The Alamodome provided an offensive environment roughly equivalent to the moon, but for a second consecutive day the Dodgers were the only ones who took advantage, cruising to an 11-3 rout of the Rangers on Saturday afternoon in San Antonio.
The Dodgers hit five home runs on Saturday, just as they did on Friday. On Saturday, Adrian Gonzalez joined the brigade with two homers, while Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner each homered for a second consecutive day.
But both teams played in the same friendly environment, and while the Dodgers combined for 10 long balls and 22 total runs in their two games, the Rangers managed just two home runs and nine total runs, none on Saturday until the eighth inning after facing a 10-run deficit.
The two main culprits keeping the Rangers down on Saturday were Zack Greinke and Juan Nicasio.
Greinke started and lasted four innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out six in his scoreless frames. Nicasio followed with two perfect innings, striking our four of the six batters he faced.
Nicasio, who is out of options, has had an up and down spring, but here he sits with eight strikeouts and no walks in seven Cactus League innings so far.
After the Dodgers took a 10-0 lead in the top of the eighth, this Twitter exchange happened:
@truebluela why aren't the Rangers dingering if it is so easy I don't get it— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) March 21, 2015
@molly_knight as you said that, Ramon Troncoso just entered the game for the Dodgers— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 21, 2015
David Lyon with two outs in the bottom of the frame took Troncoso deep for the only runs for Texas on the day.
The Dodgers reform as a single squad on Sunday, sending new father David Huff to the mound against the Indians. Cleveland counters with Corey Kluber, the second time this spring the reigning American League Cy Young winner will have faced Los Angeles.