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April 30, 2008

Fernando Valenzuela Hit Hard In Loss to Cardinals

by @ 8:24 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 30, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 2  (13-7)

Fernando Valenzuela gave the Dodgers eight innings but he gave up five runs by the fifth inning as he dropped to 2-3 on the season.  He gave up six hits and six walks with four strikeouts.

Pedro Guerrero and Mike Marshall were the only Dodgers to reach base twice.  They both singled, drew walks and scored runs.

April 29, 2008

Orel Hershiser Improved to 5-0 In Win Over Cardinals

by @ 8:22 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 29, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 6, Cardinals 4  (13-6)

Orel Hershiser had his worst start of the season but it was still good enough to push his record to an impressive 5-0.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and five walks with seven strikeouts in eight frames.  Jay Howell got the final three outs of the game and he earned his second save of the season.

Kirk Gibson hit his second homer of the year.  The two run shot in the seventh inning gave the Dodgers some nice insurance.  He also drew a walk and he finished with two runs.  Mike Scioscia doubled twice and drove in two runs in the win.

April 28, 2008

Tim Belcher Hit Hard In Loss to Cubs

by @ 8:21 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 28, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Cubs 5, Dodgers 1  (12-6)

The Dodgers couldn’t capitalize on three Cubs errors and they managed just five hits as they lost just their second series of the season.  Mike Davis singled and scored the only run in the sixth inning and he was also the only Dodger to reach base twice with a single and a walk.

Tim Belcher took the loss and while he did strike out eight in 5 1/3 innings, he gave up three runs on three hits and two walks.  The Cubs did most of their damage in the top of the sixth when they put four runs on the board.

April 27, 2008

Don Sutton, Alejandro Pena Combine For Six Hit Shutout

by @ 3:21 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 27, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 4, Cubs 0  (12-5)

The venerable Don Sutton and Alejandro Pena combined to shut out the Cubs on six hits in the Dodgers’ 12th win of the season.  Sutton threw six scoreless frames and he gave up four hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  Alejandro Pena closed out the game with three scoreless innings in which he gave up two hits and struck out three.  Pena earned his second save of the season while Sutton picked up his first win.

Pedro Guerrero went three for four and he drove in a run.  Kirk Gibson singled twice and he drove in one.

April 26, 2008

Four Errors Cost Dodgers Their Winning Streak

by @ 7:48 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 26, 1988 at Dodger stadium
Cubs 7, Dodgers 3  (11-5)

The Dodgers three game winning streak came to an end in what was a sloppy game by the Dodgers.  Four errors resulted in five unearned runs as a solid outing by Tim Leary went to waste.  He did give up all seven runs but only two of them were earned and he gave them up on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings.

Pedro Guerrero went three for four with two RBIs.  Danny Heep was the only other Dodger with more then one with his pair of singles.

April 24, 2008

Fernando Valenzuela Pitches Dodgers to Third Straight Win

by @ 3:50 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 24, 1988 at Candlestick Park
Dodgers 4, Giants 0  (11-4)

Fernando Valenzuela and Jay Howell combined to shut out the Giants in the Dodgers third straight win.  Valenzuela picked up the win and he improved to 2-2.  He gave up five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.  Howell got the final four Giants out (two by strikeout) and he picked up his first save of the season.

Mike Scioscia was the hitting star in the win.  He went two for four and he drove in three runs.  Kirk Gibson doubled and scored while Danny Heep had a single, a double and a run.

April 23, 2008

Orel Hershiser Improved to 4-0 In Dodgers Blowout Win

by @ 6:49 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 23, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 10, Giants 3  (10-4)

The Dodgers won their tenth game and they did it by running up the score on the Giants by putting ten runs on the board.  Mike Marshall hit his first homer of the season and it was a grand slam in the ninth inning.  Alfredo Griffin pitched in with a single, a triple and three RBIs.  Mike Scioscia had a team high three hits in the game as well as a team high three runs.

