Game 64: Globe Life Park isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Yasiel Puig

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.

The box score is here.

The mechanical malfunction that forced the Dodgers’ team plane to land at LAX late last night spooked Kenley Jansen.

About the weather in Arlington, Texas.

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.

After the game I asked Yasiel Puig to compare this to the weather in Cuba. He declined to answer my question. So I googled it:
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Game 60: Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig save the day.

Howie Kendrick

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:

Unless you’re a masochist, or unless these things become trends, you’re more likely to remember Howie Kendrick driving in Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game. You might even remember the Rally Banana. After clicking through John McCoy’s photo gallery, you might remember John McCoy’s photo gallery.

The box score is here.

Click on the Rally Banana hyperlink (it’s a good story, promise) for a brief recap of Day 3 of the amateur draft.