Big question number 2: How would Yasiel Puig do in his return to the big club?
Urias was been in trouble the first two innings, but he caught a big break on this one. With two on and two out, Corey Seager dropped a pop fly. The Padres runner on second broke for home, but ran through the stop sign, perhaps unaware that Seager dropped the ball. Instead of bases-loaded and two out, the young
Padres pitcher was caught in a pickle, and tagged out to end of the thread.
Puig watch: first pitch swinging F7
Urias began the inning at 43 pitches.This time he got an easy inning, only making 7 pitches.
Two hits and a walk made it bases-loaded and two out for Yasiel Puig. He bounced into a weak 4-3 out.
5th inning 1-0
Puig watch: Base hit.
6th inning 1-0
With one out and two on, manager Dave Roberts pulled Urias. Jesse Chavez came in and immediately gave up a double to score the two runners and give the led to the Padres 1-2.
Joc Pederson hit one out to tie the game 2-2
7th inning 2-2
Puig watch: Grounder to SS, but a throwing error put Puig on second. The home team scorer gave Puig a generous single. The Dodgers left him on second.
That’s how it ended, because the Dodgers’ offense continued to sputter and choke.
Dodgers lose 2-4
It was a typical start for the young Urias. He kept the Padres scoreless, but he was in trouble in the first two innings, and burned through more than 40 pitches. On top of that, three hit batters (two in the first). He then went on to retire the next 10 batters in a row.
Urias was ultimately cheated, as he was pulled after 5 1/3 innings. The bullpen went on to give up 4 runs, and the Dodgers’ offense failed to score after the fifth.
Way to go, Howie: Kendrick had a four-hit game (all singles).
On the other hand: The Dodgers had 13 hits, and only had 2 runs to show for them.
Julio Urias went 5 1/3 with 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and 6 Ks. ERA 3.69