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.”