The Los Angeles Dodgers began the final series of their 10-game road trip by taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night. Heading into play Monday, the Dodgers were 4-3 in their previous seven games, which included the team helping Zack Greinke end his nine-game winless streak in their victory over the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon.
Mike Bolsinger took the mound for the Dodgers for his 11th start of the year and first time pitching against his former team at Chase Field. By the time he threw his first pitch in the bottom half of the first, he was spotted an early 1-0 lead. However, the Dodgers kicked themselves knowing they could’ve had more with Diamondbacks starter Allen Webster battling control issues.
Webster issued walks to both Joc Pederson and Howie Kendrick on his first eight pitches of the game, then hit Justin Turner to load the bases with no outs. Adrian Gonzalez missed an opportunity to blow the game open early as he grounded into a double play that scored the lone run of the inning.
As for Bolsinger’s first inning, David Peralta reached base on a one-out bunt single but was caught stealing just as Paul Goldschmidt struck out. It was a less eventful second at-bat for the Dodgers. Only Yasmani Grandal reached base and did so by drawing a walk. Not much came to pass by the time Bolsinger grounded out to end the inning.
Similarly, the Diamondbacks just had Welington Castillo reach on a two-out single. Bolsinger ended the inning inning one batter later. The Dodgers had a shot at adding to their lead with runners on first and third and two outs in the third inning.
Yasiel Puig hit a high chopper in front of the mound that Webster fielded and decided against throwing to first base. Turner was caught too far down the line on Webster’s hesitation and he ran the Dodgers out of the inning. Nick Ahmed reached on an infield single to leadoff the bottom of the third and quickly moved into scoring position by stealing second base.
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