The Dodgers’ prized prospect was equally cool on the mound, tossing five scoreless innings in his first major league start, and Los Angeles defeated the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Monday night.
”He’s pretty confident and cocky,” shortstop Enrique Hernandez said.nfl shop jerseys authentic ”We kind of like his attitude sometimes.”
Buehler topped out at 99 mph while allowing four hits in an 89-pitch outing. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three in helping the Dodgers (11-10) move above .500 for the first time this season with their third straight win.
”He’s a guy with a tremendous arm,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
Cody Bellinger drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
”We’re finally starting to play good and we’ve got to keep it going,” said Hernandez, who homered on a 3-2 pitch from Marlins starter Jarlin Garcia in the fourth to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Hernandez backed Buehler with two sparkling defensive plays in place of shortstop Corey Seager, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.
After Buehler issued a two-out walk to Garcia, Hernandez made a diving stop on a ball headed up the middle and whipped around to complete a pinpoint throw to first to end the inning.
Hernandez turned in a similar play in the third to throw out Starlin Castro for the second out.
”They don’t do that very much in low-A ball,” Buehler said. ”These guys are really good.”
Buehler pitched himself in and out of trouble in the first.
After retiring leadoff hitter Miguel Rojas on a grounder, shop nfl jerseys online Buehler gave up consecutive singles on identical 89 mph sliders to J.T. Realmuto and Castro. Brian Anderson took a called third strike before Cameron Maybin walked to load the bases.
But Buehler was unruffled. He got JB Shuck on a swinging strike to end the inning and start a run of retiring seven of eight batters.
”I’ve had the bases loaded a lot in my life,” Buehler said. ”It would be great to dominate, but to put up zeros and come out of the game unscathed is the biggest thing. The more and more comfortable you get here, I think the fastball command will come.”