LOS ANGELES — From one cease of the spectrum (MVP candidate Cody Bellinger’s three-speed homer) to the diversified (rookie Tony Gonsolin’s six scoreless innings), the Dodgers manhandled St. Louis on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, 8-0, to originate the first of three sequence this month in opposition to teams they’d also meet
LOS ANGELES — From one cease of the spectrum (MVP candidate
“We talked about it sooner than the recreation, all three are playoff teams and we’re positively responsive to it,” acknowledged
When supervisor Dave Roberts became requested if taking half within the Cardinals supplied a barometer of his employees’s capabilities, the resolution embodied the confidence of the perfect employees in baseball.
“I don’t possess any employees’s a barometer for us,” acknowledged Roberts. “I possess we extra or much less establish the bar.”
With an 18-recreation division lead, who can argue? And with the depth to conduct a tryout camp in August, then the rookie making his Dodger Stadium debut fires a two-hitter over six scoreless innings, the bar is establish system up there.
It’s so high, in actuality, Roberts wasn’t ready to train what Gonsolin’s next assignment would possibly maybe maybe be, and even what level it can maybe be.
“Here is a nice venture, for him to pitch smartly, it’s a beautiful thing for all of us,” acknowledged Roberts. “We’re going to discuss it tonight and resolve out what’s perfect for Tony and our ballclub. Whether that’s here or in OKC [Triple-A Oklahoma City], that remains to be viewed. No doubt, if we’re going to gape him in that [relief] position, you’ve bought to present him the perfect opportunity to bear success.”
Gonsolin became making a dwelling originate up for Hyun-Jin Ryu, who’s anticipated serve from the injured list this weekend. Dustin Would possibly maybe, who, cherish Gonsolin, is auditioning for an October position on the pitching workers, begins Wednesday in issue of the injured Ross Stripling.
“You search at Tony and Dustin, two in actuality assured guys, they feel cherish here’s the keep they belong and are speculated to be,” acknowledged Turner. “Tony walked his first guy tonight in three outings. We talked about it across the clubhouse — he makes guys form it, assaults hitters and doesn’t give away free bases.
Gonsolin and Would possibly maybe are right the most contemporary in a prolonged line of newcomers which bear impacted this Dodgers season, from Alex Verdugo and Will Smith to Matt Beaty, Kyle Garlick and Edwin Rios.
“In the origin of Spring Coaching, guys play three or four inings and catch out of there. It almost gave the affect cherish we had been placing better teams on the field when these guys got here within the recreation,” acknowledged Turner. “Driving balls all over the keep. We knew we had plenty of proficient gamers. Clearly, they are arising here and showing it on this level.”
For his first MLB victory, Gonsolin rookie struck out seven while allowing right three baserunners: a stroll to Marcell Ozuna leading off the second inning, a double to Kolten Wong with two out within the fifth inning to ruin the no-hitter and a fifth-inning single by Dexter Fowler.
A reliever till final season that has by no system thrown a legitimate total recreation, Gonsolin made a season-high 90 pitches and the bullpen completed the closing three innings. He became coming off a four-inning assign at Coors Discipline. His perfect diversified Dodgers originate up became an heart-broken four-inning loss at Arizona on June 26.
“I’m finding out I’m able to compete here when I catch the opportunity, whether it’s starting or out of the ‘pen,” Gonsolin acknowledged. “It’s been superior. The purpose is to catch the conversation going and catch my title within the mix, optimistically to shield here.”
Gonsolin acknowledged he didn’t behold that Sandy Koufax became sitting within the dwelling owners’ box.
“Did he bear anything gorgeous to direct?” Gonsolin requested.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.