Dodgers-Giants: Wolf Pitches a Dandy, Manny & Kemp Go Deep in 9-1 Win

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Dodgers-Giants: Wolf Pitches a Dandy, Manny & Kemp Go Deep in 9-1 Win

On a fall-like 58-degree evening, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent a message to the rival San Francisco Giants during a 9-1 routing at AT&T Park.

Manny Ramirez was issued intentional walks in his first two at-bats and San Francisco wishes they would have treated him the same in his next two trips to the plate.

Ramirez laced an RBI-double in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh, his 13th of the season, and Matt Kemp also added a three-run home run in the seventh to aid the Dodgers offense in a breakout effort and guide them to their second win in as many nights.

Andre Ethier added a 3-for-5 night with two doubles and two RBI, continuing to excel hitting in front of Ramirez in the order.

The Dodgers (69-45) took advantage of a couple of mistakes and busted out for a four-run fifth and a five-run seventh inning to spring in front of the Giants (61-52) and give Randy Wolf more than enough run support.

Wolf went eight innings and surrendered just one run on three hits—all of which were singles. He threw 103 pitches, striking out three and walking just one hitter. The walk ended up being the lone run scored against him, eventually coming home on an RBI-groundout.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Rafael Furcal led off with a walk, and then Russell Martin reached on an error. The play may have been turned into a double play ball if Eugenio Velez had simply held on to the throw from pitcher Joe Martinez, but he dropped the delivery allowing Furcal to slide in safely at second.

Andre Ethier broke through when he stroked his second double of the night into the right-center field power alley, scoring both Furcal and Martin. Ramirez then banged a 0-2 pitch into the left-field corner to bring Ethier home and run the score to 3-1 in favor of the Dodgers.

The fourth and final run of the inning came one out later on a James Loney RBI-single, making it 4-1 L.A.

Loney, who entered the game hampered in an 0-for-13 slump and was just 1-for-20 in his past four games, finally broke through for his 69th RBI of the season and added a single later in the game to notch a 2-for-4 night.

Two innings later, the Blue Crew exploded for five runs in the seventh before Brandon Medders could record an out.

Ramirez blasted his two-run bomb on a 1-2 pitch, and shortly after Kemp slammed a long fly over the centerfield wall, this time on a 0-2 pitch, to bust the game open at 9-1.

Kemp’s 15th home run of the year tied him with Ethier for the club lead in RBI with 75 driven home, and on the broadcast you could hear him teasing Ramirez, saying in the dugout, “Mine went farther!”

Tomorrow, the Dodgers will send multi-usage pitcher Jeff Weaver (5-4, 3.90) to the mound against the Giants young ace Tim Lincecum (12-3, 2.20) as Los Angeles will attempt to sweep its divisional rival.

 

 

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WP: Wolf (6-6)

LP: Martinez (2-1)

 

Notes from Tuesday night

O-Dogg Sits Out

All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson was forced to sit out tonight’s game due to a strained groin he suffered in last night’s contest. Hudson slipped backing up first baseman Mark Loretta on a ground ball by Ryan Garko, and attributed the injury to his wearing of rubber (instead of metal) cleats.

 

Help from…the Pirates?

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the second-place Colorado Rockies 7-3 at Coors Field. The Rockies loss dropped them another game behind the Dodgers, who now have a 6.5-game lead on them and a 7.5-game lead on the Giants.

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers

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