The Dodgers presented us tonight with another debut of yet another young phenom. This time it was The Blue Meteor™, Brock Stewart, breaking through the baseball stratosphere and onto a major league mound less than 100 days from his first start in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Julio Urias had a near-disastrous debut in the big apple. How would Stewart do in the land of beer and sausages?
Scooter Gennett – K
Ryan Braun – Ground out
Well, that started out promising.
Oops – Brock gave up a couple of singles and then he grooved a three run bomb. 3-0
The Brewers weren’t done with Stewart yet. Then came a bases loaded double by Ryan Braun. 5-0
3rd inning Brewers 5-0
4th inning Brewers 5-0
With a man on first, Adrian Gonzalez struck out – and on the way back to the bench, he was thrown out of the game.
Replays showed Gonzalez had a couple of words for the HP umpire after a swinging strike three. It seemed as if he sarcastically asked, while walking away from the plate, if he swung at a strike.
Gonzalez continued walking toward the dugout, and after a few steps, he waived his right hand toward third base as though dismissing something said to him. All of this was done calmly, and as he walked steadily toward the Dodgers’ dugout. Nevertheless, Third base umpire Dan “Hair Trigger” Bellino, thought it was major enough to toss the Dodgers’ clean up hitter from the game.
5th inning Brewers 5-0
Dodgers: Nothin’ but six K’s through the first five innings. Stewart hasn’t allowed a run since the second.
7th inning Brewers 5-0
Ryan Braun continued feasting on Dodgers pitching, with a two run blast to right field.
From the “What the heck else can possibly go wrong?” file:Yasiel Puig crashed into the right-field bullpen fence attempting to catch Braun’s home run. Puig came away from the fence with a noticeable limp.
8th inning Brewers 7-0
Puig led off the inning. He grounded out to short, but the real story was the way one of his legs immediately gave way coming out of the box. Puig gallantly hobbled down to first and finished with a painful limp.
9th inning Brewers 7-0
With Yasiel Puig out of the game, Roberts sent his remaining players on the field to defend positions as he pulled their names from a hat.
Mercifully, the Dodgers and Brewers decided to just “end it already”. And so they did.
Dodgers lose 7-0
Brock Stewart’s ML debut wasn’t any better than Urias’, but we saw the same calm demeanor that Urias showed when things didn’t go right. Stewart gave up five runs, but they were all in one inning. Three of those runs scored when he gave up a home run on a grooved pitch that just about any major leaguer would have blasted.
On the bright side: Stewart eventually settled in, filling out a full five innings. The Brewers never scored again and he picked up seven strike outs along the way.
On the black and blue side: It looks as though the Dodgers medical staff is going to be working overtime with a newly injured player, Yasiel Puig.
Brock Stewart (L 0-1) went five innings with 8 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 7 Ks, 1 HR. ERA 9.00
Team with RISP: 0 for 2