J.B. Shuck

For Walker Buehler, a solid start

For Walker Buehler, a solid start

Did you hear him?

The first major league start for the Dodgers’ ace of the future filled Chavez Ravine with a concerto of leather.

Walker Buehler landed his fastballs in catcher Yasmani Grandal’s black glove Monday night with such a distinct sound, the kid could have been directing the Los Angeles Pops!

There were loud pops at 98 mph, louder pops at 99 mph, and even one fortissimo pop at 100 mph.

There was noise when he induced J.B. Shuck into a foul tip to survive a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, noise when he followed with a stretch of four strikeouts in five batters, noise for five innings from everywhere but the Miami Marlins bats.

Did you hear...