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Houston Astros defeat LA Dodgers 3-2. Another day, another loss. Andre Ethier had staked the Dodgers and Ted Lilly (L, 8-10) to a two-run lead after hitting a homer in the first inning after Jamey Carroll got on base thanks to an error. The lead held up until Lilly made one mistake to Chris Johnson who belted a three-run homer in the sixth. The Dodgers had many opportunities to take the lead, but if you’ve seen the Dodgers lately the results aren’t surprising. John Lindsey got his first at-bat after 16 years in the minors as a pinch hitter for Lilly in the seventh inning. Lindsey flew out to center. The Dodgers now have a six-game losing streak, yet are still not mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

NOTABLE NOTES

Barnes in Pokie. New Laker bench guard/forward Matt Barnes was arrested Wednesday afternoon around 4:15 pm in the Fair Oaks around Sacramento for beating up on his former fiancée and current live-in girlfriend Gloria Govan and charged with felony domestic assault. Deputies reported that both were involved in a physical altercation where Barnes prevented Govan from calling 911 and that both had visible injuries. Barnes was released just after 9:30 pm Wednesday night after posting $50,000 bond. Barnes has maintained his innocence tweeting, “DON'T LET YOUR EARS WITNESS, WHAT YOUR EYES DIDN'T SEE!!!” He also responded to a text message from the local ABC affiliate reporter Bryan May saying, “U know any domestic violence situation 9 outa 10 times the man gets arrested. That's the case here I was the victim but still got arrested. No matter what I say people are gonna think what they want..."

Koufax Perfect Game 45 Years Later. “Two and two to Harvey Kuenn. One strike away. Sandy into his windup, here’s the pitch. Swung on and missed! A perfect game!” Not only being a perfect game that took only an hour and 43 minutes, it set a record for the least amount of base runners in a Major League game by both teams (two) and it was Koufax’s first win since catcher John Roseboro was hit in the head by Giants’ pitcher Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park three weeks earlier. The win gave the Dodgers an 80-61 record tied for second place with the Cincinnati Reds and half a game behind NL leading San Francisco Giants.

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The only run scored in the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hendley walked Sweet Lou Johnson, Ron Fairly dropped a sacrifice bunt sending Johnson to second. On Hendley’s first pitch against Jim Lefebvre, Johnson stole third base and came home when catcher Chris Krug threw the ball over Ron Santo’s head. The Dodgers had scored a run without an official at-bat or RBI still securing the no-hit bid for Hendley.

That was broken up in the seventh inning when Lou Johnson hit a two-out fly ball to first base for a double. Fairly grounded to short to end the inning.

Koufax’s 14 strikeouts remain the most thrown in a perfect game, and he broke Bob Feller’s record of three no-hitters. Nolan Ryan would go on to break the record by tossing seven no-hitters.

Most of all, thanks to the wonders of the interweb, we have the radio call by Vin Scully of the final three outs to cherish forever and ever.


HOCKEY!!!Saturday’s Kings’ Hockey Fest 2010 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo will be broadcasted on Kings Vision on LA Kings.com. The four speaker series and the event-ending pep rally will be livestreamed on LAKings.com. The schedule is as follows:

  • 9:00 - 10:30 am: State of the Kings with Dean Lombardi, Ron Hextall, Jeff Solomon and Terry Murray - hosted by Daryl Evans.
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Kids Press Conference with Matt Greene, Brad Richardson, Jack Johnson and Wayne Simmonds - hosted by Heidi Androl
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: The Life of a King with Jay Wells, Marty McSorley and Luc Robataille - hosted by Jim Fox
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Winning Ways with Ryan Smyth, Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll and Rob Scuderi - hosted by Nick Nickson
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: LA Kings Pep Rally with 2010 Kings, rookies, alumni, staff and ice crew - hosted by Jim Fox
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Less than 200 tickets are available for purchase for the event. The one-day event costs $15 for Kings Season Ticket members and partial plan and group leaders by calling 1-888-KINGS-LA. General public tickets are $20 and can also be purchased on LAKings.com.
Pirates Could Use Cindy. During the Pittsburgh Pirates’ batting practice, Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby stood in the cage and belted a homer that came within feet of landing in the Allegheny River.


TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Dodgers (69-72) at Houston Astros (67-73). Hiroki Kuroda (10-12, 3.39 ERA) vs. JA Happ (6-2, 2.86 ERA). 5:05 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Seattle Mariners (55-85) at LA Angels (67-73). David Pauley (2-7, 4.42 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (11-11, 3.14 ERA). 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/AM 710 KSPN.

New England Revolution (24 pts, 7-12-3) at Chivas USA (22 pts, 6-12-4). 7:30 pm KDOC, KWHY (en español), AM 690 W Radio (en español).