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Oh, the pain: Chad Billingsley gives up only one hit in eight innings and Dodgers still lose, 1-0

Billingsley_300 That was some game Chad Billingsley pitched Saturday. That was some incredible loss he suffered.

Billingsley threw eight impressive innings against the Diamondbacks, holding them to a lone hit.

Alas, the batter who collected the hit -- Stephen Drew doubled in the second -- ended up scoring after Billingsley threw a pick-off throw to second, minus anyone covering second.

Drew took third on the error, scored on a sacrifice fly by Melvin Mora, the Diamondbacks had the game’s only run, and the Dodgers lost when they couldn’t scratch together anything against a rookie right-hander making his first career start.

To recap: Billingsley gave up one hit in eight innings and lost.

That’s really hard to do, but these are the offensively challenged Dodgers, who ranked 13th in the National League in runs. It is the fourth time this season they have been shut out.

It was the first time the Dodgers gave up only one hit and lost since July 17, 1914, when the Brooklyn Robins lost to the Chicago Cubs, 3-2.

Really, really hard to do.

The 6-foot-2 Josh Collmenter began the season as a starter at triple-A Reno, making one start before he was called up to the Diamondbacks. He had appeared in seven games as a reliever (1-0, 1.29 earned-run average) with Arizona before getting the start Saturday.

And he went through the Dodgers as if they were nothing. Collmenter, 25, was in complete command, pitching like a seasoned veteran. He went six easy innings, holding the Dodgers scoreless on two hits. He did not walk a batter.

A rookie making his first start, and he made the Dodgers' offense look feeble.

All while Billingsley, second inning aside, was completely dealing. Billingsley (2-3) retired the Diamondbacks in order in six innings. He retired 21 of his last 22 batters.

And lost.

The Dodgers’ best chance to score came against reliever David Hernandez in the eighth when James Loney led off with his first extra-base hit since April 6. Loney doubled off the right-field foul pole.

Rod Barajas’ bunt sacrificed Loney to third, but the Dodgers’ bench could not come through. Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro struck out and pinch-hitter Jay Gibbons flied out to left.

They tried one more time in the ninth against Arizona closer J.J. Putz when Jamey Carroll led off with a single, and after Aaron Miles failed to get down a sacrifice bunt and struck out, Andre Ethier walked.

But Matt Kemp hit Putz’s first pitch and grounded into a game-ending double play.


Dodgers-Diamondbacks box score

Frank McCourt: Dodgers roster would be same without financial woes

Jerry Sands goes from farm country, to farm system to the big leagues

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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"Oh, the pain: Chad Billingsley gives up only one hit in eight innings and Dodgers still lose, 1-0"

- shades of Bob Hendley and the '65 Cubs being beaten despite Bob (as hanging chad) also giving up just one hit and but one run (also unearned, just like chad's); Bob was beaten by some poser named Koufax, who was just slightly better that perfect September night almost 46 years ago.

who wrote this story? i dont see a byline at the top?

Glad to know though that if Frank HAD the money that we'd still have this same caliber of players. Is there a shadow of a doubt left as to what Frank would do with $3 billion from FOX?

This is what happens when Colletti builds an impotent offense with a low team on base percentage. The entire NL West is build this way. Time to standardize the DH rule and have pitchers stop hurting their team by making outs.

Well, at least McJoke thinks that this is a "very, very good team"

I was at the game, and it wasn't that bad. Extremely frustrating, but a couple of balls hit to the left or right here or there would've probably accounted for a 2-1 win. The much-maligned Loney has looked much better recently, and I hope he keeps it up. He almost hit one out today, as well. And how about that Billingsley? Whatever occasional issues he has, and whatever the cause for them, he'd probably be the best pitcher on half the teams in the majors. But not this one.

Also, I just hope some Dodger fans don't use this game as excuse to talk about how McCourt has destroyed this franchise. I'm no McCourt defender by any means, but it seems like everytime there's a frustrating loss, people want to scream about how awful the Dodgers are because of what he's done to the franchise. Look, this team has played in close games nearly all season, and they don't always go our way. It's baseball. It happens sometimes, regardless of the payroll. If you need proof, take a look at the Yankee boxscore tonight.

This sentence from the game summary says it all to me. Any team that uses James Loney, Tony Gwynn Jr., Dioner Navarro & Jay Gibbons in an effort to score a run SUCKS.


"James Loney led off the eighth inning with a double and was replaced by pinch-runner Tony Gwynn Jr. Rod Barajas moved Gwynn to third base with a sacrifice bunt. But pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro struck out and Jay Gibbons, also pinch-hitting, flied out."

The Dodgers have definitely been regressing. I could've swore we beat the angels without getting a hit a couple of years ago.

Oh yes, McCourt wouldn't change a thing. That's because changing this team of replacement players and flotsam, would involve spending money on something other than himself. That's why Mattingly was hired, he didn't care if they won or lost as long as he got his chance to manage and he was also cheap.

Hey Scott, wake up. If you think Navarro, Gibbons and Gwynn Jr are real players, and this isn't because of McCourt and his brilliant GM, then you should try and join this front office, you'd fit right in.

Hey, Scott from Marina,

I don't question your opinion, just your logic.
I agree, "if a hit to left or right field might have given the Dodgers a 2-1 win", then you would have to agree with me that "if a frog had wings, he wouldn't have callouses on his ass".
Also, if the Dodgers had some hitters to hit to left or right field, they would have won some of those close games.
Frank is responsible for this team's makeup, so he deserves all the criticism that comes his way.

dylan's interview with frank is on time

his business model may be like many others, with separations and layers for tax purposes and other reasons... but bottom line is he's in the national No. 2 market, Dodgers are a regular leader in attendance, some upgrades or changes made to the facility in his tenure though more necessary and needed, one of the few franchises in baseball which command its own TV channel like the Yankees have done and prospered so greatly from both now and surely into the foreseeable future - which is called financial security, and yet he has run the financial stability of this franchise into the ground with two years remaining on the current TV deal.

He doesn't have the leverage he should have for the next TV deal, which if he did, would mean he doesn't need it now, he could go the last moment two years from now commanding whatever he wishes. Yeah, sounds like a lot of money he's about to get if approved now, but MLB is smart enough to realize there could be more, so much more, whether in own TV channel or two years from now in another TV deal. Jamie's folks know it too.

Baseball doesn't care if he only operates at No. 12 payroll, though we as fans care greatly and think its a disgrace. Baseball allows Pirates to operate as low as they do and the franchise makes millions annually despite low payroll and losing teams. MLB can't try to make you win, doesn't care if you win; MLB can try to make you make money.

James Loney had an extra base hit ?

Unknown, untried pitchers always have their way with the Dodgers. It is a testament to their great hitting coach.

Right, Scott From The Maroona: "Also, I just hope some Dodger fans don't use this game as excuse to talk about how McCourt has destroyed this franchise. I'm no McCourt defender by any means..."

And Marc Antony "Came here to bury Caesar, not to praise him."

Get your brown nose out of McCourt's nethernoook long enough to smell reality.

The club doesn't hit because we have no hitting, and it's McCourt's fault.

I nearly forgot...


When was the last time the Dodgers had a sacrifice fly? I knew right away when Loney was on third in the eighth that putting Navarro up was a serious mistake. We needed a fly ball and Mattingly sends up a weak hitting slap hitter? Strike-out for out two. A useless at-bat. And of course the fly ball hitter, Gibbons, makes the third out with guess what, a fly ball!


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