With the flurry of trade rumors that involved the Los Angeles Dodgers throughout Wednesday, it became easy to forget their was still a game to be played against the Oakland Athletics. Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start due to hip soreness and replaced by Mike Bolsinger.
Billy Burns reached on an infield single to open the game, but was erased on a 4-6-3 double play. Josh Reddick hit a ground-rule double down the left field line and stole third base soon after. Stephen Vogt kept the inning alive by working a walk, though nothing came of it as Brett Lawrie popped out. Bolsinger did need 24 pitches to get out of the inning, however.
Howie Kendrick hit a one-out single in the bottom of the first, which was followed by Jesse Chavez walking Adrian Gonzalez. Kendrick stole third base with two outs and scored on Andre Ethier’s RBI single that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Bolsinger struck out a pair and worked around a two-out walk in the second inning to preserve the Dodgers’ early lead. Batting seventh didn’t come with much change for Joc Pederson, who was called out on strikes to lead off the bottom of the second. After getting Alex Guerrero to ground out, Chavez ended the inning by striking out Bolsinger.
Reddick added to his night with a two-out base hit in the third before Bolsinger managed to get through another scoreless inning. Jimmy Rollins flied to the warning track in right field in his first at-bat, and hit a triple down the right field in his second at-bat, which led off the bottom of the third.
Chavez worked his way out of trouble by striking out Kendrick, getting Gonzalez to pop out on the first pitch, and Yasmani Grandal to ground out. Lawrie dropped a bloop double in right field, just out of Yasiel Puig’s diving reach.
Rollins momentarily prevented the A’s from tying the game by making a diving stop on a grounder in the hole to limit Marcus Semien to an infield single that put runners on the corners. Sam Fuld dropped down a beauty of an RBI bunt single to tie the game at 1-1.
CONTINUE READING: A wild seventh inning changed the game. Twice.