Orel Hershiser continued his impressive April and he improved to 4-0.  He gave up one run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings.  Tim Belcher struck out six in just two innings but he was tagged for two runs while Jay Howell pitched a shutout ninth to close the game out.

April 18, 2008

Tim Leary Throws Three Hit Shutout In Win Over Padres

by @ 3:48 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 18, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 6, Padres 0  (9-4)

Tim Leary was awesome in his start as he dealt a three hit shutout against the Padres.  He walked just two hitters and he struck out eleven in an impressive start.

Steve Sax singled twice and drove in two runs in the win.  Leary helped out his own cause with a single and a pair of RBIs while John Shelby singled, drew a walk and scored twice.

April 17, 2008

Dodgers Held to Four Hits In Loss to Braves

by @ 3:47 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 17, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Braves 3, Dodgers 1  (8-4)

The Dodgers picked up just four hits as they failed to sweep the Braves despite a solid outing by Don Sutton.  Steve Sax singled and drove in the lone Dodger run and no hitter reached base more then once.

Sutton dropped to 0-2 and he gave up two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in the loss.  Most of the damage that was given up came on a two run homer off of Sutton in the sixth inning by Garcia.

April 16, 2008

Pedro Guerrero Drives In Four Runs In Dodgers Win

by @ 3:46 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 16, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 7, Braves 4  (8-3)

The Dodgers moved back into first place with their second straight win over the Braves.  Pedro Guerrero had a monster game and he went three for four with a double and four RBIs.  Kirk Gibson singled and scored two runs while Mike Marshall went two for five with a double and a run.

Tim Belcher improved to 1-0.  He gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts in seven frames.  Alejandro Pena threw two scoreless innings to close the game out and he he picked up his first save of the season.

April 15, 2008

Orel Hershiser Wins Third Straight Start, Dodgers Edge Braves

by @ 11:16 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 15, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 3, Braves 2  (7-3)

Orel Hershiser improved to 3-0 on the season with another nice start as the Dodgers continued their nice start to the season.  He gave up just two runs on six hits with five strikeouts in the complete game win.

Rick Dempsey was the hitting star and he went two for three with an RBI.  Kirk Gibson singled, drew a walk and drove in a run to help out the cause in the tight game.

April 14, 2008

Dodgers Held to Six Hits In Shutout Loss to Padres

by @ 11:13 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 14, 1988 at Jack Murphy Stadium
Padres 2, Dodgers 0  (6-3)

The Dodgers got a nice outing from Fernando Valenzuela but it was wasted because the Dodgers couldn’t push a single man across the plate. In all, the offense was held to six hits with Mike Davis being the only Dodger to pick up two hits in the game.

Valenzuela went the distance but he fell to 1-2 on the season.  He gave up two runs on nine hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

April 13, 2008

Pedro Guerrero Powers Dodgers to Win Over Padres

by @ 3:10 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 13, 1988 at Jack Murphy Stadium
Dodgers 4, Padres 3  (6-2)

Pedro Guerrero hit a two run homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie as the Dodgers came from behind to beat the Padres.  Franklin Stubbs also went yard in the win with a pinch hit solo shot in the sixth inning to put the Dodgers on the board.

Tim Leary gave the Dodgers five decent innings but he didn’t get the decision.  He gave up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts.  Jay Howell threw two innings of shutout relief to pick up the win while Jesse Orosco gave up a single run in the ninth but still picked up his third save of the season.

April 12, 2008

Don Sutton Is Hit Hard, Dodgers Five Game Winning Streak Ends

by @ 11:06 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 12, 1988 at Jack Murphy Stadium
Padres 5, Dodgers 3  (5-2)

The Dodgers blew a three run lead and with it, their five game winning streak came to an end.  Don Sutton fell to 0-1 and he gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.  Brad Havens was also tagged for a run while Tim Belcher threw two shutout innings of relief.

John Shelby and Mike Scioscia each had a team high three hits in the loss.  Kirk Gibson went two for five with a double, a run and an RBI as the Dodgers picked up twelve hits yet could push only three of them across the plate.

