10/03/08 1:14 AM ET
Dodgers Short Hops: Game 2
LA capitalizes on errors to support Billingsley
By Michael Schwartz / MLB.com
The Dodgers took advantage of four Cubs errors by scoring five unearned runs, and Chad Billingsley tossed a masterpiece to win a blowout. Frozen moment
Mark DeRosa bobbled a potential inning-ending, double-play ball in the second, and the Dodgers made the Cubs pay by hanging a five spot.
14 -- The number of unanswered runs the Dodgers scored in the series from the time the Cubs scored two in the second inning of Game 1 until the seventh inning of Game 2.
The five runs the Dodgers scored in the second alleviated pressure on Billingsley, who made sure those runs were more than enough.
Martin took advantage of the Cubs' two second-inning errors by lining a two-out frozen rope for a double that plated three.
Furcal showed why the Dodgers missed their leadoff hitter for the better part of the final five months of the year, going 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs. In his best game since returning from back surgery, Furcal's key hit came on an RBI bunt with the bases loaded that preceded Martin's bases-clearing double in the second.
Sense of October
Baseball's career leader in postseason homers, Manny Ramirez, did what he always does this time of year by smashing an insurance homer in the fifth. The long ball was No. 26 in Ramirez's playoff career and his second of the series.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB
Comment: Despite striking out in his first two at-bats, Ramirez still filled up the box score with another very productive day at the plate.
6.2 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks
Comment: Billingsley has been the Dodgers' best pitcher for much of the year -- leading the club in wins, ERA and strikeouts -- so this dominant playoff performance falls in line with the rest of his season.
"We're going to come out and try to jump on them again at home. We're playing really well right now, getting timely hitting and taking advantage of some of their mistakes." -- Billingsley
Hiroki Kuroda will take the ball with a chance to close out the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium, where he threw a four-hit shutout against Chicago on June 6.
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.