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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Notes From Friday's Game

  1. Chad Billingsley was solid through 6 IP (4 Hits, 3 BB, 3K, 2 Runs [1 ER], 79 pitches - 46 for strikes), but had to leave the game with a hamstring injury - the hamstring that was not the hamstring he injured in his last start.
  2. Incidentally, that last start was also against Atlanta and featured the same two starters - Billingsley and Jair Jurrjens.
  3. George Sherrill had his longest outing of the season, 1.2 IP, scattering 3 hits. George, meet Joe Torre.
  4. James McDonald was dynamite over 2 innings, striking out 3 without allowing a baserunner. I'd like to see him given another opportunity to start, as 4 career starts is too small a sample size to pigeonhole him as a reliever. He's still only 24 and throws multiple plus pitches, and also has the minor league track record that leads me to believe he'll be no worse than a very good # 3.
  5. Torre should have brought in a reliever other than Hong-Chih Kuo (who pitched Thursday and has that long injury history) after Chad left.
  6. Andre Ethier drew 4 walks (1 intentional).
  7. Tony Abreu saw his first major league action since 2007. He grounded out with the bases loaded in the 11th. Abreu won't be 25 until November.
  8. I wouldn't be shocked if Ramon Troncoso's struggles were due to an overworked arm, but I can't say that's what ailed him Friday with any certainty. It just as likely could have been an off game.
  9. Russell Martin and Casey Blake each had three hits, Blake blasting his 13th homer of the season after home plate ump Eric Cooper forgot that calling a strike and then changing it to a ball doesn't go over well with the team you screwed over.

The Kershawminator goes for the Dodgers on Saturday, looking to bounce back from a rough start last Monday.


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