So, a thoroughly miserable game all around. I mean, it wasn’t a blowout, in fact, it was only a 3-1 loss, but it was definitely a frustrating loss. Chad Billingsley managed to go 6 IP, giving up 3 ER on 9 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 5. Billingsley was, for the most part, decent, and managed to pick up another quality start, but also hit a wall in the 6th inning, which brought in the 2 runs that ended up making the difference in the game. The 6th inning hasn’t been a particularly good one for Billingsley, this year, as he seems to either fatigue or loses something that causes him to become much more hittable.
However, the bulk of this loss can’t really be blamed on Billingsley. He wasn’t great, but he pitched well enough. Unfortunately, even despite the fact that taking three out of four from the Cubs deems this a very successful series, the offense for the most part hasn’t really changed and continues to struggle. The offense did come alive a little bit on Thursday, scoring 7 runs (albeit 4 of them came on a Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin, Jr. Grand Slam), but Randy Wolf singlehandedly won the game for them on Friday (both at the plate and on the mound), while eeking out 2 runs yesterday afternoon and barely mustering one run today. As has been the case, the problem isn’t necessarily getting the runners on base, but the inability to hit with RISP. Take today: in the bottom of the 6th inning, Juan Pierre PH for Billingsley and singled up the middle, only for Furcal to ground into the force play at second and then for Ethier to ground into the inning ending double play. Things become the most maddening in the bottom of the 8th, when the Dodgers wasted two leadoff walks and after Loretta grounds into a force play at second, Hudson comes in to PH and hits into the inning ending double play.
Those two innings in some way have been a microcosm of what’s been killing this team over the past month or so, in addition to Furcal, Loney, and Martin having a miserable August (.221/.287/.267, .227/.320/.273, .238/.304/.349, respectively), and, well, Manny not being Manny. Hopefully this does amount to nothing more than just a bump on the road, but those bats are going to need to pick up beginning Tuesday, when they begin a critical series in Denver against Colorado, who are 3.5 games behind after today. Should be fun…
Lastly, to take care of some business, as you may know, this weekend marks the ThinkCure radiotelewebethon and one of the notable contests is the Battle Of The Josh’s, which pits Josh Rawitch, the VP Of Communications for the Dodgers, against Josh Suchon who, along with Ken Levine, host KABC’s great “DodgerTalk” show, the same show, if you remember, MSTI (who, by the way, I think is still somewhere on the 5) appeared on back in May.
Anyways, there’s a lot of cool things you can bid on, but one of the cooler things on there that we encourage you to look at is the opportunity to stalk… err, excuse me, follow Josh Suchon around Dodger Stadium for the day, amongst other cool things, which can be found on this link. Bidding ends tomorrow, so check it out, especially as it all, of course, goes to a great cause.