Padres 4, Dodgers 2

The Padres aren’t very good, but Chris Young is still pretty good, and the Padres’ bullpen appears to be VERY good. After the Padres turned a 2-1 Dodgers lead into a 4-2 Padres lead with a three-run rally against Randy Wolf and Guillermo Mota in the sixth, the Dodgers didn’t get another hit against Edwin Moreno, Duaner Sanchez (remember him?) and Heath Bell, the guy who is now 1 for 1 in save opportunities since inheriting the closer role from the legendary Trevor Hoffman, who left for Milwaukee over the winter. Tough night for the Dodgers’ offense, which is now 5 for 17 for the season w/RISP. … By the way, the exaggerated infield shift on Adrian Gonzalez APPEARED to give Gonzalez a leadoff single through the spot where Rafael Furcal would have normally been standing in the sixth inning, the first blow in that decisive rally (Casey Blake went to his knees for it, but missed). Joe Torre later said Furcal would have been playing Gonzalez closer to the bag, so the ball would have gotten through anyway. Maybe. But what we learned after the game was that Randy Wolf called for the shift, that it’s always the pitcher’s call, and Wolf played for the Padres last year and thus had firsthand knowledge of Gonzalez’s tendencies as a hitter.
“(Third-base coach) Larry (Bowa) asked me yesterday if I wanted it,” Wolf said. “Most of the time, when (Gonzalez) hits a ground ball, he usually pulls it, somewhere between shortstop and the right side. His power is more to left-center. You have to play the percentages, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Dodgers fall to 1-1 and into a four-way tie for second with the Pods, Snakes and Rox. Giants lead the division by a half-game. Billingsley vs. Walter Silva (see earlier post on him) tomorrow night, 7:05.

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  • karmabad

    Well…I got nothing except for that fact that our offense was offensive and non-existent. We left plenty of runners on base, and we’re off to a slow start. Wolf did ok I guess, but he definitely wasn’t given much run support. I hope they pick it up tonight for Bills.

  • Bill Becher

    Back to reality. It’s a long season. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a [insert cliche here]…..

  • GScott

    Granted they faced Peavy and Young, probably the best 1-2 punch in baseball when healthy, but what’s with nearly striking out 12 times a game? Almost half of our outs so far have come via K. And especially K looking. Is it that hard to fight off a pitch you get fooled on? Even if you tap it in play by accident at least you have a chance.

  • lawdog

    I cant believe that I’m the only Dog fan calling for Ethier to hit 2nd behind Manny when just such a dynamic duo resulted last year in Ethier hitting around 100 points higher due to seeing so many fastballs and Manny hit almost .400 because Ethier put himself on so many times as well as moved the leadoff hitter around bringing big inning potential to the first inning of every game

    Furcal, Ethier, Manny, Loney, Kemp, Martin, O-Rod and Blake gives you the best firepower from their relative strengths and weaknesses in relation to who they are hitting in front of and behind as well as their own skills. O-Rod will hit .295.305 no matter where you put him. That makes him very helpful in the seven hole giving Blake a guy to drive home once in a while as he sees more fastballs to avoid bringing the pitcher to the plate to sacrifice O-Rod and Blake along to set the plate for Furcal (with Ethier and Manny waiting to break the game open on deck and in the hole), or intentional walks if they want to get to the pitcher with a couple of runners on and two out.

    I don’t know why I’m alone in seeing what seems like something that should be the obvious. You want more bang to the offense? Put Ethier in the two slot behind Manny and drop O-Rod to the 7th slot. That’s all you need to do.

  • GScott

    As Joe Torre said, having Manny hit 3rd behind Furcal and Hudson is to protect him. The typical idea of protection in an order is by having a power threat hit behind you when in fact having someone on base in front of you serves the same purpose. Therefore, you have two high OBP guys hit in front of Manny to try to ensure one or both are on base in front of him and pitchers have to either pitch to him or load the bases.

  • BruinFBBB

    The Dodgers faced a pretty good pitcher yesterday and everyone wants to get crazy. Joe Torre knows what he’s doing.

    Its actually pretty simple. The table-setters get on base and the big bats drive them in. Why do you want to take RBI opportunities away from Manny and Andre and give them to Blake? Nonsense…

    Last year was last year. The Dodgers didn’t have Hudson.

    But Ethier is a big boy. He can do it w/o Manny’s help (especially since the impact of protection has been under fire in some circles lately)…

    I’d love to see 3/4 from the Pads, but can’t be too unhappy if the Dodgers split on the road.

  • BruinFBBB

    Well said GScott.

    And similarly, Ethier is protected when Manny is standing on second after having driven in Hud and or Raffy…

  • Marcel

    Who is ‘O-Rod’?

  • BruinFBBB

    When does Phase II of proving all doubters wrong commence?

    Hopefully tonight…

  • BruinFBBB

    And fwiw, I think he meant Dodger 2nd baseman Orlando Hudson. (Jennifer’s distant cousin, fwiw…)