LOS ANGELES ---- Carlos Frias made his first appearance in a Los Angeles Dodger uniform since June 30th and manager Don Mattingly said Frias is a candidate to pitch out of the bullpen when they need multiple innings.
"We wanted to put him in against the best part [of the Pirates lineup], his stuff is really good," Mattingly said, in his second inning "he calmed down a little bit, he was better in the second." Frias allowed two hits in two scoreless innings of work, throwing 25 pitches, 18 were strikes.
Bolsinger not confident in his curveball right now
Mike Bolsinger said after the game that he has not felt his curveball has been the same since he was first sent down to Oklahoma City at the trade deadline.
"It is definitely a feel thing [about his curveball] and I don't have that right now, I have for it my fastball," Bolsinger said, "I had confidence to throw my curve ball in 3-1 counts, 3-0 counts and I knew I could get a strike but now I don't have that confidence in my off-speed."
Cole's performance no surprise to Mattingly
Don Mattingly spoke about Gerrit Cole after the game. "Cole has been pretty consistent all year long," Mattingly said, "[Cole's] stuff is really good, 97-98, he gets the ball to both sides of the plate then he can use his change up and slider and he can back door you."
Carl Crawford is the active leader in triples, he hit his 122nd in the first inning.
Jimmy Rollins now has five straight appearances without playing in the field, the longest in his career.