LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Win Another Game on Final At-Bat
LA Dodgers defeat Oakland Athletics 5-4 (10 innings). A's starter Dallas Braden had a perfect game going for 4 2/3 innings when I decided I had to do something. At the game merely as a spectator I yelled out to my top deck brethren, "Braden's throwing a perfect game!" Matt Kemp then promptly hit a double to break up the perfect and no-hit game. In the bottom of the sixth inning I wondered if I could jinx a shutout. So I yelled out, "Braden's throwing a shutout." The Dodgers scored twice in the inning. The A's would make it interesting in the eighth inning with Jason Giambi's three-run homer and Bobby Crosby's solo shot against Ramon Troncoso. But time and time again the Dodgers come back. They scored twice in the home half of the inning, and Matt Kemp would hit a walk off single to win the game in the tenth. The Dodgers are now 6-1 in extra inning games and have won 13 games in their final at-bat. Joe Torre ties hall of famer Sparky Anderson with 2,194 Major League victories. Also 31-year old Mitch Jones made his Major League debut to a rousing ovation by the Dodger fans.
LA Angels defeat San Francisco Giants 8-1. When you have a starting pitcher making his Major League debut, it's best to score lots of runs. That's exactly what the Angels did for 21-year old Sean O'Sullivan who really didn't need that much help pitching with the poise of a veteran. He went seven innings giving up one run on five hits and a walk. In fact he did not allow a runner in scoring position until the sixth inning. Meanwhile Mike Napoli helped out O'Sullivan by belting an Earl Weaver in the third inning, and Maicer Izturis hit a two-run shot in the fifth.
LA Lakers Victory Parade. The Coliseum gates will open at 9:30 am for the first 95,000 fans. The parade begins at 11 am at Staples Center and will culminate in the Coliseum.
Oakland A's at LA Dodgers. Trevor Cahill vs Hiroki Kuroda. 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
LA Angels at San Francisco Giants. Matt Palmer vs. Tim Lincecum. 12:45 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 830 KLAA/AM 980 KFWB.