In a sense, Manny Ramirez was lucky as he didn't have to endure another lopsided loss to the Cardinals, as the Dodgers dropped their second game in a row, this one 8-4. But the bad news for Manny and the Dodgers is that Ramirez strained his right calf and left the game after drawing a walk in the top of the first inning. For the time being, he is listed as day-to-day.
For the second time in his career, Chad Billingsley didn't strikeout a batter in a start. The only other whiff-less start of Billingsley's career came one year ago tomorrow, against Houston. Billingsley gave up seven runs on 10 hits in four innings of work. He began the fifth inning, but was pulled after walking Matt Holliday to leadoff the inning. Billingsley allowed four leadoff batters to reach base, and they all scored. He allowed at least one run in all five innings he started, and only induced two swinging strikes all night, both to Holliday.
Phil Gurnee mentioned this in the game thread, but what is so disheartening about these opening two losses after the All-Star break is that Clayton Kershaw and Billingsley were roughed up. The Dodgers lost with their best, which puts them between The Rock and a hard place:
- James Loney had three hits, including a double, and is now hitting .435/.490/.587 in July
Jamey Carroll, who started at second base against the southpaw Jaime Garcia, had a triple, a single, and a walk, raising his on-base percentage to .397 on the season.
- George Sherrill, still on waivers, pitched for the second consecutive night, allowing one run -- a two-run home run by Yadier Molina -- in his one inning of work
- The Dodgers pitchers had one strikeout as a staff tonight, the first time they have had so few strikeouts since May 2, 2008 against the Rockies
Hiroki Kuroda gets to try to stop the bleeding against Adam Wainwright tomorrow afternoon on Fox.
WP - Kyle McLellan (1-2): 1 2/3 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeout
LP - Chad Billingsley (7-5): 4 IP, 10 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts