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May 29, 2009 – Billingsley vs. Lilly

May 29, 2009 – Billingsley vs. Lilly


  • I am not sure if AJ Ellis has made it to the game as yet, but his call-up and Ohman going to the DL leaves only two arsonists in the bullpen (Mota and Wade) – those guys are four-letter words right now.  
  • No one seems to know if Joe will move Russ to 3B at times now that we have 3 catchers and I doubt he will say.  We will just have to wait and see. 
  • I really think something is wrong with Raffy.  I watched him closely last night and he just didn’t move right at times.  I just can’t put my finger on it…  But not playing in a day gime following a night games tells you something.
  • Our RBI leader, James Loney (36) is 5th in the NL.
  • We just keep on rolling without THAT GUY!
  • Maybe, Just Maybe this is Juan Pierre’s Magical season.  If Manny came back today, would he play?

Today’s Lineup:c-bill1

  1. Pierre  LF
  2. Martin  C  (right on)
  3. Hudson  2B
  4. Loney  1B  (Mr. Cleanup)
  5. Blake  3B (Career year)
  6. Ethier  RF  (ready to break-out?)
  7. Kemp  CF 
  8. Castro  SS (.395)
  9. Billingsley  P




AAA–Albuquerque Isotopes 5-28-09

The Albuquerque Isotopes managed 8 runs on 11 hits to give Charlie Haeger (5-3, 4.99) the win, (8-6, over Colorado Springs Al Johnson (5-2, 4.82).

In the first inning, Colorado managed to score two on a single to center by Matt Miller.  Miller’s hit  was then followed by a three run homer to right by Mark Belhorn. And took a commanding lead, 5-0, before our Isotopes even came to bat.

In Colorado’s second, shortstop Blake DeWitt was credited with an assist when Carlos Gonzales cut down at the plate trying to score from second on an error by Henry Luna (first base man).  Blake’s play prevented further damage for the time being.

The Isotopes managed a hit by Charlie Haeger on a liner to left in the bottom of the third and was sacrificed by Hu to second.  Blake DeWitt drew a walk but the Isotopes did not score.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Isotopes started to make a little noise sending 8 batters to the plate.  Dee Brown opened the inning with a line single to center and Mitch Jones walked.  Charlie Haeger then drove in Brown with with another single to center.  Repko managed to get hit by a pitch which allowed one of the  Dodgers favorite “prospects” (oh, he with the fluttering eye and solid glove) to pull a grand salami into the left field seats.  The blow was his second homer of the season making him someone to keep on eye on as the season progresses.  This tied the score at 5-5.

The Isotopes then pulled away for good in the bottom of the 6th when they sent 11 players to the plate.  Haeger singled and went to second on a wild pitch.  Jason Repko singled him to third.  Hu whiffed. Blake DeWitt then singled home Haeger (who must have still been in this game for his prodigious offense.) Repko then scored on a fielder’s choice.  Dee Brown then closed the scoring by doubling home Hector Luna who had singled and moved to second on Mitch Jones’ walk.  This gave the Isotopes an 8-5 lead.

 Henry Bonilla replaced Haeger in the 8th.  Colorado Springs went quietly as Bonilla gave up no hits or runs on one walk.

Albuquerque went quietly in the bottom of the 8th and  Colorado did the same in the top of the 9th when Scott Strikland replaced Bonilla and recorded a save.  Scott pitch to three batters–striking out 2.

 (Andy La Roche did not play, having been traded to the Pittsburg Pirates in the Manny Ramirez deal last year.  Word has it Andy is doing quite well for his new team now that he’s finally getting a chance to play injury free…) 


Postponed by rain (for the week)


A Advanced INLAND EMPIRE 66ers

 Kuroda blew up in he 4th inning of his rehab start at A Adanced minor leagues  May 27 of this year.

 It took ten innings but our 66ers finally fell to the Modesto team by a score of 8-7.   Reynolds was the winning pitcher (3-1.0.93 while Withrow drew the loss (3-4 5.65).  Nobody managed to hit a gopher ball.

Modesto scored 3 runs in the first with Charels Blackmon and Jason Kooten getting singles in front of Lars Davis triple which scored them both.  Davis then scored on a ground out giving Hector Gomez an RBI.

Inland Empire came back in the bottom of the third when  Preston Mattingly doubled home Elian Herrera and Garabedian both of whom had walked to make the score 3-2 in favor of Modesto.

