Thursday, April 21, 2022

Post-Game 12 Thread: Catman: Do! Dodgers Take Series From Braves

Tony Gonsolin was the man today, but Jon SooHoo got another epic shot.


Tony Gonsolin has been the Dodgers' weakest starter this year, lasting only three innings in his first start, and then four innings in the second start--both of which needed to be backed up by Tyler Anderson in long relief. Today, coming off the news that Anderson would be slotted for Saturday's game, filling in for an injured Andrew Heaney, Catman got serious and got to work.

Gonsolin punished the Braves' bats today, giving up no hits through his first five innings, yielding a solitary hit to Manny Pina in the sixth inning. What's more, Gonsolin's six frames took only 83 pitches, which is more than any of his first two outings, but not too many more. With 3 BB and 3 Ks on the day, Gonsolin's ERA now sits at 0.69 across 13 innings of work.

And then there's that Freddie Freeman guy. His hugs and tears with former teammates grabbed the spotlight for the series opener on Monday. And Kenley Jansen, who also got commemorative gifts on Monday from his former team, got some of the focus on Tuesday when he earned the ninth-inning save over the Dodgers.

But on Wednesday, it was back to Freeman, who hit his second HR of the year (and the series). Traditional angle:

And check out this alternative angle cut:

Plus, Cody Bellinger is slowly coming back from the dead! Maybe. He's slowly worked his average back to .279, including a RBI triple as well as his third double of the year, both off of salty Braves starter Charlie Morton. Bellinger seems to have stopped overswinging with the whole corkscrew stance, and the results seem pretty smooth:

On the downside, Max Muncy is still languishing at .128 and Mookie Betts is at .178. But if Bellinger can pick up the pace, we can afford to be more patient with both of them.

All in all, a great 6-1 homestand, the Dodgers' first homestand of the year. I was happy to get to one game this homestand. Can't wait for the next visit to the Stadium!


QuadSevens said...

It's great seeing Cody get his groove back! I hope he can keep this going all year.

spank said...

I hope Bollinger keeps the offense up too. His trade value will rise and Dodgers can trade him for a top notch starter before trade deadline.

spank said...

I don't trust our starting pitching