Rangers 3, Dodgers 1: David Robertson humiliates the top of the lineup again, brings back a familiar feeling

In the rubber match for the series, the Dodgers ran out a pen game that encountered trouble early (but did settle in), and the offense basically didn’t do anything for a long stretch. The bats had a golden chance to at least tie things up late, but couldn’t take advantage in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers.


The pen game started out rough for the Dodgers, as Michael Grove gave up a pair of runs in the 1st. Two singles started a rally by cornering the runners, then a Nathaniel Lowe grounder drove in a run and a Wyatt Langford single plated another to make it 2-0 Rangers.

Ryan Yarbrough then entered in the 2nd and got a clean frame but ran into a ton of trouble in the 3rd. A single was followed by a sacrifice, and then a walk put a pair on. However, Austin Barnes threw out the lead runner on a double-steal attempt and everything seemed alright. Unfortunately, another walk followed and then a bloop single from Langford plated a run. After a stolen base and yet another walk, the bases were loaded again before Yarbrough could escape. 3-0 Rangers.

Yarbrough issued another walk in the 4th but got a scoreless frame and that was it for him at 62 pitches. An uncharacteristic four walks limited his time in the game for this one.

A rejuvenated Yohan Ramirez was next out of the pen, cruising through a five-pitch 5th in which he saw a single erased by a double play. He also saw the minimum in the 6th on just 10 pitches thanks to a walk being erased by another double play.

Blake Treinen was next out in the 7th, giving up a two-out bloop double — that sorta summarized the game up till that point — before completing his scoreless frame.

On that note, the Dodgers offense was doing … nothing. Michael Lorenzen didn’t allow a baserunner to reach second through six frames, though Andy Pages ended that in a hurry in the 7th with his seventh homer to cut the Rangers lead to 3-1.

After Alex Vesia got a clean 8th, David Robertson was in for the Rangers, and a rally stated when Cavan Biggio got hit on the foot and Barnes singled to corner the runners. How did the heart of the order do? Well.

Lol. Lmao, even.

I can already see this happening in October.

The 9th went to Evan Phillips, who allowed a walk but faced the minimum thanks to a batter’s interference on a strikeout and steal attempt. That brought in Kirby Yates to close the game out, and he did issue a walk to bring the tying run to the plate, but that was as far as the rally went.

Too many of these games, honestly.


Padres37-35 (6 GB)

*Either still playing or will play later.

Finishing off the homestand will be a three-game series against the Royals starting at 4:10 PM HT/7:10 PM PT/10:10 PM ET. It’ll be Gavin Stone on the mound against Cole Ragans and his absurd stuff.

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