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July 9, 2011

Starters duel it out for 7IP; Dodgers win 1-0

by @ 9:45 am. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Mat Latos and Chad Billingsley each came ready to pitch in this opening series prior to the All-Star break.  Both pitchers threw seven shutout innings until Los Angeles finally got to Latos in the eighth.

Billingsley, the Dodgers starter, blanked the Padres for eight-innings allowing only four-hits.  Javy Guerra would enter in the ninth for the save situation, struggling early before recording the save.

Nerves must have gotten the better of Guerra as he allowed a leadoff double to Cameron Maybin and followed with back-to-back hit batters to load the bases with no outs.  But maybe there is a reason why the Padres have the two worst batting average (.233), because even with the bases loaded and nobody out they still could not even bring one run home on a sacrifice fly.  Kyle Phillips and Will Venable each struck out with Jason Bartlett lining out for the final out in a 1-0 shutout to the Dodgers.

However, Los Angeles did not have much offense either, just totaling five-hits too, but got their hits at the right time.

A. J. Ellis singled on a groundball to start the eighth and was replaced with pinch-runner, Trent Oeltjen.  Jamey Carroll’s sacrifice bunt advanced Oeltjen to second and with a one-out single, Tony Gwynn put Oeltjen at third with one-out.  Rafael Furcal then stepped up to the plate and singled home Oeltjen for his sixth RBI of the season and the only run of the day.

With the injury outfielder Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies suffered in Toronto, the Dodgers Andre Ethier will replace Victorino at this years All-Star game which is being played at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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