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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Notes From Tuesday's Game (EDIT)


  1. Chad Billingsley went 6 innings tonight (4 ER, 8 Hits, 4 K, 3 BB, 97 pitches - 59 for strikes), and while he wasn't great, and didn't miss bats like he usually does, his line is misleading. Ronnie Belliard screwed up the roller hit to him (while somehow avoiding an error) which led to a run scoring, and most of the key D-Backs hits were not terribly hard-hit, certainly no more so than the Dodgers' outs in the first inning.
  2. Bullpen: 3 IP, O Runs, 2 Hits, 4 K, 0 BB.
  3. James McDonald pitched a scoreless 7th, striking out the side on 16 pitches.
  4. Rafael Furcal (3 Singles, BB) reached base 4 times, while Andre Ethier (Double, Single), Manny (2 BB), Orlando Hudson (2 Singles), and James Loney (2 Singles) each reached base twice.
  5. The Dodgers grounded into 5 double plays, the most for the team since May 27, 1974. 5 double plays is the team record for a single game, though it is interesting to note that while the club's official site lists two other games in which this occurred, after doing some quick research (would've been quicker if fucking Baseball-Reference wasn't being a bitch tonight) I found that the Dodgers did not ground into 5 double plays in either of those games. The official site even lists the 1973 game as LA vs. Montreal, while Baseball-Almanac lists it as being LA vs. the Mets, and in the both the 1973 and 2004 games, it was the other team (Mets and Giants respectively) who grounded into 5 double plays. (EDIT BELOW)

EDIT: Baseball-Reference says the Dodgers did in fact hit into 5 double plays on May 24th,1973. I trust B-R more than Baseball Almanac, so I stand corrected. The Mets grounded into 4 double plays that game, while in the September 24th game, the Giants grounded into 1 double play. Baseball-Almanac has certainly gone down a notch now.

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