Although this won’t make up for losing to the Phillies two NLCS series in a row, man, does it feel good. I mean, most of the regular players are on the DL, but WHATEVER. I’ll take what I can get.
James Loney hit the ball well, Elian Herrera continued to be really good, and Andre Ethier busted his slump with a screamer down the 1st base line that Mayberry ended up booting behind him. The hit was initially ruled an error, though the scorer changed it to a double later in the game.
Shawn Tolleson, one of the best relievers in the Dodgers’ farm system for the past year and a half, made his MLB debut in the 9th after the Dodgers increased their lead from 4-3 to 8-3 in the 8th inning. Tolleson’s best pitch is his cutter, so naturally, he didn’t throw it all today. He threw 10 pitches, 8 of the balls, good for two walks. He was quickly lifted in favor of Ronald Belisario, who shut the door (jello jiggling, butter getting cold, etc.).
The Internet was very excited that Tolleson got to pitch in the game, but was somewhat ambivalent about getting lifted so early.
Another farm player may get a chance to play soon, as AJ Ellis was reportedly still hobbling about after getting hit by a pitch. This may mean that Matt Treanor will become the starting catcher. He’s been doing well but it’s been in spot starts, so who knows how that would turn out if he had to play closer to every day.