When the Los Angeles Dodgers were still searching for options to fill the void left in the rotation by Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury, Mike Bolsinger auditioned April 23, making his Dodgers debut against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
The 27-year-old right-hander allowed one run on five hits and had five strikeouts in 5.2 innings. He certainly pitched well enough to earn a win, but walked away with a no-decision in a game the Dodgers lost by one run. Bolsinger got a second look at the Giants Friday night, though this time didn’t fare nearly as well.
The Giants had their leadoff man reach in each of the first three innings and it finally caught up to Bolsinger in the third. After Angel Pagan drew a two-out walk to the load the bases, Buster Posey hit a grand slam to the Dodgers’ bullpen, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead.
“I think I got a little too lazy on that curveball and I basically just served it up there to him,” Bolsinger said of his pitch to Posey that the Dodgers never quite recovered from. “Maybe I could have have thrown another pitch, but I wanted to go to my strength and I just kind of left it up.”
Bolsinger collected six strikeouts, including striking out the side in the fourth, and finished the night charged with five runs in 5.1 innings. He compared the outing to his start against the San Diego Padres June 14 and found reason for optimism.
“I see a lot of similarities from this outing with the last outing in San Diego,” he said. “Kind of cruising along and really didn’t get hit this outing. The good thing is it’s self inflicting things, and I think it’s things you can learn from.”
The home loss prevented Bolsinger from becoming the first pitcher since Chris Capuano in May 2012 to win their first five starts at Dodger Stadium. He’s now 4-2 on the season with a 2.87 ERA, 3.44 xFIP and 1.20 WHIP.