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Dodgers appear to be warming to Tsao's cool

Dodgers appear to be warming to Tsao's cool

Brady Clark's two-out double in the 17th inning may have clinched the Dodgers' 5-4 win over the Padres in the longest game of the season Sunday, but it was a seventh-inning double play by Taiwan's Tsao Chin-hui and catcher Russell Martin that turned the tides.
Tsao, after missing much of the last three years due to problems with his arm, just missed a roster spot with San Diego during spring training this year. But Tsao has been called up, and it looks like this time he might stay.
In six appearances, Tsao hasn't allowed a single run and has yielded just one hit in 6 2/3 innings of throwing. He is earning a reputation as a reliever cool enough to send in during a jam.
"He's given us no reason not to use him in more important roles," pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is quoted on the Dodgers' Web site.
In Sunday's game, Tsao replaced Tomko in the seventh under less than enviable circumstance. The Padres had runners on first and third and a single out. When Rob Bowen attempted a bunt between the mound and the third-base line, Tsao leaped into action, stopping the ball, catching Mike Cameron halfway to the plate, and tossing the ball to third baseman Wilson Valdez to set up a double play.
By the end of the seventh the Dodgers had tied the game at 4-4.
Tsao went on to pitch a 1-2-3 eighth and, eight scoreless innings later, the Dodger's Clark finally drove Wilson Valdez home for the game.
After the game, Martin had nothing but praise for Tsao.
"He's making nasty pitches," Martin is quoted as saying on the Dodgers' Web site. "He's throwing strikes and going after guys and not shying away. When he needs a ground ball, he keeps his pitches down. When he needs a strikeout, he can reach back. He's got a good slider, a splitter or change-up, plus he can throw really hard."


Updated : 2021-03-03 13:13 GMT+08:00