The Dodgers slept walked through last night’s game against the Rockies, and as a result, they were one-hit by a very good road pitcher. Tonight they countered with their AAA phenom, Julio Urias, who so far has been a very bad road pitcher.
Tonight, however, Urias was wearing the home whites and pitching in Chavez Ravine. Here’s what happened.
A single, a double, and two strike outs. Here we go!
Back to back walks to Chase Utley and Corey Seager.
A grooved fastball on a 2-0 pitch was sent into the bleachers by Justin Turner to give the boys a 3-0 lead.
2nd inning Dodgers 3-0
1,2,3 inning for Urias.
3rd inning Dodgers 3-0
Nolan Arenado with an RBI double. 3-1
Urias ended the inning at five strikeouts.
4th inning Dodgers 3-1
Urias ended at seven Ks, but a pitch count of 86. Would the skipper send him out for the fifth frame?
5th inning Dodgers 3-1
Urias out. Louis Coleman in.
Immediate Rockies rally.
Bases loaded, and Arenado came up.
Popped him up. 2 out.
Coleman out. Adam Liberatore in.
Cargo up. K (with an assist from third base ump on the check)
Dodged a big bullet.
6th inning Dodgers 3-1
Joe Blanton in.
7th inning Dodgers 3-1
Blanton gave up a homer to a scrub off the bench, to make it 3-2.
With a man on third, and two out, the Dodgers went to Pedro Baez.
Baez immediately gave up a base hit and the tying run.
Dodgers win! 4-3
The third time (on the mound) was the charm for the teenager, Urias. He gave up one run, on four hits, and struck out seven over four innings. The trouble was it took him 86 pitches to do it. The kid was throwing a solid fastball, and his curve was working as well. Looking forward to his next start.
Urias was pulled after the fourth inning and the two run lead was left to the Dodgers bullpen, who proceeded to bleed away the lead, one run at a time. The skipper gambled on pitching Jansen in the top of the ninth, and this time it paid off.
The Dodgers won with a dramatic, walk off home run that had everyone jumping around, but one important point to note about the offense is, besides Justin Turner’s home run in the first, the Dodgers did almost nothing with the bats.
Twitter took me on after Justin Turner’s three-run home run. Of course, it was related to my article from earlier today. About that, I will say this:
1. That home run did not make me wrong about the previous two months.
2. Butler, the Rockies pitcher, was Justin Turner’s personal whipping boy. Apparently, Turner hits that guy blindfolded, and he did it again tonight.
The home run pitch was a fastball right down Broadway for Turner. It came on a 2-0 count, immediately after back to back walks to the first two batters of the game. He sure better have hit that one out.
That said, how about that Thompson kid? The Dodgers now have two walk off home runs on the season, and Trayce hit them both.
Julio Urias went 4 innings with 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 7 Ks. ERA 6.94
Home runs: Thompson, Turner
Team with RISP: 1 for 3