Each of the last six Dodgers-Rockies series have played out the same way, with the two clubs splitting the first two games, so it was only natural that after the Dodgers took Friday's opener the Rockies would strike back tonight. Colorado responded, taking the second game of the series, 5-3. The Dodgers hope the trend continues, because in each of those six previous series with Colorado, the Dodgers won the tiebreaking finale each time.
Chad Billingsley, making his first start in a week after resting a tight right calf, didn't necessarily have a bad start, in that he reached the bare minimum qualifications for a quality start: three earned runs allowed in six innings. But he didn't have a good start either. Billingsley walked five Rockies with nary a strikeout. Only five Los Angeles Dodger starters have ever walked more batters in a game in which they didn't strike anyone out.
|Most Walks By LA Dodger With Zero Strikeouts|
|Rick Sutcliffe||6/19/1979||ChC||6.0||8||L 7-4|
|Fernando Valenzuela||5/29/1990||@Pit||4.1||6||L 9-5|
|Gerry Hannahs||9/27/1979||@SF||5.0||6||L 5-3|
|Alan Foster||5/2/1970||Mon||4.2||6||W 7-3|
|Chad Billingsley*||tonight||@Col||6.0||5||L 5-1|
|*and 9 others; courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com|
Billingsley also gave up a home run to Todd Helton, snapping Billingsley's streak of 92 straight innings without a home run, dating back to Memorial Day, which was the longest active streak in the majors coming into tonight. Helton came into the series hitting .260/.350/.351, including 1-for-29 against the Dodgers, but so far this weekend has two home runs in two days.
Jhoulys Chacin pitched well in his seven innings, allowing one run on four hits while walking four and striking out seven. His final out recorded was a strikeout of Manny Ramirez, who was pinch hitting for Billingsley. Ramirez wasn't in the starting lineup tonight, for the third straight game.
- Tonight was the second start of the season for Billingsley in which he failed to strikeout a batter, joining his July 16 start in St. Louis
- Rod Barajas homered in the ninth and had another single, and is hitting .462/.563/1.077, with two doubles and two home runs, in his four games as a Dodger
- George Sherrill recorded the one and only strikeout by Dodger pitching tonight. This was the 58th time since moving to Los Angeles that the Dodgers allowed more home runs (two) than they had strikeouts (one).
- Carlos Gonzalez tripled and homered for the Rockies.
Ronald Belisario was ejected in the seventh inning for hitting Troy Tulowitzki, one batter after Gonzalez hit a two-run home run. It was the second hit batter of the inning for Belisario, who hadn't hit a batter since last August 14, a span of 245 batters.
- Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White is expected to be a candidate for the Arizona GM job, writes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, but there's not much news there as the Dodgers have yet to be contacted for permission to interview White.
Tomorrow's finale is an homage to the 1994 Winter Olympics, with a Lilly/Hammel affair (hat tip to David Young for that one).
WP - Jhoulys Chacin (7-9): 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts
LP - Chad Billingsley (10-8): 6 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks, 0 strikeouts