1988 Dodgers Week 18 review: Kirk Gibson joins 20-20 club

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Kirk Gibson this week became the fifth Dodger ever with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season, but the club lost four of six games to cut into their shrinking lead in the NL West.

The Dodgers blew a pair of eighth-inning leads against the Reds at home, then lost two of their first three games in Houston. The 2-4 week saw their 4½-game advantage in the National League West shrink to just 2½ games over the Astros.

The team is just 9-11 since their five-game sweep at Wrigley Field, back when the division lead was at the high point of the season at seven games.

Dodger Batter of the Week: In a down week for the offense, Kirk Gibson was the shining star. He his .391 (9-for-23) with two home runs and two doubles, and also stole three bases. The Dodgers only scored 20 runs in six games, and Gibson had seven runs scored and six driven in.

Gibson on the season has 21 home runs and 20 stolen bases (he has been caught just three times), making him just the fifth Dodger to reach the 20-20 club, and the first since Pedro Guerrero in 1983. He is on pace for 31 home runs and 30 stolen bases, which would make him the first Dodger ever to reach 30-30.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Tim Leary continued his comeback season. He was 1-1 on the week but his win was a shutout of the Reds on Tuesday, his fifth of the season, and he lowered his ERA to a team-leading 2.32, second in the National League to David Cone (2.31) of the Mets.

Week 18 Record: 2-4

20 runs scored (3.33 per game)
24 runs allowed (4.00 per game)
.417 pythagorean winning percentage

Seasonal Record: 62-47

462 runs scored (4.16 per game)
386 runs allowed (3.48 per game)
.581 pythagorean winning percentage (63-46)

Transactions: None this week

Game Results:

Upcoming Week: The Dodgers run the Dan Driessen Gauntlet, with three teams on the docket. They finish up their wraparound four-game series at The Astrodome on Monday, followed by a trip to Riverfront Stadium then a return home to host the Giants to begin a 13-game homestand.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
8
at Hou
5:35pm
9
at Cin
5:10pm
10
at Cin
4:35pm
11
at Cin
4:35pm
12
vs SF
7:35pm
13
vs SF
7:10pm
14
vs SF
1:10pm
Hillegas v.
Scott (R)
Sutton v.
Jackson (L)
Hershiser v.
Rijo (R)
Belcher v.
Browning (L)
Leary v.
Reuschel (R)
Sutton v.
Kurkow (R)
Hershiser v.
Downs (R)

Previous 1988 weeks in review: April 4-10 | April 11-17 | April 18-24 | April 25-May 1 | May 2-8 | May 9-15 | May 16-22 | May 23-29 | May 30-June 5 | June 6-12 | June 13-19 | June 20-26 | June 27-July 3 | July 4-10 | July 11-17 | July 18-24 | July 25-31

Week 18 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Gibson 28 23 7 9 2 0 2 6 4 3/0 .391/.481/.739 1.221
Scioscia 11 9 1 3 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 .333/.455/.444 .899
Marshall 25 23 3 8 1 0 1 3 1 0/0 .348/.360/.522 .882
Shelby 25 23 1 6 1 0 0 1 2 0/0 .261/.320/.304 .624
Sax 28 26 2 7 0 0 0 1 2 2/2 .269/.321/.269 .591
Guerrero 26 23 1 4 0 0 1 2 3 0/0 .174/.269/.304 .574
Woodson 25 24 3 4 0 0 1 3 1 0/0 .167/.200/.292 .492
Griffin 13 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 .077/.077/.077 .154

Hatcher 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .500/.667/.500 1.167
Davis 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .500/.500/.500 1.000
Dempsey 14 12 1 3 0 0 1 3 1 0/0 .250/.286/.500 .786
Anderson 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .000/.286/.000 .286
Gonzalez 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
Stubbs 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 16 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .200/.200/.200 .400
Totals 229 206 20 50 5 0 6 24 19 6/2 .243/.304/.354 .658

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Leary 2 1-1 -- 15 12 3 3 3 5 1.80 1.000 3.02
Belcher 2 1-0 -- 14⅔ 11 5 5 6 8 3.07 1.169 3.91
Hillegas 1 0-0 -- 4 4 3 3 4 1 6.75 2.000 8.64
Hershiser 1 0-1 -- 5 8 5 5 4 6 9.00 2.400 2.89
Starters 6
2-2 -- 49 35 16 16 17 20 3.72 1.345 3.92
Crews 1 0-0 -- 1 1 0 0 0 2 0.00 1.000 (1.11)
Holton 2 0-0 -- 5 2 1 1 2 3 1.80 0.800 2.89
Howell, J 2 0-0 1 3⅔ 1 1 1 2 3 2.45 0.818 3.71
Pena 3 0-2 0 5⅔ 8 5 2 0 5 3.18 1.412 1.13
Orosco 1 0-0 -- 0 0 1 1 1 0 inf inf inf
Relievers 6
0-2
1 15 12 8 5 5 13
2.93
1.109 2.37
Totals 6
2-4 1 54 47 24 21 22 33 3.50 1.278 3.48
*FIP is estimated
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