Trevor Bauer entered Saturday night’s game against the Texas Rangers with a 2.40 ERA. He’d been one of the better pitchers in baseball here in 2021 (following his Cy Young winning season the year prior), and his presence in Los Angeles was already having Dodgers fans thinking about back-to-back World Series wins.
The Rangers, on the other hand, were not feeling so great. They’d lost 16 straight games away from home heading into Dodgers Stadium last night, and had tumbled all the way to the bottom of the AL West standings following a promising start to the regular season.
While it may end up being nothing more than a blip in an otherwise “tank” filled 2021 campaign, the Texas Rangers offense managed to come to life against the reigning NL Cy Young winner.
Bauer struck out eight over 6.1 innings, but the Rangers still tagged him for nine hits and six runs (four earned). Jonah Heim‘s two-run homer in the fourth inning was the big spectacle early on:
The Texas Rangers losing woes away from home finally came to an end last night against Trevor Bauer and the LA Dodgers.
The early offense that the Texas Rangers’ bats produced against Bauer was just the tip of the iceberg. The team exploded for an additional six runs against the Dodgers bullpen, knocking in four against Nate Jones and two against Andy Burns.
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While it ultimately didn’t matter all that much considering how many runs the offense put up, the Rangers also saw themselves receive a quality start from the likes of 23 year old Kolby Allard. The young lefty went 5.0 scoreless innings, lowering his season ERA down to 2.91.
The Rangers have been starved for a road win for quite some time now, and there’s no better place to snag one then at Dodgers Stadium, against the reigning World Champs. While they might fare less favorably against the 5-0 Walker Buehler later this afternoon (Dane Dunning is on the mound for Texas), it’s still good to know that this team is in fact capable of winning ballgames away from Globe Life.
Hopefully we don’t see anymore double-digit losing streaks moving forward this season.