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Rookie clash pits Dodgers' Gonsolin vs. D-backs' Clarke
Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks
- The Dodgers swept the Rockies in three games in their last series, hitting a walk-off home run in each of the three games. All three walk-off home runs were hit by rookies -- prior to this series, the Dodgers had never had three walk-off home runs by rookies in an entire season.
- The Diamondbacks ended a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Giants. Arizona has seven extra-inning wins this season, tied with Atlanta and Pittsburgh for the most in MLB.
- The Dodgers have the NL's best record in divisional games at 23-8 (.742) this season, while the D'Backs have the NL's worst record in divisional games at 12-24 (.333). Los Angeles already has two series victories over Arizona this season, and a 9-1-0 overall series record against NL West opponents.
- Former teammates Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke will oppose each other for just the second time ever. Kershaw got the best of Greinke in their first matchup, a 7-1 Dodgers' win on April 14, 2017. Since joining Arizona in 2016, Greinke is 5-7 with a 4.93 ERA against the Dodgers (includes postseason).
- With a week's worth of games left in June, Cody Bellinger has 25 home runs. Bellinger, 23 years old, is one of three left-handed batters 23 or younger (based on season age; July 1) with at least 25 home runs in a season prior to July, along with Prince Fielder (27 in 2007) and Reggie Jackson (29 in 1969).
- Through 75 games this season, Ketel Marte has 41 extra-base hits, 51 RBI and 51 runs scored. He is one of four Diamondback players all-time with at least 40 XBH, 50 RBI and 50 runs through 75 player games in a season, along with Paul Goldschmidt (2014), Luis Gonzalez (2001) and Matt Williams (1999).
- Nats give Strasburg record $245M, 7 yrs.
- Girardi alludes to Astros' sign stealing
- Signs point to Bumgarner leaving Giants
- MLB to move 2020 draft to Omaha
- Brewers re-sign lefty reliever Claudio
Right-hander Tony Gonsolin will make his major league debut Wednesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game series in Phoenix.
Gonsolin, the Dodgers' 2018 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City and take the temporary sixth starter spot in the rotation. Los Angeles, in the midst of 18 games in 18 days, is trying to build in extra rest for its starters, a luxury afforded by a 13-game lead in the National League West.
"Giving all of our starters an extra day, I think that makes sense," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Gonsolin, 25, threw nine scoreless innings in spring training before being sidelined by a strained oblique for about six weeks. He is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in eight appearances spanning 26 innings at Oklahoma City, working his way up to a five-inning, 77-pitch outing last Thursday.
"My heart started racing, started sweating immediately -- excitement, nervousness, anxious, all the emotions flooded me at once," Gonsolin said on MLB.com about getting the news of the promotion. "Just need to relax tomorrow and let it happen."
In the rubber contest of the three-game set, Arizona will counter with struggling rookie Taylor Clarke (1-3, 6.48 ERA). The 26-year-old right-hander has completed five innings just once in his past five starts, during which he is 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA.
Clarke faced the Dodgers on June 4, taking the loss in his best start of the month -- three runs (two earned) on four hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked two.
Arizona's Ketel Marte set a franchise record Tuesday with his eighth consecutive multi-hit game, and he'll make a final case Wednesday to be voted into the All-Star Game. The new Starters Election begins Wednesday and closes Thursday after a 28-hour window.
Marte is one of three candidates at second base, along with Milwaukee's Mike Moustakas and Atlanta's Ozzie Albies.
Marte has multiple hits in 11 of his past 13 games, and the 25-year-old is hitting .537 (29-for-54) in those 13 games to raise his batting average to .314 with 20 homers.
Arizona acquired Marte in a trade with the Seattle Mariners after the 2016 season.
"I do remember seeing him as a very young player in Seattle and thinking, 'This is a very interesting athlete at 21-years old,'" Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said on MLB.com. "Now, I think we have to appreciate that we are watching one of the best players in the National League perform each night."
Arizona sent infielder Domingo Leyba to Triple-A Reno after Tuesday's game and will activate corner infielder Jake Lamb, who has been out since April 3 because of a left quadriceps injury.
Roberts said he plans to give third baseman Justin Turner the day off Wednesday on a day game following a night game. Turner hit his eighth home run of the season Tuesday night in a 3-2 win.
Roberts, experimenting with lineups, said catcher Russell Martin is an option to play third base Wednesday. Martin has 50 career appearances at third base, including 21 for the Toronto Blue Jays last season. Roberts also has been giving outfielder Joc Pederson time at first base, and catcher Austin Barnes, a converted infielder, started at second base Tuesday.
"Just trying to continue to increase options on our roster," Roberts said.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 26, 2019