Tony Gonsolin continued his excellent run on Monday night as he fired 6 shutout innings against the Cardinals, allowing just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 7. The Dodger offense exploded for 8 runs, led by Cody Bellinger‘s 37th homer of the season, as the Dodgers beat St. Louis 8-0.
Gonsolin has shown incredible potential in his two most recent appearances. In his last 2 appearances, Gonsolin is 1-0 with a save and has a 0.90 ERA.
On Monday night, he was fantastic. He allowed just two hits, the first of which didn’t come until the 5th inning. He also had good command, 56/90 pitches for strikes to walk just one batter and strike out seven.
Gonsolin was provided with plenty of run support, starting with Bellinger’s homer in the first inning. The Dodgers had two men on base when Bellinger crushed a meatball by Michael Wacha, the only question was whether or not it would stay fair. It did, traveling 419 and landing in the Louge level.
The Dodger bats kept on going as Corey Seager hit an RBI ground-rule double in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 4-0. Then in the 4th, Joc Pederson hit his 24th homer of the year and Justin Turner drove in a run with an RBI double.
Matt Beaty capped the scoring with a two-run double in the 5th, bringing the score to 8-0, where it stayed to the end of the game.
“I don’t think any team’s a barometer for us,” said Dave Roberts after the game. “I think we kind of set the bar.”
The Dodgers are looking to continue to roll as Miles Mikolas and Clayton Kershaw face off in game 2. Mikolas is 7-11 on the year with a 4.00 ERA. On April 8, against the Dodgers, Mikolas allowed 3 earned runs over 6 innings. Kershaw is 10-2 with a 2.85 ERA this year, but he’s looking for improvement after walking 5 in his last start. The game will begin at 7:10 pm.