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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Rock Climber, Billingsley, Reaches the Summit For the Win

Dodgers 7 11 0
Rockies  1 14 1
WP- Billingsley (4-4)
LP- Hammel (3-5)
HR- Loney (3)

The Dodgers finally win two games in a row, which is the first time since May 10 & 11 in Pittsburgh. Billingsley evens his record to 4-4, and the Dodgers are now 5 games under .500. The Dodgers took advantage of the reeling Rockies, who seemed like a totally different team than the one we saw in early April in Colorado. With Hit Machine, the spark plug, back in the lineup the Dodgers offense has suddenly exploded as they collect 11 hits this Memorial Day. The Rockies did have 14 hits, but couldn't find a way to score looking deflated as they only managed to squeak out 1 run.

Billingsley had to pitch out of some jams which started in the first inning when CarGo had a 2 out single and stole second. Mullet Man singles, but Matt Kemp throws a laser home and Big Rod tags out CarGo trying to score ending the inning. Carroll manages to reach base on an error by Young, but they do little else in the bottom of the 1st.
Big Rod Tags out CarGo at Home Plate

Bills gives up singles to pesky Helton and Smith, but then ends up striking out the side getting Wigginton, Iannetta, and Hammel. Loney singles in the bottom of the inning, but that is all.

In the bottom of the third the Dodgers strike. Billingsley singles helping his own cause. Hit Machine singles, and Carroll's swinging bunt single loads the bases with nobody out. Ethier singles in Bills and HM when his ball goes right under Hammel's glove into center field, 2-0 Dodgers. Kemp then reaches safely when CarGo and Fowler's gloves collide, and the ball bounces off both. Ethier is called out at second on a close play. Carroll scores in the process, 3-0. Kemp steals 2nd. Loney then proceeds to single home Kemp, making it 4-0.

In the 4th, the Rockies' lone run came off a Wigginton solo HR making it 4-1. In the bottom of the 4th Hit Machine singles under Young's glove but is caught stealing.

In the 5th, Hammel and CarGo both single, but Bills gets Mullet to pop-up to end the inning. In the bottom of the 5th, Carroll triples to start the inning! Ethier singles in Carroll for his 3rd RBI of the night, 5-1. Loney then blasts a 2-run homerun making it a 7-1 lead for the Dodgers. Big Rod walks, but then Daley comes in to relief Hammel and gets Miles to fly out.

Hammel has a really bad game, going only 4.2 innings, allowing 10 hits, 7 runs, 1 walk, and striking out 2.

In the 7th, Bills begins to tire. Nelson singles, Young grounds into a force, Fowler singles, and then Honeycutt visits the mound. CarGo walks to load the bases. Now at this time Guerrier is warming in the pen. Don Mattingly chooses to gamble and continue with a tiring Billingsley rather than going to the pen. Good decision this time. Mullet Man amusingly hits into a double play to end the threat.

Billingsley goes 7 innings, allowing 11 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and striking out 8.

Elbert comes in to pitch the 8th, and quickly gives up a single to Helton and walks Smith. Guerrier is brought in and he gets Spilborghs to hit into a double play. Phewwww. Iannetta walks, and Nelson flies out. The Dodgers go down 1-2-3 in the 8th for the first time of the night.

Guerra comes in to pitch the 9th and Fowler singles, he strikes out CarGo, but Mullet Man singles sending Fowler to third. Mullet takes second on defensive indifference. We all hold our breath with 2 outs, and Guerra gets Helton to fly out to give the Dodgers the win!

Loney amazingly had 2 singles, a HR, and 3 RBIs. Looks like a fire has been lit under someone's ass! Ethier also had 3 RBIs. Tomorrow Lilly goes to the mound to try to secure a series win, the second in a row, for the Dodgers. Vicente Padilla could be back as early as tomorrow.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

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