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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Speaks About Tony Gonsolin’s Impressive First Win

Tony Gonsolin impressed against the St. Louis Cardinals.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 05: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin (46) throws a pitch during a MLB game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 5, 2019 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin had a rough debut outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up 4 runs in a 4 inning start. In his second outing, he gave up just 1 run, in 4 innings of relief, and notched a save as well.

In his first career appearance at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, he did not disappoint in his start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gonsolin pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and a walk while striking out 7. He held the Cardinals hitless into the 5th inning en route to his first career win.

Before the game, Tony Smokes spoke to Dave Vassegh about how he was preparing for his upcoming start vs. the Cardinals:

“I threw my between start bullpen and doing as much recovery as I can to get ready for the next start.”

After the game, manager Dave Roberts spoke about how impressive Tony Gonsolin was on Monday night.

“I guess impressive is a descriptor. He was really fun to watch. He just continues to get more and more comfortable.

The first pitch strike efficiency was very good tonight, used his entire mix, the split obviously played, the fastball played, the slider was really good tonight, and just in complete control tonight. It  was really really fun to watch. Getting ahead all night long, keeping those guys off balance, use his entire mix, made some good plays tonight, but he and Will just in a good rhythm tonight.”

While his exact future is out of his control, if Gonsolin builds on this performance, and continues his dominance, that will help create a difficult decision for the front office as they look to set their playoff roster. We have seen Gonsolin dominate in extended relief in Colorado against the Rockies, and have now seen him handle a good team in the hunt for a playoff spot.

While it’s a small sample size, he could be a difference maker in October.

Written by Levon Satamian

My name is Levon Satamian. I am currently attending Cal State Northridge, and majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

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  1. Yea, one start is nothing to get overly excited about BUT…………this guy throws throws a great splitter! If he can stay away from issuing walks, he good be a great pitcher.

  2. Cardinals did not impress me much last night…………there best hitter is Kolten Wong @ .267????????? That’s sad.

    They (the announcers) kept trying to say they owned the Dodgers and that the Dodgers were no big deal because they (the Cardinals) had won the last seven or eight games the two teams had played against one another early this season and going back to last season.

    I am gonna bet that after last nites beat down they are not so presumptive. Heck, IMO they should be counting their lucky charms that they did not have to face Ryu or Buehler.

  3. Was at lasts night Game, Excellent pitching by Tony, it’s wonderful to see him , fit in, be completely comfortable & perform.- very exciting to see Dodgers, with so much desire, motivation & playing great ball, behind Tony, last night.
    Dodgers bullpen is perfectly performing as what has been needed for years & the entire team & organization seems to be finally, giving coach Roberts , what’s needed to Make it this year,
    Win World Series.
    Team is getting rest, there in rhythm & continue to win & best of all , the team &’fans are having FUN.
    Young team, being professional always & there CHAMPIONS.
    Go blue go.
    Bleeding Blue,
    Joey Aroesti

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