September 3, 2009 |
Chad Billingsley took four steps forward Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium -- and one massive step back. For the first four innings of the Dodgers' 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Billingsley was perfect. Twelve up, twelve down. Nine first-pitch strikes. Forty-four total pitches. Then the trap door opened, dropping Billingsley into a fifth inning that was as miserable as his first four were brilliant. Charged with four runs and six hits, the 25-year-old All-Star put the Dodgers at a deficit that their offense couldn't make up with Max Scherzer on the mound for the Diamondbacks.
September 6, 2012 |
They were supposed to come back in droves, almost storming the gates with glee. Frank McCourt was gone! The boycott had worked! Ding-dong, the merry-oh! Sing it high, sing it low! Official attendance had plummeted a remarkable 17.6% in one year , which was only the surface stuff. Actual attendance is not announced by Major League Baseball, but tickets sold. And true, 2011 turnstile attendance had taken a much more severe blow. Crowds were often half of what was officially announced.
March 25, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Chad Billingsley threw seven curveballs in his bullpen session Monday, making him increasingly optimistic that he will be able to make his first scheduled start of the regular season for the Dodgers on April 2. Billingsley refrained from throwing any curveballs in a minor league game last week because of a bruised index finger. “I was happy with them,” Billingsley said of the quality of his curveballs. Manager Don Mattingly said earlier Monday that he would skip Billingsley's first turn in the rotation if the right-hander couldn't throw all of his pitches.
April 1, 2012 |
They call it getaway, which is not to be confused with what the too-cool dude hears in the nightclub at 2 a.m., but what teams do on the final day of a road trip. Or mercifully, on the last day of spring camp. The Dodgers had their getaway day Sunday, and did it ever stink like it. They played the Diamondbacks, which of course aren't going anywhere for another week, and fell 6-2. All while managing one hit through eight innings, before finally adding two in the ninth inning. Scrubs and guys without names on the back of the jerseys played most of the game, which must have just delighted Prime Ticket.
September 25, 2009 |
If Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw are ready for October, the Dodgers should be too. . . . This is only the fourth time that the Dodgers and Angels have each won as many as 90 games in the same season, but it's the third time it has happened since 2001. . . . A Freeway World Series, of course, would be a first. . . . Fifty years ago next Tuesday, Gil Hodges and the Dodgers clinched their first National League pennant in Los Angeles with a 12-inning victory over the Milwaukee Braves at the Coliseum.
March 13, 2013 |
PHOENIX - While most of the Dodgers were given Wednesday off, Chad Billingsley was at the team's spring training complex pitching to minor league hitters in a five-inning simulated game. There isn't much to report, which is good news for the Dodgers, considering Billingsley's 2012 season ended prematurely because of elbow problems. “My arm felt great today,” Billingsley said. “Everything felt good. I had good command of all my pitches.” Billingsley's groin, which has bothered him recently, was also no problem.