You take your good with the bad in
The Dodgers exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning, and didn’t even have to use the kids to rally back from a 3-1 deficit. Yasiel Puig and
All this came against that famous ex-Dodgers playoff relief ace, Joe Beimel.
But the bad was still to come for the Dodgers. Reliever
But Howell couldn't get through the bottom of the inning, giving three runs back while giving up three hits and two walks. In just three spring outings, Howell now has an unsightly 16.88 earned-run average. The left-hander has two weeks to get it together before the season opener.
Hyun-Jin Ryu started for the Dodgers on Tuesday and went three so-so innings, allowing three runs, three hits and a walk. He struck out two.
Aardsma, who had not given up a run in his first three appearances, gave up two runs on three hits and a balk in the eighth to allow the Rangers to tie it at 9-9. That could not have helped his cause in the hotly contested battle to earn a bullpen spot.
The game tied, it was naturally time for the kids to deliver.
A leadoff walk and a Barney error quickly put the tying runs on in the bottom of the ninth with no outs. The Dodgers, who had been encouraged by their defense this spring, committed four errors Tuesday.
Left-hander Daniel Coulombe, a longshot to make the team, got
But Troncoso gave up a game-tying single to Jorge Alfaro before getting the final out, leaving the Dodgers with their fifth tie of the spring, matching their all-time record.