With Zack Greinke in Los Angeles to be present for the birth of his first child, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned to Ian Thomas, acquired in the trade with the Atlanta Braves, to make a spot start Friday night against the New York Mets.
While Thomas had Major League experience, albeit minimal, the start was the first of his career in the Majors. Five of his eight appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season are as a starter. Fortunately for Thomas, the Dodgers provided plenty of early run support.
They took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scored two more in the second, and again added to their lead in the third, all before the Mets managed to get on the board. Justin Turner opened the scoring the third inning with a solo home run on a full-count pitch:
After Scott Van Slyke followed Turner’s solo shot with a base hit, Yasiel Puig also took Niese deep, giving the Dodgers a 6-0 lead:
Then in the eighth inning, Jimmy Rollins hit his second home run in as many games: