Billingsley Completes Dodgers Victory over Giants
After the hijinks that occurred in the first two games, a palette-cleansing pitchers’ duel between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants was what the doctor ordered to release the toxins brewing amongst the Dodger faithful for the last week. It also helped that Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley (W, 7-5) tossed a 125-pitch complete game shutout in the Dodgers 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants breaking the Dodgers six-game losing streak.
“I tried to just stay down in the zone and get ahead of hitters,” Billingsley said in his approach. “You have a better chance of success when you stay down in the zone.”
With Dodgers’ hitting coach Don Mattingly filling in for the suspended manager Joe Torre, Billingsley provided a easy night for Mattingly.
“When you get pitching like that it’s pretty easy,” Mattingly said. “[Bench coach Bob Schaefer] said I’m a better starter than reliever,” Mattingly jokingly referenced last night’s debacle where he inadvertently went to the pitching mound twice in the ninth inning.