Billingsley & Blake Carry The Dodgers, 6-3

The Dodgers needed a win today to both win the series with Texas and ensure their eighth straight winning week.  Enter Chad Billingsley and Casey Blake.  The highlights:

  • Billingsley pitched into the eighth inning, allowing only two earned runs on five hits, picking up his National League-leading ninth win.
  • Casey Blake gave the Dodgers their first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, then unleashed a three-run Beard Bomb well over the left field wall in the third inning to give the Dodgers the lead for good.
  • The Dodgers piled up 10 hits and seven walks, infusing some life into their offense.  The only player without a hit was Juan Pierre, who still got on base twice via walks.
  • Andre Ethier, James Loney, and Matt Kemp each stole second base
  • Ramon Troncoso pitched a scoreless eighth inning, lowering his ERA on the season to 1.51
  • After allowing a leadoff single in the ninth inning to Michael Young, Jonathan Broxton fanned the next three hitters to close out the series

Fun with numbers:

Pitcher ERA WHIP K/9 BA OBP SLG
Jonathan Broxton 2009  1.41 0.688 14.91 .103 .192 .140
Eric Gagne 2003 1.20 0.692 14.98 .133 .199 .176

The Dodgers take Monday off, then will welcome Oakland to town for a short three-game homestand.  Clayton Kershaw will face Dallas Braden Tuesday.

WP - Chad Billingsley (9-3): 7 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

LP - Derek Holland (1-4): 5 IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts

Sv - Jonathan Broxton (16): 1 IP, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts

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