NEW YORK — The Dodgers recalled Yimi Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma City for Sunday’s series finale against the Mets and activated starting pitcher Zack Greinke from the paternity list.
The corresponding moves were announced last night, when pitchers Chin-Hui Tsao and Josh Ravin were optioned to Triple-A.
That means Zach Lee, who started and lost the Dodgers’ 15-2 loss Saturday, remains on the roster as the Dodgers’ “fifth starter.” The Dodgers won’t need a fifth starter until next Sunday.
Garcia had one really bad outing — five batters faced, no outs — immediately after he was demoted to Oklahoma City earlier this month. In his next three outings, each lasting one inning, Garcia did not allow a run. He last pitched Thursday.
In 40 games with the Dodgers this season, Garcia has a 4.10 earned-run average and one save. He’s struck out 53 batters and walked nine in 37 ⅔ innings.
Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 13 batters in pitching his first complete game and his first shutout of the season. (John McCoy/Daily News)
Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said in five words about Clayton Kershaw what I wasted 687 words on in my game story: “He is who he is.”
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Prior to the game, Yimi Garcia was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City — an unfathomable thought about two months ago.
Howie Kendrick slides in safely for one of two runs he scored in the Dodgers’ 10-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. (Stephen Carr/Staff photographer)
The “bullpen game” Monday wasn’t pretty, unless you’re a numerologist. Yimi Garcia threw the first pitch just after 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The game was still in the seventh inning (tied 7-7, naturally) when the clock struck midnight on 7/7 on the East Coast. The Dodgers burned through seven pitchers (the Phillies used three).
The teams combined to throw 368 pitches, which required a total of 4 hours and 13 minutes. J.P. Howell threw six of those pitches and was the winning pitcher. Only three nine-inning games in Dodgers history since 1914 (and probably forever) have lasted longer.
You can read the game story here; the box score is here and the photo gallery is here.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run and Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run shot for the Dodgers. Howie Kendrick went 4 for 5 and finished a home run shy of the cycle. Oh, and Jimmy Rollins drove in the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning to break that 7-7 tie, then scored the 10th run on his own. He spoke about this after the game (here and here).
Before the game, Chad Billingsley discussed his return to Dodger Stadium. Four Dodgers were named to the National League All-Star team, including Gonzalez and Grandal.