LAst Night's Action: DeWitt Does It Again
LA Dodgers defeat Cincinnati Reds 6-5. It looked like Brad Penny was still suffering from a stiff arm struggling most of his outing giving up five runs on nine hits in six innings. But the Dodgers, with an assist to the poor Red's defense, got him out of the game with a tie. After a single and an error to leadoff hitter Russell Martin and a infield out by Jeff Kent to advance Martin to third in the bottom of the ninth, Red's reliever David Weathers walks both James Loney and Matt Kemp to load the bases. Uber-rookie supreme Blake DeWitt grounds a 2-2 pitch to left-center getting a walk-off RBI single. It's wasn't pretty, but a slump-busting win is a win. Andruw Jones sat out of the game with a "sore knee". The Reds now haven't won a game in Dodger Stadium since July 2005 during the Jim Tracy days.
Chicago Rush defeat LA Avengers 72-28. The Avengers did only one thing in this game: show up. And it's still debatable whether that was a good thing or not. Chicago with this victory goes to 9-2 for the season and clinched the Central Division while setting a team record with a 44 point win. The Avengers meanwhile go to 4-8 and try to figure out what happened.
Charles Barkley has said he will stop gambling. For now. After making news last week for not paying four $100,000 casino markers from the Wynn, he has since paid them off saying that it was a stupid mistake on his part for forgetting to pay them. On the TNT's pregame show to game seven of the New Orleans Hornets-San Antonio Spurs series, Barkley said, "Just because I can afford to lose money doesn't mean I should do it."
Speaking of that game seven, San Antonio won it in the only close game of the series 91-82 at New Orleans Arena. They were only the third team to win a road game in the second round of the playoffs. The Spurs now will face the Lakers Wednesday night at the Staples Center for game one of the Conference Finals.
Red Sox starter Jon Lester threw a no-no against the Kansas City Royals Monday night becoming the 18th Red Sox pitcher to throw a no-hitter. This coming from a kid who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2006 missing the end of that season to undergo treatment. The last pitcher to throw a no-no was teammate Clay Buchholz last season. They become the first team to have two straight no-hitters since Nolan Ryan threw two straight for the California Angels in 1974 and 1975. Keeping with the local connection, the Red Sox trail the Dodgers by two for the most no-hitters thrown.
Cincinnati Reds at LA Dodgers. Matt Belisle goes to the mound against Chad Billingsley who is coming off of his best start against the Milwaukee Brewers. 7:10 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
LA Angels at Toronto Blue Jays. John Lackey is looking for his first win against Dustin McGowan. 4:07 pm KCOP 13, AM 830 KLAA.
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