Saturday, April 5, 2008

Dodgers get Peavy'd

Jake Peavy is awesome.

That's really all I have to say. He is worth every penny they pay him. He struck out the first 3 hitters of the game (all swinging). The first hit for the Dodgers didn't even come until the 4th, when Rafael Furcal led off with a triple (hey, at least SOMEONE got a hit). There was absolutely nothing else going for the Dodgers' offense.

It's hard to get too down on LA since Peavy is in the top 2-3 pitchers in today's game. But it still would have been nice to see them put up at least a little bit more of a fight. Like I said, Furcal hit a triple with no outs, but the only reason he scored was on an error by catcher Josh Bard. James Loney doubled with 1 out in the 4th, but neither Jeff Kent of Andre Ethier could score him.

I said this in a previous post, but Russell Martin needs to be moved out of the #2 spot. He was 0-4 today, and his at-bats looked like this: K swinging, pop out to catcher, K swinging, and grounded into a double play. That may be his worst offensive game as a Dodger in his career. He'll come around eventually, but they need better production than 1-19 at the top of the order.

Brad Penny certainly did not look good at all to start the game. The Padres torched him for 6 singles and a sac fly in the 1st for 4 runs. After that he was fine, only giving up 4 more hits and no runs the next 5 innings, but the damage was done.

Facing Peavy was hard enough, and it doesn't get much easier tomorrow when they go against Chris Young. Derek Lowe will oppose him, and a win by the Dodgers would be a big step in the right direction, which would mean taking 2 of 3 in San Diego. It'll be a big early season matchup to watch.

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