About 19 hours earlier,
Frias, the other half, did not pitch a scoreless first inning , or second, or third on Sunday in an 11-3 loss to the
"It wasn't my best day today," Frias said.
For now, the Dodgers are living through the booms and the busts that come with two starters the team hadn't planned on using.
Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations, has said he is searching for starting pitching, but he indicated a move is not coming immediately. That means more Bolsinger and Frias for the time being.
Often, that has been enough, but on Sunday it represented a new low for the Dodgers, in several ways. Frias tied a dubious record: most runs yielded by a Dodgers pitcher since the team moved to Los Angeles.
The Dodgers had scored just five runs in the week preceding Sunday's game. Upton drove in six in the first two innings Sunday.
The eight-run loss was the Dodgers' most lopsided of the season. Yet they remain in first place, two games ahead of San Francisco in the
"We can't make decision based on — that can happen to anybody," Mattingly said.
Frias, he said, just could not recover from the disastrous start. Hitters were not fooled. His command was off. Each pitch became an invitation.
Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt visited the mound in the first inning, and Mattingly visited in the second, but they decided to allow Frias to clean up his mess.
After the game, Frias appeared frustrated but unfazed.
"That's part of the game," Frias said. "That happens to anyone. So I'm just going to get ready for my next opportunity."
The weekend's contrasting starts were typical of the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation. With Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu out for the season, the Dodgers have had to scramble.
There have been forgettable outings from
After the game, Vin Scully recounted the story of Burleigh "Ol' Stubblebeard" Grimes, who pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers for nine years from 1918-26. Grimes had a bad habit of throwing 10-run games — nine in a 19-year career. Yet he ended up in the Hall of Fame.
So with a few more outings like Sunday's, Scully reasoned, Frias could be headed for Cooperstown.