The way Tony Gonsolin has been pitching lately, it’s almost like a guarantee that the Dodgers will have a fighting chance when he’s starting. Even when they’re playing against the Braves and are missing out on superstars like Mookie Betts in the lineup.
But Gonsolin was back in there again Sunday night, and the Dodgers offense tried to hand him his first loss of the season. Them scoring 2 runs in the 9th inning took Tony off the hook for the loss. But he finished with 5.2 innings of work and just 1 earned run, putting him at a 1.58 ERA on the season.
That performance also put Tony in the big league history books. He will become the first big league pitcher with a 9-0 record and an ERA better than 1.60 to enter the month of July. That’s huge for the Dodgers hurler, who is already past his career-high in innings pitched.
Tony Gonsolin of the @Dodgers is 9-0 with a 1.58 ERA this year after his no-decision tonight.
He will be the first MLB starting pitcher to enter July with a 9-0 or better record and an ERA under 1.60 (since ERA became an official stat in both leagues in 1913).
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 27, 2022
Gonsolin has pitched out of his mind this season, and it came at the perfect time for the Dodgers. They’re already missing Walker Buehler for most of the regular season and Andrew Heaney can’t seem to stay healthy. That has resulted in the team needing to shift guys around often, including from the minor leagues.
But the Dodgers do need to be careful with Gonsolin. He just passed 74 innings on the season, almost 20 more than his career-high that he set in 2021. And there is a whole lot of season left that they’re going to need him 100 percent healthy for.
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