Different Day, Same Results for Dodgers
Things are starting to become dangerous for the Dodgers. Held without an extra-base hit for the first time this season, the Dodgers left 12 men on base and were 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position in their 11-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. However the story of the game for the second consecutive day was the pitching.
A day removed from Clayton Kershaw’s disastrous outing, Chad Billingsley continued the woes for Dodger starters by giving up four consecutive singles with the last one hit by Prince Fielder that scored two.
Things took a strange turn after Casey McGehee flied out to center. Jim Edmonds swung on a third strike which originally was ruled a wild pitch that allowed Ryan Braun to score and Fielder was credited with a stolen base for taking second. It was eventually ruled a pass ball on catcher Russell Martin and Fielder was still credited with a stolen base.
Alcides Escobar then hit a fly ball that grazed the glove of center fielder Matt Kemp but was ruled a triple that scored Fielder.
Pass ball. Wild pitch. Triple. Error. Stolen base. Advance on throw. Whatever the hell happened, it amounted to four runs in the first inning that Chad Billingsley gave up.
“That thing happened so quickly,” manager Joe Torre said about the first inning.
“The reason they got some hits: he didn’t locate as well as he did after that. [Pitching coach Rick] Honeycutt went in and looked at it and said he left a couple of breaking balls in.”
“They were aggressive early in the count,” Billingsley explained. “That’s it.”