For the second straight night, it was a battle in the stands as Rangers and Dodgers fans alike packed Globe Life Field to see their teams face off in the second of a three-game series.
Last night it was the traveling fans who went home happy as the Rangers bullpen struggled late to help the Dodgers take an 11-5 victory in the series-opening game.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, today would be worse.
Before the game even got underway, bad news stung Texas as the team announced that Corey Seager would be placed on the ten-day IL with a sprained right thumb injury which he suffered in last night’s game.
The hope is that Seager will return to the lineup in a couple of weeks, but until then, Sam Huff will be called up to take his place on the active roster.
As for the game itself, the Rangers would waste no time getting the scoring started as Marcus Semien launched his 200th career home run into the second deck in left field to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead just one batter in.
However, that was just about the last good thing to happen.
Before the Rangers could even record an out with the lead, the Dodgers would respond off Rangers starter Dane Dunning. Three hits, Two walks, and an Adolis Garcia error would have the Dodgers in front 3-1.
Dunning would not last much longer than that, as solo home runs from Freddie Freeman and Max Muncy would knock him out of the game. Dunning’s final line would read 3 innings pitched, giving up 7 hits and 5 earned runs while striking out 1 and walking 2.
With the Rangers trailing 5-1 in the 4th, Glenn Otto would come out of the Texas bullpen needing to provide some length to save the bullpen. Unfortunately, things would not be much better for Otto as when he left the game after the 5th, the Dodgers would be ahead 10-1, and things were officially ugly at the Globe.
Things only got worse for Texas as by the end of the day; the Dodgers would have claimed a 16-3 win and taken the first two games of the series.
Adolis Garcia would leave the game after being hit in the hand by a pitch, but X-rays would come back negative on the Rangers All-Star, who is now considered day-to-day.
The Rangers will have a chance to salvage a game in this series as Martin Perez will take the hill in the series finale at 1:35 from Globe Life Field.