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