Mike Bolsinger allowed one run in two innings against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — I’m not sure what the narrative is here.
I have that thought a lot during spring training. Sometimes there isn’t a narrative yet, and that’s OK. It’s March 7.
Here we have Mike Bolsinger and Yasmani Grandal. Bolsinger had a 1-2-3 first inning against the Cleveland Indians in his Dodgers debut on Saturday. He coughed up a single, a wild pitch and an RBI single in the second inning. Then his day was over; he didn’t throw any more pitches in the bullpen.
Grandal came out to talk to Bolsinger at one point in the second inning. The catcher then did something Matt Kemp did a lot: He hit an opposite-field home run off a right-handed pitcher. It isn’t Grandal’s job to make Dodger fans forget about Kemp, necessarily, even though they were traded for each other. It is his job to make fans forget that he blew his knee out in 2013 and didn’t really recover until late in 2014 — perhaps not until he started playing Winter ball.
It’s also his job to instill confidence in the Dodgers’ pitching staff, and Grandal seemed to do that Saturday. Here’s what they had to say after the game (the box score is here):
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers announced their lineup for Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians at Maryvale:
Jimmy Rollins SS
Carl Crawford LF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Yasmani Grandal C
Howie Kendrick 2B
Andre Ethier DH
Juan Uribe 3B
Scott Schebler RF
Darnell Sweeney CF
(Mike Bolsinger RHP)
Reserves: Corey Seager, Buck Britton, Chris O’Brien, Shawn Zarraga, Erisbel Arruebarrena, O’Koyea Dickson, Matt Carson, Alex Guerrero, Kyle Jensen, Austin Barnes.
Chad Gaudin is the only relief pitcher listed on the sheet posted in the clubhouse, so count on several minor-league pitchers joining the big-league club on the bus. Manager Don Mattingly said that Gaudin will pitch two innings.
Jose Ramirez SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Michael Brantley LF
Carlos Santana 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Yan Gomes C
David Murphy RF
Jerry Sands DH
Tyler Naquin CF
Cory Kluber RHP
Zach Lee will make his Cactus League debut Friday against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch. (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Right-hander Zach Lee will make his Cactus League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale, while left-hander David Huff will start the Dodgers’ other split-squad game at home against the Seattle Mariners, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday.
Both games begin at noon Pacific Time.
Uber-prospect Julio Urias is scheduled to pitch in relief of Huff at Camelback Ranch, though Mattingly said Wednesday “that could be changed.” Mattingly will manage the game at Camelback Ranch.
Mattingly said tentatively that Brandon McCarthy will start Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear.
For now, the Dodgers starters will get only “four innings, a couple at-bats.” So if you’re coming to any of these games and want to watch someone whose name you’ll recognize, arrive early.
Clayton Kershaw allowed his first run of the spring but overall appeared to be in opening-day form, while the Dodgers’ bullpen struggled in a loss before 3,101 at Goodyear Ballpark. [box score]
Kershaw allowed three hits, walked two and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings in his third spring start. He exited just shy of 80 pitches, which was his limit; Dodgers manager Don Mattingly mistakenly said Kershaw would be limited to 90 earlier Monday.
Javy Guerra entered an immediately served up a long home run to Carlos Santana, the former Dodgers prospect. Kenley Jansen threw a scoreless seventh inning, but Scott Elbert allowed two runs (on two singles and a walk) in the eighth inning.
That proved to be the difference, as the Dodgers’ two-run, ninth inning rally fell short. Justin Sellers went 3-for-4 and five others collected one hit apiece. Some notable 0-fers: Jerry Hairston (0-3), Juan Rivera (0-3) and James Loney (0-2, walk).
A few more notes: