CINCINNATI (AP) — Tony Gonsolin said he hasn’t done anything extraordinary on the way to becoming the first nine-game winner in the majors this season.
“It’s just throwing a lot more strikes,” the 28-year-old righty said of his success in 2022, which includes a 9-0 record and sparkling 1.58 ERA.
He hasn’t gone more than 6 1/3 innings in a start and exited after five in the Dodgers’ 8-2 cruise over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. He allowed three hits, two of them solo homers that accounted for the Reds’ only runs of the sweltering evening.
He leaned on his four-seam fastball, and his slider and splitter got even better as the game progressed. He struck out four.
“I feel like I’m throwing a lot more competitive pitches this year and able to get some early contact, which allows me to be more efficient and go deeper into games,” he said.
Gonsolin said he still felt great when he came out after 87 pitches.
“Weathered some traffic, gave up a couple homers. But man, I thought he was fine,” Dodger manager Dave Roberts said. “Obviously, wasn’t as efficient as he has been recently. Tony just managed the outing, which is really good to see.”
Getting offensive support helps, too.
Freddie Freeman drove in five runs, breaking the game open with a bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning.
Meanwhile, Reds starter Tyler Mahle (2-6) was lucky to give up only four runs through six innings. He allowed 12 hits but manage to strand eight runners.
“I had to battle through six,” Mahle said. “It was just the way it was today. It wasn’t easy. I had to grind against a good team. ”
Jonathan India homered leading off the Reds first, and Albert Almora Jr. had one in the second, but those were the highlights. Four Dodgers relievers threw…