LAst Night's Action: Hockey Game Breaks out at Staples
Andrew Bynum fouls Carl Landry in the hockey game at Staples Center. AP Photo/Chris Carlson
LA Lakers defeat Houston Rockets 111-98. For a while there I was expecting a penalty box to be set up. Derek Fisher was thrown out of the game for a flagrant two on a hard body check to Luis Scola. Ron Artest was thrown out of the game after yelling at the refs for calling a foul on him against Kobe Bryant in the fourth. Bryant got a technical for jawing to Shane Battier saying, "You still can't guard me." Von Wafer was thrown out of the game by his head coach Rick Adelman before the fourth quarter started. Even Jack Nicholson got in on the action giving the refs a lovely gesture. All that said, the Lakers finally looked like they understood that these playoff games are the road to their NBA championship. Bryant led all scorers with 40 points while Pau Gasol was strong with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Yao Ming was in foul trouble getting only 12 points in 26 minutes played for the Rockets. While game one was physical who knew it would be a prelude to this game? This has officially become a series, and it will be a great one to watch. And I'll issue a mea culpa now: I have underestimated the Rockets. Meanwhile it remains to be seen if Fisher gets suspended for his hit.
LA Dodgers defeat Washington Nationals 10-3. 13 consecutive wins to start the season. Not only does that break the modern MLB record set in 1911 by the Detroit Tigers, it ties an LA Dodger record for consecutive home games won set back in 1993. Clayton Kershaw didn't pitch his best game yet somehow was good enough to get his first win of the season. Despite getting into three-ball counts to eight batters and loading the bases in the first, he got the out of most of his jams going five inning giving up only one run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The Dodgers broke the game open in the sixth inning playing seven runs to leave no doubt. Brent Leach made his first major league appearance in the ninth getting the final three outs to cement the victory.
Toronto Blue Jays defeat LA Angels 13-1. Rookie Anthony Ortega was in trouble from opening pitch. He walked Marco Scutaro then gave up a homer to Aaron Hill. With twice 20-game winner Roy Halladay on the mound for the Jays that's all they needed. But they decided to score five more in the second, and not feeling safe enough broke another five in the eighth inning after getting one in the fifth. As for the Angels, well they scored a run.
Washington Nationals at LA Dodgers. Jordan Zimmerman vs Randy Wolf. 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
Toronto Blue Jays at LA Angels. Robert Ray vs. Jered Weaver. 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/AM 980 KFWB.
Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks. Game 4, Ducks leading 2-1. 7:30 pm Versus, AM 1150 KTLK.