Dodgers defeat Arizona to Win Weekend Series
"Baseball is a team sport," or so the old adage says. Ready to contribute are the 9 men out in the field, a bullpen filled with potential firemen and a bench ready to climb into the box at a moment's notice. As you know, one player cannot carry a team throughout a season. It takes a strong effort by the entire organization to earn a playoff birth.
Yesterday afternoon's game is an example of a team-sport mentality. It was like hearing a sweet song on the only radio channel that comes through clearly. Rookie pitcher Chad Billingsley continues to impress and every starter in the line-up had a hit this past Sunday (even Chad). Last night Billingsley went 7 innings and gave up only 2 runs. More impressive is his dwindling walk totals. Over the past 3 games Chad has given up only 3 walks total; furthermore, since the All-Star break Billingsley has posted a 1.87 ERA with 5 wins and just 1 loss.
Takashi Saito is our new express train in the bullpen. He has Gagne-like effectiveness with pitches that dart in and out of the strike zone. The opposition is batting .170 for the year against him. He recorded his 16th save yesterday.