I never thought Marissa Miller could be ugly. I was wrong.
Chad Billingsley continued his mastery of the Giants this season, allowing one run in seven innings, raising his ERA against them this season from 0.61 to 0.74, but unfortunately, that wasn't enough for the win. The Giants turned the tables on the Dodgers, tacking on another run in the eighth to take a 2-0 lead, and they captured the second game of the series, 2-1.
Matt Cain for the second time in seven weeks allowed no runs to the Dodgers, picking up his second career win against them in his 17th start.
Rod Barajas threw out Mike Fontenot to end the bottom of the seventh inning, just the second caught stealing by a Dodger catcher since July 23. During that time, a span of 49 games, the vast majority without Russell Martin, opposing runners have stolen 41 out of 43 attempts against Dodger catchers. This prompted the line of the night in the game thread, by Tripon:
Question: Could Matt Kemp steal on the Dodgers?
Kemp, as you may know, has been caught stealing 15 times in 33 attempts this season.
- The Dodgers had just four hits and no walks tonight, meaning they have reached base a total of eight times in two games
- The Dodgers have reached base four times or fewer in consecutive games for the ninth time since moving to Los Angeles, and the first time since July 14-15, 1995
- Andre Ethier's solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning provided the Dodgers' only run of the evening
- Ryan Theriot went 0-for-4, running his current slide to no hits in 26 at-bats.
Ted Lilly and Jonathan Sanchez face off in the finale tomorrow night.
WP - Matt Cain (12-10): 7 IP, 3 hits, 5 strikeouts
LP - Chad Billingsley (11-10): 7 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Sv - Brian Wilson (43): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 2 strikeouts