Former SDSU Pitcher Blake Treinen Takes Loss In First MLB Start
For one night at least, former South Dakota State pitcher Blake Treinen went toe-to-toe with one of baseball’s best, before falling in his first big league start to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, 8-3, in Washington, DC Tuesday night.
The Nationals right-hander threw five scoreless innings, collecting eight groundball outs. His fastball was clocked as high as 98 miles per hour.
The first critical mistake Treinen made came in the sixth, but it was his glove – not his arm, that was the culprit.
Kershaw led off the inning and reached base safely when Treinen couldn’t handle the routine ground ball and was charged with an error.
Dee Gordon followed and was awarded an infield single when first baseman Adam LaRoche couldn’t handle his grounder. Los Angeles then loaded the bases on an infield single by Carl Crawford.
Hanley Ramirez came to the plate and blooped a single to right field, scoring Kershaw for a 1-0 Dodgers lead. Treinen was then taken out of the game in favor of right-hander Craig Stammen.
His overall line for the night: five innings pitched (he faced four batters in the sixth), three runs allowed (none earned), seven hits, two strikeouts, no walks.
After the game, Treinen told MLB.com:
I’m excited to get an opportunity to play with this team.
It’s not so much nerves as it was to just try to give the team an opportunity to win this game.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said:
Treinen pitched so well.
He missed the first [chance to field the ball] in that last inning.
We weren’t able to get Dee at first.
It kind of set the inning up [for the Dodgers].
A swinging bunt base hit.
At that point, he reached his pitched count.
We didn’t want him to pitch past that. I think he pitched really well.
I bet you if you ask [the Dodgers], they thought he pitch pretty well, too.
After the game, Treinen was sent back back to AAA Syracuse where he’s expected to re-join the starting rotation until his next chance with the Nationals comes up.