By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Staff –
Dodger Manager Joe Torre was enjoying a round of golf during the off season, when he received the 2010 baseball schedule via a text message. As he scanned the home season, one weekend stood out. Three games with the Yankees in June.
Major League Baseball’s interleague schedule promotes cross town rivalries and helps generate continuous fan interest over the 162 game season.
The end of June Dodger-Yankee series, played here in Los Angeles, would be Torre’s initial face to face contact with the players he had taken to the World Series, so many times.
Hollywood Joe, as he has been portrayed, knew that ESPN and the celebrities, normally associated with a Laker playoff game would be in town for the series.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the Yankees caught them on the back side of an eight game losing streak.
It’s a good thing Kobe Bryant went to Africa for the World Cup, otherwise, he would likely be seated along celebrity row, dawning his Yankee cap. He would have been joined by Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Billy Crystal, all proudly wearing their NY logos for the national television audience.
Sunday’s matchup promised to be a classic pitching duel between twenty-two year old Dodger phenom Clayton Kershaw and future Hall of Famer, Andy Pettitte.
Kershaw’s fastball was good enough to hold the Yanks to only two runs, on four hits, through seven innings. The Dodgers held a nice 6-2 lead going into the ninth inning. For Yankee fans, the remainder of the game was heaven, for Dodger fans, it was a nightmare.
The Bronx Bombers tied the game with four runs in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers would go to their closer, 100 mph hurler, Jonathan Broxton.
Unfortunately, the reliable fastball wasn’t there. He had alarming control problems, throwing some 50 pitches and giving up four big runs.
Yankee hitter Robinson Cano cracked his 15th home run to put New York ahead 8-6 in the 10th. Mariano Rivera, the best closer in baseball, came in to close the deal.
For the Dodgers, losing two of three to the Yankees exposed a chink in their armor, the bullpen. They trail division leading San Diego by five games and San Francisco by four.
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