The Freeway Series shifted to Anaheim and saw the return of Mike Bolsinger to the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts was hoping to get 5 or 6 innings out of Bolsinger, and give the rest of the Dodgers’ starters an extra day off.
Too bad Roberts didn’t wish for some run support too.
Mike Trout hit a “Welcome to Anaheim” home run. 1-0
2nd inning Angels 1-0
Bolsinger gave up that dinger to Trout last inning, and he got into in a jam here as well, with two on. Luckily, no one scored.
4th inning Angels 1-0
Justin Turner walked.
Corey Seager doubled, but JT did not score. For some reason Turner hit the brakes and stumbled on the way home. He stayed at third.
On Howie Kendrick‘s bouncer to third Turner ran into a stupid out. He never looked behind to see Escobar had stopped the ball at third. He ran home and was thrown out by a mile.
Joc Pederson base hit to score Kendrick. 1-1
Yasiel Puig put a scare in us by showing some soreness in his arm after a throw. It seems he bounced off the turf hard while making a diving catch. There was a time out, but everyone eventually went back to playing.
5th inning Tie score 1-1
Puig batted, and of course made a first-pitch out, but he also showed some shoulder or neck pain when he returned to the dugout. Hmmm…
Bolsinger went as far as one out and two on. He was pulled when Albert Pujols came up.
Louis Coleman came in and quickly walked Pujols to load the bases.
Infield single scored a run. 2-1.
Another infield hit that Howie Kendrick bobbled, scored another run. 3-1.
Bases still loaded. Still only one out.
A pop fly double to left scored two more. 5-1.
One more in made it half a dozen for the halos.
In the inning 9 men came to the plate and 5 scored.
6th inning Angels 6-1
Add two more runs.
7th inning Angels 8-1
Three singles in a row got the Dodgers bases loaded with no out.
Enrique Hernandez came in to pinch hit for Chase Utley. Unknown why Roberts batted for him. Nothing happened, and the Dodgers ended the inning quietly.
The Dodgers spent the rest of the game like a wounded animal in the bushes – occasionally thrashing about, but obviously finished.
The return of Mike Bolsinger was not unpleasant. He kept the team close for four innings and who knows if the fifth inning would have been as horrible if he had been allowed to continue.
Despite my advice too the contrary, Roberts kept the dull knife that Justin Turner has become in the second batting spot. He went 0 for 3 with a walk. Even more laughable, he made Carl Crawford the DH. He did manage to go 2 for 4 with 2 singles. There was no signof Adrian Gonzalez, so we’ll all be on Gonzo watch tomorrow, for the final of the four game series. The Dodgers will be hoping for a split.
Mike Bolsinger (0-1) went 4 1/3 innings with 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 2 Ks, 1 home run ERA 6.23 Yikes!
Doubles: Seager, Utley, Pederson
Team with RISP: 2 for 9 The usual.