Billingsley and Kemp Raise Dodgers to Victory
Jamey Carroll really didn’t have much to do as an acting manager. With Chad Billingsley (W, 12-11) pitching a shutout after seven innings, the Dodgers went on to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks despite a bumpy eighth.
“He made it extremely easy,” Carroll said of Billingsley’s performance. “I was praying for that going in. [Billingsley] threw a great game and allowed the decisions to be few compared to the night before.”
However the eighth inning got off to a shaky start when Brandon Allen led with a single and Billingsley hit pinch-hitter Ryan Church with a pitch after Gerardo Parra struck out.
Carroll made his first managerial move walking out to the mound to talk to Billingsley.
“We knew he was close to where we wanted to take him out,” Carroll said. “We wanted to go out there and get a read on him - trying to read his face more than listen to his words.”
“It was like, ‘Hey Skip,’” Billingsley joked. “He asked me how I was doing, and I’m like just get a double play ball here.”