Dodgers Need 13 Innings To Finish Off Mets
The Dodgers 3-2 late afternoon 13th inning victory over the Mets wasn't a typical finish.
Clutch hitter James Loney, who rarely hits for power, crushed his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot off of Mets reliver Oliver Perez (0-4) to walk off a game that had seen sixteen total pitchers across 4:15.
“James saved the day for us,” said manager Joe Torre. “The one thing I can only tell you about Loney: don’t take your eyes off him.”
The Dodgers’ ninth and final pitcher of the day was struggling relief man George Sherrill (1-1) who earned his first win of the season and lowered his unfortunate season ERA to 7.15.
“He faced good hitters and kept the ball off the fat of the back,” said Torre. “I hope he found something.”
Sherrill, with the help of catcher Russell Martin, thinks he might have, fixing another mechanical flaw.
“He told me the ball wasn’t as hidden as it had been in the past,” said Sherrill. “I’m sick of telling you guys, ‘I’ve got it,’ so hopefully this is it.”
Rookie starter Carlos Monasterios pitched a scoreless five innings for the Dodgers. Trouble for the Dodgers went down an inning later, requiring three relievers -- James McDonald, Jack Taschner, Travis Schlichting -- to get through the Mets who finally got on the scoreboard to tie the game 2-2.
There were a few positives in the game for the Dodgers. Brand new rookie call-up Kenley Jansen pitched a dominant inning of relief, striking out two, and reaching 97 mph on the radar gun. Starting at catcher was 41 year-old Brad Ausmus, who returned from injury to play his first game since April.
* Angels P.A. announcer David Courtney filled in for regular Dodger announcer Eric Smith.