D-backs’ struggling offense gears up for Tony Gonsolin and the Dodgers

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Tony Gonsolin may have the best overall numbers of any Los Angeles Dodgers starter this season, but he’ll still have to follow one of the best major league outings when he takes the mound on Tuesday.

After the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler threw the first major league shutout on Monday, throwing the most shots of anyone in a 2022 outing (108), Gonsolin will have his work cut out if he wants to top him. He pitched in the middle of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

Gonsolin (1-0, 0.69 ERA) most recently shot six scoreless innings against World Series champion Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, while allowing just one hit and none in five first innings. He’s conceded just one run in his three starts and none since his season opener on April 9.

“Getting that low contact earlier in the count was definitely effective,” said Gonsolin, who relied on his slider and recorded 10 takedowns on the ground. Buehler’s 10 strikeout outing was notable for his curveball.

Gonsolin’s early exploits helped the Dodgers post a major league-leading 2.08 ERA. In nine career appearances (eight starts) against Arizona, Gonsolin is 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA.

Cody Bellinger powered the Dodgers’ powerful offense. He was just named National League Player of the Week after going 7-for-23 (.304) with three home runs and a 1.174 OPS in six games.

“I just come in every day and focus on what’s important, just try to be consistent and stay healthy,” said Bellinger, who suffered shoulder and leg injuries. last season that limited him to 10 home runs, 36 RBIs and one . 542 OPS. “Those are the two most important things.”

Although the Diamondbacks didn’t hit or play very well on defense, they were at least able to throw. Arizona’s starting staff has an impressive 2.53 ERA that ranks third in the majors behind the Dodgers (2.09) and New York Mets (2.29).

Right-hander Zach Davies (1-1, 5.02) will take the mound for Arizona on Tuesday with a confidence charge. He’s 4-3 in nine career starts against the Dodgers with a 2.11 ERA.

Davies earned his first win of the season Thursday when he allowed two runs on two hits in five innings against the Washington Nationals.

Arizona made a number of roster changes ahead of Monday’s game, reinstating outfielder Jordan Luplow from the 10-day disabled list while recalling left-hander Tyler Gilbert from Triple-A Reno. The club has also designated 40-year-old left-hander Oliver Perez for assignment and outfielder Jake McCarthy as an option in Reno.

“(Luplow) is going to play right and center,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “I’m really looking forward to getting him in and allowing him to come out and play.”

Luplow went off as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning Monday, while Gilbert allowed one run on two hits over three innings with three strikeouts.

Arizona has one of baseball’s worst starting offenses, trailing the major leagues in runs scored (49) and OPS (.593). The Diamondbacks had just three hits Monday, all in singles, and the third didn’t come until David Peralta had one with two out in the ninth inning.

–Field level media

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