After what felt like the longest game in human history, the Dodgers finally finished Wednesday night’s middle game of the three game series in perpetually rainy Cleveland. Mookie Betts led the way with a 5 hit game (spread across two days) and now LA is set to try and take the series two games to one with rookie Ryan Pepiot on the mound.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts initially said that Pepiot would take the ball and make his first start of the year after missing most of the season with an oblique/rib issue. Instead, he will follow opener Caleb Ferguson who will look to take down at least the first inning of the game.
The club officially activated the right-hander ahead of the nightcap and, thanks to MLB’s 27 man roster doubleheader rule, Pepiot won’t lose an option.
In his first MLB appearance of the season over the weekend, Pepiot made his presence known with 5 solid innings in relief. He allowed just 1 earned run while striking out 5 batters and walking only one. He recently told DodgersNation.com that he “finally feels like himself again” on the mound and is ready to contribute in any role the team needs. That will most likely be as the club’s number five starter going forward following the loss of RHP Tony Gonsolin for the season.
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