If we want to get technical, the Washington Senator team that became these Texas Rangers had previously experienced a 16-game losing streak. The Rangers of Arlington had never reached such lows until tonight. But no one counts the Washington Senators so this is uncharted territory.
How we got here was kind of expected, however. It was Clayton Kershaw and the world champion Dodgers against barely not the worst team in baseball Rangers. Nevertheless, Texas had to be aiming to end the streak and kick off this road trip with a victory against manager Chris Woodward’s old team.
Instead, starter Mike Foltynewicz allowed three dongs in the first frame and Texas trailed 6-0 before the California crowd had settled in their seats with a Dodger dog in hand. Los Angeles bumped that margin to 12-0 with two runs apiece in the third, fourth, and fifth inning.
The Rangers scored the final run of the game to avoid the extra dollop of embarrassment of getting shut out but nothing could prevent them from reaching a Texas-worst losing skid.
Player of the Game: It was a position player pitching kind of night and Charlie Culberson got through the final inning for the Rangers unscathed so we’ll consider that today’s win for Texas.
Up Next: The Rangers and Dodgers are back at it tomorrow with LHP Kolby Allard facing off against reigning NL Cy Young winner RHP Trevor Bauer for Los Angeles. Saturday’s first pitch from Dodger Stadium is scheduled for 9:10 pm CT.