Dodgers @ D’Backs August 30, 2019: Gonsolin looks to get the Dodgers back on track

After another disappointing loss and rough outing by Hyun-Jin Ryu last night, the Dodgers look to rebound in the second game of their four-game series in Arizona. The magic number is still at nine, and they now sit behind both the Yankees and Astros for the best winning percentage in baseball.

Dodgers
D’Backs
6:40 p.m.
Phoenix
RF
Pederson
CF
Dyson
1B
Beaty
LF
Rojas
3B
Turner
2B
Escobar
CF
Bellinger
1B
Walker
SS
Seager
3B
Lamb
LF
Taylor
RF
Jones
2B
Hernández SS Ahmed
C
Martin
C
Avila
P
Gonsolin (R)
P
Gallen (R)

Tony Gonsolin will make his fifth start and sixth appearance overall tonight. He’s been excellent in August, allowing nine hits and two runs in 15 innings against three potential playoff teams (St. Louis, Atlanta and the Yankees). Gonsolin has only struck out four batters over his last two games, but has pitched to contact effectively. That might not be a sustainable way to pitch, but he did what no other Dodger starter could do and kept the Braves and Yankees at bay.

Gonsolin returns to the scene of his Major League debut tonight, as he started on June 26 in Arizona. It didn’t go very well for him, as he allowed six runs (four earned) and six hits in four innings. It wasn’t exactly his fault, as he allowed a bunt single, infield single, two steals and a homer in the first inning to put the Dodgers down 4-0. Another run came home in the second after an error put the leadoff runner on. It was more of a bad luck outing than a truly terrible debut, and Gonsolin has been excellent since.

Another rookie starts for the Diamondbacks tonight, as Zac Gallen makes his 12th career start. Gallen was part of Miami’s return for trading Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, and Arizona acquired him at the deadline in exchange for prospect Jazz Chisholm (80 name). Gallen has allowed more than two runs in only one start this season and has been excellent as a Diamondback, allowing five runs in 20 innings. He took a loss in his last start after allowing two runs in five innings in Milwaukee.

Gallen started against the Dodgers in LA in July as a Marlin. He allowed two runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings, but took the loss opposite Ryu. He held the Dodgers scoreless through five, but was pulled after loading the bases with one out in the sixth. Jarlin Garcia came in and got two grounders, but Corey Seager beat out a double play and Starlin Castro booted the second to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t surrender.

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The Dodgers return home on Labor Day, and the stadium will look slightly different.

The nets have been extended finally.

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A Max Muncy update.

Muncy is still out of the lineup and reportedly has a small crack in his wrist, which seems less than ideal. It’s also not as bad as it could be, and hope is he’s out for a week or two.

Muncy was placed on the IL.

Kristopher Negron is back to take Muncy’s roster spot.

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Dustin May will transition back into the bullpen.

He’ll pitch in relief during the finale of this series to prepare for a potential postseason bullpen spot.

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Some of the first batch of September call-ups was revealed today.

David Freese, Dylan Floro and Ross Stripling will all be activated. Stripling could start that game ahead of May, and Freese is expected to be in the lineup as well.

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Alex Campos
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