The Dodgers won a game in their final at-bat Thursday. Although, that isn’t quite accurate because Jimmy Rollins was not credited with an at-bat when Kiké Hernandez got Keone Kela to commit a balk. The box score is one of the most interesting you’ll see all year, and it’s here. The photo gallery is here.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Whether facing a crafty veteran (Yovani Gallardo) or a pitcher four games into his major-league career (Chi Chi Gonzalez), the Dodgers simply could not score in Texas. Then Justin Turner homered in the ninth inning Tuesday — the Dodgers’ familiar flair for the dramatic resurfacing — before Robinson Chirinos walked off Josh Ravin with a solo shot. Two runs suddenly seemed meager and inadequate.
That was the theme of the series, and it’s becoming the theme of the season — at least away from home and especially against .500-or-better teams.
Tonight’s box score is here. The Giants won, so the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West is back to 2 ½ games.
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.
The box score is here.
The mechanical malfunction that forced the Dodgers’ team plane to land at LAX late last night spooked Kenley Jansen.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Don Mattingly said this afternoon that the June heat at Globe Life Park might be something the Dodgers aren’t accustomed to. Obviously there are limits to that statement; pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Mike Bolsinger both grew up in the Dallas area.
Juan Nicasio and Carlos Frias, among others, are both from the Dominican Republic. Since the starting pitcher does not do interviews on the afternoon of a night he pitches, I asked Nicasio if the weather today was similar to that in the Dominican. He said the heat is but the humidity is not.
Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo throws right-handed. Guerrero (a right-handed hitter) is slashing .286/.322/.655 in 90 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers this season.
Yet Alberto Callaspo is playing third base instead. Callaspo (a switch hitter) is slashing .250/.331/.310 against right-handed pitchers this season.
So why is Callaspo in the lineup and Guerrero isn’t?
“It came down to Adrian (Gonzalez) or (Guerrero). Really, once JT plays first, then it’s a matchup between Callaspo and Alex,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “If Alex, I felt, was a better matchup, I probably would’ve played him at third.”