April 10, 2008

Orel Hershiser Pitches Dodgers to Fifth Straight Win

by @ 3:03 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 10, 1988 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Dodgers 3, Braves 1  (6-1)

The Dodgers current five game winning streak started with a three hit shutout by Orel Hershiser and it continued with another solid outing as Hershiser improved to 2-0.  He gave up just a single run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings and the one run he did give up didn’t come until the ninth inning.  Jesse Orosco got the final batter out and he picked up his second save of the season.

Mike Marshall singled twice and drove in a run to lead the way at the plate for the Dodgers.  Pedro Guerrero singled, drove in a run and scored.

April 9, 2008

Alfredo Griffin, Kirk Gibson Drive In Four Runs Each in Dodgers Fourth Straight Win

by @ 3:26 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 9, 1988 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Dodgers 11, Braves 3  (4-1)

The Dodgers turned on the offense and picked up their fourth straight win behind the bats of Alfredo Griffin and Kirk Gibson.  Griffin went three for four with a double, a walk, four RBIs and three runs while Kirk Gibson went two for five with a homerun and four RBIs.  The homerun was his first in a Dodgers uniform and Pedro Guerrero and Rick Dempsey also went yard in the win.

Fernando Valenzuela coasted to an easy win and he improved to 1-1.  He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in eight innings of work.  Brian Holton threw a perfect ninth to close out the game.

April 8, 2008

Alfredo Griffin Drives In Three Runs In Dodgers Third Straight Win

by @ 3:19 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 8, 1988 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Dodgers 6, Braves 3  (3-1)

The Dodgers picked up their third straight win and they did it was a big inning in the sixth inning.  The big hit was a bases loaded clearing triple by Alfredo Griffin to give the Dodgers the lead in the game.  Pedro Guerrero drew three walks and scored a run while Mike Davis was a perfect three for three with a walk.

Tim Leary picked up the win despite a mediocre outing.  He gave up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts in five innings of work.  Tim Belcher threw a very nice game with four innings of shutout relief and he picked up his first career save.

April 7, 2008

Dodgers Three Run Ninth Pushes Team to Second Straight Win

by @ 4:11 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 7, 1988 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Dodgers 5, Braves 2  (2-1)

The Dodgers made it two straight wins despite making three errors, they just needed three runs in the top of the ninth to win it.  Pedro Guerrero came up with the big hit and his two run single broke a 2-2 tie and turned out to be the difference in the game.  Kirk Gibson picked up his first hit as a Dodger with a double in the eighth inning.  Gibby also drew two walks, stole a base, scored twice and was hit by a pitch in the win.  Mike Marshall was three for four with two RBIs.

Don Sutton had a solid start and while he gave up just two runs, it was the pen that shined.  Alejandro Pena threw two shutout innings to pick up the win and Jesse Orosco pitched a shutout ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

April 5, 2008

Orel Hershiser Throws Three Hit Shutout In Dodgers First Win Of Season

by @ 7:57 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 5, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 5, Giants 0  (1-1)

The Dodgers put their first win on the board as Orel Hershiser was awesome in his season debut.  He gave up just three hits and two walks with six strikeouts in the complete game shutout and it was a fitting start to what would be a phenomonal season for the right hander.

Alfredo Griffin doubled, drove in two runs and scored for the Dodgers.  Mike Scioscia was the hitting star and he went two for three with an RBI and two runs.  Kirk Gibson continued his struggles to start the season and while he reached base for the first time as a Dodger with a walk, he struck out two more times.

April 4, 2008

Fernando Valenzuela Is Roughed Up In Dodgers Opening Day Start

by @ 3:53 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - April

April 4, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Giants 5, Dodgers 1  (0-1)

The Dodgers opened up their season with a loss as home to the Giants.  Fernando Valenzuela took the loss and while he managed to go six innings, he gave up a pile of runs in the third and the fourth.  He eventually gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts in the loss.

Kirk Gibson had a tough Dodgers debut and he went zero for four with two strikeouts.  Steve Sax had two of the Dodgers three hits and he drove in the lone run with a solo homer in the first inning.

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