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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Start Or Relief, The Pitching Stinks: Brewers 11, Dodgers 3

Chad Billingsley fell apart in the first and looked like he might need a (figurative) litter to take him off the field; but he settled down thereafter and pitched well. The Dodgers' offense waited until the sixth to get the game within a single run; but at least they were getting guys on, stranding twelve on the night.

Things really came crashing down in the eighth, when neither of Ronald Belisario nor Ramon Troncoso could get the job done, and George Sherrill compounded things by blowing up in the ninth. Given the run donation he's engaged in lately, it's hard to remember that Sherrill had a stretch of six games where he didn't give up any, though it should be noted that four of those appearances were for a single batter, i.e. he was being used as a LOOGY. Perhaps it's time Joe Torre started seeing him exclusively in that light, because so far, righties are hitting a Nintendo-like .462/.583/.846 against him. As if by plan — huh, maybe the plan of the opposing manager! — Alcides Escobar, pinch-hitter Corey Hart, and Rickey Weeks — righties all — hammered him for two runs.

During this run, it seems even the manager is asleep, and I say that as someone who isn't really paying that close attention to the team's foibles this year.

Won't somebody please start winning?

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

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