LAst Night's Action: Phillies Draw First Blood
The Phillies fans go wild. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
Philadelphia Phillies defeat LA Dodgers 3-2. In a well pitched game, any mistake made is amplified. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Derek Lowe just made one too many mistakes. The Dodgers got things started with back-to-back one out doubles by Andre Ethier and Manny Ramirez taking a 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning they showed their improved execution after Matt Kemp hit a second to advance to third on a Casey Blake grounder and Blake DeWitt sacrifice fly. But that sixth inning got to Lowe leaving two sinkerballs up for a two-run homer to Chase Utley and a solo go-ahead homer to Pat Burrell. It's only game one so there's no need to panic.
LA Clippers defeat LA Lakers 107-80. The second game of the preseason for the Lakers came with the hope that the defense would step up. Too bad the Clipper's defense was the one that showed up. What also didn't help were the 25 turnover committed by the purple and gold. The Clippers looked more like the team that represented the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, but after all it is the preseason. After the first preseason game Laker's head coach Phil Jackson said that Lamar Odom was curling. I can't wait to hear the comments after this game.