The Dodgers look to carry their momentum into tonight’s game as Brock Stewart joins the boys in blue.
Last night Julio Urias got his first win in his major league career as the Dodgers outscored the Brewers by a score of 6 to 5. Tonight, the Dodgers are sending another new guy to the mound to try and pull out their second win against the Brewers.
Brock Stewart is getting the ball tonight because of his impressive season in the minors. Stewart was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. He had a pretty solid year in 2015 and ended the season with a 2.84 ERA after seven starts with the Great Lake Loons Low Single-A team. Following his impressive starts at Low-A, Stewart was promoted to High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He was clearly off to a good start, but in 2016 he would fly through the Dodgers minor league farm system. The 24 year old started the season at Rancho Cucamonga with the Quakes and now in the last week of June he is making his first major league start. He did it all in two starts at Rancho, nine at AA and three at AAA. For a pitcher to advance through the minors that fast is basically unheard of. Sure one of the reasons Stewart made it to the majors so fast has to do with injuries, but he still has shined at every level and rose to every challenge they threw his way. It will be interesting to see him adjust to pitching in the majors and how he will attack the batters. Stewart will become the ninth starting pitcher to be in the Dodgers rotation just 80 games into the season. He is also the fourth one to be making his major league debut after Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda and Julio Urias.
This season Stewart has a record of 8-3 with a 1.47 ERA in three different levels of the Dodgers farm system. He also is coming into tonight’s game having struck out 99 batters and walking just 14. His numbers speak for themselves as to why he made it here so fast.
The Brewers will be sending Junior Guerra to the mound this evening. Guerra currently has a record of 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA. Guerra however has only struck out 53 batters and walked 19. He has allowed five more walks than Stewart and struck out half as many. The 31 year old pitcher is in his first year with the Brewers. In his 10 starts or 61.1 innings this season he has allowed 51 hits to the batters he faced and seven home runs. The Dodgers continue to be a team that scores most of their runs on the balls they send yard.
Dave Roberts put together another typical lineup for the club. Last night Joc Pederson was pulled from the game when he made a running catch and ran into the wall. Pederson’s should was of immediate concern as he left the field making sure he did not move his arm.
The X Rays came back negative and the Dodgers really dodged a bullet with the whole thing. The center fielder is okay and has a bruised right shoulder. He admitted that his AC Joint is sore. Roberts also stated that there is no real time table for it all, they just have to see how fast it heals. However, Roberts is confident that Pederson will be able to avoid the DL. With all of that being said, Trayce Thompson gets the start tonight in center in place of Pederson.
Stewart is taking the mound as number 51 tonight and trying to prove that he is ready to be in the bigs. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PM and will be shown on Sports Net LA.