On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to the ballpark in Arlington for the first time since 2009 to take on the Texas Rangers for a two-game set. Despite the luxury of having the designated hitter, playing in an American League park, the Dodgers were only able to push one run across resulting in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers.
The first five innings of the game appeared to paint a different picture than the actual end result, as starters Carlos Frias and Yovani Gallardo countered each other by tossing scoreless innings backed by exceptional defense. Rangers starter’ Gallardo entered the game with a 2-0 record and 1.80 ERA in his last four starts. On the other hand, Frias was looking to pick up his third win on the road in 2015.
It was the sixth inning that decided the outcome of the game. In the top half of the sixth, the Dodgers were gifted consecutive walks to start the inning, as Yasiel Puig stepped up to the plate with two on and no outs. He hit a deep fly ball just in front of the warning track in right field, thanks to some help from the Texas wind, but Alberto Callaspo failed to tag up on the play. The next batter, Adrian Gonzalez grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Gallardo finished seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
In the bottom half of the inning, Frias returned the favor by walking the first two batters he faced. However, Texas took advantage of the young right-hander’s struggles and delivered consecutive RBI-singles from AL batting leader Prince Fielder (.343) and Mitch Moreland, respectively. The Rangers forced Los Angeles to use Adam Liberatore out of the bullpen, who gave up a two-run single to Rougned Odor to put Texas ahead 4-0.
Frias was done after 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and charged with four runs, finishing with four strikeouts and three walks.
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