Tip of the hat to Dodger pitcher Walker Buehler. Yes, the Rockies scored two runs off him in the Dodgers 4-2 victory on Friday night, but he also allowed only three hits -- home runs by Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, and a Blackmon single. And Buehler struck out 16 Rockies, which matches the seventh highest strikeout total by a Major League pitcher in exactly 20 years. He joins seven others with a game of 16 strikeouts, including the Rockies Jon Gray, who did it in a shutout of the Padres on Sept. 17, 2016. Max Scherzer with the Nationals has the highest total in the last 20 years with 20 strikeouts against the Tigers on May 11, 2016.
AT THE PLATE
It wasn't a total surprise for Arenado to hit the home run. It was his 19th of the seaosn, but more than that it was his 24th career home run against the Dodgers. That's the second highest total of home runs against the Dodgers of any active player, eight shy of Paul Goldschmidt, who was dealt from the D-backs to the Cardinals in the off-season. Arenado's 24 home runs is matched by former Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
ON THE MOUND
German Marquez pitched eight strong innings against the Dodgers, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned. He, however, had a no-decision. That's nothing new. Marquez is 2-1 in seven career starts against the Dodgers. Among active pitchers with at least 40 innings against the Dodgers his .204 batting average allowed ranks third, and his 2.89 ERA is seventh.
Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers hit his 25th home run last night, matching his personal high for home runs before the All-Star Break, and ranking 10th all-time among NL players for home runs before the break. The Dodgers, however, do have 15 games to play before the break. The all-time NL record for home runs prior to the break is 32 by Albert Pujols of the Cardinals. Bellinger does have competition this year. Pete Alonso of the Mets also went into Saturday with 25, and Christian Yelich of the Brewers has 29.