Dodgers 3, Braves 1: Mike Bolsinger, stopper

When your team is on a 2-game losing streak, who else would you turn to but Mike Bolsinger? He gave the Dodgers seven innings of 1-run ball, and the offense produced just enough for a 3-1 Dodgers win on Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta.

After two short outings in the previous two games, Bolsinger stepped up and had his longest outing since June 8 (also seven innings). He allowed three hits, one unearned run, issued one walk and struck out four.

There’s no way anyone — including the nerds in the front office or the nerds on the Internet — could have predicted or expected this kind of performance from a guy acquired for #CashConsiderations.

Yasmani Grandal and Alberto Callaspo were the only Dodgers to get multiple hits, and both factored into the scoring. Grandal scored a run after doubling in the fifth, and Callaspo is the one who drove him in. Jimmy Rollins had an RBI double and Joc Pederson and RBI single to account for the Dodgers’ offense.

Julio Teheran was really good today for the Braves — 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K — but minimal run support and one bad inning were his undoing. The Dodgers were also able to draw two more walks off the Braves’ bullpen.

Howie Kendrick had a day on defense with two diving plays and seven infield assists.

Juan Nicasio pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Kenley Jansen, despite a little hiccup, pitched a scoreless ninth for his 17th save of the season.

Next, the Dodgers (54-42) travel to New York to take on the Mets. Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 2.68 ERA) opposes Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.86). First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Pacific time.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.