Chad Billingsley tied a career high with 13 strikeouts today while allowing five baserunners and one run in seven innings. His only problem: It's 2010, the Year Without a Reliable Bullpen.
It wasn't long ago that Jonathan Broxton giving up a late-inning home run would have caused me great angst, but now I just chalk it up to a lost season. Broxton and George Sherrill each gave up two-run home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning today, surrendering Billingsley's 4-1 lead and sending the Dodgers to a 5-4 defeat.
The one thing I wasn't clear on: Why did Ronald Belisario leave the game after retiring one batter with the bases empty and a three-run lead? Or, if Joe Torre was worried about the left-handed bats in the eighth inning for Arizona, why not start the inning with Sherrill? I don't care that much at this point, but I just was curious.
The loss was the Dodgers' 81st of the year, ensuring they won't have a winning season.
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Earlier today, the Dodgers traded future manager Don Mattingly's son, Preston, to Cleveland for Ramon Pena in a deal of floundering minor leaguers. Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com has details.