The future is here, but he didn’t have the major league debut he was hoping for. Tony Gonsolin earned his first MLB loss as the Dodgers dropped the series finale to the D-Backs with an 8-2 score.
The Dodgers couldn’t come back after a messy first inning, where Gonsolin allowed four runs to score before recording an out. It was nothing short of a trainwreck, as the first four batters reached to give the Diamondbacks a 4-0 lead. The inning also included two stolen bases and an error by Joc Pederson at first base.
The boys in blue got on the board in the 2nd with a Chris Taylor sac fly that brought in Cody Bellinger. It’s all the offense could achieve before getting three outs.
The Dodgers defense continued to mishandle Gonsolin’s debut in the second inning. Chris Taylor’s throwing error allowed the leadoff batter to reach base. Though the lead runner made the first out, the Diamondbacks found a way to regain the run they allowed with a fielder’s choice followed by a double and a sac fly.
Cody Bellinger made his offensive contribution in the form of a solo home run. He destroyed the ball, hitting a 427-foot shot straight into the camera in center field. It’s his 26th homer of the season, surpassing his 2018 home run total.
Gonsolin exited the game after four innings pitched. He allowed a total of six runs (four earned) from six hits and no walks while striking out three. He also got his first major league hit — a single in the third inning.
Caleb Ferguson followed Gonsolin in relief, but the infield defense was the same story. The leadoff batter reached on a Joc Pederson error and after a pair of hits and a steal, the Diamondbacks extended their lead to six runs.
The score held through to the end of the game, giving the Diamondbacks a series victory over the Dodgers.
But not so fast. Before the game concluded, Russell Martin got another taste of what it’s like to pitch on the mound. He got his turn in the eighth inning, retiring all three batters he faced. Moral of the story? Martin is the best reliever in the Dodgers bullpen.
WP: Taylor Clarke (2-3), 5.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
LP: Tony Gonsolin (0-1), 4.0 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Home runs: Eduardo Escobar (18), Cody Bellinger (26)
The Dodgers travel to the Mile High City to face the Rockies in a four-game set. Walker Buehler will be the first to take the mound, facing off Peter Lambert in game one. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. PDT.