When you sweep a three-game series, there are several candidates for player of the series. Both Hyun-Jin Ryu, who pitched seven innings and gave up a run and Clayton Kershaw who struck out season-high ten batters while tossing six scoreless innings deserve mention.
A.J. Pollock was 5-for-10 with two runs scored, four RBI, a double and a home run. Joc Pederson hit two home runs. Matt Beaty had one big plate appearance.
However, given this was the last day of ten straight games since returning from the All-Star break, the Dodgers got what they wanted, a dominant start from Walker Buehler.
Buehler struck out 11 for the second time this season. He did not allow a walk in his seven scoreless innings pitched.
“He was really good, he was really good,” said manager Dave Roberts about Buehler’s performance on Sunday, “the fastball lane was consistent, getting the ball to the glove-side.”
“You are always out there trying to get outs anyway you can,” Walker Buehler said during his postgame media scrum, “if you can mix some good pitches in some leveraged counts, you are going to get strikeouts.”
A.J. Pollock commented after the game that Buehler being one of the game’s best is no surprise to his teammates.
“Yeah, I mean honestly, everyone in the clubhouse in here as already known that for a while,” Pollock said, “he’s just a competitor, he’s got great stuff, he’ll go out there and compete, great tempo, he’s fun to play behind, we all know what he’s capable of.”
Pollock also spoke about his experiences facing Buehler when he was with the Diamondbacks last season.
“He’s the guy when you face him, you’re in the locker room after the game and guys talk about him,” Pollock said, “he’s got such an electric fastball, his fastball feels like it speeds up when it goes over the plate. Yeah, he’s a nightmare to face, for sure, glad I’m on this side now and I can enjoy it from a better perspective for sure.”