Tony Gonsolin pitches six scoreless innings as Dodgers cruise past Cardinals

first_imgThe Dodgers’ offense did its part to make Gonsolin comfortable.Bellinger crushed a three-run home run in the first inning, ripping it 109 mph off the bat and sending it 419 feet into the loge level down the right field line. Corey Seager drove another run in with a double in the third inning and Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was pulled during a two-run fourth inning that included a solo home run by Joc Pederson and an RBI double by Justin Turner.Matt Beaty drove in two runs with a double in the fifth before the Dodgers’ offense took the rest of the night off. Relievers J.T. Chargois and Casey Sadler combined for three hitless innings to close out the two-hit shutout.The question now is when Gonsolin will get that callback. Roberts has already said May will make at least one more start. Hyun-Jin Ryu will return from the Injured List either Sunday or Tuesday. Ross Stripling could be back soon as well.“Right now, we’re going to discuss it,” Roberts said. “This is a pleasant problem. … These are good things. We’re going to discuss it and figure out what’s best for Tony and our ballclub.”Roberts agreed Gonsolin would need to pitch in relief “whether that’s here or OKC” in order to truly evaluate him for that role in the posteason. Gonsolin just wants to have his name mentioned.“That’s the goal, just to get that conversation going and get my name in the mix on hopefully staying here, ideally,” he said. PreviousDodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers manager Dave Roberts during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 points to the sky after hitting a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha #52 leaves the game in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 fields a ground ball during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Dodgers??? Max Muncy #13 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 is congratulated by Justin Turner #10 after Bellinger hit a three run homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 hits a three run homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kristopher Negron #9 slides in to second base as the Cardinals??? Paul DeJong #12 throws to first during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 hits a RBI ground rule double in bottom of the third inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 is congratulated by Joc Pederson #31 after Bellinger hit a three run homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 hits a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 hits a three run homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 hits a three run homer as Cardinals Matt Wieters #32 looks on in the bottom of the first inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 hits a three run homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 hits a three run homer as Cardinals Matt Wieters #32 looks on in the bottom of the first inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Justin Turner #10 throws out the Cardinals??? Paul Goldschmidt #46 at first base during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 25Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 5, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — If these truly are auditions, Tony Gonsolin has earned another callback.Making his first start at Dodger Stadium — with Sandy Koufax watching from the second row of the owner’s box next to the home dugout — the rookie right-hander took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and turned in six scoreless innings as the Dodgers cruised past the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0 Monday night.“Did he have anything good to say?” Gonsolin joked when informed of the legend on hand to watch his second major-league start.Koufax keeps his thoughts private on almost all topics. But he must have been impressed with the latest iteration of the Dodger pitching tradition of which he is the gold standard. “You see Tony and Dustin (May), they’re two confident guys,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said when asked for his impressions of the two top pitching prospects now sharing the big-league locker room. “I think they feel like this is where they belong and where they’re supposed to be.“You go out there and watch them just be aggressive and attack hitters. I think Tony walked his first guy tonight in his three outings. That’s something that we talk about around the clubhouse. He makes guys earn it. He attacks hitters and pounds the strike zone and doesn’t give any free bases. That’s part of his success.”Kolten Wong ended Gonsolin’s no-hit bid with two outs in the fifth inning, lining a double off the right-field wall. A two-out single by Dexter Fowler was the Cardinals’ only other hit off Gonsolin.The 25-year-old right-hander had not thrown more than 77 pitches or gone more than five innings in 14 appearances this year (12 starts in Triple-A and his two MLB games). But he struck out Paul Goldschmidt with his 90th pitch — a 95-mph fastball that Goldschmidt chased off the plate — to end the sixth inning.“He was great today,” Cody Bellinger said. “I think you see the stuff. Even in Arizona, you see the stuff and you know it’s going to play.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I guess impressive is the descriptor. It was really fun to watch,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, sharing his assessment. “He just continues to get more and more comfortable. His first-pitch efficiency was very good tonight (13 of 21). He used his entire mix tonight. The split played. The fastball played. The slider was really good tonight. Just in complete control.”Gonsolin’s first bite of the big-league apple was sour. The Dodgers didn’t support him defensively in his debut in Arizona and he gave up five runs in his first two innings. He has allowed just two runs in the 12 innings that have followed. He has been better in each appearance with a role on the Dodgers’ postseason pitching staff potentially to be won.“I think all of it’s a learning experience,” Gonsolin said. “The good, the bad and the ugly, it doesn’t really matter. It’s all a learning experience. You have to take the positives, take the negatives and move forward.“I’ve learned to trust my stuff. I feel like I’m learning I can compete here whether it’s starting or out of the bullpen. I think it’s a great experience for me and great to know.”Against a Cardinals team that has struggled offensively since the All-Star break (21st in runs scored, 22nd in team OPS), Gonsolin retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced, a second-inning walk to Marcell Ozuna the only bump — and the only walk he has issued in 14 big-league innings.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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