Tonight was the third of a four game series against the Cubs, pitting Mike (Trampoline) Bolsinger against Jon Lester. Wih Yasiel Puig , Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez sitting the game out, Bolsinger got the B Squad to back him up.
In other things to watch for, the start for Carl Crawford gave him a golden opportunity to score the one-thousandth run of his career.
The action began right off with the first batter of the game.
Kike batting lead off, HOME RUN! Dodgers up 1-0
2nd inning Dodgers 1-0
Lester struck out the side with the help of a generous strike zone. Carl Crawford helped by swinging wildly at everything.
3rd inning Dodgers 1-0
Chris Bryant got a home cookin’ curve ball from Bolsinger, and he took him out and over the ivy for a two-run home run to give the Cubs the lead. 2-1
5th inning Cubs 2-1
Bolsinger settled down after that shaky third inning, with a little help this time from the ump’s high and slightly wide strike zone.
6th inning Cubs 2-1
Bolsinger done. Pedro Baez in.
1,2, 3 inning for Baez. He also pitched a 1,2,3 inning in the 7th.
8th inning Cubs 2-1
A whole lotta nothing since the first inning. If Kike did not catch that lightning in the bottle back in the first inning, Lester would be closing in on a shutout.
Casey Fien in. He’s been very good up to this point. This time he allowed his first base runner (after facing nine batters as a Dodger), but he still struck out the side.
9th inning Cubs 2-1
Lester in to complete the game. He did. Lester retired 14 Dodgers in a row for his first complete game of the year.
Dodgers Lose 2-1
Mike Bolsinger only gave up two hits and pitched well enough to win. Unfortunately, the offense did not hit well enough to win. Lester pitched well for the Cubs, but the Dodgers’ lineup looked anemic on paper before the game, and they played that way in reality. Just as I feared, Justin Turner inexplicably returned to the top third of the lineup, and he was a big hole every time the top batters came up.
On the bright side, Pedro Baez showed confidence and a return to form on the mound tonight. He pitched at a reasonable pace, and definitely brought the speed with his high heater. He sat six in a row, and I’ll be in his corner the next time he pitches.
Tomorrow is a Chicago day game, which makes it an LA morning game. BTW, kid phenom Julio Urias will take the mound for the Dodgers. He’ll be wearing Boomer’s number.
Mike Bolsinger (1-2) went 5 innings with 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 6 Ks and 1 home run. ERA 4.20
Home run: Kike Hernandez
Double: Trayce Thompson
Team with RISP: 0 for 2