MLB.com’s Gameday view of Adam Eaton’s at-bat against Onelki Garcia.
Dodgers pitcher Onelki Garcia
walked Adam Eaton
in his major-league debut last night and didn’t waste time: He threw four pitches out of the strike zone before Don Mattingly
summoned Peter Moylan
from the bullpen.
A couple things happened next:
… and those of us in the press box started reaching for the history books:
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.
But it sounds like Garcia will get another chance. Both J.P. Howell and Paco Rodriguez were unavailable last night, and that might be the case again between now and the season finale on Sept. 28.
“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: