Dodgers Short Hops: Game 1

Dodgers Short Hops: Game 1

NEW YORK -- Fielding the Dodgers' Game 1 loss to the Mets on a short hop ...

In < 25 words...
A play that will be discussed -- and be replayed on TV for years to come -- set the tone in the Dodgers' 6-5 loss.

Frozen moment
In one of the wackiest sequences in postseason history, the Dodgers had two runners thrown out at home plate on the same play. Jeff Kent and
J. D. Drew, who were on first and second base with none out in the second inning, turned what could have been a run-scoring single to right field by Russell Martin into a rally-killing unassisted double play.

Big number
Two: For the first time all season, Dodgers right-hander Derek Lowe surrendered two home runs in the same inning. He allowed just 14 home runs in 218 regular-season innings, and only one circuit blast since Aug. 24.

Game ball
Marlon Anderson -- 5 balls: The left fielder drove in the game's first run with a second-inning double, and singled and scored in the seventh inning.

Nomar Garciaparra -- 4 balls: The first baseman delivered a clutch game-tying two-run double past third base in the seventh inning.

Rafael Furcal -- 3 balls: The Dodgers' regular-season MVP singled home one run, stole second and scored the tying run in the seventh.

Sense of October
Solo home runs by Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd in the fourth inning off Lowe increased the noise level at Shea Stadium to its second-highest point of the day, topped earlier by the home-plate double play.

Lines of the Game
Hitting
Kenny Lofton
4 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBIs
Comment: The Dodgers' No. 2 hitter struck out three times and flied out with the go-ahead runner on second in the seventh inning.

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Pitching
Brad Penny
1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Comment: A starter-turned-reliever, Penny pitched the decisive seventh inning, walking the first and third batters he faced and giving up back-to-back one-out hits to Delgado and David Wright.

Spoken
"It happened in the second inning. You can't expect to win a ballgame in the second inning. It's easy to sit in a booth and it's easy to color this at the end of the day by saying, 'If this would have scored and that would have scored ... it would have added up and they would have won.' You can't do that in this game."
-- Kent, Dodgers second baseman

Next step
The Dodgers send rookie left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo to the Shea Stadium mound on Thursday night, hoping he can deliver a series-tying victory. The Mets were 25-22 against lefties during the regular season and one of those losses was to Kuo, who tossed six scoreless innings on Sept. 8.

Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.