May 7, 2015 |
ATLANTA - Chad Billingsley, who turns 31 in July, was as excited as a 20-year-old rookie on the eve of his first start of the season. Billingsley was 25 months and two elbow surgeries removed from his most recent major league game. About an hour before he took the mound for the Phillies last night at Turner Field, Billingsley's heart began pounding pretty fast. He rode the adrenaline in getting the first big-league batter he faced since 2013 to ground out, and then used it again when he dialed up 93 mph on his seventh pitch of the night.
May 6, 2015 |
ATLANTA - For three months last summer, Chad Billingsley wasn't much help in the bringing-in-the-groceries-from-the-car department. If he and his wife decided to go on vacation for a weekend, he was going to be hitting up the bellhop for help with the luggage. Handling the TV remote was about his limit. Billingsley underwent surgery on his right flexor tendon (elbow) just over 10 months ago. Two years ago, he had Tommy John surgery. Tonight, he'll take the mound at Turner Field and pitch in his first major league game in more than two years.
May 12, 2015 |
THE NUMBERS may have looked similar, but to Chad Billingsley, yesterday's 7-4 loss to the Mets felt like progress. Five days earlier, the 30-year-old righthander made his first start in nearly 2 calendar years, a layoff necessitated by a pair of elbow surgeries that ended his career with the Dodgers. In his first game back, he allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings against the Braves, including home runs by Freddie Freeman and Kelly Johnson. Yesterday, the big blast came from Curtis Granderson, who crushed a fastball off a billboard between the first and second seating decks in right-centerfield for a two-run home run that gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning.
July 3, 2015 |
THE $6.5 MILLION the Phillies invested in veteran righthanders Aaron Harang and Chad Billingsley hasn't exactly turned out to be money well spent. On Wednesday night, interim manager Pete Mackanin opined that when a team collects 10 hits and five runs, it will be in position to win a lot of games. The Phillies didn't win, thanks to Harang's latest horror show. Last night, Billingsley was nearly as awful. The Brewers put up a three-spot in the first inning against Billingsley, making his first start in more than six weeks.
August 10, 2010
Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Vicente Padilla (5-3, 3.09 ERA ) vs. Phillies RHP Kyle Kendric k (7-4, 4.37). Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Chad Billingsley (9-6, 3.82) vs. Phillies RHP Roy Oswal t (0-1, 4.38). Thursday at 7:05 p.m. LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-7, 3.19) vs. Phillies RHP Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.65).
August 1, 2010
When the Dodgers acquired Ted Lilly from the Cubs on Saturday, they deepened their staff but didn't upgrade the top of their rotation. The lefthander, 34, has some playoff experience, the kind he'd prefer to forget. The addition of Lilly does little to ease the burden on Clayton Kershaw, above, as the No. 1. Kershaw is talented and appears to have a great future, but the lefthander is only 22. He does have postseason experience. Hiroki Kuroda has yet to develop the consistency the Dodgers need from him, but Chad Billingsley has been getting more effective as the season wears on.
September 14, 2010
The three-game series starts Tuesday at AT&T Park. The Giants won three out of four in San Diego to gain a share of first place in the NL West for the first time since May 6. The Giants have won nine of their last 12 and are going against a withering Dodgers team that has lost 11 of its last 15 while the Padres go against the white-hot Rockies in Colorado. The Dodgers will throw three quality starters - Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly - against their division rivals, and even when they're going bad, they can be motivated playing the Giants.
October 10, 2008 |
Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Best-of-seven TV: All games on Fox. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM), ESPN (950-AM) WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish GAME 1: LAST NIGHT: Phillies 3, Dodgers 2 WP: Cole Hamels (2-0) LP: Derek Lowe (1-1) GAME 2: TODAY, 4:35 P.M. Dodgers (Chad Billingsley, 16-10 at Phillies (Brett Myers, 10-13) GAME 3: SUNDAY, 8:22 P.M. Phillies (Jamie Moyer, 0-1) at Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda, 1-0) GAME 4: MONDAY, 8:22 P.M. Phillies (Joe Blanton, 1-0)