Despite a late comeback bid behind Justin Turner’s two-run home run in the ninth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers were not able to come away with a series split Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers.
Josh Ravin entered in the bottom of the ninth and promptly gave up a walk-off home run to Robinson Chirinos. After the loss, the hard-throwing right-hander discussed the pitch that ended the Dodgers’ night, via Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA:
Same thing that I always try to accomplish, just throw strikes down in the zone. It was a one-one count, and if you go back and look it was probably right over the plate. These are big league hitters, and it doesn’t matter how hard you throw, they’re going to hit it.”
Ravin also explained the confidence he gains with knowing manager Don Mattingly trusts him in high leverage situations and not letting the loss linger:
I think it’s great that he trusts me in these situations and I look forward to better outcomes. I can’t really get frustrated, I’m here and it’s in the past so I can’t go back. Just need to move forward.”
Outside of allowing the game-winning home run, Ravin has been a solid option out of the bullpen since being called up at the beginning of June. The 27-year-old Chattsworth native has given up two runs in 5.1 innings while striking out six and walking none. His best outing came in Sunday’s extra-inning game in San Diego in which he threw two scoreless innings while striking out three and earned the second victory of his career.
While it is uncertain how long Ravin will remain with the team given the bevy of relievers that are expected to return in the near future, Ravin’s electric fastball has provided a nice spark in the Dodgers bullpen.
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