Gonsolin Quiets the Padres

Friday, July 1, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Despite striking out seventeen times, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 5-to-1.

As usual this season, Tony Gonsolin was splendid earning his league-leading tenth win. For the first time in his Major-League career, he went 7.2 innings. His splinter and changeup baffled the Padres. He struck out eight while walking none. He allowed a home run to Trent Grisham. Because Gonsolin has the lowest ERA, he must be named to the National League All-Star team.

Blake Snell has his best start of the season, but compared to Gonsolin, Snell’s start appeared ordinary. Before this game, Max Muncy had no hits in thirteen at-bats against Snell, but in the second, Muncy blasted his seventh homer.

Although Cody Bellinger has not had a good season offensively, Friday he hit his eleventh home run of the season and had an important sacrifice fly. He plays amazing defense in center field. If Bellinger does not play for the Dodgers, his team probably does not have the best record in the National League.

Trayce Thompson had two doubles on Friday. Since he joined the Dodgers, Thompson has transformed the left-handed dominated Dodger lineup. With Mookie Betts returning to the lineup soon, manager Dave Roberts must find playing time for Thompson.

Both Evan Phillips and Craig Kimbrel were excellent in relief.

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