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As Dodger bats shout, Mike Bolsinger quietly stakes his claim

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By Jon Weisman

A funny thing happened in between Giancarlo Stanton flying one to the moon and the Dodgers playing among their stars.

Mike Bolsinger appears to have grabbed the No. 5 slot in the Dodger starting rotation.

Despite allowing the sixth homer out of Dodger Stadium in the ballpark’s 54-season history, Bolsinger surrendered but one run over 5 2/3 innings for the second time this season, scattering four Miami singles that together didn’t add up to the 478 feet of Stanton’s blastmatic blast.

By keeping the Marlins’ offense in park after Stanton’s homer long enough for the Dodgers to rev up a season-high 21 hits and an 11-1 lead through eight innings, Bolsinger maintained his 1.59 ERA, hours after manager Don Mattingly indicated in his pregame chat that the Dodgers were moving past shuffle time with the back of their starting rotation.

Together in four starts this season, Bolsinger and Carlos Frias are averaging six innings per outing, with a 1.88 ERA and 7.1 K/9. Frias faces Miami in Wednesday’s 4:50 p.m. series finale.


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1 Comment

  1. oldbrooklynfan

    That was a spectacular outing by Bolsinger.

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