Brandon League, pitcher for the Dodgers, spent his 30th birthday on Saturday pitching a game that wasn’t so much of a celebration.
In the Dodgers efforts to close the game, they were pushed around for all four runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch in one-third of an inning, in their 4-0 loss to Texas, according to Ken Gurnick.
League, whose ERA soared to 16.20, allowed a leadoff home-run to David Murphy, who nailed Clayton Kershaw in the Achilles with a comeback line drive in his previous at-bat. League knew his mechanics were just not up to par.
“What a birthday outing,” said League. “I got all my pitches in, that’s for sure. I felt inconsistent staying back, leaking out front, especially with runners on base.”
In an MLB exclusive interview, manager Don Mattingly said, that he wasn’t worried over one outing, hoping League “got that out of his system.”
League was followed to the mound by J.P. Howell, who pitched a scoreless inning.
“Up until that inning, I felt pretty consistent,” League explained. “You get out of whack sometimes, right?”