Somehow the expected offensive massacre did not materialize tonight. The Dodgers' tomato can, Ramon Ortiz, allowed three earned runs over four innings, and the Padres' Weeble, Jon Garland, wobbled but didn't fall down, allowing two ER over six.
The two teams traded robotic punches all night, and there were six lead changes in the game. The top of the order — Messrs. Martin, Kemp, Ethier & Ramirez — went 7-for-16 and did all the scoring, Kemp with what would be the game-winning two-run homer.
Then it came down to the bullpens. The Padres' first reliever, Luke Gregerson, surrendered Kemp's homer, while the Dodgers bullpen — Messrs. Sherrill, Weaver, Belisario, Kuo & Broxton — allowed only two
runs hits over the last five innings.
A true team effort brings the Dodgers one game closer to first place. Tomorrow brings us a Kershaw-Correia tilt, which should be another fun one.