Dodgers beat Padres 1-0 on Furcal’s single in 8th
The pressure was all on Javy Guerra. The 25-year-old rookie
loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning and the Los
Angeles Dodgers clinging to a one-run lead.
”The first thought is just slow it down, go in and get a
strikeout,” he said. ”Before you can get three (outs), you got to
get one. That’s how I break it down.”
Guerra did just that, earning his third save in as many chances
in the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday
Chad Billingsley scattered four hits over eight innings and
Rafael Furcal singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth for the
Dodgers, who earned their second straight shutout win.
”I just made big pitches when I needed to,” Billingsley
Billingsley (8-7) struck out four and walked a season-high five.
It was the fourth consecutive start the right-hander had allowed
fewer than two runs through the first six innings and he won only
one of those games. In his previous start, Billingsley took a
shutout into the seventh inning against the Angels last Saturday.
He gave up three runs in that inning and lost 3-1.
”He’s becoming more of a complete pitcher, mixing pitches and
slowing the game down,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. ”I just reminded
him, one pitch at a time. He grinded out eight innings.”
Billingsley was pinch-hit for in the eighth by Jamey Carroll,
who sacrificed pinch-runner Trent Oeltjen to second after A.J.
Ellis led off with a single. Oeltjen was held up at third by coach
Tim Wallach on a single to right by Tony Gwynn Jr. But Furcal
singled on an 0-1 pitch to break the scoreless tie and chase Mat
Latos, who got a visit from manager Bud Black just before that
It was Furcal’s first RBI since returning from the disabled list
last Saturday and first since a three-RBI game on May 29. He came
in hitting 1 for 12 on the homestand.
”He wants to come through,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said
of Furcal. ”He takes it personally when he’s not getting on
In the ninth, Cameron Maybin led off with a double to right and
Guerra hit Anthony Rizzo on the left foot with his next pitch.
Guerra then hit Rob Johnson on his right hand with the next
”They opened the door for us,” Black said. ”Cam hit a bullet,
which was legit, and then their guy gave us a golden opportunity
that we couldn’t cash in on.”
Guerra settled down and struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Phillips
and Will Venable before Jason Bartlett’s line drive to center field
was caught by Matt Kemp to end the game and give the Dodgers their
second straight shutout.
”For a young guy, that’s really impressive. He’s obviously got
good stuff. It’s electric stuff,” Johnson said.
Latos (5-10) allowed five hits and one run in 7 1-3 innings,
struck out six and walked two to lose his second straight and
remain winless at Dodger Stadium in four career starts.
”Johnny (Rob Johnson) called an unbelievable game. To be
honest, this was his doing, not mine. He was inside my head the
whole time,” Latos said. ”It was the pitches that he wanted and
he told me exactly where it wanted it. I threw it and I executed
it. I had really good command of my fastball. I was able to put it
down and away to right-handers and left-handers. My velocity was
there and everything was really smooth.”
The Dodgers got no offense from All-Stars Andre Ethier and Kemp.
Ethier was hitless in three at-bats with a walk, while Kemp went 0
for 3 with an intentional walk.
The Padres got a runner to third base in the first inning before
Billingsley retired the final two batters. Billingsley pitched with
runners on base in every inning except the seventh, when Rizzo and
Johnson both flied out to the warning track.
The Dodgers didn’t advance a runner past first base through
NOTES: The Dodgers tied Atlanta for the second-most shutouts in
the NL with 10. … The Padres were shut out for the 14th time this
season. … The Dodgers fired former All-Star 1B Steve Garvey on
Friday for his attempts to try to buy the team from owner Frank
McCourt. Garvey, who worked in marketing and community relations,
had been with the organization for 30 years. … It was the fourth
time this season Billingsley pitched more than seven innings. He
didn’t win any of the first three. … The Padres recalled C Luis
Martinez from Triple-A Tucson and placed C Nick Hundley on the
15-day DL with a strained right elbow.