Kuroda can’t beat Pads, Dodgers’ lead shrinks
And they are determined to prove it to the pennant-contending teams they will face down the stretch.
Gonzalez hit his 35th home run of the season Sunday night after
“It’s always good when you’ve got a team full of basically nobodies going against
“It’s just a matter of throwing them in the fire and saying, ‘Hey, we need you guys to produce.’ And now that we have a lot of games under our belts, this team’s really started to come together from every aspect.” San Diego’s starting pitchers in this series –
“We talked about the schedule and what it meant for us,” manager Bud Black said. “It’s a good litmus test for our guys to play against teams that are competing for either a division title or a wild card spot. I want the opposition to know that when we take the field against them, they’re in for a good ball game. The guys have taken that challenge to play to a certain level to see if we measure up, and they’re responding.”
Stauffer (4-6) won his third straight start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings after departing with a 4-1 lead. Two of the runs against the right-hander were unearned, the result of rookie shortstop
The loss spoiled the return of
“I was very satisfied with the way he came through it tonight,” manager Joe Torre said. “I thought he competed very well. I thought his stuff was good, but he might have just been a little bit rusty as far as command.”
Kouzmanoff made it 3-0 in the third with a bases-loaded two-run single up the middle. It gave the
Martin got the
Gonzalez joined Nate Colbert as the only players in the
“He’s just putting up his numbers,” Bell said. “Adrian’s one of the best hitters around, and I just think he gets overshadowed or overlooked because he’s in San Diego. But he can crush the ball. I don’t really think he’s having an outstanding year. He’s just having an average year for him.”
Gonzalez also doubled and drew his major league-leading 103rd walk, 29 more than he had in 162 games and 700 plate appearances last season.
NOTES: Cabrera, who tied a