Mired in a two-game losing streak and ongoing collective slump at the plate, the Los Angeles Dodgers took the field Wednesday with a lineup they’d yet to use at any other point this season. It again changed moments before first pitch as Yasiel Puig was a late scratch. Alex Guerrero was inserted into the lineup and Andre Ethier shifted from left to right field.
Kiké Hernandez opened the game with a soft liner that Kyle Hendricks reached down to his left to snag for the first out. Joc Pederson then struck out looking and Justin Turner lined out. Mike Bolisnger struck out the first two batters faced in the bottom of the first and completed the scoreless inning by getting Anthony Rizzo to to pop out.
Adrian Gonzalez led off the second inning with a solo home run to left-center field, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Bolsinger collected his third strikeout of the game in the bottom of the second and worked around a one-out Starlin Castro infield single to keep the Dodgers in the lead.
Bolsinged lined a one-out double to center that sailed over Matt Szczur’s head in center field. It wound up leading to trouble for Hendricks, who later issued a two-out walk to Pederson. Justin Turner padded the Dodgers’ lead with a three-run home run, his fifth homer in June, which is the most home runs he’s hit in one month over his career.
Addison Russell hit a one-out single in the bottom of the third, but was soon after erased on a force out at second base. With the Dodgers overloading the right side of the infield, Rizzo attempted to drop a bunt down on the first pitch he saw but fouled it off.
Four pitches later Bolsinger had his fifth strikeout of the game and another scoreless inning in the books.
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