Matt Repec and Brian Rike then doubled off Kuroda.  Jeffery Cunningham continued the merry-go-round with the third consecutive double of the inning off Kuroda.  Kuroda then threw away a ball hit back to box for an error  which allowed two more runs to score in the process.  Michael Mitchell later scored on a sacrifice fly by Van Hooten.  Kuroda was responsible for all the runs and now trailed 7-2 after just 4 innings pitched.

In the Inland 5th, Adolpho Gonzalez and  Matt Repec reached on errors and were driven in by Scott Van Slyke’s ground out and Pedro Baez single.

In the top of the 6th, Kuroda was replaced–his rehab start finished for the day.

In the bottom of the 7th,  Inland finished their scoring on Slyke’s double (his 15th), Steven Caseres triple (2) and a passed pall.

 The final and deciding run was scored by Modesto in the top of the 10th when Jason Kooen doubled and later scored on a single to center by Radames Nazario

 For those of us looking for a quick return by Kuroda, this outing was not pleasant news.

 Is Pedro still looking for work?

 A Great Lakes Loons

For those Dodger fans who have just consumed a meal or want to look forward to nights game with the Cubbies, I’d suggest you skip this summary (which I will probably give short shrift because there were 10 walks given up up by our Loons on the 28th.  The Loons still made it almost respectable getting beat 5-4 to Kane County and it took the Cougars 10 innings to  get the dastardly deed done.

 Ethan Martin started and walked six in four innings and somehow only managed to give up one run!  He also struck out 6 so he had the stuff today, just no command.  Luis Garcia followed by giving up a hit (a three run homer by Anthony Hatch but managed to avoid giving up any free passes.  Kyle Smith followed Garcia and gave got 4 outs.  Robert Boothe tried to finish for the Loons giving up one hit and two walks pitching into the tenth.  But he had to give way with two on and one out for Dutton who promptly walked Napoleon and Christian to force in the winning run.  

Anthony Hatch hit a three run home run in the sixth to give the Loons a short lived lead, bur Dusty Coleman came  back with a three run shot of his own in the 8th to take the lead back once more.

The Loons rallied for one more run to tie the score in the 8th when Jaime Pedroza doubled, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Buss.

 The Loons failed to rally in the bottom of the tenth after Cougars reliever hit the first two batters, Pedroza and Buss.  He then retired the last three Loon hitters in a row to record his fourth save.

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6 Responses to “May 29, 2009 – Billingsley vs. Lilly”

  1. Mark_Timmons says:

    The wind was still yesterday. Today, it is blowing in pretty good!

  2. Mark_Timmons says:

    Joe Torre announced that Hiroki Kuroda will be activated and start on Monday, meaning that AJ Ellis will probably head back to AAA unless Wade or Mota is DL'ed.

  3. Michael says:

    Home plate ump today is Tim Timmons. Suprises me about Hiroki, I thought he got roughed up the other night. 3 catchers??? Is Martin going somewhere?

  4. Mark_Timmons says:

    Tim is no relation. If he were, Chad would be pitching a perfect game!

    Kuroda's arm is fine and health is not an issue. They think he will be fine even tough he was bombed in A ball.

    You know what I wrote last week about Martin.

  5. Ken says:

    Todat's lineup was old school

    Pierre – OBP .455
    Martin – Bat control, Ks down to 17% of AB
    Hudson – High Average – .338
    Loney – Mr. RBI 36
    Blake – Mr. Power 9 HRs
    Either – Mr Power #2 6 HRs
    Kemp – Average .296 Some Power
    The SS

  6. lawdog says:

    Kuroda got clobbered so hard in his last A start the other day, it will be a modern miracle if he comes up and starts zeros and straight numbers on the board in long sequences. Expect lots of crooked numbers in short sequences and you probably won't be disappointed.

    I think Torre's main fault is staying with pitchers "a bridge too far" like he did with Bills today. Bills pitched his heart out working out of jam after jam only to get left in long enough to be the losing pitcher about two batters after it was obvious to everybody in the park that he'd lost the edge on his command and was getting wild in the strike zone. The modern recipe for a defeat..

    Bringing up Kuroda too soon is a similar error. Leave him down in the minors another start or two until he can put up a "quality start" down there (3 runs or less over 6 or more innings). Then bring him up and you can expect success. Bringing him up now is inviting failure and a drop in the standings when he pitches.


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