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Dodgers Bullpen Implodes in Mets 6-1 Victory

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The Dodgers bullpen wasted away Dodger starter Vicente Padilla’s two-run outing drowning the Dodgers in a 6-1 loss.

“Padilla pitched sensational,” Torre said. “He was very economical. We couldn’t generate any offense, but we certainly let it get away from us in the eighth.”

Padilla didn’t have his stuff early on in the game evidenced by his first two pitches resulting in a double to Jose Reyes and a single to Luis Castillo that sent Reyes to third. Padilla coming out of the inning unscathed seemed like a real possibility after he struck out Angel Pagan. However after David Wright struck out swinging, Reyes booked it to home plate with Castillo going to second. Catcher Russell Martin threw to second baseman Blake DeWitt covering second base who dropped the ball as he tagged Castillo for the error and the unearned run.

“I don’t even know,” DeWitt tried to recall about the play. “It came out. It’s a play you’ve got to make, and I didn’t make it.”

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“He never had the ball in his glove,” Torre said of DeWitt’s drop. “It was a little bit of a snow cone. If it was a force play, it would have been fine. But when he made a tag the ball jumped out. It was tough because Russell made a good throw and Reyes hadn’t crossed home plate yet.”