The Dodgers send Chad Billingsley to the hill Sunday afternoon, looking for a series win against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium.
Billingsley is coming off a loss Monday, giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings in San Francisco, but he has pitched better at Dodger Stadium this season. At home, Billingsley is 4-3 with a 2.43 ERA, 3.11 FIP, 3.40 xFIP, and is averaging 8.49 strikeouts per nine innings. On the road, he is 4-5 with a 5.63 ERA, 3.78 FIP, 3.96 xFIP, and has struck out 6.93 batters per nine.
Jason Marquis is 3-2 with a 2.28 ERA in his career at Dodger Stadium. He has made seven career starts in Los Angeles, and has not allowed an earned run in four of them. However, in each of his last two outings at Chavez Ravine, 2009 with Colorado and 2010 with Washington, Marquis has lasted only four innings. Coincidentally, both of those starts were on Sunday afternoon.
Aaron Miles bats fifth today for the third time this season.
- Before today's game, the Dodgers will honor third base coach Tim Wallach for his induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Wallach hit .392 with 39 home runs in his career at Cal State Fullerton, winning a national championship in 1979.
- Lost in last night's win: Dioner Navarro reached base all four times, including a career high tying three walks. The only other time Navarro walked three times in a game was July 31, 2005, during his first stint with the Dodgers.
- The Dodgers are 10-6 on Sundays this season, including 6-2 at home.
- Rubber melting: The Dodgers are 4-10 in the third and final game of a 1-1 series this season, while the Nats are 3-9.
- Since becoming the Nationals in 2005, Washington is 5-14 at Dodger Stadium, and have not won a series here since taking two of three in 2005.
Game Time: 1:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket