Cameras clicked and whirred as the pair slipped into their Dodgers
togs, Wolf a No.
The three starters combined to go 41-26 this season, including 3-1 against the Dodgers
This year, more than most, there's a lot of parity in the National League,'' Finley said before a Dodgers
B team beat a Giants see-ya team 4-3 in Game 162 on Sunday afternoon.
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.
scored three runs in the first inning off longtime nemesis Miguel Batista, the veteran right-hander who threw a six-hit shutout at them on July 19 at Chase Field.
In this survey, only Atlanta, Oakland, both New Yorks and Washington ranked lower than the Dodgers
scored twice off him in the fifth, but both runs were unearned after what should have been an inning-ending, double-play grounder by Russell Martin scooted through the legs of third baseman Jose Bautista.
In the first three games of the series, the Dodgers
have scored a whopping total of six runs while stranding 25 baserunners, 11 of them in scoring position.
Drew, Julio Lugo and Olmedo Saenz each drove in one run for the Dodgers
, who lead the Padres by 1 1/2 games with 15 games remaining.
Through three innings, Wells nearly matched Maddux pitch for pitch, as he allowed only a second-inning single to Julio Lugo, but the Dodgers
managed a huge two-out rally in the fourth.
manager Grady Little had all the reason he would need to finally remove the weakest link -- specifically, Hendrickson -- from what is becoming a shaky, unreliable starting rotation.
It seemed fitting that Derek Lowe was the Dodgers
' starting pitcher Friday, the day former Dodgers
great Don Newcombe was honored.
The lanky left-hander, whose reputation when the Dodgers
got him from Tampa Bay two months ago was that he routinely pitched deep into games, couldn't even go deep enough into this one to qualify for the win.
On an evening when embattled Dodgers
lefty Mark Hendrickson finally came through with a command performance, Peavy made sure it didn't matter, frustrating the Dodgers
for seven more innings and ultimately saddling them with a 1-0 loss in front of 32,774 at Petco Park.
Maddux had skated through eight innings on an unheard-of 68 pitches in Sunday night's nationally televised duel at Dodger
Stadium - a game when Schmidt countered with eight shutout innings of his own but got nothing to show for it when Dodgers
catcher Russell Martin won the game with a walkoff homer off Vinnie Chulk in the 10th.