The last time the left-hander pitched in a major-league game was on June 23, 2010. In 2 2/3 innings for the Pirates that day, he gave up six earned runs. He was left with a 6.79 ERA and sent to the minors.
Pittsburgh was his fifth major-league team in six years. His career did not look promising.
In the off-season, he signed with the Dodgers and no one really noticed. It was a flier. He was sent to triple-A Albuquerque to begin the season and stayed there for 25 starts. Then on Thursday afternoon he got his first start for the Dodgers, in -– of all places -– Pittsburgh.
The 27-year-old from Palmdale High School made perseverance pay off, holding the Pirates to one run and six hits over eight innings and leading the suddenly hot Dodgers to a 6-4 victory in a makeup game.
For the Dodgers, it marked their fourth consecutive victory and ninth in 10 games.
The Dodgers helped make it an easy return by scoring three times in the first inning against the quickly fading Pirates.