Mike Bolsinger made his third start for the Los Angeles Dodgers, second consecutive, tossing six scoreless innings on Sunday, picking up a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rockies, at Dodger stadium. Outside of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, Bolsinger is just the seventh Dodgers’ starter in 21 starts this season to finish six innings of work.
“Guys come in and have opportunities, and this is an opportunity for him,” manager Don Mattingly said of Bolsinger. “He’s pitched good three times now and all the games have been really similar.”
It was a pitchers’ duel between Bolsinger and his counterpart, Rockies’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who entered the game with a 7.65 ERA in 2015. Kendrick lost his fifth consecutive decision on Sunday, despite allowing just one run over seven innings.
The Dodgers were the team to take advantage of the very minimal scoring opportunities; finishing 1-for-3 with RISP to the Rockies 0-for-2 with RISP. It was Yasmani Grandal, who was batting .447 in the month of May, when he stepped into the batter’s box in the fourth inning with runners on first and second. He ripped a single through second baseman Rafael Ynoa in shallow right field, beating the Rockies shift and giving Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.
Grandal is now batting .450 in May (18-for-40), with three doubles, three home runs and has 15 RBIs in 13 games.
That’s all the support Bolsinger would need. The right-hander made 85 pitches in his six shutout innings, allowing just three hits, two walks, and finished with six strikeouts. The biggest spot of the game for Bolsinger came in the fifth inning with runners on the corners and two outs. He went to strikeout consecutive batters Kendrick and Charlie Blackmon, respectively. Bolsinger is now 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in 2015.
“If you pitch well you’re going to put yourself in a good position,” Bolsinger said. “I want to leave a good impression, and I hope I did. Again, if you pitch well, good things happen.”
The Dodgers 1-0 lead was in good hands following Bolsinger’s departure, getting scoreless innings from Yimi Garcia and Chris Hatcher out of the bullpen, before the highly anticipated return of Kenley Jansen into the closers role. Jansen blanked the heart of the Rockies lineup with a perfect ninth inning and struck out the final batter to record his first save of his 2015 campaign.
“It’s good to have that, you have that rock towards the end,” Mattingly said. “If you get a lead, you feel like you’re going to win it.”
Los Angeles picked up their fifth shutout of the season, and will now travel to San Francisco to take on the Giants for a three-game series starting on Tuesday.
WP: Mike Bolsinger (2-0, 1.04)
LP: Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 6.70)
SV: Kenley Jansen (1)