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Cincinnati Reds pummel Dodgers' Chad Billingsley in 7-2 victory


Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley had another terrible outing Wednesday afternoon as the Cincinnati Reds cruised to a 7-2 win over the Dodgers to sweep their three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Billingsley unintentionally helped Reds Manager Dusty Baker celebrate his 62nd birthday by allowing all seven runs on nine hits in only four innings of work. The right-hander also walked four Reds.

In his prior game, Billingsley (5-6) was tagged for six runs and a career-high 13 hits by the Rockies in Denver.

Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen did the most damage Wednesday, slugging three hits -- including two doubles -- to drive in three runs in front of an announced crowd of 30,443 on a Dodgers "throwback day," with the teams wearing uniforms from the 1940s.

The Dodgers' initial run came in the first inning when Reds pitcher Travis Wood had a shaky start and issued a bases-loaded walk to Marcus Thames. But Wood (5-4) settled down and otherwise held the Dodgers scoreless on five hits in his six innings of work.

The Dodgers added a run in the seventh inning off Reds reliever Jose Arredondo when Jamey Carroll singled, moved to third base on Matt Kemp's double and scored when Juan Uribe grounded out.

The Dodgers also threatened in the third inning when they had runners on first and second with two out and James Loney hit a line drive to the left-field corner. But Reds leftfielder Jonny Gomes made a spectacular diving, back-handed catch to end the inning.

At 31-39, the Dodgers are now eight games below .500 for the first time this season. They have the day off Thursday before opening a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Friday at Chavez Ravine.


Dodgers hope Casey Blake returns to lineup Friday

Don Mattingly, the ace, and the bullpen from hell

Dodgers lose another tight one, 3-2

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds hits a double in the second inning Wednesday as Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas and umpire Gerry Davis look on at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

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Its gotten so bad, they have Chris Rock playing shortstop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just sit and wait for MLB to make the annoucement that they are putting the Dodgers up for sale.

That will be the only true highlight of this season....

He's terrible. Terrible. Gutless. Meaning, he's Colletti's kind of guy.

really putting it together - tie game one night, bullpen can't hold it for 2 innings; getting blown out, bullpen holds 'em scoreless for 15 outs

no offense

the upside, after turning in the wretched lineup card as it was, no managerial decisions were blown late in the game...five-run deficits tend to do that.

(more heavy sighs.... so depressing)

'TAPS' (farewell to a season, key of dudger Mc 'C')

Season's done can't score runs, bullpen leaks veterans creak pulse grows weak, time to sell what the h*ll, trade deadline.

Hitting's light day and night, DL's full by-and-by this is bull, as defeats mount on high, let us cry.

Member when way back then, '88, '81 - '60s run, we had fun now we're done, LA's bums.

Hey Ron, It's not Chris Rock, It's Mookie from Do The Right Thing playing shortstop!! Radio Rahim is in the ondeck circle!

I'd be willing to bet Ned's on the phone right now to Scott Kazmir's agent. Nedlogic - he just needs to be reunited with Navarro and he'll be alright.

Additional hook embalming McDork. Boy-cot !!!

Losing will now begin to accelerate as the Dodgers winning percentage falls below .400 and challenges the .389 posted by the 1992 team.

Vote Matt Kemp for 2011 All-Star!

You get 25 votes, so let's get Matt in there...he deserves it!

The Waddling Wuss returns. Tuned the ballgame on in the 7th. I heard the score, and I didn't have to read Steve's game story to know what happened. I knew immediately that the Waddling Wuss got pounded ..... again. He's a bad pitcher capable of a great outing every once in a while. But his overall resume is one of a pitcher who can't consistently get the side out, and a pitcher who has a propensity to get the ball over the plate way too often. He stinks, pure and simple. He's the Dodgers number two starter, all right. But I think he's just plain "number two," period.

Dodgers lose a tight one.
Reds pummel Dodgers.
These Dodgers Suck!

Fire the Manager!

agreed, the bad waddling has returned the last two starts.

but the previous seven starts, he could have easily been the winner in all of those yet got a mark of 3-3 to show for it. At one point, he had dropped his ERA a full run in a matter of just six starts, to a respectable 3.46.

But he turns 27 next month, this is his 6th year with the big club, and I too expect better.

It would be nice if we had decent offense so he and others didn't have to pitch so fine all the time, but hey, that's what he agreed to on his last contract - flanders and little man frank were in place then as now.

beat the astros

This lame ballclub is 3-26 for the season, when scoring two or fewer runs in '11.
Now, if I were a Dodger pitcher I'd be going insane right now.
But, with their AAA lineup, what could one expect.

What Billingsley lacks in heart he more than makes up for with a lack of heart.

bilZ is a total joke, i.e., a clown, i.e., a circus-performer!!!

& quite unbelievable that confetti-4-brainz awarded him a huge, handsome contract!!!

Joe the Plumber: I disagree with your assessment. I think the 2011 Dodgers are much better than the '92 team. I said this in spring training, and I'll say it again: This team is every bit as good as the '87 Dodgers. They have found their winning percentage (.450), and that's where they'll stay.

This is so depressing...


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