Cue Michael McDonald and the Brothers Doob'! The Dodgers had a 1-1 tie going into the ninth inning, with the Dodgers' only run coming from a Juan Uribe two-out RBI double, which was promptly negated by a Carlos Fuckhead Quentin solo HR in the same seventh frame.
But Bud Black went with Padres closer Huston Street in the ninth, and Street delivered...for the Dodgers. Right after Adrian Gonzalez hit what Vin Scully called a "no-doubt about it" shot to right field for a 2-1 lead, Hanley Ramirez took the first pitch of his AB to right field to make it 3-1. Scully said that Street has given up seven HRs in late and close situations; and that this was Street's ninth HR that he has allowed from the seventh onward (which would probably be all of Street's appearances, though I didn't check).
Kenley Jansen came in to secure the ninth, due in part to a sliding Andre Ethier catch in shallow center for the first out. Starter Chris Capuano, about whom I was worried, went an admirable 5.0 IP with 4 H and 0 ER, 0 BB and 5 Ks.
Peter Moylan gave up the aforementioned Quentin shot. And Brandon League, who got Logan Forsythe to ground out for the last out of the eighth inning...got the win. Lucky bastard.
So what does this mean for the Dodgers? Can a series split with the Padres actually turn into some...dare we say...momentum? Are the Dodgers really in place to pick up a three-game winning streak, matching their longest streak of the year (April 5-7)? Didn't the Giants and Diamondbacks lose today, and the Rockies almost choke a 7-0 lead to the Nationals? Are those footsteps the rest of the NL West might be hearing? Is Juan Uribe walking on a wood floor?
Monday we go against the hated Giants at home. Let's just take this one minute by minute and see.
(Yes, I know I've used this pun before, back in 2009. You don't think, in our seventh year of Dodgers blogging, that everything is original, right? What a fool believes....)