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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

And Now For The Rest Of The Schedule: Brewers 5, Dodgers 4

Chad Billingsley allowed a couple runs in this game, which led to a rather amusing string of faux invective aimed, not at Bills, but at the critics who imagine he has to be perfect to have any value at all. My contribution to the #ChadBillingsleyFacts hashtag may or may not win any prizes (or indictments) for attempted humor, but the point is well-made that if your starter leaves the bump with better than a quality start, you shouldn't be complaining too much.

That goes double for an offensively able team like the Brewers. Right now, they're about mid-pack in the NL at 4.30 runs/game, but the Dodgers' appearance on that list ahead of them is a small sample size aberration. The Dodgers got a couple runs each off Yovani Gallardo and K-Rod, who seems less likely to whiff batters he faces and more to give up home runs — as he did to Andre Ethier.

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough, as Javy Guerra came in to give up the losing runs to pinch-hitter George Kottaras on a walkoff double for the Brew Crew. Should Mattingly have left in Kenley Jansen for the ninth? I have no idea but would likely vote against. It's a long season, and overusing one guy is a recipe for catastrophe in August.

Get 'em tomorrow, paraphrasing @skinnyswag9, AKA Dee Gordon.

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

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