Chad Billingsley threw 110 pitches in his start for the Dodgers on Tuesday night, but it's possible that none of those was thrown as hard as he threw his glove against the dugout wall after he was removed from the game against the Detroit Tigers.
Billingsley had just walked Alex Avila to load the bases with one out in the sixth, prompting Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to come out with the hook, and Billingsley was upset about it.
Andre Ethier's two-run homer in the fifth inning gave Billingsley and the Dodgers a 4-1 lead, but Billingsley couldn't get out of the sixth. Mattingly's move, however, worked out perfectly: reliever Mike MacDougal needed two pitches to get out of the inning, inducing a double-play grounder from pinch hitter Miguel Cabrera.
The Dodgers added a couple of insurance runs en route to a 6-1 victory in front of 37,769 at Dodger Stadium.
Billingsley gave up one run and six hits in 51/3 innings to earn his sixth victory of the season. He's had an up-and-down year, giving up three runs or fewer in nine of his 16 starts, but also giving up five or more in three starts. That includes his two previous starts, in which he allowed a total of 13 runs in 8 2/3 innings.
He's also had some tough luck, the Dodgers averaging 2.3 runs per game in his six losses.
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp didn't have a hit Tuesday, but after a walk in the seventh inning, he stole second and third, stolen bases Nos. 19 and 20 this season.
With his 20 home runs, Kemp became the second L.A. Dodgers player to become a 20-20 player before the All-Star break, the other being current Dodgers coach Davey Lopes, who did it in 1979.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. James Loney walked and went to third on a single by Aaron Miles. A.J. Ellis, starting at catcher Tuesday in place of Dioner Navarro, singled home Loney to put the Dodgers on top.
Billingsley angry for being pulled, but Dodgers give him win
L.A. Daily News | Jun 22