Rangers 3, Dodgers 2: Corey Seager homers in Dodger Stadium return, comeback falls just short

After the Dodgers blew out the Rangers yesterday to open the series, you basically knew it was going to be a grind in the next one, and indeed it was. While Shohei Ohtani put the Dodgers in front with a homer early, it was Corey Seager‘s homer in his return to Dodger Stadium that was the bigger blow in a 3-2 loss as the game ended with a play at the plate.


Unfortunately, this was a pretty simple game, honestly.

In the 1st inning, Ohtani smashed his 17th dinger of the year to put the Dodgers ahead 1-0.

Uh … that was kinda it.

On the other end, Walker Buehler looked pretty good, actually. But like many of his starts so far in his comeback campaign, it was just a few more mistake pitches here and there that are costing him.

He was forced to work around trouble at times, with the first two batters reaching in the 1st and two singles in the 4th, but it was the 5th that resulted in damage. After a single, new Dodgers third baseman Cavan Biggio made an error, and Seager then unloaded on a middle-middle fastball to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead.

The traffic ran up his pitch count a bit, so that was it for him: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER) 1 BB, 2 K, 88 Pitches.

The pen certainly did their job, as Yohan Ramirez took over for him in the 6th, Blake Treinen got the 7th, Daniel Hudson was in for the 8th, and Anthony Banda closed the Rangers out in the 9th, all with scoreless frames.

Like I said, though, it didn’t matter a whole lot.

The Dodgers wasted a chance with second and third with one out in the 3rd … but that was it for like the game until the 9th. That’s when Will Smith singled to start that inning, but two outs were made and the Rangers were on the verge. However, Andy Pages drew a walk to put a pair on and Jason Heyward followed with a double into the right-center gap to score Smith. Dino Ebel tried to hold Pages, but he ran through the stop sign and was thrown out at home to end the game.

Well, that was more exciting than I thought, at least.

Also, Biggio’s first hit as a Dodger.


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The series concludes tomorrow at the same time of 4:10 PM HT/7:10 PM PT/10:10 PM ET, and while Michael Lorenzen will be starting for the Rangers, it’ll be … a pen game for the Dodgers?

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