October 11, 2008
Anyone watching Chad Billingsley blow up the Dodgers' hopes in Friday's Game Two could tell that he was putting on a pretty bad performance against Philadelphia.
But how many knew they were watching Billingsley put on a historically bad performance against the Phillies?
As noted by our own Tim Brown in his game story, Billingsley became just the third starter in postseason history to allow eight runs (seven of his were earned) in less than three innings of work. The 24-year-old righthander retired only seven batters before being pulled for the Dodgers bullpen, which didn't allow the Phillies an earned run the rest of the game.
So who were the other two poor postseason pitchers that Billingsley joined?
Well, there was Tom Glavine in Game 6 in the 1992 NLCS. He allowed eight runs (seven ER) in just one inning of work, allowing homers to both Barry Bonds and Jay Bell before being relieved by Charlie Leibrandt.
Then there was old Pete Alexander in Game 2 of the 1928 World Series, who allowed eight runs, including a home run to Lou Gehrig, against the Yankees.
Billingsley can take a little bit of solace in the fact that he didn't allow any home runs in the effort.
Of course, neither of those other pitchers allowed the opposing pitcher two hits and three RBI like Billingsley did Brett Myers — he of the four hits and one RBI during the '08 season — on Friday
So, yeah .... welcome to the club, Chad!