Every 5TH (or in this case 7TH) Day with Greg Maddux

Padres 4, Dodgers 0 (Leaves bottom of 7TH)
Los Angles...000...000...0
San Diego.....201...010.........Out of Game
It was 1 week ago today that Greg Maddux tied Roger Clemens for the number eight spot on the MLB All-Time Wins list with 354. My how things have changed for Maddux and the Dodgers since then. The first two starts that Maddux made for LA came during a terrible road trip that saw the boys from LA drop 8 straight games.

During this stretch Joe Torre and Company dropped to 4 & 1/2 games behind then division leading Arizona. The 8TH loss occurred last Friday night at Arizona but the Dodgers have now won 8 straight games (including five over the D-Backs) to move from the chaser to the leader. Heading into action tonight at San Diego, LA is 1 & 1/2 games ahead of Arizona.

Milwaukee is put the thoughts of a NL West team winning the wild card out of reach so it is now win the West to get in or go home. The Dodgers had one off day this week so it pushed Greg back to day 6TH and then Torre opted to have Maddux wait one more day to open the series at San Diego. Arizona is the only team in the bigs that has pretty much owned Maddux over his career and the move paid off when LA completed the 3-game sweep of the D-Backs.

We are just moments away from the first pitch out at Petco Park with the scheduled start time at 10:05 PM. The same late start is true for Arizona (10:15 PM) as they try to rebound while playing the San Francisco Giants. Maddux will be making his fourth start as a member of the 2008 Dodgers and for the second time it will be against his former mates down in San Diego.

This time not only will it be vs. Kevin Kouzmanoff and Company but actually at the pitcher friendly (at times) Petco. MLB.TV is on and ready to go for Greg's 30TH start of the season and his first run at #355 and sole possession of 8TH overall!
10:29 PM- Not a good start for Greg and the Dodgers- LA is six up and six down with the bats and Maddux surrendered a 2-run blast to Adrian Gonzalez (29TH) in the bottom of the 1ST...
10:51 PM- A sac fly pushed the deficit to 3-0 after three innings. Not the start we were hoping for...
11:53 PM- Maddux closes out the 6TH inning at 91 pitches with all 4 Runs being earned. Greg allowed 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out four. All he needs now is a 5 run rally in the top of the 7TH from his team that had been held to just 3 hits...
12:03 AM- Greg comes out in the bottom of the 7TH inning and his mark with LA will fall to 1-3 after 4 starts (7-12 Overall)...

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