Dodgers 10, Padres 1

Torre’s lineup switcheroo obviously worked. Matt Kemp, the new leadoff guy, drew a walk, had two hits and scored a run. Russell Martin, the new No. 2 guy, had two hits, one of them a double, drew two walks and scored a run. Manny Ramirez, who was supposed to benefit from having Andre Ethier hitting behind him, apparently did, doubling in two runs in the first. Nomar and Blake DeWitt each hit three-run HRs. Oh, and the Snakes lost. Let the handwringing come to crashing halt. The Dodgers are 82-75, their lead is a safe three games and their magic number is three, with five to go. Are you starting to smell it yet?

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  • Fire Ned Colletti Now

    Yeah, for whatever reason, Kemp seems to thrive in the lead-off role.

    All his tools say he would be a bad lead-off man, but his numbers are solid from that spot.

    Actually, looking at it now, Kemp is at his best when he bats 1st or 2nd.

  • phillydodger

    It’s fear! Fear of being let down and crushed like so many times before. This team has taken us all on a thrill ride alright. Just hope it doesn’t run off track in SF this weekend.

    Guess I love the new lineup. The lineup is classic Joe – but it works, and anything that will wake this team up and keep it going at least one more week, works for me!

  • rjthrelkeld

    It smells like mediocrity to me. It’s hard to see this team going very far on paper and should they make NL champions, they’ll melt against a real team that the AL will offer. Still, better first then last.

  • snuffy02

    just win baby…