Rookie Freddy Peralta found himself thrown into the fire in the second inning Tuesday night in his major-league post-season debut.
The right-hander came on in relief after starter Gio Gonzalez sprained his left ankle as he knocked down a grounder by Yasiel Puig, who reached on an infield single.
Gonzalez could not continue, and Peralta was summoned from the bullpen. Peralta walked the first batter he faced, Austin Barnes. Peralta retired pitcher Rich Hill on a fielder’s choice bunt, with Peralta bouncing off the mound quickly and getting the out at third. Peralta struck out Chris Taylor but walked Justin Turner to load the bases.
No problem. Rather than fold to the pressure, the cool rookie struck out pinch-hitter Max Muncy on a called third strike. Muncy was batting for David Freese, as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts played matchups.