Postgame 7/5: Dodgers 7, Padres 6 (13 innings)

The Dodgers edged the Padres, 7-6, in 13 innings today. For a full recap and boxscore click here.


– And that was a wild one. Entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Dodgers were up 6-1 as Chad Bilingsley went for the complete game. Suffice to say, Billingsley — although he threw only 97 pitches and allowed only four of the 28 batters he faced to reach base — couldn’t get the job done, and neither could Jonathan Broxton. The Padres scored five in the ninth to tie the score.

– James Loney came up huge. He went deep to lead off the 13th against Padres reliever Edward Mujica, providing the only run the Dodgers would need in extra frames.

– Ronald Belisario and Guillermo Mota struggled a bit in the tenth, but the Padres put a couple of horrid at-bats and the Blue escaped a risky situation.


– The Dodgers had 18 hits. The Padres had six.

– Both Orlando Hudson and Manny Ramirez were out of the starting lineup, but each made appearances as a pinch-hitter. Neither reached base.

– Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked twice. Once in the 10th to set up a forceout, and once in the 13th with no one on base.


– The Dodgers have the day off tomorrow. They’ll have the day to spend in New York to prepare for what will surely be a circus, as they face the Mets Tuesday-Thursday. Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 3.49) and Mike Pelfrey (6-3, 4.26) are slated to start.

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    Billingsley was removed one batter too soon. Mr. Torre over-reacted to the homer, and did not consider that the bloop double was fortunate and was hit on a good pitch. I wish he had shown a bit more faith in the ace, who was clearly motivated and auditioning for the all-star starter.

  • I can agree with that, especially because of Billingsley’s unusually low pitch count. However, Torre rightfully had confidence in his closer, who let him down this once but most of the time would’ve dispatched the Padres. If he had done so, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.