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Dodgers Fall 9-7 to Diamondbacks in 11 Despite Offense
This was not your father’s NL West game. The Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks combined for 33 hits as both pitching staffs perfected the exercise in mediocrity for four hours, 57 minutes in the Dodgers’ 9-7 loss in 11 innings.
“We just didn’t get enough outs,” manager Joe Torre said after the game.
Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley looked to be able to get outs easily enough the first time through the Diamondbacks lineup giving up only a double in 45 pitches in three innings. But once the fourth inning struck, the Diamondbacks didn’t seem fooled. Billingsley could not hold on to a 3-0 lead or a 5-3 lead.
“He got into bad counts, and he tried to start overthrowing the ball,” Torre said of Billingsley’s performance after the third inning. “It’s frustrating for him. I know that because the first three innings were really good.”
“I left the ball up,” Billingsley said. “You can’t do that. You get hit.”
And he did leave the ball up to Stephen Drew who led off the fourth inning with a solo homer. A single, a double and two sacrifice flies later it was all tied up three runs apiece.
After the Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a two-run homer by Matt Kemp, Billingsley seemed to settle down again getting the first two batters out on five pitches. That third out was quite a chore to get with a walk, a double and a single that drove in two runs getting in the way of the final out.
The bullpen continued their trend in giving up runs. This time it was Carlos Monasterios in the seventh inning who gave up a solo homer to Justin Upton to lead off the inning that gave the Diamondbacks the 7-6 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the offense saved the day when Casey Blake who had been hitless to that point hit a fly ball to center field that came within inches of being a walk off homer. Instead it was an RBI double that sent the game to extra innings.
Russ Ortiz would be the final nail in the coffin for the Dodgers as he gave up two runs in the 11th inning.
The bright side for the Dodgers is that the offense is just fine.
“We are having good at-bats, quality at-bats, doing some good things,” Torre said.
Another gold star is that for the first time in this young season the Dodgers went two games without committing an error.
But on Tommy and Jo Lasorda’s 60th wedding anniversary, the Dodgers pitching couldn’t make it a diamond of a game.