By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Dodgers have turned the tide after ending an east coast road trip with a 6-1 record. They returned home to take on the Pirates and keep things rolling.
With starting pitcher wows the team turned to pitcher Andre Jackson who they called up from Oklahoma City. After coming in for Justin Bruihl the right hander went four solid innings, giving up just two hits while walking three.
He showed a calm and maturity when after a two-out balk moved baserunners Jason Stallings and Gregory Polanco to second and third. He got a ground out from Steven Brault to end the inning. He retired seven of the final nine batters he faced.
“That was awesome,” said Jackson. “It was everything I thought it would be.”
The twenty-five year old was called up from OKC on a Saturday and was on the mound the next night at Dodger Stadium the next night.
“When my manager (OKC) told me I called my mother first then I called my wife,” said Jackson.
The Vail, Arizona native had about 50 friends and family at the stadium including his mother and father.
They had an absence of pitching, Clayton Kershaw nursing an injury, Dustin May out for the year due to surgery. Trevor Bauer on leave due to a domestic violence situation. Jackson for the moment appeared to be what the team needed.