San Diego Padres Inside Pitch 2009-09-07

Everyone automatically thinks of Adrian Gonzalez when it comes to naming the Most Valuable Player of the Padres this season.

But it is time to give some consideration to third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff?

Kouzmanoff drove in three runs Sunday at Dodger Stadium to lead the Padres to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers.

Even though Gonzalez hit his 35th homer of the season Sunday, Kouzmanoff took the Padres' RBI lead.

On the season, Kouzmanoff is hitting .258 with 16 homers and 83 RBIs. With 14 walks since Aug. 1, Kouzmanoff's on-base percentage has also climbed to .304 -- not bad considering the fact that he had the lowest on-base percentage among all National League regulars at the All-Star break.

In addition, Kouzmanoff is headed toward the highest fielding percentage ever by a National League third baseman. Kouzmanoff has made just three errors in 295 chances for a .990 fielding percentage. The record is .987 by Vinny Castilla in 2004.

PADRES 4, DODGERS 3: Tim Stauffer picked up his third straight win Sunday night as the Padres defeated the Dodgers for the second time in three nights at Dodger Stadium. The Padres are now 24-15 since July 28. The weekend series against the Dodgers was the first in three home-and-home sets the Padres will play over the final month of the season against their three National League West rivals -- Los Angeles, San Francisco and Colorado -- competing for playoff berths.

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Added: September 7, 2009