After losing three of four to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to National League West play by beginning a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.
Facing his former team for the first time, Mike Bolsinger breezed through the first inning. Justin Turner helped his pitcher out by making a nice play on Ender Inciarte’s bunt attempt for the first out. Then Bolsinger retired the next two batters, needing just eight pitches to throw a scoreless frame.
Former Dodger Rubby De La Rosa started the game for the Diamondbacks. Joc Pederson, leading off, flew out, but Turner kick-started the Dodgers offense with a single up the middle. Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick followed with two more base hits and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. De La Rosa recovered by getting Yasmani Grandal to fly out and striking out Alex Guerrero.
Other than a ball hit by Yasmany Tomas that caromed off of Bolsinger’s leg and was recovered by Howie Kendrick, the top of the second went by quickly and quietly. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, De La Rosa had a similar effort in the bottom half of the inning.
The third was quiet for both teams, but the Dodgers lineup turned over in hopes of putting up another run. With one out, Turner fouled a ball off of his knee, which had him on the floor for an extended period of time. The third baseman stayed in the game, but he hit a fly ball to center for an out and the Dodgers failed to score.
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