Gonsolin Shines in an Important Victory

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Behind a strong seven-inning outing by Tony Gonsolin, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 3-to-1.

Before the game, the Dodgers activated Justin Turner and sent right-handed Josh Sborz to the alternative site. Tuesday, Turner was the designated hitter and had three hits. Although Turner does not have as much as he had in 2014 when he became a Dodger, he still has an ability to hit for a high average, something that the Dodgers need. While Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, and Joc Pederson have slumped, the Dodgers need a player who can hit for high average in the middle of their lineup.

Although the Dodgers thought Gonsolin would spend most of the 2020 season at the alternative site, they are surprised by the development of Gonsolin. Gonsolin has dominated most of his opponents. Tuesday, he used his blazing fastball, great split-fingered fastball, slider, and curveball to dominate the Padres. Gonsolin had great control, enabling him to give the bullpen a much-needed rest.

The Dodgers scored three runs thanks to Turner’s first-inning single and Bellinger’s single. Bellinger collected his first RBI in September.

Caleb Ferguson left the eighth inning with an apparent injury. Blake Treinen finished the eighth inning brilliantly. Although Kenley Jansen made the ninth inning nerve-wracking, he got out of the bases-loaded jam to earn his eleventh save.

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