for this game

Billingsley looks to extend Dodgers' win streak

Apr 18, 2009 - 7:04 AM By Alan Ferguson Stats Writer

Colorado (4-5) at LA Dodgers (8-3) 3:40 p.m. EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After losing veterans Derek Lowe and Brad Penny to free agency, the Los Angeles Dodgers were looking for Chad Billingsley to pitch like an ace.

So far, the young right-hander has been up to the task and will look to continue his strong start Saturday when the surging Dodgers play the middle contest of a three-game series with the visiting Colorado Rockies.

With Lowe and Penny in the rotation and Billingsley winning a career-high 16 games, the Dodgers took their third NL West title in five years in 2008. Penny completed a one-year, $5 million deal with Boston on January 9, and Lowe signed a four-year, $60 million contract with Atlanta six days later.

That left the 24-year-old Billingsley as the Dodgers' top remaining pitcher following his 16-11 finish with a career-best 3.14 ERA last season.

"I'm not worried about it," he told the team's official Web site earlier this season. "I take the ball every fifth day and try to give the team a chance to win. We've got a good staff, and we're capable of doing a lot of good things.

Billingsley opened the season by allowing two runs over six innings April 8 in a win over San Diego then followed by giving up one run - and striking out 11 - in seven innings in the team's home opener April 13 against San Francisco.

"I wasn't expecting this," he said following the win over the Giants. "It was great to get out and jump on these guys."

Billingsley's 2-0 mark and 2.08 ERA have also helped make up for the loss of Hiroki Kuroda, who is on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a mild muscle strain in his ribs following the team's season-opening win April 6. Jason Schmidt, expected to be the staff's ace when he was signed in 2006, has endured two injury-plagued seasons and remains on the disabled list.

Billingsley is 1-2 with a 5.30 ERA in eight appearances - six starts - against Colorado, but earned his first win in the previous meeting September 12, giving up two runs over six innings. He hasn't recorded a decision in three home starts versus the Rockies.

The Dodgers will look for a repeat as they try to extend their major league-leading, six-game win streak. In Friday night's series opener, Los Angeles kept that streak alive with a four-run seventh as Mark Loretta's single plated the go-ahead run in a 4-3 win.

With a third-inning double, Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 11 games, tying St. Louis' Chris Duncan for the longest active streak. Kemp has hit .313 (5-for-16) with two home runs against Rockies scheduled starter Aaron Cook (0-0, 9.72).

Despite a 2-for-5 night, Manny Ramirez continued his homerless streak to start this season and against Colorado. Ramirez's drought has reached 36 at-bats, and the Rockies remain the only team he has never homered against (47 at-bats).

The Dodgers star outfielder is 1-for-8 all-time against Cook, who has spent all eight seasons with Colorado.

After starting last season 6-1 en route to a career-high 16 wins, Cook has allowed nine runs and 14 hits in his first two outings this season. The Rockies' opening-day starter April 6 in Arizona, Cook gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings.

He is 5-5 with a 3.82 ERA in 18 appearances - 13 starts - against Los Angeles, but went 2-0 with a 1.14 ERA in three outings last season.






  • 15
    roots
    #1 Cards Fan Added 10 roots

    Rockies 5, Dodgers 9  FinalApr 18 7:27 PM
  • 5
    roots
    MattDOOM777 Added 5 roots

    Rockies 5, Dodgers 9  FinalApr 18 7:26 PM


  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 5 7 1
    LA DODGERS 1 0 1 3 0 0 4 0 x 9 12 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: COL - AARON COOK, JASON HAMMEL (5TH), ALAN EMBREE (7TH), RYAN SPEIER
    (7TH) AND YORVIT TORREALBA
    LOS - CHAD BILLINGSLEY, GUILLERMO MOTA (7TH), WILL
    OHMAN (7TH), RAM

    Apr 18 7:19 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY TODD HELTON SCORED YORVIT TORREALBA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S SMITH ON FIRST, D FOWLER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 5
    LA DODGERS 9 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.205, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Rockies 5, Dodgers 9  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 18 7:18 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY IAN STEWART (2) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF WILL OHMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 4, LA DODGERS 9
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T TULOWITZKI (.242, 1-FOR-3)

    Rockies 4, Dodgers 9  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 18 6:49 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILL OHMAN SCORED MATT KEMP.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, W OHMAN ON FIRST, B AUSMUS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    LA DODGERS 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: O HUDSON (.362, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Rockies 3, Dodgers 9  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 18 6:32 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JUAN CASTRO SCORED JAMES LONEY.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B AUSMUS ON FIRST, M KEMP ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    LA DODGERS 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: W OHMAN (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Rockies 3, Dodgers 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 18 6:29 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT KEMP SCORED MANNY RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M KEMP ON FIRST, J LONEY ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    LA DODGERS 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: B DEWITT (.222, 1-FOR-3)

    Rockies 3, Dodgers 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 18 6:23 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ANDRE ETHIER (4) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF ALAN EMBREE.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3, LA DODGERS 6
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: M RAMIREZ (.308, 2-FOR-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    Rockies 3, Dodgers 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 18 6:14 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY IAN STEWART SCORED BRAD HAWPE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    LA DODGERS 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T TULOWITZKI (.219, 0-FOR-2)

    Rockies 3, Dodgers 5  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 18 5:38 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY BRAD HAWPE SCORED SETH SMITH AND TODD HELTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B HAWPE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 2
    LA DODGERS 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: I STEWART (.353, 0-FOR-2)

    Rockies 2, Dodgers 5  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 18 5:35 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ANDRE ETHIER (3) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF AARON COOK SCORED BRAD AUSMUS AND ORLANDO HUDSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0, LA DODGERS 5
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: M RAMIREZ (.316, 2-FOR-2, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    Rockies 0, Dodgers 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 18 5:09 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MANNY RAMIREZ (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF AARON COOK.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0, LA DODGERS 2
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.325, 1-FOR-1)

    Rockies 0, Dodgers 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 18 4:41 PM


  • NL
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MANNY RAMIREZ (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF AARON COOK.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0, LA DODGERS 1
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.308, 0 HR, 8 RBI)

    Rockies 0, Dodgers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 18 3:54 PM