Seven to play

With Matt Kemp leading the way, the Dodgers won a laugher 8 – 2 this afternoon in San Diego. Kemp was 4 for 5 with a home run and a double (his 20th of each on the season) good for four RBI, Nick Punto had three singles, and Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Rivera all chipped in with two hits apiece. Even Aaron Harang, who had a no-hitter until two outs in the fifth in this game, also doubled.

That means the Dodgers are four back in the 2nd wild card chase, awaiting the results from the Houston – St. Louis game. Houston was leading 2 – 0 going to the bottom of the sixth in Houston as the Dodgers finished up their win. If Houston hangs on the Dodgers are 3 1/2 games behind the Cards with seven games to play. The Cards have six to play after tonight, and they’ll be off tomorrow while the Dodgers play the rubber game of the series with the Padres.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rare — but welcome! — offensive outburst.

    I sure hope they can score 8 runs many times over in these last 7 games.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Astros did their part, beating the Cards, 2-0.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s say we win tomorrow, which would put us 3 games back with 6 to play. Ignoring for a moment what Milwaukee does, here’s this what the Dodgers have to do to make the playoffs:

    Cards go 3-3, Dodgers go 6-0
    Cards go 2-4, Dodgers go 5-1
    Cards go 1-5, Dodgers go 4-2
    Cards go 0-6, Dodgers go 3-3

    You never know…

    • WBBsAs

      Stranger things have happened in the season’s last week.

      • scooplew

        Such as Dodger collapse in the final week in 1962 and the Philly collapse in the final week in 1964,

        • Bob_Hendley

          Now, if we could only get Gene Mauch to manage the Cards.

          • scooplew

            Best manager never to win the pennant? His Angels lost heartbreaking AL championship series to the Brewers in 1982 and the Red Sox in 1986. Mauch also had two brief stints with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and 1948.

        • WBBsAs

          I’d rather not recall 1962, but 1963 was certainly memorable.

    • KT

      They face the Nats and the Reds so i see a glimmer

  • scooplew

    This was our first win by more than three runs since beating Miami back to back on Aug. 24-25. It was also the first time a starting pitcher won for the Dodgers since Sept. 1.

  • LADodgersFan88

    This game gave me one more ounce of hope. Here we go!

  • Hello all! Happy to find you here.

  • John_from_Aus

    wow, a great win

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t know how you keep up John, I am very discombobulated here in Jakarta with the time difference.

      • KT

        I did it for 2 years from Bahrain…12 hours difference there

        • Ha! A fraternity brother of mine worked there for Brown & Root back in the 1970s. He got married via telephone from there (bride was in a US judge’s office).

          I really wish I’d had the internet in the ’70s when I was in Japan with the Navy and then on Kwajalein with the Dept. of Defense. I would have been a lot less bored. On the other hand, I’d probably have spent a ton of money shopping online.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Matty had 12 dingers in April. To think that 4 months later he had only 8 more and we are, technically, still in the race, if only for the mild card. Who woulda thunk it?

    • dalegribel

      I truly do not believe he has been healthy since hamstring DL stint #1.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, and even then the 20 dingers is a 32 pace for 162 games. We expect so much from our Bison.

  • I’ll be at the game tonight with my 4 year old. Were 3-0 this year when I see them live. In all my other years combined I think we are like 14-196 when I go. lol wish us all luck

  • SaMoDodger

    It’s time to start talking about “the loss column” rather than games behind, since you can make up wins, but you can’t eliminate losses. Right now, the Dodgers are three back in the loss column with 7 to play.