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James Loney provides the offense, Vicente Padilla the pitching as Dodgers close out first half with 7-0 victory over Cubs

It’s James Loney, the quiet guy. Vicente Padilla, the suspect opening-day starter.

Together on Sunday, they put aside question marks and presented the Dodgers with a nice little victory to feel good about as they head into the three-day All Star break.

Loney drove in four runs, including three on a first-inning home run, and Padilla threw no-hit ball for five innings as the Dodgers rolled to a 7-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The victory leaves the Dodgers with a 49-39 record at the break, tied with the Colorado Rockies for second place in the National League West, two games back of the San Diego Padres.

Not exactly where they would prefer to be located, but certainly within comfortable striking distance going into the second half.

Loney’s four runs batted in gives him a team-high 63, fifth best in the NL. The home run was his sixth.

Padilla held the Cubs to two hits over eight innings. He struck out six and walked one.

In his five starts since returning from the disabled list because of a nerve problem in his throwing arm, he is 3-1 with a 2.38 earned-run average. And looking remarkably like an opening-day starter.

For the Cubs, the day ended a first half of frustration. They are 39-50, 9½ games back in the NL Central and looking like a team heading nowhere.

They were made more frustrated by two close calls that went against them at first base, the second of which pitcher Carlos Silva was so upset about that first base umpire Brian Runge ejected him in the second inning.

Given that Silva (9-3) had given up six runs, six hits and three walks, he probably wasn’t long for the game anyway.

-- Steve Dilbeck
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Nice win, contributions from everyone, well, except for Martin. How many times is he going to roll over on one and ground out to short. This guy is terrible!!!

Go Vicente Padialla make us nicas proud.

Nice of Joe to use Kuo in the 9th negating any chance he might have had in pitching Tuesday night in Anaheim.

The Manny Who Wasn't There...

On Feb 22, Money predicted he wouldn't be back as a Dodger.

That prediction came true February 22. How many games has this guy actually played in? How often was his presence the difference that made a difference?

During his latest stint on the DL, has he been missed? Did the Dodgers win something like 9 out of 13 without him?

Even Andruw Jones has 50% more home runs: 12 to Money's 8. Andruw's team is also in first place.

In business, when an employee lets it be known he is leaving, that is management's cue to retire him ASAP.

Now, there are just a few weeks before the trading deadline.

Ned, would you please trade this guy to an AL team?

Now THIS is the way we expected the Dodgers to play; solid SP, timely hitting & great defense! Sure, it's the Cubs & Marlins, but they are playing well!

I have been all over Padilla & Dread for signing him, but he has pitched very, very well his last 4 starts. He's not a long term solution, but when he pitches as he has been, he will no doubt keep the Dodgers in most games!

Loney is as I expected; after the first few games I sw him play, I said to msyelf, this is Mark Grace redux! & so many people wanted him to hit for power & then he started to slump - he is not a HR hitter, he is however, a great glove man, a guy who gets the hits when they most count & love watching drive the ball up the allies & opposite field!

So glad to see Rafael play as he is capable of when he is healthy.

Now, let's see what the 2nd half brings!


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