As the ninth starter that the Dodgers have used this season (in 23 short games--according to the Dodgers, "the last time the organization used that many starters this early in a season was in 1942, when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn and used 10 starters in 22 games"), Matt Magill totally impressed tonight filling in for new DL-entry Stephen Fife.
Magill was a 31st-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2008 draft. He's only had four starts in AAA, all this year; Magill has a 2.84 ERA over 19.0 IP, with 23 Ks and 14 BBs.
Magill's line tonight: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 Ks, 2 BB. 103 pitches, 71 for strikes; 2.70 ERA. Magill left the game up 3-2, but Matt Guerrier denied Magill a shot for a win, thanks to serving up a two-run HR to Carlos Gomez in the seventh. Sigh.
And speaking of sighing, it was great to see Magill's family, based here in Simi Valley, all in tow for his major league debut. (And not to get all Brent Musburger here, but did you see Magill's girlfriend (wife?)? Wow.)
Congratulations, Matt Magill, and welcome to the majors. Glad you're a Dodger! Hope to see more of you at the Stadium...and hope to say hi to your entourage, as well.
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