Mike Bolsinger made his third start of the season as the Los Angeles Dodgers concluded their seven-game homestand Sunday looking for a series split with the Colorado Rockies.
Bolsinger opened the game with a strikeout and went on to retire the next two batters for a scoreless first inning. One day after managing just two hits against Jorge De La Rosa, the Dodgers nearly took an early lead.
Kyle Kendrick walked Howie Kendrick with two outs and nearly gave up a two-run home run to Adrian Gonzalez, but the slicing line drive curved just foul of the left field foul pole. Then on the 10th pitch of the at-bat Gonzalez skied one to deep center field that Drew Stubbs caught on the warning track.
Bolsinger recorded two quick outs in the second inning before walking Stubbs. The Dodger right-hander promptly ended the inning with his second strikeout of the game. Justin Turner hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the second, but was soon after caught stealing with one out and Andre Ethier at the plate.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly unsuccessfully challenged the ruling, dropping the club to 2-for-10 on replay reviews this season. Ethier wound up flying out and the game remained scoreless through two innings.
Daniel Descalso led off the third with a base hit, but he was then easily erased on a stolen base attempt. For the second time in the game, Bolsinger ended the inning on a strikeout. Alex Guerrero’s first at-bat didn’t last long as he flied out to center.
Kendrick then got a pair of ground outs and offense was at premium heading into the fourth inning. Nolan Arenado was hit by a pitch with two outs but there was no two-out rally to be had as Wilin Rosario popped up on the first pitch he saw.
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