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Dodgers Bring Out Bats in 9-0 Shutout Rout of Padres

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It appears that the Dodgers really do want to make it to a third consecutive October. Despite a patchwork lineup manager Joe Torre cobbled together thanks to injuries to Russell Martin and Rafael Furcal, the Dodgers got their offense going in their 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres.

“It’s the matter of coming out and doing some damage,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.

The offense once moribund indeed did some damage picking on Padres’ starter Wade LeBlanc (L, 5-10) in the second inning when Casey Blake led off with a double. A single by Jamey Carroll brought home Blake for the 1-0 lead and a fielding error by centerfielder Chris Denorfia who could not pick the ball up cleanly allowed Carroll to advance to second base.

After Brad Ausmus was hit by a pitch and Vicente Padilla laid down a sacrifice bunt along the third baseline, Scott Podsednik hit a dying bloop single that landed in shallow left centerfield scoring Carroll and Ausmus for the 3-0 lead.

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Even with two outs the Dodgers had no problems. In the third inning Ronnie Belliard’s two-out double scored Blake who hit a two-out single which gave the Dodgers the 4-0 lead.

“We had some great at-bats,” Torre said. “We were fighting for it, we just kept going after it.”

On the pitching end, any fear of the bullpen blowing the game was erased by Vicente Padilla’s (W, 5-3) yet another sterling outing. Pitching a no-hitter into the seventh inning, on his 82nd pitch of the game to Ryan Ludwick with one out in the seventh, Padilla gave up a single grounded to right field. On his 85th pitch, he gave up a single up the middle to Chase Headley. A double play hit by Yorvit Torrealba ended any threat the Padres had.

The Padres did have two base runners on in the second inning: a walk by Ludwick and an intentional walk to Will Venable. However Padilla ended with a two-hit complete game shutout, the first since Hideo Nomo’s two-hitter at Dodger Stadium in a 6-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on May 24, 2003 and Padilla’s fourth career shutout.

“He’s been so aggressive going after hitters,” Torre said. “His stuff has been quality.”

“I thank God I was able to locate the pitches in the strike zone,” Padilla said through interpreter Kenji Nimura.

Padilla also made sure to make a mark on the offense by sparking an offensive onslaught with an RBI single in the eighth inning to make it 5-0.

“I wanted to erase those hits they hit on me,” Padilla joked about his two-hit night.

Ryan Theriot continued the rally getting his second base hit for the Dodgers with a two-RBI double to make it 7-0. Andre Ethier capped things off with a two-run homer. This was the fifth time this season the Dodgers scored at least five runs in an inning and their first at Dodger Stadium.

With the win the Dodgers are now seven games behind the Padres for the NL West lead and six games behind the San Francisco Giants for the wild card lead.

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Prior to the game, the Dodgers placed catcher Russell Martin on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip labral tear. Martin will undergo a CT scan on Thursday for further examination to figure out if he needs surgery. At the very least he will be on crutches for three weeks according to Stan Conte, Director of Medical Services. If surgery is needed, it will most likely end the season for Martin.