Clutch RBI single for Kemp (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Dodgers Padres Suspended at 1:40 AM PT

After 4 rain delay’s the Umpires finally suspended the game in the top of the 9th inning with the Dodgers tied at 2, after a Matt Kemp RBI single in a total downpour in the sixth inning.

Kemp will be on first base with no outs when the game resumes at 5:35 PM PT Saturday, after he ripped a single off of Padre closer Heath Bell to lead-off the 9th inning.

The following is clear after a week of watching the Dodgers. I owe Casey Blake an apology, I’ll never forgive Ned for trading Carlos Santana instead of Lucas May, who the Indians really wanted for Blake, but he has been an on-base machine since he came back. Let’s hope he keeps it up. Whenever Matt Kemp bats in an inning the Dodgers have their best chance to score. James Loney may be struggling at the plate but he has been terrific defensively at first base. Kenley Jansen and Matt Guerrier both looked good tonight, as did Hong-Chih Kuo who is the pitcher of record for the Dodgers.

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  • Dustin Nosler

    That is a wicked photo. Great job by the photographer.

    Is it true the Indians wanted May over Santana? I had never heard that.

    • Kenny Shulsen

      Yes they wanted May but the Dodgers wanted Cleveland to pick up more money on Casey Blake’s contract, I don’t remember the amount but I think it was like 400K. So the Indians said ok we’ll pick up the extra amount but we want Carlos Santanta, and the Dodgers cheapness kicked in and they said yes. Ouch.

      • Dustin Nosler

        I’ve heard about the extra money ($2 million by most accounts), but I hadn’t heard Cleveland preferred May to Santana. If only, right?

  • Kenny Shulsen

    Yeah I was wrong about the cash and I can’t find the article that mentions May by name but numerous reports say Santana was what the Indians wanted for the Dodgers to pick up the rest of Blake’s 2008 salary. Here’s what Keith Law said about it “Santana could be the Victor Martinez who can actually catch—a switch-hitter with legitimate plate discipline and power with good receiving skills and an above-average arm. Cleveland swiped Santana from the Dodgers in the Casey Blake deal because they were willing to send L.A. the $2 million required to pay Blake’s salary the rest of the way; in other words, they paid roughly what the ninth or 10th pick in a typical Rule 4 draft gets and ended up with the third-best prospect in baseball, a return on investment that Indians GM Mark Shapiro probably would take eight days a week”

  • Kenny Shulsen

    This one from hurts even more:
    “For those of you who don’t follow the Dodgers or the Indians, this Carlos Santana (apparently no relation to the famed guitarist), is by far the best prospect in the entire Indians organization, and easily one of the top 5 in baseball.

    And yet amazingly, he was a throw-in in the Dodgers’ trade for Casey Blake just two years ago, because Frank McCourt wanted the Indian’s to chip in an extra $2 million to cover Blake’s salary.

    That’s right. A prospect who looks almost certain to provide the Indians with untold mult-millions in value over the next several years was tossed in at the last moment to save $2 million bucks in a deal that let the Dodgers have Casey Blake’s services for 2 months (they later resigned him in the offseason, but at the time all anyone knew was he was going to be a free agent in two months).

    And it’s not like the Dodgers couldn’t have known what they were giving away. At the time of the trade, Santana was OPSing well over .900. True, he was still in A-ball, but he was showing tremendous power and plate discipline, not to mention he was a catcher and only 22 years old.”