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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Has ‘All The Trust in World’ In Gavin Stone

Starter Gavin Stone has been showing the Los Angeles Dodgers just how dependable he can be as a pitcher. For the fourth time in nine starts, he completed seven innings, this time against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

He gave up three runs and four hits, struck out three, and walked two while only throwing 94 pitches in a no-decision. He has been consistent with a 7-2 record and a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts giving manager Dave Roberts many reasons to trust him in big games.

“I’ve got all the trust in the world in him that he can make a pitch when he needs to, get back after a tough inning, and keep us in the ballgame, which he did,” Roberts said of Stone. “He saved the bullpen, which was a bit in limbo. It seems like he does that every time he takes the baseball, and he’s earned that trust.”

Stone started the night by retiring eight of the first nine batters he faced. He picked off the one baserunner he allowed on a third-inning single. The fourth inning was a little shaky giving up a single and a walk before hanging a slider for Salvador Perez to send out of the park.

The homer was his only mistake as he allowed only one more hit after that.

“I feel like that’s my job, more or less – to go deep in games, give us some length, and let the bullpen come in and do their job in the later innings,” Stone said.

Stone is in his first season as a full-time starter for the Dodgers. Last season, he started four games and made eight appearances. He finished the year 1-1 with an ERA of 9.00 across 31 innings.

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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