Rangers Take Advantage Of Kazmir’s Control Issues

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Mike Napoli homered off of Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir, who allowed three runs over three innings during in first Cactus League game since March 6. Kazmir struggled with his control and velocity throughout the game in the Dodgers 2-3 loss to the Rangers at Surprise Stadium.

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Scott Kazmir was making his second Catus League start, his first since March 6. He pitched three innings in which he allowed three earned runs, giving up three hits and four walks. He also hit two batters.

Kazmir’s opponent was Cole Hamels, who allowed one earned run in five innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Hamels made 74 pitches as opposed to Kazmir, who made 66 pitches in his three innings.

In the first inning, the Rangers loaded the bases against Kazmir, who had already made 25 pitches. Rougned Odor hit a fly ball to left field that was deep enough for Delino DeShields to tag up and score.

The Rangers added another run in the second inning off of Kazmir. Once again, it was a sacrifice fly hit to Trayce Thompson in right field. Elvis Andrus was the batter with the bases once again loaded. Shin-Soo-Choo scored as Thompson’s throw went to third to keep the runners from advancing.

The Rangers’ third run came by way of a home run by Mike Napoli. Because Kazmir’s velocity had been down all day, Napoli was expecting what was Kazmir’s fastball but was much more like his normal changeup. Napoli took advantage of the slow pitch and hammered it over the wall in left field.

The Dodgers’ ninth-inning comeback came up short when Tyler Holt flied out with Rob Segedin on third base. The Dodgers had already scored one run in the inning when O’Koyea Dickson grounded out and Bobby Wilson scored. So with Segedin on third base and two outs, Tyler Holt hit a fastball to shallow right field, where Choo made the catch.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will send out Hyun-Jin Ryu on Monday when the Dodgers host the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. He threw four scoreless innings against the Brewers in his last start and has been making a good case for the fifth spot in the rotation. The game starts at 1:05 pm PT.

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