A couple things happened next:
Garcia pulled after walks 1st batter. The 23-yr-old jogs off field, goes 2 dugout, wound up 2 throw glove but thought better of it. #dodgers
— jill painter (@jillpainter) September 12, 2013
… and those of us in the press box started reaching for the history books:
It looks like #Dodgers Onelki Garcia just became the 5th pitcher in MLB history to issue a 4-pitch BB to his only batter in a debut.
— Andrew Simon (@HitTheCutoff) September 12, 2013
If Garcia never appears in another major-league game, he’ll be the only pitcher to walk the only batter he faced, let alone on four pitches. At least Garcia avoided the fate of Larry Yount, Robin’s brother and a Woodland Hills native, who was injured while warming up for his only major-league game in 1971 and never faced a batter again.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he intended for Garcia to face only Eaton, then insert Moylan to face right-handed hitter A.J. Pollock. He didn’t bother to mention this to Garcia. “Maybe I should’ve told him,” Mattingly said after the game.
“That’s what we envision — him getting a lefty,” Mattingly said. “I think he’ll be fine.”
Garcia copped to some nerves after the game, “like a lot of players do the first time,” he said through an interpreter.
“It can’t be an easy situation, stepping in for the first time,” catcher A.J. Ellis said.
There will be a next time, or there will be a new one for the record books.
Some bullet points on the 10th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s death:
• Dodgers playoff tickets go on sale Sept. 20. How much will tickets set you back?
• Adrian Gonzalez‘s personal 13-game hitting streak against Arizona ended last night.
• The Dodgers went above and beyond the minimum in commemorating the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks last night, colleague Jill Painter writes.
• Ellis said after the game that Paul Goldschmidt is his choice for National League Most Valuable player. “Great defender, great baserunner. To me he’s one of the more underrated complete players in baseball.”
• The Brooklyn Eagle reports that a developer paid the city of New York $3.2 million to be able to convert the former headquarters of the Brooklyn Dodgers into apartments.
• The view from the North, courtesy of Carl Steward: “With a healthy team and a pitching staff intact, [this weekend] may be the last chance for the Giants to strut their stuff. When the two teams meet in San Francisco the last week, it won’t mean a thing. The Dodgers will have clinched by then.”
• Here’s Cash’s cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails: