With the day-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to their farm system for a starter in the nightcap of the twin bill. The Dodgers passed over options such as, Steven Fife and Matt Magill, both of whom have Major League experience, and instead went with Red Patterson.
Patterson was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training and was with the Dodgers’ Triple-A team in Albuquerque prior to being called up. The right-hander pitched 4.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits in the no-decision. Making his MLB debut, Patterson settled in after a rough, 30-pitch first inning. Following the game, Patterson admitted to being nervous at the start of the game and discussed his experience, via Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
That was a blast,” said Patterson, who was joined by his parents, wife and close friend. “I enjoyed every moment of it. In the first inning, I had a lot of nerves, but I got into a rhythm, even though I didn’t have a breaking ball. This was everything I could ask for. When I got the call, I had a tear in my eye, to be honest. It’s the second-greatest feeling to getting married.”
With the nerves that Patterson spoke of, it’s not surprising the lone run the Twins scored on the right-hander came in the strenuous first inning. Patterson got off to a shaky start, allowing back-to-back singles and after getting a force out, he issued a walk to load the bases. In an eight pitch at-bat, Twins catcher Josmil Pinto got the Twins on the board with a sacrifice fly. With two outs, Patterson still wasn’t out of trouble as the runners also advanced to second and third on the sac fly.
Patterson worked quickly to get Twins left fielder Chris Herrmann to pop out, limiting the Twins to the one run in a game that went into extra-innings before the Dodgers won 4-3 in the 12th.
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