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Chad Billingsley Masterful As Dodgers Trounce Padres

Chad Billingsley was dealing Friday night in San Diego.
Chad Billingsley was dealing Friday night in San Diego.

After having the bullpen pitch six innings on Thursday, the Dodgers were in need of a quality start from Chad Billingsley on Friday. "Hopefully we get a good outing from Bills. We'll see what happens," said manager Don Mattingly before the game.

The Dodgers got that good outing, and then some. Billingsley struck out 11 batters in 8 1/3 innings as the Dodgers beat the Padres 6-0 to open their season with two straight wins. Billingsley retired 16 batters in a row before allowing a one-out single in the ninth inning to Cameron Maybin.

Billingsley allowed just three hits and one walk, setting a new career high with a Game Score of 87. His previous high was 85, set on two occasions.

Through two games, Dodgers starting pitchers have a 0.00 ERA with two walks and 14 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Ethier on Fire

Andre Ethier was torrid all spring, and had confidence against both left-handed and right-handed pitchers.

"That's the key more than anything, if I can go out there and have sound mechanics and feel comfortable in the box, it doesn't matter righty or lefty, I can go out there and hit him," Ethier said during spring training.

Off the southpaw Cory Luebke on Friday night, Ethier crushed a pair of pitches to right center field, a two-run double in the first inning and a two-run triple in the fifth. It is the fourth game in Ethier's career with multiple extra-base hits against left-handed pitching.

Andre Ethier, Multiple Extra-Base Hits Vs. LHP
Date Opponent XBH Pitcher(s)
5/1/10 Pirates 3 Zach Duke (double, home run); Jack Taschner (double)
Tonight Padres 2 Cory Luebke (double, triple)
8/4/10 Padres 2 Wade LeBlanc (two doubles)
4/13/09 Giants 2 Randy Johnson (home run), Alex Hinshaw (home run)

Tonight's Particulars

WP - Chad Billingsley (1-0): 8 1/3 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts

LP - Cory Luebke (0-1): 4 2/3 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 1 walk, 6 strikeouts