Billingsley's Gem Leads Dodgers Over Nationals In Series Finale

The Dodgers retired the final 18 batters of the game, and 27 of the last 28.

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Billingsley, Dodgers Shut Down Nats In Finale, 3-1

Chad Billingsley was in quite a pickle on Sunday after just four batters, but recovered to pitch an absolute gem, leading the Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Nationals in the series finale at Dodger Stadium. The first four batters all reached base against Billingsley, plating one run and loading the bases. Billingsley proceeded to strike out Jayson Werth, Rick Ankiel, and Jesus Flores in succession to end the threat.

After just one inning Billingsley had thrown 38 pitches, and it appeared his outing would be a short one. However, Billingsley kept piling up outs to keep his pitch count low:

  • First inning: 38 pitches
  • Second through fourth innings: 42 pitches
  • Fifth through seventh innings: 35 pitches

Billingsley after the first inning allowed only a walk to Werth, and retired 21 of his final 22 batters faces, including the last 12. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect eighth, and Javy Guerra did the same in the ninth, earning his seventh save of the season. Dodger pitchers retired 27 of the final 28 batters of the game, a pseudo no-hitter if you will. Billingsley struck out 10 Nats, the eighth double-digit strikeout game of his career.

Matt Kemp had two hits for the second straight game, and scored a run. Rafael Furcal reached base twice, and has reached base six times in 10 plate appearances over his last two games. Aaron Miles drove in two with a single in the first inning, though Kemp would have been easily out at the plate had Flores not dropped the throw.

The Dodgers open a series with Colorado Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Nationals: Sunday Starting Lineups

The Dodgers face off against the Nationals in the rubber game of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Chad Billingsley, 4-3 with a 2.43 ERA at home this season, looks for his ninth win of the year, while Jason Marquis takes the mound for the Nationals. Here are today's starting lineups for the series finale:

Nationals (49-51)

Bernardina LF
Espinosa 2B
Zimmerman 3B
Morse 1B
Werth RF
Ankiel CF
Flores C
Desmond SS
Marquis P

Dodgers (44-56)

Gwynn LF
Furcal SS
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Miles 3B
Loney 1B
Navarro C
Carroll 2B
Billingsley P

Aaron Miles bats fifth today for the third time this season. Jamey Carroll, who is third on the club with a .357 on-base percentage, bats eighth for a team-leading 26th time this year. The Dodgers have beaten the Nationals in 14 of 19 contests at Dodger Stadium dating back to 2005.

Today's 1:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Billingsley, Dodgers Look To Close Out Nationals In Series Finale

The Dodgers look to win their second consecutive home series on Sunday, facing the Nationals in the rubber game of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium. Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers, seeking his ninth win of the season. Jason Marquis starts for Washington.

The Dodgers busted out of their offensive shell on Saturday night, stunning the Nats with a 7-6 comeback win, capped by a walk-off double by Rafael Furcal in the ninth inning. The Dodgers had scored nine runs in their previous six games before last night's outburst. "Yeah, it was nice to see it. We've seen it at times where we have been able to score and it's been more of a team attack and not just one or two guys," manager Don Mattingly said after the game Saturday night. "Fookie [Furcal] gets a huge hit, this kid has been going hard and taking some heat. It is good to see him get that in tonight."

Billingsley had a rough outing in his last start, Monday in San Francisco. He allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, suffering his eighth defeat of the season. Billingsley is 8-8 with a 4.07 ERA in 20 starts this season. The Dodgers have scored two total runs in Billingsley's last three starts.

Today's 1:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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