The Los Angeles Dodgers took the field Sunday afternoon with their magic number to clinch the National League West down to seven. After splitting the first two games of their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles turned to right-hander Mike Bolsinger to go for the series win.
After getting two quick outs in the top of the first, Bolsinger issued a walk to Andrew McCutchen and then allowed a single to Aramis Ramirez. Bolsinger managed to get out of the inning unscathed however, by striking out Neil Walker. Carl Crawford hit a leadoff triple against former No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole.
With the Dodgers on the verge of squandering the opportunity to take the lead, Andre Ethier hit a two-out RBI single with two strikes. The Dodgers’ 1-0 lead didn’t last long as the Pirates answered back in the second inning.
With Francisco Cervelli standing on second base, Cole lined a comebacker that struck Bolsinger and briefly caused him to lose track of the ball. Bolsinger’s underhanded toss to first base was wide of the bag, and so was Scott Van Slyke’s throw home as the bill skipped into the stands.
Cervelli scored on the error to tie the game, and Cole reached third base, where he was stranded. Joc Pederson ripped a one-out single inside the first base line in the bottom of half of the inning and stole second base soon after.
Alex Guerrero’s RBI gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, though Guerrero was thrown out attempting to stretch it to a double. Once again, the Pirates quickly responded. This time it was Starling Marte’s towering solo home run that went halfway up the pavilion in left field and tied the game at 2-2 midway through three innings.
Corey Seager hit a two-out double in the bottom of the third, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Cole from throwing a scoreless inning. Bolsinger once more fell susceptible the long ball in the fourth, with Pedro Alvarez’s solo home run giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
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