Second baseman Schumaker familiar with pitching the ninth inning

When Skip Schumaker was tipped off after Monday’s seventh inning he might be called on to pitch, he was already tired – from playing second base.

The fifth Dodgers reliever in the 12-2 loss to the Rockies was a part-time closer at UC-Santa Barbara and a starting pitcher at Aliso Niguel High School.

“I wasn’t very good but I could throw hard. Everybody said I was a one-tool player – I could throw,” Schumaker said. “I grew up a Dodgers fan watching Orel (Hershiser), so to be on the same mound he was, was pretty neat.”

Schumaker loaded the bases courtesy of a walk and two hits, but pitched a scoreless ninth inning Monday night.

The utility man was the first Dodgers position player to pitch since 2009, but Schumaker last pitched in 2011 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He threw one inning of an 11-0 loss to the Dodgers, of all teams.

“As a position player, you never want to be on the mound because that probably means you’re getting your butt kicked,” Schumaker said. “The batter was way too close, I know that. That was scary.”

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