Dodgers Can't Solve Kennedy

There is this about momentum in baseball. It's only as good as the next pitcher you face. And Saturday in Coors Field , the Dodgers went up against Joe Kennedy.<br> <br> Kennedy is having a middling season, hardly a candidate for the Cy Young award. But as far as the Dodgers are concerned, he could be ole Cy himself . That's what it seemed like once more as he held them to four hits in an 8-1 Rockies victory that blighted any lift that LA might have gotten from their comeback surge on Friday.

Fortunately for the Dodgers, the Giants finally lost to the Padres as well so their lead in the NL West remains at 2 1/2 and the magic number was reduced to 12 . However, the defeat was the the fifth in their last seven games, they have a losing record for September (8-9) and they face the Giants six times before all this ends.

This one was a reversal of form in some ways for Odalis Perez , who has been shoddy the last three times out, performed well. True, the Rockies rocked for 10 hits but they managed only two runs in six innings with those. But the bullpen , which had been magnificent in Friday's win, failed to maintain matters, particularly Giovanni Carrara , who was slammed for five earned runs in the seventh inning including a two-run triple by Kennedy.

This left Perez singing the song he made familiar last season. "I've had 17 no-decisions. I should have 16, 17 wins by now . They say this hasn't been a good season for me but I think it has."
brFortunately for the Dodgers, the Giants finally lost to the Padres as well so their lead in the NL West remains at 2 1/2 and the magic number was reduced to 12 . However, the defeat was the the fifth in their last seven games, they have a losing record for September (8-9) and they face the Giants six times before all this ends.

As for Kennedy, "He handled our left-handed hitters very well, some good left-handed hitters, " sighed manager Jim Tracy. " That's something that Kennedy , now 9-6, hasd made a habit of doing. Perez, on the other hand is only 6-6 because in this one he absorbed the defeat , leaving trailing 2-1 , just to keep the record straight.

BLUE NOTES - Tracy confirmed that Brad Penny will be the starter on Wednesday against the Rockies in L.A.. Edwin Jackson gets the nod today in the series finale because Jose Lima has a damaged right thumb after being hit by a line drive in his last start. Lima hopes he'll miss only one turn. Jackson, who has suffered through command problems as well as decreased velocity at times, was 5-2 at Las Vegas but with a 5.13 ERA. If Lima continues to be sidelined, Elmer Dessens is also a possibility as a starter.

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