Billingsley (1-2) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings in just his third start in 25 months to earn his first victory since April 10, 2013. The left-hander pitched with a chip on his shoulder after being snubbed by his peers for the 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Ohio next week.
“When a guy like Kershaw is pitching like he did, you’re in trouble”, Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “We got him the W and that’s the most important”. “We unfortunately didn’t”. Three All-Star selections. The NL MVP award.
Kershaw, meanwhile, is one of five “Final Vote” candidates in the National League.
Said Rollins, 36, “I cut my ties when I did and I had to leave all that in the past in order to move forward and accept who I am as being a Dodger, so this is where I am today”. “It doesn’t say “with fan vote” when it’s all said and done”.
“I just got to hit a little better”, said Rollins, who has no plans to retire next season. Ellis said, “but he’s the same as he’s always been”. “As the game progressed he got a real feel for his off-speed stuff, primarily his curveball”.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chad Billingsley won for the first time in over two years, against his old team, Jeff Francoeur homered and drove in three runs, and the last-place Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 Tuesday night.
Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (5-4, 3.00) will face the Phillies for the first time in his career.
“I thought I had settled in about the third inning, but the three-run shot by Grandal was really the dagger there”, O’Sullivan said. Pedro Baez inherited a 7-6 lead in the seventh inning, but loaded the bases and allowed the Phillies to tie the score. The first came on a wild pitch in the sixth, when Kershaw gave up consecutive singles to Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf before retiring the last two batters on popups.
Kershaw notched his 9th shutout in the last five seasons, which is two more than any other pitcher in baseball. “If you don’t, it’s like, “Damn it.’ And I definitely don’t want to have a ‘Damn it” moment against my former team”.
Kershaw worked himself out of another jam in the seventh after back-to-back singles by Galvis and Domonic Brown opened the inning. Kershaw was already a top-three pitcher in terms of FIP, xFIP, WAR, SIERA and probably some other statistical abbreviations considered classified by the Dodgers’ front office. “But then he whipped it out that last at-bat”.
“We gave him a couple of free outs, let him off the hook early and then he settled in and did a good job until the home run (by Grandal)”, Gonzalez said. “When you get two strikes on you, it’s going to be tough trying not to swing at anything out of the zone”. But with the Phillies commitment to letting the young kids play in the season’s second half, both in lineup and in the new-look rotation, too, Morgan will likely be given ample opportunity to get his surgically-repaired arm back in gear.
Clayton Kershaw was dominant in the win over the Phillies. Justin Turner, who was at first, went nearly all the way to second and was doubled up at first. The Phils rank 30th in scoring (3.44 rpg), while on the mound they are 29th in ERA (4.64).
But a three-run home run by Ryan Howard off Surkamp in the third put the Phillies up 5-3, and they made it 6-3 on a home run by Odubel Herrera in the fourth.
Billingsley reached on a fielder’s choice in the sixth and ended up at second base, where he talked to ex- Phillies star Jimmy Rollins, who helped the Dodgers win 10-7 Monday night in the series opener.