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Chi. Cubs (2-1)2040000006121
L.A. Dodgers (1-1) «20003011x791

Dodgers 7, Cubs 6

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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.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

D. McDonald
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

N. Punto
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Luis Valbuena, 2B2110001 .667
   a- Edwin Maysonet, PH-2B2000002 .000
Darwin Barney, DH2111101 .250
   b- Johermyn Chavez, PH-DH2010010 .750
    Matt Szczur, PR-DH0000000 .000
Nate Schierholtz, RF3221001 .400
    Brett Jackson, RF2000011 .500
Scott Hairston, CF3010022 .333
    Dave Sappelt, CF2000000 .000
Brad Nelson, 1B2000012 .333
   c- Brian Bogusevic, PH-1B1000100 .400
Darnell McDonald, LF2113001 .167
   d- Jorge Soler, PH-LF2000011 .200
Welington Castillo, C2111010 .400
   e- Steve Clevenger, PH-C2020000 .667
Junior Lake, 3B2000000 .200
   f- Brent Lillibridge, PH-3B2010002 .500
Alberto Gonzalez, SS2010000 .200
    Logan Watkins, SS2000022 .167
Totals37612629  
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
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Valbuena-Nelson
E - Welington Castillo (2, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Villanueva 0.2122210 27.00
Blake Parker 1.1000110 0.00
Barret Loux (H,1) 2200110 0.00
Robert Whitenack (H,1) 0.2033210 40.50
Michael Bowden (H,1) 1.1100010 0.00
Brian Schlitter (BS,1) 1311100 9.00
Dontrelle Willis (L,0-1)0011100 0.00
Jensen Lewis 1200120 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
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS1100210 .000
    Omar Luna, SS2011000 .667
Skip Schumaker, 2B1100101 .000
    Justin Sellers, 2B0100000 .000
    Ozzie Martinez, 2B2000001 .000
Jerry Hairston Jr., RF1110100 .333
    Jeremy Moore, RF2111100 .333
Juan Uribe, 1B2000001 .250
    Dallas McPherson, 1B2000124 .000
Nick Punto, DH2012010 .250
   a- Matt Wallach, PH-DH3011013 .333
Alex Castellanos, CF2000011 .000
    Yasiel Puig, CF2010000 .333
Ramon Castro, C2010000 .500
    Jesus Flores, C2000003 .000
Alfredo Amezaga, 3B2000001 .000
    Nick Evans, 3B1110100 .500
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF0100200 .000
    Brian Barden, LF2010011 .750
Totals3179597  
a-flied out for Punto in the 5th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Castellanos 1
E - Chris Capuano (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Billingsley 2522011 9.00
Chris Capuano 2344122 18.00
Shawn Tolleson 1100120 0.00
Matt Guerrier 1000020 0.00
Kevin Gregg 1000000 0.00
Paco Rodriguez (W,1-0) 1200010 0.00
Blake Johnson (S,1) 1100010 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
Game Information
Attendance - 3655
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Angel Campos