LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has a lot to worry about lately.
Ricky Nolasco? He’s at the bottom of the list.
Nolasco had his worst outing since he was traded to the Dodgers in early July, lasting 1 ⅓ innings Saturday night before he was lifted in the 19-3 victory by the San Francisco Giants, the most runs ever scored in the 51-year history of Dodger Stadium.
Nolasco, who had surrendered a combined five earned runs in his previous five starts, was pegged for five against the Giants.
“If he was a younger kid or something, I’d be worried about him a little more,” Mattingly said of Nolasco. "But he’s been around long enough to suck one of these up and know next time out’s a totally different thing.”
Before allowing the first seven San Francisco batters to reach base safely, Nolasco said he felt great warming up.
“That’s the funny thing about this game,” he said.
He managed to limit the Giants to three runs in the first inning, but the wheels came off again in the second. With one out, five more batters reach base consecutively before Mattingly had seen enough. Five relievers combined to finish out the game, combining for 12 earned runs along the way.
“For the most part, you want to go out there and not bury the pen like that,” Nolasco said. “I’m pretty reliable, at least going out there and throwing five or six [innings] or so, but this wasn’t my day, it wasn’t the team’s day at all from the get go.”
From his perspective, Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz also thought Nolasco had decent stuff.
“They didn’t hit the ball very hard, just a couple balls that kind of dropped in between a couple of our guys,” he said. “He made some quality pitches. He just didn’t get paid back for it.”
Of more pressing concern for Mattingly is the team’s overall health. Matt Kemp is trying to return from an ankle injury, Hanley Ramirez left Thursday’s game with an irritated nerve in his back and Andre Ethier departed Friday’s game with a sore left ankle.
On Saturday, left fielder Carl Crawford was pulled in the third inning because of stiffness in his back, and center fielder Yasiel Puig left in the sixth after he was hit by a pitch, though Mattingly said Puig’s departure was more related to the score at the time.
“Hopefully we have some miraculous recoveries overnight,” Mattingly said.