L.A. CAN'T HIT WORTH A SCHILLING DIAMONDBACKS PITCHER BAFFLES DODGERS ONCE AGAIN ARIZONA 4, DODGERS 1.Byline: Brian Dohn Staff Writer
PHOENIX - In the interest of fairness, on days Arizona's Curt Schilling Curtis Montague (Curt) Schilling (born November 14, 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska) is an American Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He has won World Series championships in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2004 with the Red Sox, and is faces the Dodgers, perhaps the mound should be shaved to create a better chance for the hitters.
Maybe cut the height of the pitcher's rubber down from 10 inches to six or so. Otherwise, there doesn't seem much point to it, be it on the road or if Schilling is pitching at home.
For the third time in as many starts this season, Schilling overwhelmed the Dodgers. He allowed six hits, pitching a complete game as the Diamondbacks finally broke through in the series with a 4-1 victory Wednesday at Bank One Ballpark.
The teams conclude their four-game series this afternoon with Arizona sending lefty Nick Bierbrodt Nicholas Raymond Bierbrodt (born May 16, 1978 in Tarzana, California) is a minor league pitcher currently a free agent. Bierbrodt was shot twice in the chest in June 2002. See also
Dodgers rookie Luke Prokopec Kenneth Luke Prokopec (Born February 23, 1978) is an Australian-born, right-handed pitcher who played in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays. proved no match for Schilling, who now is 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA against Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. this season. He has struck out 30 and walked one in those wins.
The Dodgers scored on Shawn Green's 15th homer of the season, an opposite-field solo shot with one out in the ninth.
Prokopec (6-2) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings as he's gone winless in back-to-back starts for the first time this season. Prokopec walked four, his second-highest total in a season in which he had walked 11. It also was his first loss since he allowed six runs in four innings May 8 against Florida.
Right-hander Eric Gagne, sent to the bullpen for his ineffectiveness as a starter, made his first relief appearance and pitched two scoreless innings.
If not for Paul Lo Duca's bloop bloop Baseball
tr.v. blooped, bloop·ing, bloops
To hit (a ball) into the air just beyond the infield.
Hit just beyond the infield. single to lead off the game, the ``perfect game'' watch would have been on. Schilling (10-1), the first pitcher to reach double digits Double Digits was a pricing game on the American television game show, The Price Is Right. Played from April 20, 1973 through May 18, 1973's show, it was played for a car and used small prizes. in wins, retired the next 13 batters before back-to-back singles from Mark Grudzielanek Mark James Grudzielanek (born June 30, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a second baseman in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the Kansas City Royals. Previously, Grudzielanek played with the Montreal Expos (1995-1998), Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2002), Chicago Cubs (eight-game hitting streak In baseball, a hitting streak refers to the consecutive number of official games in which a player gets at least one base hit. Games in which a player does not have any official at bats due to walks, or sacrifice bunts, or being hit by a pitch, are ignored (neither break the streak ) and Adrian Beltre with two outs in the fifth.
Schilling struck out eight on this night, however, and hadn't allowed a run in 18 innings before Green's homer. He is 10-5 in his career against the Dodgers.
He allowed one earned run earned run
A run scored without the aid of an error, used in computing earned run averages.
Noun 1. earned run - a run that was not scored as the result of an error by the other team in seven innings and struck out 12 in winning at Dodger Stadium on April 4. Schilling then outdueled Kevin Brown at Bank One Ballpark on April 10, yielding two hits and striking out 10 in that 2-0 masterpiece.
It's two months later, but nothing has changed. Schilling mowed through the lineup with ease. Of the 12 hits the Dodgers have off Schilling this season, 10 are singles.
The Diamondbacks, who increased their lead to two games over the Dodgers in the National League West, gave Schilling an early lead with Jay Bell's one-out homer in the first that bounced off the top of the fence in left field.
(color) Arizona's Curt Schilling releases a pitch against the Dodgers, against whom he is 3-0 this season, on Wednesday at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix.
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