Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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May 31, 1988 at Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Dodgers 4 (27-20)
The Dodgers lost a tough one in a game that started out as a pitcher’s duel but end up having it’s share of runs. Don Sutton gave up two runs in the fifth and that looked like it might be enough as Dwight Gooden shut down the Dodgers. Then in the ninth, Kirk Gibson belted a clutch solo homer to tie the game and send it into extra frames. The Dodgers then looked like they’d win it when they scored two runs in the tenth but the Mets answered with two of their own off of Jay Howell. Then in the bottom of the eleventh, Alejandro Pena gave up a walk off solo homer to Scott Elster for the Dodgers second straight loss.
Kirk Gibson finished the game two for five and he was the only Dodger with two hits. Steve Sax singled and he drove in one of the Dodgers’ runs.
May 30, 1988 at Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Dodgers 2 (27-19)
Tim Leary was roughed up and he fell to 4-4 as the Dodgers dropped their series opener to the Mets. Leary gave up three runs on six hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Tim Crews threw two shutout innings to close out the game but the Dodgers weren’t able to mount a come back against Mets starter Ron Darling.
John Shelby was the hitting star and he drove in both Dodgers run. He went two for four with a homerun and two RBIs.
May 29, 1988 at Olympic Stadium
Dodgers 2, Expos 1 (27-18)
The Dodgers won their rubber game with the Expos despite racking up just four hits in the contest. Orel Hershiser didn’t require much help though as he improved to 7-2. He gave up one run on nine hits with seven strikeouts in the complete game.
Both of the Dodgers runs came around on solo homers. Kirk Gibson hit his eighth homer in the first inning and John Shelby ripped his first homer of the season in the fourth inning.
May 28, 1988 at Olympic Stadium
Expos 2, Dodgers 1 (26-18)
The Dodgers four game winning streak came to an end despite a nice start by Fernando Valenzuela. He gave up just two runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in nine innings. Jay Howell ran into trouble in the tenth and he took the loss. He gave up lead off single thenhe slipped on a bunt attempt and threw late to first base. A single later in the inning drove home the winning run and that dropped Howell’s record to 2-1.
Kirk Gibson doubled twice to bring his season total up to twelve. Steve Sax went two for four with a walk, a double and a run.
May 27, 1988 at Olympic Stadium
Dodgers 5, Expos 2 (26-17)
The Dodgers won their fourth straight game behind a solid start by Tim Belcher. He gave up one run on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Jesse Orosco threw a shutout inning and he improved to 2-1 while Alejandro Pena gave up a run in 1 2/3 innings and he picked up his third save of the season.
Kirk Gibson had a big day at the plate. He went three for five with a double and two RBIs. Dave Anderson went two for three with a run and an RBI.
May 26, 1988 at Veterans Stadium
Dodgers 10, Philies 8 (25-17)
The pitching wasn’t there but the Dodgers definitely got it done at the plate to wrap up a three game sweep over the Phillies. Steve Sax led the way with a big day at the plate. He doubled, homered twice, drove in four runs and scored three times. John shelby, Mickey Hatcher and Jeff Hamilton all had a pair of hits, an RBI and two runs a piece.
Don Sutton gave up three runs in six innings but he didn’t get the decision. Jay Howell closed out the game with two scoreless innings and he improved to 2-0.
The significance about this win was the Dodgers took sole possession of first place. From here on out, they’d be in first place through the end of the season.
May 25, 1988 at Veterans Stadium
Dodgers 4, Phillies 0 (24-17)
The Dodgers moved into a tie for first place behind a top notch start by Tim Leary. He gave up a single in the third inning then didn’t give up a hit the rest of the game. He improved to 4-3 and he gave up two walks while he struck out six.
The Dodgers scored their four runs on a pair of two run blasts. Mike Scioscia put the Dodgers on the board with a two run homer in the fourth and then Jeff Hamilton belted a two run homer in the seventh inning.
May 24, 1988 at Veterans Stadium
Dodgers 2, Phillies 1 (23-17)
The Dodgers won a twelve inning pitchers duel behind some top notch pitching by Orel Hershiser and the Dodgers pen. Hershiser didn’t get a decision, but he gave up just one run on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts in eight innings. Alejandro Pena improved to 2-1 with a shutout eleventh and Jesse Orosco threw a perfect twelth to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Dave Anderson belted a solo homerun in the eighth inning to tie the game at one run a piece. Then Mike Davis singled home Rick Dempsey in the bottom of the twelth to win it for the Dodgers. Kirk Gibson reached base a team high four times with a single and three walks. All three passes that Gibson picked up were intentional.
