Walker Buehler was amazing on Saturday night as he fulfilled every expectation of a starting pitcher, pitching a complete game, striking out 15, and only allowing 1 run as he led the Dodgers to a 4-1 win over the Rockies.
Buehler’s pitches were electric throughout the whole game. His fastball was overpowering and precise, his slider was devastating, and his curveball was sharp. All of this combined to create an efficient game where he needed just 110 pitches to finish 9 innings.
“Having 75 pitches and wanting to get [deep] into games kind of teaches you that stuff,” said Buehler. “A lot of people want to talk about pitch counts and things like that, but when you get restricted, I think you can learn some stuff, and I’ve tried to carry that over to this year. Luckily, I’m more efficient than years past.”
Buehler allowed just 5 hits and no walks in his 15-strikeout performance. The one extra-base hit he allowed was Manuel Margot‘s pinch-hit homer in the top of the 8th. Buehler claims it was his worst pitch of the night.
“A cement-mixer slider,” said Buehler. “Hat’s off to him.”
Justin Turner got the Dodgers on the board in the 5th inning with a solo homer to start the scoring. Turner took a flat slider and elevated it to left-center field where it went over the wall for a home run.
The Dodgers will go for the series win as Kenta Maeda and Chris Paddack face off at 1:10 pm. Maeda is 7-8 on the year with a 4.07 ERA. He allowed 5 earned runs in 4 innings in his last start in Colorado. Paddack is 7-5 on the year with a 2.78 ERA. When he faced the Dodgers on May 14, the Dodgers roughed him up for 6 runs but on July 6, he held the Dodgers scoreless over 5.2 innings.