MLB Seoul Series: Tyler Glasnow Finds Silver Lining With ‘Kind Of A Grind’ Dodgers Debut

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The Los Angeles Dodgers lined up their starting rotation for the Seoul Series to have Tyler Glasnow take the ball on Opening Day, making him the franchise’s sixth different pitcher to start a season opener in as many years.

The Southern California native embraced the opportunity provided to him and downplayed having any concerns over how his preparation would be impacted by the Dodgers starting the season in South Korea.

Glasnow proceeded to hold the San Diego Padres to just two runs over innings, but faced a 2-1 deficit at the time of being removed and finished with a no-decision his Dodgers debut.

“I think the whole day was kind of a grind,” Glasnow said after the Dodgers’ comeback win. “Just with timing and everything, it wasn’t my day, I guess. I was happy that I got to stay within myself, get out of that inning and kind of mitigate the damage.”

The Padres were in prime position for a big inning in the fourth when back-to-back walks and an infield single loaded the bases with nobody out. But Glasnow managed to stem off some of their momentum by inducing Luis Campusano into a double play — that did score a run — and striking out Tyler Wade.

“I thought early on, really good, and then I think it was that third or fourth inning, there was a little stress. It seemed like he lost some command, but made pitches when he needed to,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

“It was good to get him through that fifth inning clean. For me, he had two stressful innings in that third and fourth, and then it just didn’t make sense to send him back out there for the sixth. It was a good outing for him.

“I know there’s some at-bats he would like to have back, misfiring, but made pitches when he needed to. Sign of an ace.”

Tyler Glasnow enjoyed Gocheok Sky Dome

Some of his struggles aside, Glasnow appreciated the opportunity to make his Dodgers debut in MLB’s first regular season game in South Korea.

“It was cool. A really cool experience, super unique. I’m glad we got a win. I’m just glad it didn’t spiral out and give up a bunch of runs,” he said.

“I noticed it more the other days but the in-between chanting and music and stuff is definitely unique. I kind of like that. It’s like white noise almost. It’s a loud, cool atmosphere and you can tell everyone is locked into the game. No one is really on their phone or looking around. Everyone is really locked in. It was cool.”

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