But a couple things were different for him Thursday. A.J. Ellis was his catcher for the first time all season, with Yasmani Grandal sitting out a day game following a night game.“I trust him,” Frias said of Ellis. “He’s got a pretty good idea of what he’s doing behind the plate. … Pitch sequence, I trust him. I let him call the game.”The Dodgers also spotted Frias a 4-0 lead after two innings – something that no pitcher will complain about.A bases-loaded double by Howie Kendrick put Cubs starter Jon Lester (4-6) in a 2-0 hole. An RBI triple by Kiké Hernandez, followed by an RBI single by Jimmy Rollins, made it 4-0 in the second inning.That was plenty of run support for Frias, who allowed seven hits, walked three batters and struck out seven in five innings.Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell, Yimi Garcia and Kenley Jansen closed out the game with one scoreless inning apiece.Puig was scratched for the second straight day with an exposed callus on his left palm. Scott Van Slyke shifted from left field to right, Alex Guerrero shifted from third base to left field, and Alberto Callaspo went to third.Guerrero produced his best defensive play of the season, an outfield assist to home plate that easily retired Chris Coghlan in the fifth inning. Whether that one play was enough for Guerrero to earn more trust defensively, or merely increased the Dodgers’ ability to trade him, who knows. As for Frias, he said the Dodgers’ pursuit of starting pitching doesn’t motivate him. “I just want to do my job,” he said. That wasn’t easy this week. Frias felt sick and dehydrated Monday and had trouble sleeping. He pushed his between-starts bullpen session back a day, to Tuesday. He left the park early Wednesday to get a good night’s sleep at the team hotel. Thursday, he pitched one of his best games all season CHICAGO >> The Dodgers split a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs by losing games started by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and winning the games started by Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias.Yasiel Puig played in the two losses and missed the two wins with a hand injury.Just the way they drew it up.Thursday afternoon, Frias and four relievers shut out the Cubs 4-0 before a packed house at Wrigley Field. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Wednesday that he’s already begun talks with rival clubs about starting pitching. Maybe Bolsinger and Frias, who combined to allow two runs in 9 2/3 innings this series, took that personally.“Carlos is a work in progress,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Is he going to grow as far as pitch selection, preparation, being able to use all his pitches, all that stuff? “His stuff is different than Mike’s stuff. Mike’s stuff is all about mixture and using his breaking ball, getting it over. … Carlos’ stuff is better. Carlos’ stuff is as good as probably anybody we have.”That potential is scary, but the results haven’t always followed in Frias’ first season as a full-time major league starter. Even after his five shutout innings against the Cubs, Frias is 5-5 with a 4.31 earned-run average.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake This year flu cases are also peaking in the traditional period – middle and late December – while they did so later in recent years. For elderly patients or those with other underlying health problems, such as diabetes or lung disease, a severe cold or a bad case of flu may require a trip to the emergency room. Jones said anyone suffering shortness of breath should seek care immediately, because that can be an indication of pneumonia. One such patient is Paul Allen, 80, of Encino, who received treatment Tuesday at Northridge Hospital’s ER for flu and an early case of pneumonia. “I always get a flu shot, but I forgot this year, because I was traveling in Europe,” said Allen, a retired furniture-factory owner who works out at a gym several days a week. Allen started feeling ill last Thursday and quickly developed a cough, a low-grade fever and muscle aches. When over-the-counter medicine didn’t help, and he was weak from lack of sleep and loss of appetite, he called his regular physician, who sent him to the emergency room. Coughing, sneezing, aching patients are flooding hospital emergency rooms, forcing hours-long delays for treatment and increasing the likelihood of spreading the flu, medical experts said Tuesday. Dr. Stephen Jones, medical director of emergency services at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, said emergency room personnel have seen a 10 percent to 20 percent spike over the past three weeks in patients – most of them seeking treatment for what they suspect is the flu. The influx has forced some noncritical patients to wait as long as eight hours to see a doctor. “Not only is the waiting room a great way to spread the virus, but the sheer volume of patients makes it more difficult to take care of the sicker ones in a timely manner,” Jones said, adding that the staff also has been thinned by illness and holiday vacations. Despite the patient crush, this is actually just an average influenza season, said Dr. David Dassey, deputy chief of acute communicable disease control for the Los Angeles County Health Department. But it may seem worse because it follows several mild flu seasons, he said. Since flu season could run through March this year, it’s not too late to get a vaccination, Dassey said. Most of the flu strains detected this year are covered by the vaccine, but it takes 10 to 14 days for the body to build up immunity. Dr. Stanley Shapiro, an infectious disease physician with Kaiser-Permanente in Panorama City, said people should cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough to avoid spreading the virus. To reduce chances of catching a cold or the flu, people should wash their hands frequently with soap and water or use waterless hand sanitizer. And for those who do contract a cold or the flu, the best treatment consists of bed rest, fluids and acetaminophen for fever, experts said. Anti-viral drugs can reduce the risk of serious complications for people with chronic health conditions. “Stay out of the ER unless you’re really dying, please, because really sick people need to be there,” Dassey said. “Influenza, for the most part, may make you feel like you’re going to die, but you won’t.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!