Recap: Offense Struggles, Bullpen Blows Lead In Extra-Inning Loss

Alex Guerrero

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Trying to avoid being swept, the Los Angeles Dodgers called up right-hander Mike Bolsinger Thursday afternoon to make a spot start in the series finale against the San Francisco Giants. The Giants countered with veteran right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. Alex Guerrero got the start at third base for the Dodgers, one day after his pinch-hit, two-run homer off of Madison Bumgarner.

The first pitch of the game was a fastball from Vogelsong that hit Dodgers shortstop Justin Turner on the hip. Yasiel Puig then hit one to deep right, but it was caught on the warning track. Vogelsong then struck out Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick to end the inning.

After getting a groundout to start the game, Bolsinger gave up a single to Joe Panik. He then got two fly outs to end the first.

Guerrero continued to swing a hot bat, as he took Vogelsong to deep center in the top of the second to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Bolsinger then retired the Giants in order to complete the second.

With two outs in the top of the third, Gonzalez launched a solo homer to straight away center. Bolsinger then continued to cruise, as the only base runner to reach base in the bottom of the third was on an error by Turner, but was quickly erased attempting to steal second. Bolsinger also struck out two in the inning, and the Dodgers led 2-0 after three.

Vogelsong and Bolsinger both continued to cruise in the fourth and fifth, as neither of them allowed a run. The only hit came off the bat of Buster Posey with two outs in the fourth, but the Giants could not advance him past first.

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