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LAst Night's Action: Tommy Lasorda Returns to Another One-Run Game
Tommy Lasorda Returns to Dodger Stadium. For the first time since suffering a mild heart attack in New York on June 4, the 84-year old former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda spoke to the media at Dodger Stadium.
"I've got to thank the people for the support they gave me and the prayers they said for me," Lasorda said. "That was unbelievable."
Lasorda was in Seacaucus, NJ at the MLB Network studios for the First-Year Player Draft and was taken to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Lasorda suffered a blockage in one of his arteries and had a stent insert to correct the blockage.
Lasorda credited MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Joe Torre with his quick recovery.
I made a mistake. Luis Gonzalez asked, 'How do you feel Tommy?' And I said, 'I feel a little woozy.' Everybody was getting ready for the draft. So he told everybody that I was sick. And everybody was coming up to me, 'Are you feeling good', 'Are you feeling all right?' 'Yeah I'm fine!' So now Colin [Gunderson, Lasorda's assistant] got the medics to come in, and they took my blood pressure and everything and said, 'You've got to go to the hospital.' I said, 'I ain't going to no hospital.' And they said, 'No, you've got to go.'
The commissioner came over and said, 'You're going to the hospital.' And Joe Torre came over and said, 'You're going into that hospital.' So I said, 'I guess I'm going to the hospital.'
"They put me on an ambulance on a stretcher. That guy that was driving that damn ambulance must have been hitting every pothole on the way over there because I was shaking up. I felt like I was on one of Charlie Hough's knuckleballs."
After jokingly saying that this Dodger team and their penchant for one-run games was responsible for putting him in the hospital, he did tip his cap to them.
"We've got a good bunch of guys here. We've got a good manager. We've got a good coaching staff. We've got a bunch of players that play together. Like my 1988 team. There wasn't an overabundance of guys that were great, but we had a bunch of guys that were great together. I think that's what you see here. At least, that's what I see."
Chicago White Sox defeat LA Dodgers 5-4. Poor Tommy Lasorda. The first game he partakes after suffering a mild heart attack on June 4, the Dodgers put him through yet another one-run game.
It looked to be a laugher of game for the White Sox, four hits in the second inning off of Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley to take the 3-0 lead. Just for added measure the Sox added another run in the third inning when a two-out triple by Alex Rios sailed over centerfielder Elian Herrera's head and took a weird bounce off the wall.
"My fastball command was off and on tonight," Billingsley said. "I felt good. I had command of my offspeed stuff. My fastball just wasn't there today."
The Dodgers did have a rally in the third inning tying the game on six singles and a sacrifice fly, but the White Sox came back with one run in the fourth thanks to Billingsley hitting Alexei Ramirez in the back with a curveball.
"The biggest thing we talk about with Chad is consistency," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "The inconsistency is what is keeping him from taking huge steps forward."
The Dodgers lead the Major Leagues with 30 one-run games, now falling to 17-13 in those games.
LA Angels defeat Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0. Ervin Santana flirted with a perfect game Justin Upton singled up the middle in the seventh inning avoiding becoming the 21st out. The only other baserunner Santana gave up was a pinch-hit walk to Miguel Montero in the ninth inning in his one-hit shutout. Mark Trumbo was the biggest hit of the Angels 10 hits, a two-run homer in the first inning against former Angel and birthday boy Joe Saunders.
Real Salt Lake defeat Chivas USA 3-0. Two goals by Fabian Espindola and a goal in stoppage time by Will Johnson defeat the Red and White dropping them to 4-7-3 for the season.
On Chances Manny Ramirez Comes Back to the Dodgers. So sayeth Don Mattingly if the Dodgers need Manny Ramirez to enhance the team chemistry: "No. No enhancements."
Arizona Diamondbacks at LA Angels. 12:35 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.
Chicago White Sox at LA Dodgers. 1:10 p.m. Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC.
Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy. 4:00 p.m. KDOC.