Yasiel Puig snaps his bat in frustration after striking out in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangers. (Associated Press photo)
ARLINGTON, Texas — A pairing of the second-highest scoring team in the National League and one of the American League’s premier hitter’s parks was not as advertised. Yasiel Puig‘s bat-breaking demonstration summed up the Dodgers’ frustration in a 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.
Howie Kendrick celebrates his game-winning single that helped the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Wednesday at Dodger Statium. Los Angeles, CA 6/10/2015 (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Let’s face it, a lot of things went wrong for the Dodgers today in some unexpected ways. Brett Anderson couldn’t pitch more than five innings. Kenley Jansen — 21 for 21 in save opportunities against the Diamondbacks before today — blew a save. This:
Don Mattingly said that Juan Nicasio couldn't throw a breaking ball because of the torn fingernail. That's why he came out.
If you’re a Dodgers fan, you can only hope that what you saw Friday was the real deal. Kershaw struck out 10 batters in 6 ⅔ innings; Rollins went 4 for 5 and finished a triple shy of the cycle. The bullpen held on for a 6-4 win over the Rockies.
Of course, rookie Yimi Garcia has blown two saves in two opportunities this week, so maybe Jansen is returning to the active roster at a good time. Still, he won’t be the Dodgers’ closer tonight and Jansen is OK with that. Actually, he prefers it this way.
Brett Anderson is 1-0 with a 1.10 earned-run average in his last three starts. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers had never lost a game this season when they scored four or more runs prior to this week. Yimi Garcia had never blown a save, either. Both things have happened twice now and you almost wonder if the world is about to end.
We can’t promise the sun is going to come out tomorrow; it’s supposed to be cloudy in Southern California again. But the sun will come out eventually, and Kenley Jansen will come off the disabled list, possibly before the next time you see the sun. The Dodgers hadn’t decided whether or not that will happen Friday or Saturday when we spoke to Don Mattingly after the game.