May 22, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Mets 5, Dodgers 2 (22-17)
For the first time this season, the Dodgers were handed a three game sweep as the Mets won their third straight game. The score looks a lot closer then this game was because while the Mets scored just five runs, they came in the first two innings. Fernando Valenzuela was shelled and he fell to 3-5. He gave up five runs on six hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.
John Shelby was the hitting star in the loss. He went three for five with a double and a run. Dave Anderson also reached base three times with two singles and a walk.
May 21, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Mets 4, Dodgers 0 (22-16)
The Dodger slide continued as they dropped their second straight game and it was their fourth loss in their last five games. It didn’t help that the Dodgers picked up just four hits with John Shelby’s being the only one for extra bases with a double.
Tim Belcher dropped to 3-2 on the season with a rough start. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in just five innings.
May 20, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Mets 5, Dodgers 2 (22-15)
The Dodgers fell from first place for the first time since May 1 as Don Sutton was touched up for four runs in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up the runs on eight hits and three walks and he struck out two and the loss evened his record at 3-3 on the season.
Steve Sax was the hitting star in the loss with three singles, an RBI and a stolen base. John Shelby also pitched in with two singles, a run, a stolen base and an RBI.
May 19, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodger 2, Expos 0 (22-14)
Tim Leary returned the favor today as he shut out the Expos on seven hits to put the Dodgers back in sole possession of first place. Leary improved to 3-3 and he struck out ten batters and he didn’t allow a single walk.
Mike Marshall was the hitting star in the contest. He went three for four with a solo homer. The homerun was his sixth of the season.
May 18, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Expos 3, Dodgers 0 (21-14)
A solid start by Orel Hershiser went to waste as the Dodgers were shutout for the third time this season. Hershiser fell to 6-2 and he gave up just a single run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.
The Dodgers managed just six hits and all six were singles. Danny Heep reached base three times with two singles and a walk.
May 17, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Expos 6, Dodgers 5 (21-13)
Fernando Valenzuela had one of his roughest starts of the season and while the hitters kept them in the ball game, the early damage was too much for the Dodgers to finish a comeback. Valenzuela dropped to 3-4 and he gave up six runs on ten hits and six walks with four strikeouts in seven innings.
John Shelby went two for three with a double and two RBIs. Kirk Gibson went two for four with a triple, a homer and two runs.
May 15, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 9, Phillies 2 (21-12)
Kirk Gibson had a big day at the plate as the Dodgers took the rubber game in their series against the Phillies. Gibby went two for four with a double, three RBIs and a run while Steve Sax went three for five with two doubles, one RBI and a run. Pedro Guerrero pitched in with a solo homer, his third long ball of the season.
Tim Belcher went the distance and he improved to 3-1 on the season. He gave up two runs on six hits and four walks with eight strikeouts.
May 14, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 3, Phillies 2 (20-12)
The fourth time was the charm as the Dodgers ended a three game losing streak to win their 20th game of the season. Don Sutton improved to 3-2 on the season with a solid start. He gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits with a strikeout in 5 2/3 innings. Jay Howell struck out four in the final two innings and he picked up his third save of the season.
Mike Davis went two for four with a run in the win. Mike Marshall doubled, drove in a run and scored.
May 13, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Phillies 2, Dodgers 1 (19-12)
For the first time this season, the Dodgers accumulated a three game losing streak as Tim Leary had another hard luck start. He fell to 2-3 and he gave up two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in six innings.
Mike Marshall drove in the lone run for the Dodgers. He belted his fifth homer in the seventh inning. Kirk Gibson doubled and that was the only other extra base hit in the contest.
May 12, 1988 at Three Rivers Stadium
Pirates 7, Dodgers 4 (19-11)
Barry Bonds roughed up Orel Hershiser in his first loss of the season. In a tough start, Hershiser gave up seven runs on twelve hits and three walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. Three of the hits he gave up were long balls and two of those came off the bat of Bonds.
