Gooooooooood mooooorniiiinnnggg L.A.! It was an early morning 9 a.m. start for Dodgers fans today.
Angelinos awoke to plenty of news: Corey Seager was still missing from the Dodgers lineup. Charlie Culberson‘s call up turned out to be no more than a cup of coffee, as he was optioned back down. LHP Grant Dayton was called up, along with today’s SP, Julio Urias.
The Dodgers said “Good Morning” to Strasburg with a Justin Turner two-run shot. 2-0 (Adrian Gonzalez was already on with a double)
Bryce Harper picked up a sac fly RBI. 2-1
2nd inning Dodgers 2-1
Julio Urias with three Ks through two.
3rd inning Dodgers 2-1
A Dodgers rally. Chase Utley and Howie Kendrick with singles.
Adrian Gonzalez delivered the butter and eggs with another single. 3-1
Justin Turner got the green light on a 3-0 count, swung at a high pitch (maybe ball four?) and drove it over the CF wall for a 3-run bomb! 6-1
Urias 1,2,3. Job done.
4th inning Dodgers 6-1
Another good inning for Urias. Good infield defense helped along the way.
5th inning Dodgers 6-1
Urias out. Pedro Baez in.
Baez dragged out the inning. Dodgers announcers clocked him at 20 seconds between pitches. Eventually, job done.
6th inning Dodgers 6-1
Luis Coleman in.
An RBI double made it 6-2.
J.P. Howell in.
7th inning Dodgers 6-1
Yasiel Puig pinch hit and came up lame (again!) about 4 steps shy of first. He was called out, and immediately went from the field to the clubhouse. We’ve seen this way too many times.
Joe Blanton in.
Nationals chipping away. Another run. 6-3
8th inning Dodgers 6-3
Adam Liberatore in.
9th inning Dodgers 6-3
All hands on deck! Kenta Maeda in to PH. K! That turned out to just be silly.
Kenley Jansen vs Nationals
Daniel Murphy: 10-pitch at bat. F8
Bryce Harper: Single. DI to second. Sacrificed to third.
Wilson Ramos: Three pitches, three strikes! Save Jansen
Dodgers Win! 6-3
Julio Urias had another very good outing today. His fastball wasn’t overpowering, but his change-up had excellent late movement and fooled most of the Nationals’ batters. He picked up lots of wild swings at balls out of the strike zone. It’s too bad he was only allowed to go four innings. I get that he hadn’t pitched in a while, but with an overtaxed bullpen, and a pitcher in a groove, I say shoot for one more possibly short and sweet inning.
Over the last two games the Dodgers bullpen has begun slipping out of its rarefied air. They again allowed the opponents to chip away and turn a big lead into a too close for comfort game.
Bummer File: Yasiel Puig coming up with a hamstring injury yet again. There goes his season, and there goes any trade value the Dodgers had gained when he was playing well after last coming off the DL. At this point, it’s not about me or you being done with Puig – his hamstrings are done with baseball.
The Dodgers offense scored early and often, but the big man at the plate today was Justin Turner. The skipper moved Turner into the cleanup spot, and JT responded with two home runs and five RBIs.
Sidenote Bright Spot: The Dodgers handed Strasburg his first loss of the season, and their six run game was the first time a team had scored that many off Strasburg that since early last season.
Julio Urias went 4 innings with 1 run, 5 hits, 0 walks, 4 Ks ERA 4.69
Home runs: Justin Turner (2)
Team with RISP: 3 for 6 Bat .500 WRISP and you win. Not rocket science.