“We’ll see, bitch.”
Those were Matt Kemp’s words to Carlos Quentin as both teams exited Petco Park on Thursday. The only thing the Dodgers have seen is a whole lot of losses. Since the brawl, Los Doyers are 1-4 including three straight losses and two shutouts. Kemp still has more ejections than home runs.
Yesterday’s win saw the Padres beat up on Chris Capuano, putting up five runs on five hits, and chasing Capuano (he was emotinally hurt) after two innings. The final score was 9-2 with Padres pitching staff once again not giving up a home run.
That’s two straight games a home run has not been allowed by Padres pitching, and strictly coincidental, has also resulted in two straight wins. Its like there’s some sort of pattern with home runs allowed and wins. Who would have thought?
I really thought the Dodgers would come out a lot stronger than they have these past two games. After all the trash talk post game and the media villainizing the Padres, I expected the Dodgers to have some fire playing at home. I guess we can thank Zack Greinke mouthing off to Q for last nights win. Capuano took over Greinke’s starts and, well, Capuano sucks…
But credit to the boys for stepping up this series. After being swept (again) by the Rockies, I wasn’t too excited about facing the Dodgers.
April 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Chris Denorfia (13) reacts after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
One of the players I want to highlight is Chris Denorfia. He’s always been one of my favorites on the team but I never felt comfortable saying he should be an everyday starter until now. He’s started the season hot and deserves to be playing everyday. Certainly over Will Venable and Cameron Maybin.
Deno’s slash line goes .395/.465/.500. He’s 6th on the team in ABs and holds the highest OPS at .965. Not only does he have the best numbers, he also has a great approach at the plate. Deno is the guy who can hit a groundball to the 2nd baseman with less than 2 outs and a runner on 3rd to drive in a run. Compared to Venable and Maybin, Deno has a better ability to just make contact as opposed to Venable and Maybin who tend to strikeout a lot.
Hopefully the boys can be merciless tonight and finish off the sweep before heading to San Francisco. It will be interesting to see what Bud Black does with his outfield as he waits for Q to come back. The lack of consistent hitting by outfielders has made it a complex situation.