After an eight-run outburst on Friday night, the Dodgers were held to only two runs on Saturday. Those two runs were enough, as LA defeated the White Sox 2-0.
Those two runs came at the hands of Austin Barnes.
Early lead courtesy of Austin Barnes. pic.twitter.com/pSDz2Rk19V— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 16, 2019
For Barnes, that was his second home run of the spring. He has 12 RBI, which lead the Dodgers. To put into perspective how hot Barnes has been, all of his runs driven in have come in only 31 at-bats. Last season, he only had 14 RBI in 200 at-bats.
Austin Barnes on his strong spring offensively "I wanted to feel good kind of feel like my old self, be able to put good swings on balls. I put a lot of work in, it's not a finished product ever, but got to keep going." #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 16, 2019
The Dodgers would be held in check for the remainder of the game, only putting together four base hits over the final seven innings.
Switching things over to the pitching side, it was an overall dominant day by the seven guys who got action.
Getting the start was the 24-year-old Tony Gonsolin. After shooting up through the minors, Gonsolin is currently ranked the No. 2 pitching prospect in the Dodgers’ system. He looked every bit of it today, as he threw three scoreless innings.
In both the first and second innings, the White Sox put two runners on. Gonsolin used his pitches effectively and worked through the jams, escaping both innings unharmed.
After today’s scoreless outing, Gonsolin has thrown nine scoreless innings so far this spring. He has six strikeouts, and a WHIP hovering right around one. Though he’ll be starting the season in the minors, Gonsolin is a name that we can see in September getting called up.
This is just disgusting, @goooose15 pic.twitter.com/KNkYogn0MW— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) March 16, 2019
Other notable performances came from Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez. Starting with Kelly, he easily had his best outing so far of the spring. He threw only one inning, but struck out the side. Baez was just as dominant as well, striking out two in his lone inning of work.
For it's one, two, three strikes you're out. pic.twitter.com/T9TIZz3Iiv— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 16, 2019
The Dodgers return to action tomorrow at Camelback as they’ll take on the Brewers. Rich Hill will take the mound for LA. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. PT and can be seen on SportsNet LA.