1988 Dodgers Week 13 review: Orel Hershiser outduels Nolan Ryan

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

The Dodgers' ace won his fifth straight game with a shutout over the all-time strikeout leader in Houston.

The Dodgers split six games this week but Orel Hershiser continued to roll. He pitched his second shutout and sixth complete game of the season in Houston. It was the fifth straight win for Hershiser, who improved to 12-3 with a 2.38 ERA.

Dodger Batter of the Week: The Dodgers only hit two home runs during the week, and Mike Scioscia hit one of them. Scioscia hit .278 and also doubled twice for a .556 slugging percentage, narrowly beating Mike Marshall (.292, one home run, four RBI) in a down offensive week for the club.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: The starters as a whole had a 2.25 ERA, and the cream of the crop was Orel Hershiser, who pitched a two-hit shutout to beat Nolan Ryan and the Astros on Wednesday. Honorable mention goes to Tim Leary, who had a complete game win, and to Shawn Hillegas, with two strong outings.

Week 13 Record: 3-3

20 runs scored (3.33 per game)
16 runs allowed (2.67 per game)
.601 pythagorean winning percentage

Seasonal Record: 45-33

344 runs scored (4.41 per game)
274 runs allowed (3.51 per game)
.603 pythagorean winning percentage (47-31)

Transactions:

  • Monday: A week after he was released by Cincinnati, Mario Soto was signed by the Dodgers to shore up their starting rotation. The 31-year-old will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque in hopes his shoulder will improve from earlier in the season, when he was 3-7 with a 4.66 ERA in 14 starts with the Reds.
  • Wednesday: Infielder Damaso Garcia, like Soto a 31-year-old former All-Star, was signed to a minor league contract. Garcia hit just .117 (7-for-60) with the Braves before he was released on May 17.

Game Results:

Upcoming Week: The Dodgers run the George Hendrick Gauntlet, finishing the homestand with series against St. Louis and Pittsburgh.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
4
vs. StL
8:10pm
5
vs. StL
7:35pm
6
vs. StL
7:35pm
7
Off

8
vs. Pit
7:35pm
9
vs. Pit
7:05pm
10
vs. Pit
1:05pm
Krueger v.
Tudor (L)
Hershiser v.
Cox (R)
Valenzuela v.
DeLeon (R)
Leary v.
Drabek (R)
Hillegas v.
Dunne (R)
Hershiser v.
Walk (R)

Previous 1988 weeks in review: Apr 4-10 | Apr 11-17 | Apr 18-24 | Apr 25-May 1 | May 2-8 | May 9-15 | May 16-22 | May 23-29 | May 30-Jun 5 | Jun 6-12 | Jun 13-19 | Jun 20-26

Week 13 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Scioscia 19 18 2 5 2 0 1 1 1 0/0 .278/.316/.556 .871
Marshall 25 24 1 7 2 0 1 4 0 0/0 .292/.320/.500 .820
Anderson 22 17 2 4 0 1 0 1 5 1/0 .235/.409/.353 .762
Sax 27 23 2 7 0 0 0 0 4 3/1 .304/.407/.304 .712
Gibson 26 21 3 5 1 0 0 4 4 1/0 .238/.346/.286 .632
Hamilton 22 21 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 0/0 .238/.273/.333 .606
Stubbs 22 20 2 4 1 0 0 4 1 2/0 .200/.238/.250 .488
Shelby 24 23 1 4 0 0 0 3 1 1/0 .174/.208/.174 .382

Hatcher 6 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 .400/.500/.600 1.100
Davis 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 -----/1.000/----- 1.000
Dempsey 5 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 .250/.400/.500 .900
Gonzalez 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .333/.333/.333 .667
Sharperson 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Heep 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 15 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .154/.154/.154 .308
Totals 222 197 20 47 10 1 2 18 19 8/1 .239/.311/.330 .640

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Hershiser 1 1-0 -- 9 2 0 0 1 6 0.00 0.333 1.89
Leary 1 1-0 -- 9 10 1 1 1 6 1.00 1.222 2.22
Hillegas 2 1-1 -- 14 7 2 2 1 7 1.29 0.571 2.32
Sutton 1 0-0 -- 5 5 2 2 0 2 3.60 1.000 2.09
Valenzuela 1 0-1 -- 7 8 6 6 6 2 7.71 2.000 4.46
Starters 6
3-2 -- 44 32 11 11 9 23 2.25 0.932 2.53
Pena 2 0-0 1 3 1 0 0 1 2 0.00 0.667 3.56
Holton 2 0-1 -- 3 2 1 1 0 1 3.00 0.667 2.22
Orosco 2 0-0 -- 1⅓ 2 1 1 0 1 6.75 1.500 11.14
Crews 2 0-0 -- 1⅔ 5 3 3 0 1 16.20 3.000 9.49
Belcher Did not pitch --- --- ---
Relievers 6
0-1
1 9 10 5 5 1 5
5.00
1.222 5.33
Totals 6
3-3 1 53 42 16 16 10 28 2.72 0.981 3.00
*FIP is estimated
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