After their doubleheader sweep of the Giants, the struggling Rangers ended up putting a stop to any ideas of a win streak for the Dodgers in a 6-2 victory.
Dustin May started for the Dodgers and flashed his usual array of hard, harder, and hardest stuff. While you’d ideally like to see more strikeouts, May continued to be effective, going six innings and giving up just two runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
He now has a 2.83 ERA, though he remains 1-1, partially due to a continued conservative pitch count that topped out at 80 today.
Those two runs held up for the Rangers for a long time thanks to the Dodgers struggling. The offense was fine, but the timely hitting was not. They stranded two singles in the 1st, two walks in the 3rd, two singles in the 4th, and a walk in the 5th.
In the 7th, the trend seemed to be continuing on as Will Smith led off the frame with a double, but two outs then followed to make the Dodgers a whopping 0-for-9 with RISP. However, Corey Seager changed that by hitting an absolute seed to center for a double to make it 2-1.
Then Justin Turner followed by getting on top of a ball and lining a single to left to tie it at 2-2.
JT then stole second but it was Matt Beaty who was stranded there, as he subbed in for JT after he had to leave with an injury.
Jake McGee then relieved May in the 7th and immediately ran into trouble, giving up a solo shot to Derek Dietrich to make it 3-2 for the Rangers. He got a strikeout, but also gave up three singles to plate another run.
Dylan Floro relieved him and immediately gave up a double to score another, and then a sacrifice fly to plate another and close the books on McGee at a whopping four runs to up his ERA to 3.86 all of a sudden. Besides the homer, extremely unlucky, honestly. After an intentional walk, Floro finally brought the nightmare 7th for the pen to an end with a fly out at 6-2 for the Rangers.
Mitch White made his MLB debut in the 8th. He gave up a single and a walk in the inning, but otherwise had a successful outing, getting his first strikeout and not allowing a run.
Unfortunately, the bats didn’t have much more in them other than that brief 7th inning rally, and the game ended quietly at 6-2.
Scott Heineman demonstrated the new park’s acoustics
The loss drops the Dodgers to 24-10. The A’s are now 1 game back for the best record in baseball, and the Padres are winning so they’ll likely end up 4 games back in the NL West.