Chad Billingsley had a start for the ages. Only 5.0 IP, yielding 8 H and 4 ER, with 3 Ks and 3 BBs: not a great pitching line. But 2-for-2 with a game-leading 3 RBI, including a solo HR in the second, as well as a RBI double and an RBI walk? Unbelievable. And as Mr. F. said in the Game Thread, Billingsley--now batting .304--just needs to learn how to play first base.
Matt Kemp went 2-for-3 with yet another HR, his third in two days, and 2 RBI. Rod Barajas also got a couple of RBI on a bases-loaded, two-out double. And the Dodgers rolled to seven runs in the first three frames, and never trailed in this game.
It got dicey there in the ninth inning, when John Ely, who pitched a decent sixth-through-eighth innings, walked the first batter (Ryan Hanigan) and was pulled. Josh Lindblom then walked the next batter and hit the next one, loading the bases with none out. But Lindblom settled to get Paul Janish to fould out, Chris Helsey to fly out to right (scoring Hanigan) and struck out Drew Stubbs to end the game. The Dodgers win their third series in a row and now head to Philadelphia to face some scrub named Cliff Lee, who has a losing record (4-5). No problem!
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