Julio Urias was on the road against the Brewers tonight. There were rumors this would be his last start. Let’s pull up a screen and see how the game turned out.
Spoiler Alert: It was a doozy!
Dodgers defense straight up handled their business. Julio Urias tried to pick off a runner at first, and the call was overturned on replay. It looked to me like the play was too close to overturn, but NY did.
On his very next set, Urias picked the runner off a second time. This time, no doubt about it – OUT!
Adrian Gonzalez speared a screaming line drive heading for right field, but it popped out of his mitt. Gonzalez then bobbled the ball, but he recovered quickly enough to toss it to a covering Urias, to get the third out.
Adrian Gonzalez led off the ending with a base hit. Trayce Thompson followed up with a single. He stole second, and the catcher overthrew second base, sending Adrian Gonzalez home on the error. 1-0
Yasmani Grandal hit into an out that scored Trayce Thompson. 2-0
No runs, no hits, a walk.
3rd inning Dodgers 2-0
Urias walked two, and then Ryan Braun hit a two out, two run double. 2-2
4th inning 2-2
Corey Seager led off the inning with a triple.
Adrian Gonzalez followed up with his own double deep into the right field corner, scoring Seager. 3-2
Following a Grandal double-play, Joc Pederson singled in Gonzalez. 4-2
Julio Urias helped his cause with an RBI single (his first ML hit and his first run batted in). 5-2
Julio Urias pitch count: 65
5th inning Dodgers 5-2
Bases loaded with no outs.
Trayce Thompson: K looking.
Yasmani Grandal: FC RBI (second time) 6-2
Urias pitch count: 85
With an 11-pitch walk this inning.
6th inning Dodgers 6-2
Urias staying in the game. He led off the inning with a K.
Urias gave up just his second hit of the game on a double. That man never scored, and Urias ended the inning at 100 pitches.
7th inning Dodgers 6-2
AGone led off with his third hit of the night.
Trayce Thompson followed with his first hit of the night.
Urias out. Adam Libertore in. 1,2,3 inning. Job done.
8th inning Dodgers 6-2
Pedro Baez bit by a Corey Seager error, ended up with two on and nobody out.
He then gave up a double into left field that scored both runners. 6-4
Baez out. Joe Blanton in.
He gave up a monster blast to center field. Joc Pederson ran it down and made the catch, but he crashed hard into the wall. He laid on the warning track, obviously in pain. Replays showed his right shoulder took the brunt of the collision.
Pederson walked off the field with the trainer, wincing in pain and touching his shoulder. At one point he touched the trainer on his upper right collarbone where it meets the neck, probably showing where he was experiencing pain. BTW, the runner on second scored. 6-5, one out.
At the start of the inning, the Dodgers we’re cruising with a comfortable 6-2 lead. Quickly it turned into a one-run game, and their young centerfielder was injured.
Blanton threw a pitch that got by Grandal. Perez headed home from third, but Blanton was waiting with the ball to make the tag at the plate, mercifully ending the inning.
Julio Urias and the Dodgers win! 6-5
Young southpaws have a history of being wild pitchers. Julio Urias has a history of high pitch counts driving him early from games. In the early innings tonight, he had the same type of control problems that we saw in his New York debut (missing wildly, 6 walks in 6 innings). However, Urias managed to survive, only allowing two hits through six innings. Bulldog Hershiser said Urias was “effectively wild”. He was certainly good enough to pick up his first major league win.
Elsewhere on the bright side, the offense roared back to life. Corey Seger hit his second triple of the season, and extended his hitting streak to 12. Adrian Gonzalez showed the benefits of some time off with three hits, including a double and an RBI (also a walk and HBP). Eight Dodgers in the starting lineup, including Urias, all had hits.
Julio Urias (w 1-2) went 6 innings with 2 hits, 2 runs, 6 walks, 6 K’s. ERA 4.09
Doubles: Gonzalez, Kendrick
Team with RISP: 3 for 14 They sure could have scored a lot more tonight.