The Dodgers four-hit, two-run winning rally in the ninth inning on Monday started with a single from pinch-hitter Andrew Toles. On Tuesday, Toles won’t get a chance to pinch hit, since he starts in left field against the Giants.
On a team full of remarkable stories, Toles just might have the most amazing tale, after missing all of 2015, then starting 2016 in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He advanced two minor league levels, then made the majors before the All-Star break.
He has hit everywhere he has been in 2016.
The 24-year-old left-handed batter hit .331/.374/.511 with 39 extra-base hits in 82 games in the minors, and in the majors he’s hitting .349/.402/.578 in 38 games and 92 plate appearances.
Despite being active for only 45 games, Toles is tied for the Dodgers lead with seven pinch hits, including Monday’s single. He is 7-for-18 with two doubles, a triple, a walk and a hit by pitch as a pinch hitter this season, hitting .389/.450/.611.
As a starter, he’s hitting .323/.377/.516 with eight extra-base hits and 11 RBI and 11 runs scored in 18 games. The Dodgers are 15-3 in those games, if you’re into that sort of thing.
With right-hander Johnny Cueto on the mound, the Dodgers have an all-left-handed outfield on Tuesday, with Toles joining the Dodgers’ top two hitters in September.
Joc Pederson gets the start in center field, hitting .300/.404/.675 with a team-leading five home runs and seven walks in 47 plate appearances this month. Josh Reddick in September is hitting .395/.435/.568 with four doubles and a home run, also in 47 plate appearances.