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Dodgers Continue to Flail against Padres

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The Benny Hill Show theme song that played after the third inning showing home video bloopers seemed like a more appropriate soundtrack for the entire game for the Dodgers. Base running gaffes, throwing errors and their inability to get a runner home doomed the Dodgers in their 10-5 loss to the first place San Diego Padres.

“You make your own breaks,” manager Joe Torre said. “We have to start doing more things right and fewer things wrong.”

Things got off to a seemingly good start as the Dodgers managed three consecutive two-out singles against Padres’ starter Clayton Richard (W, 9-5). But on the last single hit by Casey Blake, James Loney was tagged out at third before Matt Kemp touched home plate.

“We had a situation where one runner didn’t run fast enough and the other one ran too fast,” Torre said. “They were both at fault.”

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However Torre did place a lot of onus on Loney.

“James has to be mindful of watching the guy in front of him and making sure that he’s going to score. He can’t be going to third base if it’s going to be a slide.”

However Kemp did admit he could’ve hustled a tad more.

“I probably should have ran a little bit harder,” Kemp admitted. “I think Loney was hustling trying to stretch it, get on third base and make some things happen. If I just ran a bit harder we wouldn’t be talking about that now.”