After a night of travel that included some plane troubles following their dramatic extra-innings win against the San Diego Padres Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were at the Global Life Park in Arlington Monday to take on the Texas Rangers for an Interleague matchup.
It marked the first time this season the Dodgers could use the designated hitter. As such, starting pitcher Carlos Frias only had to worry about pitching Monday. Adrian Gonzalez took on the role of designated hitter and got his first at-bat during the first inning.
His one-hopper ended a scoreless inning for the Dodgers. Frias pitched a scoreless bottom half with some help from Howie Kendrick. Joey Gallo hit a sharp liner headed towards right field, but Kendrick leaded up and made the catch. Kendrick also began an inning-ending double play on a ball Prince Fielder grounded in his direction.
The Dodgers wasted an opportunity in the second with Justin Turner on second and one out. Although Turner advanced to third an Andre Ethier grounder, Yovani Gallardo kept the Dodgers off the board by getting Yasmani Grandal to groundout as well. The bottom half of the inning saw Kendrick make another fine defensive play. He back-handed a Leonys Martin grounder to record the third out after Frias picked up two strikeouts to begin the inning.
Jimmy Rollins opened the third with a leadoff single, but he was caught stealing on a 3-2 pitch that was called for strike on Alberto Callaspo. Joc Pederson stepped the plate with two quick outs having been recorded and he popped out. The Rangers also couldn’t get anything together. Hanser Alberto drew a one-out walk and reached second on a passed ball. Neither Shin-Soo Choo or Gallo could bring him home as the game remained scoreless through three.
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