The Dodgers had gone down quickly for eight innings against Texas newbie Chi Chi Gonzalez. The 23-year-old had needed only 93 pitches to hold the Dodgers scoreless through eight innings.
But in the ninth inning Tuesday,
At least until catcher
Chirinos' solo home run enabled the Rangers to sweep the two-game series. Now in a scheduling quirk that makes sense only to those
A serious thunderstorm was headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday night, and for eight innings the Dodgers looked determined to play quickly to make their flight. They swung at first pitches and just generally seemed to abandon their grind-out-the-at-bats approach.
Gonzalez, the Rangers' first-round pick in 2013, has been nothing but impressive in his four starts since was called up May 30. In the first three professional starts of his career, the right-hander had allowed exactly one run. And he was simply cruising until walking Howie Kendrick with one out in the ninth and then surrendering the two-run homer to Turner.
For Turner, who has been playing with a sore kneecap, it was his sixth home run of the season. It also was the only offensive life the Dodgers showed all night.
It appeared the victim of the Dodgers’ lousy early offensive support was going to be left-hander
He started his trouble in the first with a two-out walk to
That worked out for the Rangers when Anderson, the bases now loaded, walked
A bunt single by Hanser Alberto and a base hit by
Anderson went eight innings for the Dodgers, allowing two runs, eight hits and three walks, while striking out four.