With more losses than victories in his career and an earned-run average above 5.00, Jason Hammel fits the profile of a pitcher the Dodgers should hit.
Well, the low-scoring Dodgers hit Hammel on Wednesday, and they hit him hard.
But the Colorado Rockies hit Chad Billingsley harder.
In the Dodgers' 7-5 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, Billingsley had one of those ineffective starts that have blemished his otherwise promising career.
Billingsley (1-1), who recently signed a three-year, $35-million contract extension, was charged with five runs, six hits and three walks in three innings.
With his pitch count bloated to 86 because of a 42-pitch, three-run third inning, Manager Don Mattingly had Aaron Miles pinch-hit for the right-hander in the fourth inning.
"I couldn't get ahead of hitters," Billingsley said. "I had to come back over the plate."
Of the 19 hitters he faced, nine had three-ball counts. One, Todd Helton, hit a home run.
"I just think he didn't have the feel," catcher Rod Barajas said.
Billingsley's record at hitter-friendly Coors Field dropped to 1-4 with a 7.24 ERA.
One bad start has sometimes turned into a string of them for Billingsley. But these days, he doesn't seem like the same guy who had trouble emerging from slumps.
Dodgers' hitting is on, Chad Billingsley is off in 7-5 loss at Colorado
Los Angeles Times | Apr 7