Chad Billingsley Looks For More Wrigley Field Success

Chad Billingsley has had success at Wrigley Field...on the mound (at the plate, he is 1-for-11). Photo: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Dodgers continue their day baseball trend on Friday as they start a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Friday is the second of four straight day games for the Dodgers, with Chad Billingsley looking to continue his success on the north side of the Windy City.

Billingsley has started five times in his career at Wrigley Field, including his lone playoff win in 2008, and has never allowed more than two earned runs.

Chad Billingsley At Wrigley Field
Date Dec Score IP H R ER BB K
4/22/11 W 12-2 6.1 7 2 1 3 3
5/26/10 W 8-5 5.1 10 3 2 1 6
5/29/09 L 1-2 7.0 8 2 2 2 7
10/2/08 W 10-3 6.2 5 1 1 1 7
5/26/08 L 1-3 6.0 4 2 2 2 7
Totals: 3-2, 2.30 ERA 31.1 34 10 8 9 30

Billingsley is 2-1 with a 2.64 ERA through five starts this season. Billingsley's six unintentional walks this year are the fewest he has allowed in a five-start stretch since May 16 - June 5, 2010. The only five-game streak in Billingsley's career with fewer free passes was August 18 - September 7, 2007, with three unintentional walks in 32 innings.

Paul Maholm starts for the Cubs, making his fifth start of the year. He gave up six runs in four innings in each of his first two starts this season, but has rebounded by allowing just one run in each of his last two outings.

Jerry Hairston Jr. is 5-for-18 with a double and two home runs in his career off Maholm. Matt Kemp, who is 4-for-12 with a double and two walks against the left-handed Maholm, is 16-for-30 with five home runs against southpaws this season.

Notes

  • The Dodgers scored 27 runs in three games at Wrigley Field last season, and have scored seven or more runs in five of their last seven games at Wrigley.
  • The Dodgers lead the all-time series with the Cubs by all of three games, with 1,024 wins and 1,021 losses against Chicago. The Dodgers are 390-400 all-time at Wrigley Field.
  • Since his grand slam in Chicago in Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS, James Loney is 10-for-50 with two doubles, a triple, and a walk at Wrigley Field, hitting .200/.216/.280 during that span.
  • Old friend Blake DeWitt is 4-for-28 this season for Chicago.
  • The Cubs' last eight games have yielded the following results, in order: W, L, W, L, W, L, W, L

Game Time: 11:20 a.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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