Theresa O’Connor

Dodgers at Padres

Comments on tonight’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles and the San Diego Padres.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

20 April 2005 at PETCO Park
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First off, it’s very nice that the Sox took out Baltimore 8–0 today. Tek hit a three-run homer in the 6th. But ESPN.com’s GameCast isn’t the same as being able to watch the game on TV.

Also Sox-related, there’s an interesting discussion going on about what the Sox lineup will look like in 2007. I’m very exicted about seeing Han Ram and Pedroia in Fenway; the next few years are going to be very good to us Boston fans.

Right, so getting on to the game at hand. Having grown up in Boston, I’ve never followed the National League as much as the American, and didn’t have any established NL loyalty when I moved to San Diego several years ago. Now that I’m marrying a Dodgers fan, I’m trying to follow the NL West as well as the AL East, for both my adopted city and my love. Anyway. It was Military Opening Day today in San Diego, so the Padres wore their (ugly) camo uniforms.

This was a fairly quiet pitchers’ duel between D. Lowe and Woody Williams, with LA coming out on top for their eighth win in a row. How ’bout them Dodgers? They’re having the best start to a season since their move to LA. Cursed to First has a nice post on LA’s historic start. Right, so here are my notes from the game.

Woody Williams had an easy go of it in the top of the first, but D. Lowe didn’t look very good in the bottom. Loretta stole second and was batted in by Nevin; 1–0 Padres.

LA’s Nakamura is in his first MLB season after 13 years in the Japanese league. He’s got a crazy stance; must be some kind of inscrutable samurai thing or something. Legs straight, arms almost straight out. Phillips hit a single after Nakamura popped one up. Next up is D. Lowe.

First pitch to D. Lowe: he hit a nice slow one up the third-base line. It’s fun to see D. Lowe hitting; I didn’t know he could. :) The commentators are laughing about how he’s very chatty when he’s on base; I attribute it to the novelty of the experience for him.

The most amusing play of the game was next, when Izturis hit it just to the right of Loretta and Phillips headed home from second. The ball was thrown home, but Phillips managed to dance around Hernandez, yet slipped on his way to the plate and was tagged out.

There’s very little to say about the game until the eighth, when the Dodgers’ J. Drew hit a single-shot home run to tie it up. In the bottom of the eighth, D. Lowe’s pitch count went over 120, but he finished out the inning.

With men on first and second and two outs in the top of the 10th, LA’s Valentin hit a lovely triple to right field, and gave the Dodgers a 3–1 lead, which became the win when the Padres couldn’t do anything in the bottom of the tenth.

I’m going to try to write up each baseball game I watch this season; with practice, I might even get good at it. :)