A year ago,
A year ago, that would not have been Bolsinger’s best start, but it certainly would not have been his worst while he was with the
But on Friday, that stat line was an aberration in an otherwise stellar start. Bolsinger entered the matchup with a 4-1 record and 2.25 ERA. The result was his worst run total on the entire year and his first loss since May 29.
And it all came from one fatal mistake in the third. After cruising through the first two innings, Bolsinger alternated two singles with a strikeout and lineout. Facing the
Instead, Pagan fought through a seven-pitch at-bat and drew a walk on a curveball, one of Bolsinger's go-to pitches.
"Pagan gets away, that's the kind of guy you really don't want to let get away," Manager Don Mattingly said. "You really don't want to get to Buster. Always trouble. It's not a spot you want to be in."
Posey stepped to the plate and punished Bolsinger for that mistake, driving another curveball deep into the
"I think I just got a little too lazy on that curveball and basically kind of just served it up to him," Bolsinger said. "Maybe I could have thrown another pitch to him, but I wanted to go to my strength. I just kind of left it up."
Bolsinger bounced back the next inning to strike out the side, but with an offense that had averaged 2.92 runs per game over the two weeks prior, the damage was already done.
The right-hander still has some of the best stats in the
"I see a lot of similarities from this outing to the last outing in San Diego," Bolsinger said. "You know, just cruising along, really didn't get hit this outing. I get put in the perfect situation, two outs, man on first and second, and I work my way to bases loaded. The good thing is it's self-inflicted things, and I think it's things that you can learn from."
Specifically, Bolsinger said he needs to simplify his approach and not over-complicate his pitches against batters like Pagan, whom he said he normally feels comfortable facing.