CHICAGO — Pitching only 8 miles from where he grew up, Mike Bolsinger had more nerves than usual when he stepped on the mound at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.
In front of about 20 family members and friends, some of whom he hadn’t seen in a long time after his family moved away when he was 10 years old, Bolsinger delivered exactly what the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks needed.
Bolsinger earned his first major-league win, pitching into the seventh inning and hitting an RBI single as Arizona beat the Cubs 5-2 Thursday.
“Every once in a while I’d look over and see my friends and family cheering me on,” Bolsinger said. “It was good to get the first win, but I think it was a lot better to get a big team win, especially two in a row now. Hopefully that gets something started with this club, and we can keep it rolling.”
Bolsinger (1-1) allowed one unearned run and four hits in 6⅔ innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
After the game, Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero defended manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers against critical comments about them and the team’s 7-18 start.
Montero, unprovoked, said the staff doesn’t deserve any blame for Arizona’s record.
“They’ve been coming here with the best attitude and the best intentions and they’ve been pushing us hard, very positive,” Montero said. “I wanted to say that because the blame should be on us, should be on the players. We haven’t played the way we’re supposed to play. I wanted to take that off my chest.”
Montero hit a two-out double in the first inning off Edwin Jackson (1-2) for a 1-0 lead. Montero also had an RBI single in the eighth off reliever Jose Veras.