MLB draft day doesn’t get anywhere close to the coverage the other major sports draft days get, as it takes place in June while MLB team’s continue to compete regularly, but don’t let that downplay the importance of it. Monday’s draft allowed many to relish, and others to reflect back on this moment that changes lives forever.
On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks began a three-game series at Dodger stadium, featuring a pitching matchup between Dodgers starter’ Mike Bolsinger (2010; 15th round pick of the D-backs) and Arizona’s Rubby De La Rosa, who both started their careers against the team in the opposing dugout. Bolsinger would get the better of his former team, tossing seven strong innings as Los Angeles ran away with a 9-3 victory.
The Dodgers got off to fast start and took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Howie Kendrick’s (2002; 10th round pick of the Angels) RBI-single, which was the third consecutive hit off De La Rosa with one out. Bolsinger found a bit of trouble in the top half of the fourth inning, facing power threat Yasmany Tomas, with two on and one out. He’d escape the threat after getting Tomas to ground into what is known as a pitcher’s best friend, the double play.
Los Angeles broke open the game in the bottom half of the inning with a five-run fourth. Alex Guerrero and Andre Ethier (2003; 2nd round pick of the Athletics) got it started with back-to-back RBI-singles to take a 3-0 lead. Following Ethier, Jimmy Rollins (1996; 2nd round pick of the Phillies), launched a three-run home run that put Los Angeles ahead 6-0. De La Rosa struggled to get ahead of Dodgers hitters’ all night.
On the other hand, Bolsinger’s breaking ball was in full effect against Arizona’s lineup. He made it thru seven innings, allowing just two runs on A.J. Pollock’s two-run double in the sixth inning, and finished his night with eight strikeouts. De La Rosa’s night ended after five innings, allowing nine runs on 10 hits, after Ethier’s three-run homer in fifth inning put Los Angeles in front 9-0 and was the 14th home run he’s allowed this season.
The Dodgers finished 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left just two runners stranded.
Arizona’s last run came in the ninth inning when Josh Ravin (2006; 5th round pick of the Reds) gave up an RBI-single to Jake Lamb. Los Angeles will give the ball to Carlos Frias on Tuesday, who’s seeking his fifth win of the season.
WP: Mike Bolsinger (4-1, 2.08)
LP: Rubby De La Rosa (4-3, 5.84)
News & Notes;
- Dodgers 3B Justin Turner was removed the game on Monday after fouling a pitch off his knee.
- Dodgers four draft picks from the first day of Monday’s MLB draft; (24th overall) RHP Walker Buehler, Vanderbilt; (35th overall) RHP Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville; (67th overall) OF Mitch Hansen, Plano TX HS; (74th overall) RHP Josh Sborz, Virginia.