Dodgers starter Walker Buehler struck out a career-high 16 in Los Angeles’ walk-off win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. Buehler (8-1) pitched the first complete game of his MLB career and 15 of his 16 strikeouts were swinging, which is tied for the second most by any starter in a game in the past 10 seasons.
Buehler, 24, gave up two home runs, and the only other hit he allowed was a single to Charlie Blackmon in the ninth. The right-hander didn’t walk a single Colorado batter. The Rockies are the National League’s best offense with a team batting average of .270.
Friday’s game was a rematch of last year’s German Marquez. Marquez gave up two runs — one earned — and five hits in eight innings. The right-hander struck out eight with no walks.It was Buehler squaring off again with Rockies starter
In his four starts this June, Buehler is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA and 42 strikeouts against one walk in 31 innings. Buehler racked up a few milestones thanks to Friday’s fantastic outing:
In his second year in the big leagues, Buehler is putting together a strong case for his first All-Star selection this summer. Speaking of which, Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson heading to the final round of fan voting. All-Star reserves and pitchers will be revealed at 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday, June 30., with L.A.’s
The Dodgers (52-25) have won four straight games and will continue their three-game series against the Rockies (40-35) on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET.