On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers traveled to Surprise, Arizona to take on the Texas Rangers. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu made his second start of the spring, and was opposed by right-hander Yovani Gallardo. The Rangers acquired the longtime Milwaukee Brewer via trade in the offseason.
Jimmy Rollins led off the game for the Dodgers with a line-drive single up the middle but was quickly erased attempting to steal second. Gallardo then got two consecutive fly outs to end the top half of the first. Elvis Andrus hit a one-out single up the middle in the bottom of the first, but was also quickly erased on a double-play ball off the bat of Adrian Beltre to end the first.
The Dodgers struck first in the top of the second. A one-out single by Howie Kendrick was followed by a double by Justin Turner that scored Kendrick. Ryu then did his part in the bottom of the second by retiring the side in order, striking out two.
After a throwing error by Andrus to allow A.J. Ellis to reach base to start the third, Gallardo retired the next three hitters he faced to end any threat.
The Rangers put the Dodgers defense to the test in the bottom of the third. The first two Rangers reached base on an infield single and a walk. Ed Lucas was then able to move the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. With one out Leonys Martin hit a ground ball to first, which was booted by Scott Van Slyke allowing both runners to score. Elvis Andrus then hit a grounder that went off the glove of Turner at third putting runners at first and third with still one out. Andrus attempted to steal second, but stopped halfway, and a bad throw by catcher Yasmani Grandal allowed Martin to score from third giving the Rangers a 3-1 lead.
Ryu threw 45 pitches in three innings of work, giving up three hits, one walk and three runs (one earned).
Despite giving up a walk and a single, Gallardo was able to get out of the fourth without giving up a run. Gallardo fininshed giving up four hits and one run in four innings of work.
Juan Nicasio entered for the Dodgers in the bottom of the fourth and began the inning by giving up two straight singles. He then got a double-play ball and a groundout to end the inning without giving up a run.
Former Dodger Joe Beimel came in for the Rangers in the top of the fifth and the Dodgers bats came alive. Six consecutive hits, including a three-run homer by Howie Kendrick led to five Dodger runs before Beimel was pulled from the game. A.J. Ellis capped off the Dodger rally with a two-run double giving the Dodgers an 8-3 lead.
The Rangers battled back a bit in the bottom of the fifth off Dodger reliever J.P. Howell. Howell didn’t fool anyone, giving up three hits, two walks and three runs in two-thirds of an inning. Pedro Baez came in with runners at second and third with two outs and got Rua to flyout to end the fifth with the Dodgers leading 8-6.
CONTINUE READING: See if the Dodgers were able to maintain their lead.