Dodgers-Padres: Los Angeles Brings NL West Lead to 3.5 Games

Molly GraySenior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2008

The Los Angeles Dodgers padded their division lead Wednesday night, beating the San Diego Padres 7-2 in San Diego.

Derek Lowe didn’t much enjoy his fantastic start however; a comebacker caused him to leave the game in the sixth inning.

Lowe had pitched 5.1 innings when a line drive from Kevin Kouzmanoff hit him in the back of the leg. Lowe was able to retrieve the ball and throw Kouzmanoff out at first, but he decided to hand the ball to Torre and leave the game, having given up one run and three hits. The Dodgers were up 5-1.

Rookie Scott Elbert came in to relieve Lowe. Elbert, with a 6.23 ERA, finished the inning with no hits and one strike out.

Brad Penny made his debut off the DL, starting the seventh inning. Penny gave up two hits, a run, and a walk and was pulled after three batters and before recording an out. Cory Wade pitched the rest of the seventh and the eighth innings, and was followed by Joe Beimel, who closed out the game with two groundouts and a flyout.

As far as batting is concerned, watching this game, you would never know that Los Angeles has struggled at the plate the majority of the year.

Manny Ramirez had two home runs in five at-bats, with four RBI. The Dodgers jumped ahead with three runs in the second, as James Loney homered, Blake DeWitt had an RBI-double, and Russell Martin hit an RBI-single.

The Padres fist run came in the first inning, when Brian Giles, who led off with a double, scored on Kouzmanoff’s groundout. Their second run came after Penny loaded the bases, but Wade held the three runners to only one score before ending the inning.

Losing pitcher was Shawn Estes, who gave up six hits and five runs in five innings pitched.