Every once in a while, a pitcher has the game of their life. It can happen at any time, and the beauty of baseball is that nobody knows when history could be made.
Entering Thursday, nobody could have guessed that Dodgers pitcher Ryan Pepiot would have taken a perfect game into the 7th inning against the Miami Marlins. It ended up getting broken up with two outs, but his performance was another reminder of just how good he can be.
After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that he had no intentions of pulling Pepiot prior to a hit being given up, unlike in previous situations.
“I was gonna give him every opportunity to finish that game if it was a no-hitter, let alone a perfect game,” Roberts said. “He’s big, he’s physical. He was staying in his delivery. He didn’t have blood dripping from his finger. I didn’t have trainers telling me to take him out of the game.Per The OC Register
Roberts has been criticized in the past for pulling pitchers during no-hitters and perfect games, but this time he was deadest on allowing things to play out. It’s also a confidence boost for Pepiot for Roberts to come out and say this after the outing he just put together.
“Man, we were all pulling for him,” Roberts said.Per The Athletic
While he may not have finished the perfect game or no-hitter, Pepiot still put together one heck of a game. He went seven innings and allowed just one hit. It was a needed game for LA as they had dropped the first two of the series to Miami. Pepiot was their stopper and he delivered in a big way.
After missing most of the season due to an oblique injury, Pepiot has come in and made a statement with his performances. In four games pitched this season, he holds an ERA of 0.86 and a WHIP of 0.52.
“He just keeps getting better every time he takes the baseball,” Roberts said.Per The Athletic
Pepiot is making his case to remain with the Dodgers and likely even be a contributor in the postseason. He has been lights out since returning from injury and is finally getting the chance to showcase what he can do at this level.
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