The Dodgers were swept by the Giants and were soundly outscored 29-8 in the series. All in all, there was wasn’t much to write home about. However, there is one positive takeaway that we can appreciate from this weekend.
Emmet Sheehan, who went straight from Double-A ball, pitched six no-hit innings in his major league debut. In 89 pitches, Sheehan issued just two walks and three strikeouts.
“I was just trying to make it the same game as it is in Double-A — which it is,” Sheehan said. “I was definitely a little overwhelmed but to get it out of the way is a huge weight off my shoulders.”(Via The Orange County Register)
Unfortunately for Sheehan and the rest of the Dodgers, the continued struggles from the bullpen led to the Giants scoring 5 runs between the seventh and eighth innings to take the lead. But for manager Dave Roberts, Sheehan’s performance was the silver lining on an otherwise dark and cloudy night.
“What Emmet did tonight, I thought, was the highlight of the night,” Roberts said. “Give the Giants credit: they fought back. This one … it never feels good to lose.”(Via The Orange County Register)
Sheehan’s debut is one for the record books, as the 23-year-old became just the third pitcher in MLB history to not allow a hit over six or more innings in his first start in the major leagues.
It was a special moment he’ll remember forever. He had a big group supporting him tonight as far as family and friends,” Roberts said. “And he delivered. It was fun to watch.”(Via @SportsNetLA)
Roberts hinted that he would give Sheehan a bit more time before his next start, but confirmed that another start for the young pitcher is on its way.
While the Dodger bullpen continues to disappoint, Sheehan’s performance Friday night is cause for celebration.