The Catman Leads the Dodgers to Victory

Monday, May 16, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On a nice Monday evening at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers began playing four games within forty-eight hours with a 5-to-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Catman, Tony Gonsolin, baffled the Diamondbacks through six innings as he threw 92 pitches, a career high. A Trea Turner error undermined Gonsolin’s brilliant effort, and Gonsolin allowed two runs. Using his off-speed pitches, he struck out seven. Unlike previous starts in the 2022 season, he had good control, especially over his split-finger fastball, despite walking two.

After not performing in the Major Leagues for twenty months because he underwent his second Tommy John surgery in his baseball career, Caleb Ferguson made his Major-League debut of the 2022 season. Going through the rehabilitation after having Tommy John surgery is a grueling process. Any pitcher who will go through the rehabilitation process twice loves baseball. After walking the first batter he faced because Ferguson had a case of nerves, he quickly retired the next three Diamondbacks. If Ferguson can continue his dominance, he will help the Dodgers overcome both Blake Treinen and Victor González’s absences.

Unlike in the prior week, Daniel Hudson was brilliant in the eighth inning. Despite allowing a two-run homer, Craig Kimbrel earned his sixth save of the season.

For the first three innings, Madison Bumgarner dominated the Dodgers. In the fifth, after Chris Taylor’s double and Austin Barnes walked, Mookie Betts singled, but a Diamondback outfielder misplayed the single, allowing Barnes to score. Betts scored on Freddie Freeman’s double.

Before the game, manager Dave Roberts led a bunting lesson for Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, and Gavin Lux to combat the shift. For the first time since 2019, Muncy had a bunt single, and Taylor followed with a two-run homer.

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