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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Casually Lose to Portland

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Portland Trail Blazers defeat LA Lakers 91-88. Here are the words no Lakers fans want to hear in the closing seconds of a game that is still undecided. “Pau Gasol for three…” Yet it happened. In a tie game in the closing seconds you don’t want Derek Fisher to foul Martell Webster behind the three point line as he goes to shoot. But he did. In the closing seconds you don’t want Kobe Bryant and fisher to brick three consecutive free throws. But they did. Kobe Bryant started the game after missing the last two resting his legs and buoyed the Lakers in the first half. Portland would rally in the second half despite being without Brandon Roy with a sore knee. The Blazers lead by five points with a minute remaining, but Kobe hit a three to cut the deficit to two, Sasha Vujacic drew the offensive foul and Kobe attacked the paint and hit the shot and the foul to put the Lakers up one all in a matter of 23 seconds. But then the Lakers fell apart and there you have it. Kobe scored 20 points in his return to the Lakers while Gasol had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Lamar Odom also got a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Lakers now fall behind Orlando in overall record in the NBA.

Florida Marlins (4-2) defeat LA Dodgers (2-4) 6-5. For the second consecutive game the Dodgers couldn’t hold a late lead. The Marlins gifted the Dodgers two runs in the fourth inning when Ronnie Belliard hit a sinking line drive single to center fielder Cameron Maybin with runners on first and second. The ball got away from Maybin who was playing the ball on the bounce allowing Matt Kemp and James Loney to score despite Kemp’s interpretive dancing on the basepads. Reed Johnson tripled Belliard home, and AJ Ellis laid down a sacrifice bunt to give the Dodgers the 4-0 lead. Jorge Cantu responded with an Earl Weaver to left center in the bottom of the inning to bring the Marlins within 4-3. Another error in the sixth inning allowed the Dodgers to load the bases. Ellis would hit a scoring fly ball to pad the Dodgers lead, but Kemp would make a two-base error of his own which would yield a run. In the seventh inning with Jeff Weaver on in relief of Haeger, a single and a walk gave the Marlins two on with one out. Cantu came through again with the winning double. As always starting a knuckleballer makes for an interesting game, and Charlie Haeger was interesting for the Dodgers. He struck out 12, however two of those strikeouts were wild pitches that allowed the batter to reach first base.

Charlie Haeger (ND, 0-0, 4.50 ERA): 6 innings, 3 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 4 walks, 12 strikeouts, 1 homer, 3 wild pitches. 116 pitches/67 strikes.
Jeff Weaver (BS-L, 0-1, 6.00 ERA): 1 inning, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

Anibal Sanchez (ND, 0-0, 6.00 ERA): 6 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts. 89 pitches/59 strikes.
Clay Hensley (W, 1-0, 3.00 ERA): 2 innings, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts.
Leo Nunez (S, 2): 1 inning, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.