First MLB game in China ends tied
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres can't be split in Beijing.
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2008 13:24 GMT

Major League Baseball came to China for the first time, with the Dodgers visiting Beijing [GALLO/GETTY]

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres tied 3-3 in Major League Baseball's first ever game in China.
With no extra innings played in exhibition games, the 12,224 fans at the Wukesong baseball field in Beijing were denied a winner on a sunny but blustery day at the Olympic Games venue for baseball.
"Nobody's happy with a tie," Joe Torre, Dodgers manager, told reporters.
"But both clubs took it seriously for sure.
"I thought it was closer to a regular season game than other exhibitions, with all the attention and everything."
George Lombard put the Dodgers ahead with a home run at the top of the third inning, powering the ball over the right field fence, but the Padres struck back when a wild throw from catcher Lucas May allowed second baseman Oscar Robles to sneak home from third base in the bottom of the fourth.

The Dodgers went back in front two innings later when May atoned for his error with a single and Andruw Jones, new $36.2 million outfielder, put the LA team further ahead when he sent Matt Kemp home in the eighth.

"I thought it was closer to a regular season game than other exhibitions."

Joe Torre,
LA Dodgers manager

However Adrian Gonzalez, Padres, infielder drove Craig Stansberry and Scott Hairston in with a double at the bottom of the eighth to make it 3-3.

Major League Baseball (MLB) has ambitious plans to make the sport as popular with the Chinese as it is with their neighbours in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

Torre was particularly pleased with the performance of Park Chan-ho, the Dodgers' Korean pitcher, who has returned to LA in an attempt to resurrect his injury-hit career.

"I thought it was not a good but a great outing," said Torre, former New York Yankees manager.

"He gave up one run but it was a freak thing.

"I think he was in command of his stuff all day."

The teams play another exhibition at the same stadium on Sunday.

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