LAst Night's Action: Lakers Answer Back
LA Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 103-94. Lakers players not named Kobe Bryant or Pau Gasol made an appearance in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Most notably Lamar Odom became the beast everyone knew he could be scoring 19 points, grabbing 14 boards and blocking four shots. To open the fourth quarter Odom was everywhere defensively and offensively helping the Lakers go on a 11-0 run to start the fourth. Meanwhile when the Lakers looked a bit lethargic in the third quarter, Shannon Brown came into the game and made an emphatic dunk over Chris "Birdman" Anderson. The game was tight throughout being tied after the first, second and third quarters. But the Lakers were active on defense in the fourth quarter and summarily was able to pull out the game. By the way, Kobe Bryant scored only 22 points.
LA Dodgers defeat Colorado Rockies 8-6. The Dodgers had to grit their way through this game but held off the Rockies to get the sweep. Clayton pitched five good innings and one horrible inning, the third inning where he walked three and balked in a run. Although he would give up a two run homer to Ryan Spilborghs in the next inning, he regained his control to notch the win. James Loney helped out the cause hitting a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning to help the Dodgers put up five runs in that frame. Juan Pierre, meanwhile, decided hitting under .400 was unacceptable going 3-for-5 to bring his average up to .404. But the ninth inning was a grind for the Dodgers after Ronald Belisario gave up a single to Spilborghs and Will Ohman came in and gave up an RBI triple to Seth Smith. Jonathan Broxton came in and gave up another run on a Paul Phillips double. He would then load the bases and walk in a run facing Todd Helton cutting the lead to 8-6. He would then strike out Brad Hawpe to end the game, but he ended up throwing 38 pitches. The Dodgers now head off to the cozy confines of Wrigley for the weekend series.
LA Angels defeat Chicago White Sox 3-1. After being killed by the White Sox in the first two games of the series, why not send a pitcher to the mound who has never lost to the White Sox? Jered Weaver continued to confound the Sox improving to 4-0 against them in his career going eight innings of one-run ball giving up four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Gavin Floyd for the Sox was going smoothly until the sixth inning when he gave up a two run double to Bobby Abreu. Juan Rivera would hit an RBI double to cap off the scoring for the Angels. Brian Fuentes notched his 13 save of the season yielding only one hit.
LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs. Randy Wolf vs. Randy Wells. 5:05 pm FS Prime Ticket (MLB Network nationally), AM 790 KABC.
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