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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Fall to Nats

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Washington Nationals defeat LA Dodgers 5-4. Chad Billingsley made his first start in since September 13, and he didn’t look to shabby. In fact in five innings he had a no-hitter going. But in the sixth inning, his usual trouble inning, he walked two and then gave up his first hit to Ryan Zimmerman. Unfortunately that hit was a homer that screamed its way out into the Dodgers bullpen. After the Nationals took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth, shortstop Christian Guzman committed two errors to allow the Dodgers to tie the game. With a runner on third in the bottom of the ninth, Pete Orr hit a sac fly to Andre Ethier in right field who muffed the ball which is inconsequential since the runner was going to score anyhow. Thanks to the Rockies losing, the Dodgers REAL magic number is reduced to six.

NY Yankees defeat LA Angels 3-2. The Angels had plenty of chances to come back and win. Down 3-0 in the fifth inning with runners on second and third with no outs, the Angels only scored one run on a groundout. After Gary Matthews, Jr. knocked in a run with a double, the Angels weren’t able to score him in. In fact the Angels were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile the Yankees got on Angels starter in the fourth inning when Robinson Cano plated two with an RBI single and Melky Cabrera doubled him home. The Angels outhit the Yankees 10-7, but that don’t count unless you bring the runners home. Going 5-5 in the season series, it breaks the Angels streak of five consecutive series wins against the Bronx Bombers.

Notable Notes

  • Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, Brandon Ayanbadejo is speaking out in favor of gay marriage. Back in April, he wrote in the Huffington Post:

    If Britney Spears can party it up in Vegas with one of her boys and go get married on a whim and annul her marriage the next day, why can't a loving same sex couple tie the knot? How could our society grant more rights to a heterosexual one night stand wedding in Vegas than a gay couple that has been together for 3, 5, 10 years of true love?

    To back up his words, he was seen last week attending an event sponsored by Equality Maryland celebrating the relocation of its headquarters from Silver Spring to Baltimore.

  • King’s defenseman Sean O’Donnell has been suspended by the NHL for the remainder of the preseason and the first two games of the regular season for a cross check against Matt Martin of the New York Islanders. It appeared to be in retaliation for Martin catching Drew Daughty with a high stick. While a normal check is just part of the action, I would say the punches O’Donnell threw even as Martin was down on the ice probably did him in. Regardless O’Donnell will be eligible to return on October 8 against the Minnesota Wild.
  • Details of Lamar Odom’s bachelor party have leaked. It is being thrown by Khloe’s little brother Rob and douchebag extraordinaire Joe Francis of “Girls Gone Wild” and federal court guilty plea fame. The douchefest will be held at douche central Le Deux and will feature stripper poles and midgets. Gee. I can’t imagine what could go wrong with this.
  • Matt Barkley will be starting in USC’s game against the Washington State Cougars at the Coliseum on Saturday. Trojan fans all across the city can now take a breath and release Aaron Corp from under the 204.

Tonight’s Action

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