LOS ANGELES (News4usonline) – Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin handled the San Diego Padres bats with relative ease in the first game of a three-game series against their Southern California rivals. The news around Major League Baseball lately was the trade that sent Juan Soto and Josh Bell to San Diego to team up with Manny Machado to form their own Big Three for the Padres.
It didn’t work out too well for San Diego on a night in which the Dodgers paid homage to the late Vin Scully. Thanks to the Dodgers using their own bats early, Los Angeles put up eight runs through the first three innings and went on to win 8-1 at Dodger Stadium.
Gonsolin pitched five innings and gave up three hits to go with his six strikeouts for the game. The victory gives Gonsolin his 13th win (13-1) win of the season.
As far as the Padres are concerned, Gonsolin and the other pitchers for the Dodgers did some work on San Diego power hitters. Gonsolin, David Price, Reyes Moronta, and Phil Bickford held the Padres to just four hits for the entire game. That means that after Gonsolin left the field of play, San Diego managed just one hit over the final four innings.
For the game, Gonsolin, Price, Moronta, and Bickford combined to produce 13 strikeouts. The Padres’ Big Three? Well, they got a slice of humble pie as the Blue Magic was in the air this muggy August evening. Soto went 1-3. Bell didn’t fare any better, getting one hit and scoring one run in his three at-bats. Machado also went 1-3 and struck out twice.
All in total, San Diego’s Big Three went a combined 3-9 with one run scored. The Dodgers didn’t have that kind of problem with San Diego starting pitcher Sean Manaea. As a matter of fact, the Dodgers haven’t had too many problems with any this season. The Dodgers are crushing it this season. Los Angeles is 40 games over .500 (73-33) and has won nine of their last 10 games.
With August and September serving as closeout months to the regular season, the Dodgers are in a prime position to win another NL West Division title. They kicked off their current homestand with offense fireworks from the start, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Dodgers would add four more runs in the third inning to finish off their scoring for the night. That was more than enough for Gonsolin and his bullpen buddies to handle.
The Dodgers went to town against Manaea, connecting for 10 of their 12 hits against the left-handed thrower in the first four innings. The Dodgers have two more games against San Diego before they entertain the Minnesota Twins for two games on this homestand.