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Graterol, Gonzalez lead way in Dodgers' shutout

Young arms help limit Giants to just two hits in nightcap of sweep
Brusdar Graterol notched his fourth hold in 12 appearances this year for Los Angeles. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
@brianjstultz
August 27, 2020

Two of the Dodgers' top prospects, Brusdar Graterol and Victor Gonzalez, were part of a nearly unhittable effort by the Los Angeles pitching staff in a 2-0 victory to sweep Thursday's doubleheader with rival San Francisco. Graterol, MLB.com’s No. 91 overall prospect, replaced Gonzalez with one out in the fourth

Two of the Dodgers' top prospects, Brusdar Graterol and Victor Gonzalez, were part of a nearly unhittable effort by the Los Angeles pitching staff in a 2-0 victory to sweep Thursday's doubleheader with rival San Francisco.

Graterol, MLB.com’s No. 91 overall prospect, replaced Gonzalez with one out in the fourth inning, making quick work of Wilmer Flores on a flyout to center field and a groundout from Evan Longoria to finish the frame. The 6-foot-1 righty surrendered a single to Brandon Belt to start off the fifth, then induced a groundout from Donovan Solano before exiting the game.

Gonzalez (2-0), the Dodgers’ No. 21 prospect, earned the win after entering the game in the second and working a perfect inning by getting Brandon Belt and Alex Dickerson to ground out around a flyout to center by Donovan Solano. The lefty was even better in the third, striking out the side -- including top Giants prospect Joey Bart-- on just 11 pitches. The Mexico native finished his outing by retiring Mike Yastrzemski on a groundout to second base to lead off the fourth.

Over 11 2/3 innings, Graterol has allowed five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits while fanning 10 batters and walking two, earning four holds.

Gonzalez appeared for the fourth time for the Dodgers this season. In 7 1/3 frames, the southpaw has posted a 1.23 ERA while giving up a run on four hits with seven K’s and a 0.68 WHIP.

Top Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux made his first appearance of the season, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. The 22-year-old hit .240 in 23 games for Los Angeles during the regular season last year. He batted .222 over four postseason contests.

Bart worked a walk off righty Kenley Jansen in the ninth, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

In other action:

Reds 6, Brewers 1 (Game 1)

Jose Garcia became the first Cincinnati prospect to go from Class A Advanced Daytona to The Show. The sixth-ranked Reds prospect picked up a hit in his first at-bat, singling on a 3-1 sinker from Brewers’ righty Adrian Houser in the second. After advancing to second on a single by Curt Casali, the Cuba native stole third base. In the sixth, Garcia worked a walk against right-hander J.P. Feyereisen on a full count, coming around to score on a sacrifice fly by Nick Castellanos. Box score

Pirates 4, Cardinals 3 (Game 1)

Top St. Louis prospect Dylan Carlson got the start in center field and finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. Facing righty Richard Rodriguez in the eighth, Carlson worked the count to 2-2 before slashing the eighth pitch of the at-bat into left field. He later scored on a single by Paul Goldschmidt. Although he’s gotten off to a slow start, Carlson has hit safely in five straight games for St. Louis. Pittsburgh's No. 22 prospect Will Craig went 0-for-3 in his Major League debut. Box score

Pirates 2, Cardinals 0 (Game 2)

Getting the start for St. Louis, No. 13 prospect Johan Oviedo allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeouts in five frames. He’s gone five innings in consecutive outings, giving up two runs both times. Through 10 frames, the 22-year-old sports a 3.60 ERA and a .171 average-against. Carlson hit safely in both ends of the twin bill, going 1-for-3 in the nightcap. Box score

Padres 10, Mariners 7 (Game 1)

Fifth-ranked Seattle prospect Evan White exited the game in the third with right shoulder discomfort in the third. White popped out to short in the second and looked to be in pain. Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters the first baseman’s shoulder was sore after diving for a ball Tuesday. Seattle's No. 10 prospect Jake Fraley went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Ljay Newsome made his first big league start for Seattle, yielding a run on three hits with four strikeouts over four innings. The No. 29 Mariners prospect sports a 2.57 ERA and an 0.86 WHIP through seven frames. San Diego's No. 18 prospect Jake Cronenworth continued his torrid start, going 2-for-4 with a run. Acquired from the Rays in an offseason trade, Cronenworth is hitting .349 with eight multi-hit games this year. Box score

Mariners 8, Padres 3 (Game 2)

San Diego's No. 3 prospect Luis Patiño notched a scoreless inning in relief, working around two walks in the fifth. He induced three groundouts in the frame to lower his ERA to 4.76. Leading off the fifth as a pinch-hitter, No. 14 prospect Jorge Mateo smacked a ground-rule double into right-center for his first Major League hit. Cronenworth added another multi-hit game to his line, going 2-for-3 with a run scored in the nightcap. Mariners' 21 prospect Aaron Fletcher allowed a hit and walked two over one-third of an inning. No. 20 Joey Gerber recorded two outs to pick up his first hold of the season. Box score

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