The Dodgers had to go late on Sunday afternoon to win their third of four games against the Padres. And while several Dodgers had good moments against the Padres this weekend, only one was able to stand out to be the Player of the Series.
Walker Buehler pitched a complete game victory on Saturday night, his second complete game of the season. By striking out fifteen, one shy of his career high, with no walks, he also joined two really good pitchers on this list.
Walker Buehler has his 2nd start this season with 15+ strikeouts and 0 walks allowed.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 4, 2019
He is the 3rd different pitcher in the MLB history to have multiple starts with 15 strikeouts and 0 walks in the same season; joining Pedro Martínez (1999 and 2000) and Dwight Gooden (1984). pic.twitter.com/nlptLfk7ad
Buehler also put made some Dodger history with this performance.
Dodgers with two 15+ strikeout games in a season:— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) August 4, 2019
Sandy Koufax (1959)
Sandy Koufax (1960)
Sandy Koufax (1962)
Walker Buehler (2019)https://t.co/JCquCmtJmT
Buehler is one of five pitchers to have three starts where they had a game score of 80 and higher. On Saturday, his complete game had an 88 game score. He gave up one run, five hits and had 15 strikeouts.
Other Dodgers who played well include A.J. Pollock who only played in two of the four games but he went 5-for-7 with a double and a home run. Max Muncy, the star of the Dodger comeback, was 2-for-10 in the first three games of the series, but on Sunday, he went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run.