Mike Davis singled twice, drove in a run and scored twice. Rick Dempsey doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
May 11, 1988 at Three Rivers Stadium
Pirates 2, Dodgers 1 (19-10)
For the second straight day, the Dodgers went into extra frames against an opponent but this time they were on the losing end of things. Alejandro Pena gave up a run on one hit and two walks in the bottom of the eleventh inning and he lost his first of the season. Fernando Valenzuela had a solid start go to waste. He gave up one run on seven hits and five walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Mike Davis had a team high three hits while Mike Scioscia doubled, singled and scored the lone Dodger run. Valenzuela helped out his own cause and he drove in the only run the Dodgers scored.
May 10, 1988 at Wrigley Field
Dodgers 6, Cubs 5 (19-9)
The Dodger almost let this game slip away from them as they blew a 5-1 lead but they held on to win it in the fourteenth inning on a solo homer by Kirk Gibson. It was his sixth homer of the season and he finished three for seven with three runs while Steve Sax went two for seven with a solo homer.
Tim Belcher was touched up for four runs in 5 2/3 innings and it was Jesse Orosco who gave up the ninth inning run that sent the game into extra frames. Still, Brian Holton threw three shutout innings to pick up the win while Orel Hershiser came in to pitch a perfect fourteenth to pick up his first save of the season.
May 8, 1988 at Busch Stadium
Dodgers 12, Cardinals 6 (18-9)
Mike Davis and Kirk Gibson had big days at the plate as the Dodgers blew out the Cardinals in the rubber game of their series. Davis went four for six with a double, a triple, three RBIs and a run. Kirk Gibson hit his fifth homer of the season and he went two for four with a walk, two RBIs and three runs.
Don Sutton improved to 2-2 on the season despite a mediocre start. He gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits with four strikeouts in seven frames.
May 7, 1988 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1 (17-9)
The Dodgers four game winning streak came to an end when John Tudor outdueled Tim Leary. Tudor held the Dodgers’ hitters to just a single run on four hits and the long Dodgers’ run came on a pinch hit RBI single off the bat of Steve Sax in the eighth inning.
Leary threw seven solid frames and for his efforts, he didn’t get the win. He gave up one run on six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Jesse Orosco and Jay Howell combined to give up a run in the bottom of the ninth as Orosco took the loss and dropped to 1-1.
May 6, 1988 at Busch Stadium
Dodgers 10, Cardinals 2 (17-8)
The Dodgers hit the road and won their fourth straight game with another ten run game. Mike Marshall homered, drove in two and scored twice while Alfredo Griffin went two for five with a triple, three RBIs and a run. Kirk Gibson pitched in with a single, a double, an RBI and two runs.
Fernando Valenzuela went the distance and he evened his record at 3-3. He gave up two runs on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts in the complete game win.
May 4, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 8, Pirates 5 (16-8)
The Dodgers finished up a three game sweep over the Pirates and Kirk Gibson was one of the Dodgers to have a big day at the plate. He went two for four with a walk, his fourth homerun, two RBIs and two runs. Pedro Guerrero went four for five with two RBIs and a run while Steve Sax finished three for four with a walk, an RBI, two runs and three stolen bases.
Orel Hershiser continued his perfect season and he improved to 6-0. He gave up two runs on ten hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
May 2, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 6, Pirates 3 (14-8)
Steve Sax had a big day at the plate as the Dodgers got back on track in a win over the Pirates. Sax went three for three with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Kirk Gibson hit his third homer of the season with a solo shot in the fifth while Danny Heep drew a walk, drove in a run and scored.
Don Sutton was touched up for three runs and he was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning. Alejandro Pena threw two scoreless frames from there and Jesse Orosco closed the game out with 2 1/3 shutout innings to pick up the win.
May 1, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (13-8)
The Dodgers lost back to back games for the first time this season in an ugly in which the Dodgers were held to a mere one hit. Kirk Gibson broke up the no-hitter with a lead off single in the seventh.
Tim Leary was pummelled for six runs in the first inning and he fell to 2-2. Brian Holton and Brad Havens also gave up runs while Jesse Orosco was the only pitcher who came into the game and left unscathed.
May 3, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 14, Pirates 6 (15-8)
The Dodgers had their biggest scoring game to date this season with a fourteen run, sixteen hit attack. Mike Marshall led the way with a pair of homers and he finished with five RBIs and three runs. Pedro Guerrero singled twice, drove in two runs and scored three times.
Tim Belcher improved to 2-1 despite a pretty poor start. He gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings.
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