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Mike Bolsinger, Dodgers try to snap skid vs. Diamondbacks

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The Dodgers try to snap a two-game losing skid on Saturday evening with the middle game of their series against the Diamondbacks. Getting the start is Mike Bolsinger, looking for his first pearl at his old home park.

In five career games, including four starts at Chase Field, the former Diamondbacks pitcher has 21 strikeouts against just three walks in 26 innings, and a 3.46 ERA. But he is 0-1 in those games.

Bolsinger seemed on his way to a victory in Arizona on June 29, with four scoreless innings and four strikeouts, with just three hits allowed, only 48 pitches thrown and a 4-0 lead. But Bolsinger that night was suffering the after effects of some bad oysters and had to depart early. The rest of the game was hard to stomach for the Dodgers, as six relievers combined to allow 10 runs in four innings in a loss.

Manager Don Mattingly said on Wednesday one of the reasons Bolsinger was slotted back into the rotation this weekend was for him to start against his old team, and with good reason. In addition to the four scoreless innings, Bolsinger beat the Diamondbacks on June 8 in Los Angeles by allowing two runs in seven innings, with eight strikeouts.

Bolsinger has also limited Paul Goldschmidt to 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts, which should be good for at least a medal, if not a blue ribbon or some similar accoutrement.

Goldschmidt is having another Paul Goldschmidt season, which is to say he is one of the very best players in baseball. The first baseman is hitting .317/.431/.553 with 28 home runs, 30 doubles and 103 walks. He is second in the National League with 99 RBI, third in on-base percentage, OPS, OPS+ (165), wOBA (.410), wRC+ (158) and walks, fifth in slugging percentage and batting average, and sixth in home runs.

Against the Dodgers Goldschmidt is a career .336/.399/.601 hitter, and this season he has been even better against them, hitting .400/.455/.780 (20-for-50) with five home runs, four doubles, four walks and 15 RBI in 13 games.

The Dodgers will try to counter Goldschmidt with some offense of their own, and might have the right person on the mound against whom to attack in old friend Rubby De La Rosa.

The Dodgers have won all three games this season started by De La Rosa against them, hanging a 9.19 ERA on him with five home runs in 15⅔ innings. Opposing Dodgers batters are hitting .288/.336/.561 against the right-hander in 2015.

Game info

Time: 5:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA