A Brilliant Gonsolin Gives the Dodgers a Victory

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Although it was overcast skies at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned them to Dodger blue when they walloped the Atlanta Braves 5-to-1.

Before the game, the Dodgers placed left-handed Andrew Heaney with shoulder discomfort and recalled utility fielder Zach McKinstry. Heaney has had shoulder problems both in 2017 and 2019. This season he has been the biggest Dodger surprise. So far this season, he has not allowed a run in 10.1 innings. While Heaney is out, Tyler Anderson figures to take over for Heaney, and Anderson has been piggybacking Tony Gonsolin this season. Wednesday, Gonsolin did not need anyone to piggyback him.

Despite having difficulty commanding his fastball, Gonsolin dominated the Braves for six innings. He used his split-fingered fastball to baffle the hard-hitting Braves. No Brave looked comfortable. If Max Muncy were a better defender than he is at second base, Gonsolin would have would a no-hitter.

Freddie Freeman had a two-run homer. Edwin RĂ­os blasted his first home run since his shoulder injury. Cody Bellinger had a double and an RBI triple.

After Brusdar Graterol pitched a perfect seventh, Mitch White struggled through two innings and allowed a run.

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