After allowing 14 earned runs in seven innings, Josh Wall has been sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque. Javy Guerra will take Wall’s spot in the bullpen.
Wall gave up 11 runs in his last two outings including a walk-off grand slam to Jordany Valdespin in New York on April 24th. Five days later, Wall surrendered seven runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in just two innings against Colorado. On the season, Wall is 0-1 with an earned run average of 18.00.
The Dodgers had seen enough
The ineffective performance of the bullpen forced manager Don Mattingly to turn to utility man Skip Schumaker to close out the ninth inning in the 12-2 loss against the Rockies. Though Schumaker faced six batters in the inning, he did not allow a run.
.A year ago Wall made his big league debut on July 22nd, earning the win after pitching one inning against the New York Mets. On the season, Wall appeared in seven contests, finishing six, never pitching more than one inning. He finished with a 1-0 record and 4.76 ERA.
Los Angeles has high hopes for Guerra. In the last two years with the Dodgers, Guerra is 4-5 with 29 saves in 36 opportunities. His career ERA is 2.45 in 92 games.
Guerra has started four games for the Isotopes, going 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA. He figures to be available right away as his last outing came on Friday when he allowed two earned runs in five innings.
The Dodger pitching staff has a 3.96 ERA, ranking tenth in the fifteen-team National League.
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