Gonsolin pitched 1.2 innings Tuesday, allowing one run, three hits and two walks while striking out four in a no-decision against the Rays in Game 6 of the World Series. The damage against Gonsolin was done on a solo home run off the bat of Randy Arozarena in the first inning (who else). The 26-year-old threw 30 of his 48 pitches for strikes. The right-hander had a great regular season but was unable to replicate that success in the postseason.
Gonsolin will be a conventional starter, not an opener, in Game 6 of the World Series against the Rays on Tuesday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Gonsolin has been used in shorter outings thus far in the postseason, throwing 7.2 innings across three appearances. He hasn't had much success, posting a 9.39 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP while walking 19.4 percent of opposing batters. While the Dodgers will hope to get at least five innings out of him, it's far from guaranteed he lasts that long, as they'll have a full bullpen worth of rested relievers ready to step in following Monday's off day should his struggles continue.
Gonsolin allowed one run on a solo homer and also issued a walk and recorded a strikeout while serving as an opener in the Dodgers' 6-4 loss to the Rays in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday. Gonsolin struggled in his brief appearance, allowing a solo home run to Brandon Lowe in the first inning. The 26-year-old threw 16 of his 29 pitches for strikes and recorded a first-pitch strike on four of the six batters that he faced. The right-hander has now allowed eight earned runs in 7.2 innings of work throughout the postseason.
Gonsolin will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Rays on Wednesday, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports. The 26-year-old threw 41 pitches over two innings during Game 7 of the NLCS against the Braves on Sunday, so he'll be taking the mound on two days' rest. Gonsolin figures to be on a fairly short leash, and Dustin May and Julio Urias (both of whom also pitched in Game 7) will be available as well, according to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register. Gonsolin has labored in his two postseason outings, giving up seven runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and six walks over 6.1 innings.
Gonsolin is expected to enter Sunday's Game 7 against Atlanta after starter Dustin May, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports. May pitched in Friday's game and is thus expected to be used as an opener rather than as a traditional starter in Game 7 of the NLCS. Gonsolin has not pitched since Tuesday's Game 2 loss, so he would be pitching on normal rest.