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.
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“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.