The lights went out in the fourth inning at Wrigley Field Wednesday night, but the Dodgers had brought the curtain down much earlier that evening, scoring five runs in the first two innings to give Chad Billingsley (5.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks) some breathing room in which to operate. Casey Blake went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and a solo HR, and James Loney was a HR short of the cycle, having gone 3-for-5 with an RBI. Jonathan Broxton earned a five-out save, entering with one out and a runner on first and getting Ryan Theriot to hit into an inning-ending double play, and then had a 1-2-3 ninth to seal the win.
Padres and Giants are each still in play in their respective games this evening, but second place was secure for us irrespective. Let's see if we can pick a game up pending these outcomes.
photo: AP/ Nam Y Huh