Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his start because of back spasms, so Gonsolin will make his postseason debut in the left-hander’s place, trying to prevent the Dodgers from falling into a two-game hole against the Atlanta Braves. College football: No. “When I went in to pitch, it was just like an outfielder coming in to pitch. Are Braves trying to exploit Mookie Betts’ struggles vs. left-handers? Gonsolin is second on the team in ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.57) and third in strikeout rate (26.1 percent), while allowing the fewest home runs (two) in the rotation. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. “I’m trying to grow on that every year.”. Gonsolin will step in to replace Clayton Kershaw, who … He went 4-1 on the mound that year with a 2.60 ERA. But they weren’t done. Like a car being started for the first time in years, his mechanics sputtered. The complete list of L.A. Times’ endorsements in the November 2020 election. That was the first time Valenzuela saw Tony Gonsolin throw a baseball. Nothing came of Chris Taylor’s 400-foot drive to center field, 103 mph off the bat, to lead off the third inning either. He also played for the 2011 squad that tied Armijo for the MEL title with a record of 12-3. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. “He’s considerably more focused, just really understanding major league hitters and how to use his mix and how to get guys out,” Roberts told True Blue LA. And with the help of retired pitcher Joel Peralta, he turned his changeup into a devastating splitter during 2017 spring training. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. For a while, that’s all Gonsolin wanted: to be a primary position player who only moonlighted on the mound. He and Valenzuela debated the point often. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Max Muncy followed with a two-run home run and Will Smith reached on an error. The Angels tagged him for four runs in the third inning — the most runs per game he has given up all season. “We were really thin.”. It was only six years ago, however, that Gonsolin was an outfielder by trade, a college sophomore who had success as a two-way player at Vacaville High School but pitched only 6⅓ innings and allowed seven runs as a part-time reliever in his first NCAA season. Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his Game 2 NLCS start against Atlanta with back spasms and Tony Gonsolin started in his place. Seconds after Angels left fielder Taylor Ward made the catch, the power at Dodger Stadium went out, plunging everything on and off the field into darkness. Age: 26. It was too late to bring in new recruits or ready-to-play transfers or NCAA-caliber walk-ons. He just gets better.”. It's unclear whether Gonsolin could start later in the postseason. “It was raw, because he hadn’t pitched in a while. A look at California’s November ballot propositions. Endorsements. “That was spooky. Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his start because of back spasms, so Gonsolin will make his postseason debut in the left-hander's place, trying to prevent the Dodgers from falling into a two-game hole against the Atlanta Braves. Roberts has not yet named a Game 3 starter, but it could be Gonsolin, Dustin May or Julio Urias. AJ Pollock grounded out to end the game. The Dodgers selected Gonsolin in the ninth round of the June 2016 MLB draft. The whip of his arm. But there was definitely a lot there. He caught eyes in college mostly for his work as an outfielder with power. Gonsolin will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Braves on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports. Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of Tony Gonsolin from Oklahoma City Dodgers. Gonsolin’s delivery was rusty and his movements were disjointed. It might not be too late. Where should Dolphins focus their defensive attack Week 6? Tony Gonsolin struggles in postseason debut for…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Tony Gonsolin struggles in postseason debut for Dodgers, Joe Thornton’s San Jose Sharks timeline — the good, the bad and the unforgettable. He didn’t have enough pitchers. The Dodgers were down 7-0 by the time Seager struck his three-run shot off Braves’ lefty A.J. “I learned a lot about myself and pitching and all that stuff in that [first professional] season,” Gonsolin said. “It was raw, because he hadn’t pitched in a while. The new coach didn’t have enough players. The righthander’s last start was Saturday at Dodger Stadium against the Angels. This season, Gonsolin was one of the Dodgers’ most consistent starters, going 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 46 ⅔ innings. On Tuesday, he’ll have an October start to his name as well. “He looks pretty funky, but those are things we can fix. However, he faltered over the fourth and fifth innings prior to his removal. A lot of stuff.”. But there’s a next layer that I think is just as beneficial as all that stuff on the surface.”. Tony Gonsolin, who will start the NLCS Game 2 vs. the Braves due to Clayton Kershaw's injury, was a full-time outfielder and occasional pitcher at Saint Mary's. “He went 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA, 2.29 FIP and 0.84 WHIP across 46.2 innings and nine appearances (eight starts).”. “Where Dustin is more dominant against right and then not as dominant against left. I agree that CBS Sports can send me the "Fantasy Baseball Today Newsletter" newsletter. I think your future is going to be on the mound.”. 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Oklahoma City Dodgers placed RHP Tony Gonsolin on the reserve list. 10:34 am ET, Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin: Gives up four runs in win, Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin: Fans 10 but takes loss, Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin: Strong in Tuesday's win, Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin: Rejoining rotation next week, Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin: Considered available out of bullpen. They tied for first with Napa in the Monticello Empire League with a 13-2 record, losing to Davis 2-1 in the finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. He wasn’t even supposed to be a pitcher. He and Valenzuela debated the point often. It wasn’t until his senior season in 2016, when Gonsolin became a regular starter in a Saint Mary’s rotation anchored by fellow future big leaguer Corbin Burnes, that those plans began to change. The new coach didn’t have enough players. Instead, Valenzuela had to get creative. Manager Dave Roberts has named Walker Buehler to start on Wednesday, with Clayton Kershaw starting on Thursday. “When I went in to pitch, it was just like an outfielder coming in to pitch. Two Dodger websites, Dodger Blue and True Blue LA, are making the case for Gonsolin to start that game. Valenzuela, who has since become the coach at Long Beach State, thinks so too. Brandon Crossley ended the first overtime possession with an interception and Chris Naggar made a field goal to give No.