Friday, May 12, 2006
Ready for Callup, Chad Billingsley Falls on His Face
Top Dodgers prospect Chad Billingsley, 22, warned to be ready for a sudden callup to Los Angeles, virtually collapsed in a heap in a 12-11 loss to the AAA Memphis Redbirds. Billingsley gave up three walks, six hits, six runs and two wild pitches in one and a third innings. Billingsley, who has a lively 95-mph fastball, had entered the game with a 3-0 record and 2.04 ERA, having allowed fewer than three runs in his first six starts for the AAA Las Vegas 51s. Though the Dodgers assured him he is still on track for his callup, perhaps to replace struggling No. 5 starter Jae Seo, Billingsley didn't help his chances any.