Padres Take Series In Los Angeles

M.T. RobinsonCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2009

LOS ANGELES - JUNE 10:  Kevin Kouzmanoff #5 of the San Diego Padres hits an infield single for an RBI in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 10, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Padres vs. Dodgers, one of baseball's better rivalry's during the last 40 years. Nothing gets Padre fans' blood stirring like a series against "dem bums."

San Diego stepped into Chavez Ravine on Friday looking to play spoiler this weekend, and one would have to say they accomplished that mission. In taking two of three against the Dodgers, the Pads stated mission of deciding who wins the West seems reasonable.

Los Angeles remains in first place, 4 1/2 games up on San Francisco. The Dodgers have struggled at home of late, dropping several key series, which has allowed the Giants and Rockies to climb back within striking distance. Bigger leads have been wasted, so the Dodgers are hardly a post season lock. 

Padre fans have to feel better about the current team, which is much more competitive than its early summer counterpart. With virtually every prospect the Pads have now at the Major league level, this last month represents a great opportunity to get these guys some much needed MLB experience.

So it's onto San Francisco, and a three game series with the Giants. After torpedoing the Dodgers over the weekend, perhaps the Friars can do the bums a favor and sweep the Giants. Former Padre skipper Bruce Bochy needs a strong showing during this last month, as his contract is up in Frisco. Look for an entertaining series and hopefully some Padre success...