Los Angeles Dodgers win 12-2 April 22, 2011
Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday before 36,595 on a cold and windy day
April 22, 2011 review by the first Internet baseball historian
The Los Angeles Dodgers lined 14 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 homers, en-route to a 12-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Dodgers second baseman Juan Uribe led the team’s battering of four Cubs pitchers.
LA’s starter Chad Billingsley started and halted the Cubs power bats. The burly right hander allowed 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run in 6.1 innings to improve his 2011 season record to 2 wins 1 loss with a 4.13 ERA. He walked 3 and struck out 3. The Dodgers improved to 11-10 for'11
Four Dodgers players had 2 hits each, shortstop and leadoff hitter Jamey Carroll, third baseman Casey Blake, 2b Juan Uribe and catcher A.J. Ellis. Jamey Carroll and centerfielder Matt Kemp lined doubles and Juan Uribe and pinch-hitter/outfielder Marcus Thames hit homers. Juan Uribe scored twice and had 4 RBI. Catcher A.J. Ellis and Marcus Thames had 2 RBI. The 2 homers were both players second of the 2011 season.
The Cubs started pitcher Casey Coleman, who got hit for 6 hits, 6 runs in just 2.2 innings. Casey Coleman is now 1-1 for year. Centerfielder Marlon Byrd hit his first triple of season. The Cubs fell to 9-10 for '11.
Dodgers reliever Kenley Jensen struck out 4 Cubs in 1.2 scoreless innings and Lance Cormeir yielded one hit in a scoreless 9th inning. The Dodgers press release stated RHP Vicente Padilia was activated from the disabled list after surgery on his right arm on in February. Vicente Padilia had a nerve trapped by a muscle. Upon returning he start in the bullpen.
A highly touted high school pitcher for Defiance in the state of Ohio he pitched in the minors before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers at age 21 in 2006. As a rookie he started 16 games and recorded a 7-4 record with a 3.80 earned run average per 9 innings (ERA). He pitched 2 games in the NL Division Series – 2 innings, no runs allowed.
A fastball pitcher, Chad Billingsley regularly throws in the mid 90 mph, and can reach back and notch 97 mph. He also has an excellent late-breaking slider and a 2-plane curve, plus a changeup.
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