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|L.A. Dodgers (1-1) «||2||0||0||0||3||0||1||1||x||7||9||1|
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The latest comeback try by Dontrelle Willis lasted just seven pitches.
Still trying find a flash of his former self, Willis said he hurt his left shoulder Monday in the Chicago Cubs' 7-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 2003 NL Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star walked Nick Evans on six pitches in the eighth inning. After throwing ball one to Brian Barden, Willis grabbed his shoulder.
Chicago coaches and trainers visited Willis on the mound and escorted him to the dugout.
"It's a mild setback," said Willis, who signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in January. "Hopefully, it's not serious. It's probably just fatigue."
Willis got a loss to go along with the setback. Evans scored the go-ahead run when Willis' replacement, Jensen Lewis, gave up an RBI single to Omar Luna.
The 31-year-old Willis burst upon the baseball scene in 2003 as a high-kicking, hard-throwing pitcher with the Marlins. He helped them win the World Series that year and was a 22-game winner in 2005.
Willis has never come close to duplicating that early success. He pitched in the majors and minors for five organizations after leaving the Marlins and announced his retirement on July 2, 2012.
Six months later, the Cubs then signed him. But manager Dale Sveum said the team didn't have any lofty expectations.
"We don't have any plans," Sveum said. "He's here to be a backup. He's a minor league player."
The Dodgers won after trailing by four runs after three innings. The Cubs scored six times off Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano.
Billingsley gave up four straight hits to begin the game, including a leadoff double by Luis Valbuena and a home run to Nate Schierholtz.
"It was just good to be out there," said Billingsley, who underwent rehabilitation for an elbow injury he sustained on Aug. 24. "There was a lot of adrenalin. There's usually a lot of adrenalin, but there was even more this time just because it's been a while."
"On the first day out there, I just concentrated on throwing strikes. I didn't throw all my pitches today. It was just about getting my arm ready," he said.
In the third, Darnell McDonald hit a three-run homer off Capuano and Welington Castillo followed with a home run.
NOTES: Dodgers LF Carl Crawford took batting practice in the morning. "That was good, felt good," said Crawford, who underwent surgery on his left elbow in August before the Boston Red Sox traded him to the Dodgers. "I mean, it was the first time I got to swing in a long time." ... The Dodgers play World Series champion San Francisco on Tuesday. RHP Josh Beckett is scheduled to start for the Dodgers. Tim Lincecum is set to start for the Giants. ... The Cubs face Colorado on Tuesday. Chicago's scheduled starter is RHP Edwin Jackson, 10-11 with Washington last season.
|Players of the Game|
|Luis Valbuena, 2B||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.667|
|a- Edwin Maysonet, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Darwin Barney, DH||2||1||1||1||1||0||1||.250|
|b- Johermyn Chavez, PH-DH||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.750|
|Matt Szczur, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||3||2||2||1||0||0||1||.400|
|Brett Jackson, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.500|
|Scott Hairston, CF||3||0||1||0||0||2||2||.333|
|Dave Sappelt, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Nelson, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.333|
|c- Brian Bogusevic, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.400|
|Darnell McDonald, LF||2||1||1||3||0||0||1||.167|
|d- Jorge Soler, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Welington Castillo, C||2||1||1||1||0||1||0||.400|
|e- Steve Clevenger, PH-C||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||.667|
|Junior Lake, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|f- Brent Lillibridge, PH-3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.500|
|Alberto Gonzalez, SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Logan Watkins, SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.167|
|a-hit by pitch for Valbuena in the 4th|
|b-struck out for Barney in the 6th|
|c-walked for Nelson in the 5th|
|d-struck out for McDonald in the 5th|
|e-singled for Castillo in the 5th|
|f-grounded out for Lake in the 5th|
|2B - Luis Valbuena (1, Billingsley), Darwin Barney (1, Billingsley)|
|HR - Nate Schierholtz (1, Billingsley), Darnell McDonald (1, Capuano), Welington Castillo (1, Capuano)|
|RBI - Darwin Barney (1), Nate Schierholtz (2), Darnell McDonald 3 (3), Welington Castillo (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Darnell McDonald 3 (3), Welington Castillo (2)|
|CS - Matt Szczur (1, 2nd base by Johnson/Flores)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Gonzalez-Valbuena-Nelson|
|E - Welington Castillo (2, Throwing)|
|Barret Loux (H,1)||2||2||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Robert Whitenack (H,1)||0.2||0||3||3||2||1||0||40.50|
|Michael Bowden (H,1)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Brian Schlitter (BS,1)||1||3||1||1||1||0||0||9.00|
|Dontrelle Willis (L,0-1)||0||0||1||1||1||0||0||0.00|
|HBP - Sellers (by Robert Whitenack)|
|WP - Robert Whitenack (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 13-5, Blake Parker 9-5, Barret Loux 13-9, Robert Whitenack 14-4, Michael Bowden 7-7, Brian Schlitter 10-6, Dontrelle Willis 4-0, Jensen Lewis 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 1-0, Barret Loux 1-3, Robert Whitenack 1-0, Brian Schlitter 2-1, Jensen Lewis 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 5, Blake Parker 4, Barret Loux 8, Robert Whitenack 5, Michael Bowden 5, Brian Schlitter 7, Dontrelle Willis 1, Jensen Lewis 6|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dee Gordon, SS||1||1||0||0||2||1||0||.000|
|Omar Luna, SS||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.667|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|Justin Sellers, 2B||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ozzie Martinez, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., RF||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||.333|
|Jeremy Moore, RF||2||1||1||1||1||0||0||.333|
|Juan Uribe, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Dallas McPherson, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||2||4||.000|
|Nick Punto, DH||2||0||1||2||0||1||0||.250|
|a- Matt Wallach, PH-DH||3||0||1||1||0||1||3||.333|
|Alex Castellanos, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Yasiel Puig, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Ramon Castro, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jesus Flores, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Alfredo Amezaga, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Nick Evans, 3B||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||.500|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., LF||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||.000|
|Brian Barden, LF||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.750|
|a-flied out for Punto in the 5th|
|2B - Jeremy Moore (1, Schlitter)|
|RBI - Omar Luna (1), Jeremy Moore (1), Nick Punto 2 (2), Matt Wallach (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nick Punto 2 (2), Matt Wallach (1)|
|SB - Nick Punto (1, 3rd base off Parker/Castillo), Tony Gwynn Jr. (1, 2nd base off Whitenack/Clevenger)|
|CS - Tony Gwynn Jr. (1, 2nd base by Parker/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Alex Castellanos 1|
|E - Chris Capuano (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Paco Rodriguez (W,1-0)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Blake Johnson (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|HBP - Maysonet (by Chris Capuano)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 13-13, Chris Capuano 22-14, Shawn Tolleson 12-8, Matt Guerrier 7-7, Kevin Gregg 3-3, Paco Rodriguez 7-7, Blake Johnson 6-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 2-2, Chris Capuano 4-0, Shawn Tolleson 1-0, Kevin Gregg 2-1, Paco Rodriguez 2-0, Blake Johnson 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 10, Chris Capuano 11, Shawn Tolleson 5, Matt Guerrier 3, Kevin Gregg 3, Paco Rodriguez 5, Blake Johnson 3|
|Attendance - 3655|
|Game Time - 3:25|
|Temperature - 58|
|Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Angel Campos|