Dream matchup forgettable for best buddies

Neither Anderson nor Bolsinger makes it out of third inning

Dream matchup forgettable for best buddies

LOS ANGELES -- They were groomsmen in each other's weddings, but Chase Anderson and Mike Bolsinger won't be raising a glass to the memory of this night any time soon.

Boyhood friends who went on to become college rivals, big league teammates and now rivals again, they started a game opposite each other for the first time Saturday night at Dodger Stadium and produced a result that would have been forgettable were it not so remarkably odd. Neither made it out of the third inning of a 10-6 win for Bolsinger's Dodgers over Anderson's Brewers in which each starter threw precisely 73 pitches, 44 strikes.

"That's funny," Anderson said.

He was not laughing, however.

Neither was Bolsinger.

"I texted him when I came in here [to the clubhouse]. I said 'Wow, that really didn't go the way we wanted it to,'" Bolsinger said.

Bolsinger was charged with five earned runs on nine hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings, and drew a visit from the athletic trainer in the second inning while battling cramping. Anderson was charged with seven earned runs on six hits (including a pair of home runs) and three walks in 2 1/3 innings, his worst start of the season in terms of innings and runs.

"It's frustrating," Anderson said. "I wasn't able to make pitches when I needed to make pitches. And then when I made a [quality] pitch, it found a hole or something like that. It just wasn't my night."

After holding the Reds, Phillies and A's to two earned runs over 17 1/3 innings from May 28-June 8, Anderson has been charged with 11 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last two outings against the Giants and Dodgers.

Bolsinger, meanwhile, has surrendered 14 earned runs over 12 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

"My pitches aren't doing what I want them to do right now," Bolsinger said. "It's tough. I'm not going to sit here and make excuses anymore. Just got to figure it out."

Bolsinger was touched up first on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI double in the top of the first inning, and exited the game with two outs in the third trailing, 5-2. But Anderson suffered the worst of it, charged with five of LA's six runs in the fourth inning despite exiting the frame with only one out.

By the time that inning was over, the teams had completed three innings in 99 minutes, combined for 13 runs on 18 hits, and scored in every half inning.

"I felt after the first inning that it was going to take a lot of runs tonight," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who later added, "You don't expect runs like this at Dodger Stadium, generally. Tonight, it was just an off night for both starting pitchers."

Despite the result, and the fact Anderson singled and scored in the second inning, "it was fun seeing him out there," Bolsinger said.

Anderson's single off Bolsinger

Anderson tried not to notice.

"I kind of treated it like anybody else," said Anderson. "We're really good friends, but when we're out on the field, we're trying to beat him. I'm sure he feels the same way about us."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.