Dodgers Lose Game 2
This evening was another tough day for the Dodgers at Flushing Meadows. After ending the season with a seven game winning streak they start the National League Division Series by losing the first two games. They came up short in yesterdays’ game losing 6 to 5, and looked lackluster tonight in a 4 to 1 loss.
This evening their offense and defense were shut down from the start.
The top of the lineup, Rafael Furcal and Kenny Lofton, went a combined 0 for 7. They have been the main cog in the Dodger machine all season, batting a combined .300 and scoring 192 runs for the year. Garciaparra left the game early, in the 6th inning, after straining an injury that has hampered him throughout the second half of the season.
The Dodgers collected two hits with one out in the 4th inning, but failed to score a run. Only Wilson Betemit had a meaningful hit when he slammed a homerun to right-centerfield in the 8th inning. Unfortunately, it was too little too late.
Their defense fared no better. A sacrifice bunt attempt by Jose Valentin was poorly played and left the bases loaded with nobody out in the 6th inning. A potential double play ball in that same inning was not turned perfect enough as Julio Lugo failed to get Julio Franco out on the throw to first base. Two runs would score in that inning.
The Mets, on the other hand, did everything right. Tom Glavine went 6 strong innings, giving up no runs and scattering 4 hits. Jose Reyes sparked the Mets by collecting a hit and 2 RBI's. Edny Chavez recorded 2 hits and scored the Mets first run in the 3rd inning. They didn't waste one opportunity in this game. Every player in the lineup contributed to this win.
This Saturday is do or die for the Dodgers. They return home to Chavez Ravine for game 3 at 4:35 in the afternoon. Greg Maddux will take the mound in hopes of extending the Dodger season.