The Dodger’s run of quality starts continued on Thursday night during their 3-1 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee. This time youngster Julio Urias turned in a dominant performance as the southpaw phenom tossed six shutout frames and struck out nine as the Dodgers won their fifth consecutive game. Urias allowed just one hit and was every bit as commanding as advertised. Too bad he’s headed to the bullpen with the returns of Hyun-jin Ryu and Rich Hill. The Dodgers used a pair of home runs from Cody Bellinger (solo shot) and a two-run blast from Max Muncy which was enough to beat the Brewers.
It’s interesting how the Dodger bats have cooled off just as the pitching staff has stabilized. Now instead of winning by 10-8 type scores, they’re winning low scoring affairs. That’s how baseball goes. The Dodger hitters did very little off of opposing starter Zach Davies at first. The game was a scoreless tie until the sixth inning. Davies allowed just three hits and three walks through five scoreless frames himself, but the Dodgers ran up his pitch count knocking him out of the game by the sixth inning. Meanwhile Urias did not allow a base hit until Orlando Arcia’s single in the bottom of the fifth.
Dodgers 3 6 0
Brewers 1 5 0
In the top of the sixth, the Dodgers plated their three runs on two home runs. With one out Bellinger smacked a line drive home run for his National League leading tenth dinger of the season. After A.J. Pollock singled, Muncy mashed a two-run bomb (off of Matt Albers) to put the Dodgers up by a 3-0 score.
The Dodgers went to the bullpen in the seventh and Caleb Ferguson tossed a scoreless inning. The eighth inning got a bit dicey, but a great throw from Alex Verdugo saved the day. Hernan Perez led off with a single. Arcia struck out, and Joe Kelly, now known as Joe Blow was brought in with one out. Milwaukee countered with pinch-hitter Ben Gamel who bats lefty. Gamel lined out to left but Perez stole second base. Lorenzo Cain singled into left but Verdugo came up throwing. Perez tried to score but Verdugo’s cannon arm threw him out at the plate to end the inning. Credit to Austin Barnes for a good tag as well. Who needs Yasiel Puig?
There was some drama in the bottom of the ninth with Kenley Jansen, but the Dodgers held on. Christian Yelich the reigning NL MVP homers to open the frame. That made the score 3-1 Dodgers. Kenley recovered to whiff Ryan Braun and get Yasmani Grandal to ground to first. But Jesus Aguilar singled into left and the Brewers brought the winning run to the plate in Travis Shaw. Thankfully Kenley got Shaw to pop up and the Dodgers won it! Great way to start the road trip folks. Ross Stripling takes the mound for the Dodgers on Friday night. Milwaukee will counter with Jhoulys Chacin with the second game scheduled for a 5:10 PM PST start time.