Animated Lima delivers an epic

With their season on the line, the Dodgers turned to Jose Lima and he delivered an epic performance, writes Eric Neel.

Originally Published: October 9, 2004
By Eric Neel | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- When the game was over, Jose Lima kneeled down on one knee in the infield grass, head bowed, humbled by what he'd done.

"I didn't know whether to cry or to jump in the stands," he said later. "Tonight I think the Lord blessed me."

He looked very much like another Dodger shutout artist, Orel Hershiser, who struck the same pose roughly 16 years ago after finishing his 59th consecutive scoreless inning for the 1988 Dodgers.

Lima has a long way to go to reach ...

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