LAst Night's Action: Party Like It's 1962
Orlando Hudson hits a sure double play ball only to have the Mets notch another error to give the Dodgers the win. AP Photo/Gus Ruelas
LA Dodgers defeat NY Mets 3-2 (11). Like Vin Scully said during the bottom of the 11th, the Mets played like the 1962 team known for their ineptitude in every facet of the game. In the top of the 11th with Ryan Church on first and two outs, Angel Pagan hit a ball to right center. Church came storming home and Pagan settled in on third to score the go-ahead run. But both third baseman Mark Loretta and manager Joe Torre noticed Church never touched third base. Loretta tagged third base to get Church out for the final out of the inning with the game still tied at two. After Loretta walked to open up the bottom of the 11th, Xavier Paul hit a fly ball to left center for a sure out except Pagan got in the way of Carlos Beltran. Ball drops, runners on second and third with no out. The Mets intentionally walked Juan Pierre and brought in Beltran to be the fifth infielder. After Furcal flied out to short left, Orlando Hudson hit a grounder sharply to first base. A sure double play ball was over thrown to home, Loretta scored. The Dodgers won on a walk off error, the fifth error given up by the Mets. Yeesh.
LA Angels defeat Seattle Mariners 10-6. John Lackey's second outing of the season went longer than his first on Saturday in Texas when he was ejected after throwing two pitches. However his command was definitely off giving up five runs, four earned, in five innings including a solo shot to Russell Branyan in the fourth inning. However the Angels offense bailed him out in the fifth inning starting off with Torii Hunter's bases-clearing double. Kendry Morales homered twice and Juan Rivera hit one out for good measure to help the Angels get their first win on their road trip.
Denver Nuggets at LA Lakers. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. 6:00 pm ESPN, AM 570 KLAC.
New York Mets at LA Dodgers. John Maine vs. Chad Billingsley. 7:10 pm KCAL 9, AM 790 KABC.
LA Angels at Seattle Mariners. Matt Palmer vs. Felix Hernandez. 7:10 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/AM 980 KFWB.