Giants fans rolled out of bed early this morning, only to find a black fly in their chardonnay. Isn't it ironic? The Dodgers wrap up a 4-11 interleague schedule, get destroyed by an epic Yankees comeback, and roll into town with their tails between their legs...only to leave San Francisco with a clean sweep and things seemingly back on track.
Vicente Padilla matched the seven innings that John Ely pulled off the day before (Padilla went 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks), giving our overworked bullpen a bit of rest. Rafael Furcal (4-for-5) busted out a three-run HR in the fifth, and Kemp (making his first start in four games) went 3-for-4 with a solo shot of his own. Jamey Carroll went 2-for-2 with 2 BB and 3 R.
On the negative side (if there is a negative side of pounding your archrivals in the coda of a three-game sweep), Garret Anderson went 0-for-5 with four, count 'em, FOUR strikeouts, dropping his batting average to a putrid .180. Oh, and George Sherrill entered in the ninth with a seven-run lead and gave up hits to two of his three batters faced, elevating his ERA to 6.98, and needing Justin Miller for the rescue. Anytime you want to pull the ripcord on Anderson or Sherrill, Joe, be my guest.