Three runs off Tim Lincecum with Chad Billingsley on the mound should be enough to win, but not today. Andre Ethier (2 for 4) and Matt Kemp (2 for 2) roughed Timmy up, but the black hole of the bottom of the lineup sucked the Dodger offense into nothingness. True, James Loney (1 for 4) and Juan Uribe (1 for 3) had an RBI each, but check out the batting averages of our five through eight hitters:
- Loney: .163
- Uribe: .147
- Barajas: .206
- Miles: .150
It's still early, but we sure could have used some batting presence in the sixth inning, when the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out. Out went Timmy, in came old friend Guillermo Mota, who needed all of six pitches to dispatch Barajas and Miles.
Chad was all right, throwing 99 pitches over five innings and allowing four earned. He made some mistakes, but he also managed to curtail damage when it could have been worse. So much for the ol' win-win theory.
Rubber match tomorrow — will the Dodgers allow the Giants back in the season series, or will they put them in their place?