Zack Greinke was the one the Dodgers let get away (to Arizona). Like a true mercenary, Greinke chased the dollars to the desert, and many in LA were smug and satisfied when he began 2016 in the worst way possible. Greinke was shelled mercilessly early in the season, but the pitchers the Dodgers replaced him with really haven’t been doing much better.
He has since recovered (16 innings scoreless streak), and has been pitching well enough to put the fear of Greinke into a Dodgers lineup that would probably have trouble scoring against Charlie Brown.
Here’s how the happy reunion played out.
Mike Bolsinger gives up a Paul Goldschmidt home run. OF COUUUURRSE!!! 1-1
3rd inning Tie score 1-1
Corey Seager – Walk
Justin Turner – Single
Then three straight outs, with two Ks.
Bolsinger gives up another homer. 2-1
5th inning Dbacks 2-1
Corey Seager solo home run! 2-2
Bolsinger can’t hold the lead. He gave up the go-ahead run and he was gone. Dbacks 3-2
J.P. Howell in with two out and a runner on first. Job done.
8th inning Dbacks 3-2
They had one of their best chances of the night. Bases loaded on three walks with one out.
Three pitch strike out for Enrique Hernandez.
Howie Kendrick flied out to center field to end the inning.
9th inning Dbacks 3-2
Dodgers down to their last three outs, with the top of the order coming up.
Chase Utley: 4-3
Corey Seager: 6-3
Justin Turner: 1-3
Dodgers lose 3-2
Mike Bolsinger gave what Dodger fans have become accustomed to. He doesn’t get shelled, but he just can’t hold a lead. If the Dodgers give him one run, he’ll give it back. If they give him two runs, he’ll give those back. It’s like he’s a super nice pitcher who doesn’t want the other team to be behind and feel bad. To make matters worse, he’ll probabbly go out and pitch well his next time out. just so he keeps Dodgers management fooled that he’s got it figured out and now he’ll pitch good every time…honest.
The Dodgers pushed the Mercenary to 120 pitches, but they couldn’t do anything against him beyond their usual: Score in the first inning, and then pick up a solo home run later. Even their eighth inning threat wasn’t legitimate. They had bases loaded on three walks. When they needed to actually do something in order to score – they failed miserably.
On the bright side…it was nice to see Greinke again?
Mike Bolsinger (1-4) went 4 2/3 innings with 5 hits, 3 runs, 0 walks, 5 Ks, 2 HR. ERA 5.76
Doubles: Pederson, Turner, Van Slyke
Home run: Corey Seager
Team with RISP: 0 for freakin’ 11 Jeeeeeezzzzzz !!!