Monday, April 29, 2013
Schumaker holds down the ninth
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- One of the Dodgers' best pitching performances Monday night came from Skip Schumaker.
Skip Schumaker, who started the game at second base, was called on to pitch the ninth.
The utility guy.
With the Dodgers' pitching staff roiled by injuries and some heavy workloads by the bullpen, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly turned to Schumaker to pitch the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 12-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Monday.
Schumaker became the first Dodgers position player to pitch in a game since Mark Loretta did it in 2009. Schumaker played in that game, for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Schumaker hit the upper 80s with his fastball and actually threw harder than the Dodgers' starter, Ted Lilly. He allowed two hits and a walk, but got through the inning without allowing a run. That's more than could be said for Lilly, who allowed five runs on eight hits in three innings.
The few hundred fans left at Dodger Stadium chanted, "Let's go Skip!"
In fact, Schumaker's been called on to pitch before. In August of 2011, while with the Cards, he came in to pitch the ninth inning of an 11-0 game -- against the Dodgers. He gave up a two-run homer to Aaron Miles but did strike out two.