Mike Bolsinger, Joc Pederson carry the load for Dodgers

first_imgWe know plenty about Pederson, of course. But Bolsinger has now caught the rapt attention of a few more with a near-perfect performance.Bolsinger entered the game with a 2-0 record and 1.04 earned-run average, and promptly gave up a leadoff single to Yangervis Solarte in the first inning.And nothing else.Solarte was erased on a double play and Bolsinger retired the final 23 batters he faced, striking out a career-high eight on 92 pitches.His ERA now looks like a soccer goalkeeper’s at 0.71. It might have been too much to ask of Mike Bolsinger to have three big-time starts under his belt.Then the guy had to go out and be nearly flawless.Bolsinger pitched eight shutout innings to continue his surprising uprising and Joc Pederson hit his 12th home run of the season as the Dodgers scored a 2-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.• Photos: Bolsinger, Pederson lead Dodgers past Padres Bolsinger (3-0) had not gone beyond six innings this season, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t appear to hesitate to send him out for the eighth.His stuff was still there and maddening to the Padres. Justin Upton took a called third strike and was still arguing a batter later and got himself ejected.All that was left for Bolsinger was the ninth, but Kenley Jansen took care of that with a perfect inning for his third save.“I wanted it, but there will be another time, another situation for that,” Bolsinger said of a complete game. “We’ll see what happens.”Not bad for someone who came to the Dodgers with a career record of 1-6, compiled with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.The difference?“I don’t know,” he said. “Something just clicked in my head and people ask me how I’m feeling and I’m just locked in.”Bolsinger has allowed two runs or fewer in his four starts with the Dodgers, and he was working with a different catcher this time. A.J. Ellis took the place of Yasmani Grandal, who was placed on the disabled list earlier in the day.“It’s just so easy to pitch to these guys,” Bolsinger said. “They talk amongst each other, figure all the pitchers here. There’s a lot of different pitchers and a lot of different characteristics but they do a good job.”Ellis said that Bolsinger’s ability to keep an even keep an even keel might be just as important as his curve ball.“No matter what level you’re at or what league you’re in when you you catch a hitter between speeds, it’s a day to swing the bat,” Ellis said. “It was my first time working with Mike and I really didn’t know what to expect. “Since he’s gotten here, you just let him be himself. He’s got a great demeanor, great mound presence. He never gets too up, never gets too down.”The Dodgers did just enough in support of Bolsinger.Pederson was a big part of the act. He led off the first with a home run for the third time this season, tying the franchise record for rookies. It was the second time in two nights Pederson beat the Padres with a home run.That shot off Ian Kennedy (2-4) was all the Dodgers could get themselves for awhile.But with two outs in the sixth, Adrian Gonzalez lashed a single to left field. and Justin Turner then doubled up the alley in left-center, bringing Gonzalez around to make it 2-0.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img