Former Molloy Baseball Star Earns Spring Training Save with L.A. Dodgers
By Charlie De Biase Jr.
Westerleigh native Shea Spitzbarth was assigned to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday and immediately got his feet wet in a Cactus League game later in the day at Maryvale Park in Phoenix.
In fact, the former Moore Catholic star got the ball for the ninth inning of the Dodgers' contest against the host Milwaukee Brewers and the right-hander made a good first impression.
Spitzbarth tossed a 1-2-3 ninth, including a strikeout looking, to earn his first save with the parent club. He threw only six pitches, including a slider on the called strike three.
Spitzbarth was assigned No. 90 for his uniform and, unlike his teammates, he didn't have his last name on the back of the jersey, likely a ramification of only joining the Dodgers earlier in the day.
He was the last of seven pitchers used by the Dodgers in the 10-8 triumph over the Brewers. The game was started by veteran Rich Hill.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Spitzbarth is coming off a successful 2016 campaign in which he helped the Great Lakes Loons (Low-A, full season) capture the Midwest League title last September.
He earned the save in Game 3 of the best-of-five championship series, which the Loons won in four games.
The Molloy College graduate finished his stint with Great Lakes with an 0-1 record and 1.91 ERA with six saves in as many chances. He made 17 appearances overall, allowing 22 hits and seven walks while striking out 43 in 28 1/3 innings.
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