Sunday, July 10, 2011
Step 1: Sweep the Padres
Gus Ruelas/APIt's a small step no matter how you look at it – back toward the division race, or away from the rebuilding that need take place – but it's a step nonetheless.
Tony Gwynn Jr. scores the Dodgers' first run as Padres third baseman Chase Headley throws the ball away.
Andre Ethier hit two home runs, ending the Dodgers' drought, and Ted Lilly allowed one but otherwise pitched solidly for five innings, and Los Angeles defeated San Diego, 4-1. For the Dodgers, it's their first series sweep and first four-game winning streak of the year.
The first inhale of the last gasp has been a healthy one. After the All-Star break, six straight games against the National League West leaders.