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Billingsley Mows Down 13 Diamondbacks, All For Naught

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Chad Billingsley was outstanding today, striking out a career-high-tying 13 Diamondbacks, leaving the game after seven innings with a 4-1 lead in the series finale in Phoenix. But then, George Sherrill and Jonathan Broxton each gave up two-run home runs in a disastrous eighth inning that turned a three-run lead into a 5-4 Dodger loss.

Old friend Tony Abreu hit a home run off Sherrill, and Chris Young greeted Broxton with a no-doubter to give the Diamondbacks the lead. I am at a lack of words to describe Broxton's second half, so I will only leave you with his numbers since the All-Star break: 23 2/3 innings, 28 hits, 19 runs (18 earned), 21 walks, 18 strikeouts, 3 home runs, 6.85 ERA, 2.070 WHIP.

The only other time Billingsley struck out 13 batters in a game was July 13, 2008 against the Marlins. Three of his six career double-digit strikeout games have come against the Diamonadbacks:

Chad Billingsley Double-Digit K Games
Date
Opp
IP
H
R
ER
BB
K
Today
Ari
7.0
4
1
1
1
13
7/13/08 Fla
7.0
5
1
1
0
13
4/24/08 Ari
6.0
6
5
5
2
12
5/31/10 Ari
8.0
6
4
4
0
11
6/30/09 Col
7.2
5
3
3
3
11
4/13/09 SF
7.0
5
1
1
0
11

The only run Billingsley allowed came courtesy of a misplay in right field by Reed Johnson. Leading off the fifth inning, Miguel Montero hit what was probably a single, maybe a double to right center field, but Johnson saw red and pulled the cape, allowing the ball to get by him for a triple. Montero scored on a sacrifice fly.

That pulled Arizona to within 2-1, as the Dodgers scored their first two runs thanks to three straight two-out hits, culminating in a two-run double by James Loney.

Arizona almost got another run in the seventh, when Montero again hit a ball to Johnson in right field. As the ball carried to the wall in the right field corner, Johnson slipped and fell on the warning track, turning a catchable ball into yet another triple for Montero, whose wife just gave birth to a baby boy yesterday. The only other catcher in the last 10 seasons to have two triples in a game was John Buck, who turned the trick on April 30, 2009.

Montero tried to score on a ground ball to shortstop, but Rafael Furcal unleashed the throw of the day, home to nail Montero, thanks also in part to a great plate block by Rod Barajas.

Barajas gave the Dodgers some insurance with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth, but that only set the stage for the latest Dodger bullpen implosion.

The Dodgers have now lost eight straight three-game series.

The Dodgers start a three-game series in Colorado tomorrow night, with Ted Lilly and Ubaldo Jimenez facing off in game one.

WP - Sam Demel (2-1): 1 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 strikeout

LP - Jonathan Broxton (5-6):  2/3 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Sv - Juan Gutierrez (14):  1 IP, 1 hit

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