For the second straight day, the Dodgers had two big offensive innings, coupled with a solid starting pitching performance, leading to a 7-1 win over the Rockies on Memorial Day at Dodger Stadium. James Loney had three hits and hit his second home run of the homestand, leading a 14-hit attack, which was more than enough to back Chad Billingsley. The Dodgers' starter allowed 11 hits in his seven innings, but just one run as the Dodgers won for the third time in their last four games.
Billingsley allowed a solo home run to Ty Wigginton in the fourth inning, but that was the only run scored by Colorado, who was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The Rockies grounded into three double plays on the night. Billingsley walked two and struck out eight batters, improving to 4-4 on the season. It was the second straight Memorial Day start for Billingsley, who struck out 11 and allowed four runs in eight innings in a no-decision against Arizona last season.
The Dodgers rallied for four runs in the third inning, thanks to four straight singles followed by a botched sacrifice fly turned force play, followed by another single, by Loney. Matt Kemp lofted a would-be sacrifice fly to center fielder Dexter Fowler, but Fowler dropped the ball and was able to retire Andre Ethier on a force out at second base. That cleared the way for Kemp to steal second base, then score on Loney's single.
The Dodgers open a three-game series with the Rockies Monday night at Dodger Stadium. The special 5:10 p.m. PDT start for Memorial Day, complete with one dollar Dodger Dogs, will be started by Chad Billingsley and Jason Hammel. The Dodgers are coming off a series win over the Marlins, their first home series win in over a month.
Casey Blake is out of the starting lineup tonight, getting a day off after playing the last six days, three on a rehab assignment with Triple A Albuquerque and three over the weekend in Los Angeles. Manager Don Mattingly said he felt Blake was dragging a little bit, and Aaron Miles is starting in Blake's place at third base.
Relief pitcher Vicente Padilla threw two innings in a rehab assignment on Sunday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and is here at Dodger Stadium today. The plan for Padilla is for him to throw off flat ground, and to see what the next step is, specifically whether another rehab game is needed. Padilla has been on the disabled list since May 19 (retroactive to May 14) with an irritated right radial nerve.
Here are tonight's starting lineups:
Young 2B Fowler CF Gonzalez LF Tulowitzki SS Helton 1B Smith RF Wigginton 3B Iannetta C Hammel P
Furcal SS Carroll 2B Ethier RF Kemp CF Gibbons LF Loney 1B Barajas C Miles 3B Billingsley P
Tonight's 5:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.
The Dodgers are coming off a rare series win, and look to extend their winning Monday against the Rockies, a team struggling more than the Dodgers. The Dodgers won two of three games against Florida over the weekend but are still just 10-16 in May, which is better than the 8-19 record by the Rockies this month. Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers, against Jason Hammel of the Rockies.
Billingsley is 3-4 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts this season. He is making his third career start on Memorial Day. Billingsley gave up four runs in eight innings in a no-decision against Arizona last year, striking out 11, and allowed two runs in six innings, striking out seven in a loss at Wrigley Field in 2008.
The Rockies have lost eight of their last 10 games overall, and have lost eight of their last nine games on the road. Hammel is 3-4 with a 3.20 ERA this season for Colorado. The 28-year old right-hander is averaging 5.3 strikeouts per nine innings this year, his lowest figure since 2008. In four road starts this season, Hammel is 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA, with seven walks and 12 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.
Andre Ethier was in a 1-for-30 slump when he ran into the right field wall in Chicago eight days ago. He was held out of the starting lineup three straight days, but was 7-for-11 last week with two doubles, a home run, and five walks.
Carlos Gonzalez has a nine-game hitting streak, during which he has three home runs and is hitting .314/.368/.600