The Dodgers won this series but couldn't give their fans what they wanted most: A well-deserved shellacking of Brad Penny. Instead, the rotund starlet-dating Oklahoman found further refuge in the NL, holding the Dodgers to five hits and two runs over seven innings. Chad Billingsley threw another worrisome four innings, allowing three runs (two on a Juan Uribe two-run homer) while striking out six. Joe Torre yanked him after only 70 pitches. As Vin said, the Billingsley story will not be lost in the shuffle.
The good news? Russell Martin hit his second multi-run homer in as many games, and the Padres beat the Rockies, 7-3. The Dodgers' official magic number drops to 16, and the Pirates come to town tomorrow. See you then!
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