In his first at-bat, with two outs in the first inning and Kenny Lofton on third base, Kent took two balls then drilled a double to left field to score Lofton and give the Dodgers
a 1-0 lead.
added pop to a position with the third worst slugging percentage in the league.
made another deal, getting second baseman Julio Lugo from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
As it was, Dodgers
reliever Danys Baez was touched for three runs in the ninth inning to eliminate any chance of the Dodgers
rallying for a win in the bottom of the inning.
This time the camera noises were drowned out by satisfied ``Aaaaah'' from the Dodgers
employees at the back of the Dugout Club restaurant as the free-agent acquisitions spun around to show the blue-lettered ``Wolf'' and ``Pierre'' across their shoulders.
Panda offers a variety of menu options at Dodger
Stadium, including some of the restaurant's most popular items:
Still, of the seven games played between the Dodgers
and Mets this season, four of which were won by New York, pitching was the key to five of them, including all four in a late-season series split between to the two clubs three weeks ago.
He was asked about his old team's chances now that the first-round matchups have been determined and the Dodgers
are off to New York to open a best-of-five series against the Mets on Wednesday, the winner to get the Cardinals-Padres winner.
The gut reality of it is that here in late September, the Dodgers
are fighting the Giants for October, battling Giants who otherwise are just trying to stay out of last place.
fell 1 1/2 games behind San Diego in the National League West and a half-game behind Philadelphia in the wild-card standings.
stick with a lot of one-size items, and it's sad to watch sometimes as Roger the Peanut Man chucks those huge $5.
threatened in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and 2 outs, but Salomon Torres struck out Jeff Kent on a 3-2 pitch.
But San Diego's Terrmel Sledge managed to guide it into right field for a single the Dodgers
might remember for a long, long time, easily scoring Khalil Green from second base.
With the scene set - a half-game lead over visiting San Diego in the National League West, their Hall of Fame savior on the mound - the Dodgers
started arguably their most important weekend of the season.
Maddux threw 6 1/3 no-hit innings and the Dodgers
opened a crucial series with a 3-1 victory over the Padres in front of 52,911 at Dodger