. Having retired the first 14 batters, on a good Cardinals team, goes to show that this young man has what it takes to be a Major League pitcher. Gonsolin pitched an excellent six innings, only allowing two hits, no earned runs, one walk and striking out seven batters.
The runs produced by the Dodgers began very early with a Cody Bellinger home run. Joc Pederson, who started in the number one spot, went first pitch swinging and was able to get a single to right center field. Max Muncy would then be walked after a great eight pitch battle against Cardinals Michael Wacha (6-5, 5.54 ERA). Justin Turner, the third batter up, hit a grounder to move Pederson to third, Muncy out at second and he arrived on time to first. Clean up batter Bellinger would step up to the plate. With a 1-1 count, Wacha tried beating Bellinger with a 95 MPH fastball. Without any hesitation, Bellinger made his smooth swing and smashed the ball over the right field fence and into the second deck for a three-run home run and making the score 3-0.
Corey Seager would keep the scoring going by hitting a ground rule double in the bottom of the 3rd inning to bring in Turner and make the score 4-0. Pederson in the following inning would then hit a solo home run to right field to make the score 5-0. Also, in the bottom of the 4th, Turner would double to deep left allowing Muncy to score. Now the score becoming 6-0. Lastly, in the bottom of the 5thinning, Matt Beaty would double to deep right, giving Seager and Kristopher Negron the opportunity to score and put two more runs on the score board to make it 8-0.
Wacha, who had a bad performance, only went 3.2 innings where he gave up seven hits, six earned runs, two walks and got three strikeouts. After the game, Wacha mentioned how difficult it is to pitch against the Dodgers by saying, “They grind you down and keep fouling off tough pitches and take the ones that are close.”
The Dodgers will face the Cardinals again today at home, as game time will be 7:10 PM PT. Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 2.85 ERA) will take the mound for the Dodgers and try to provide another great outing after a great win against the San Diego Padres last Thursday. The Cardinals will have Miles Mikolas (7-11, 4.00 ERA) on the mound. Mikolas defeated the Dodgers back in April in St. Louis and hopes to do it again at Dodger Stadium.