After being thoroughly trounced by the Reds over the past two days, the Dodgers, perhaps, would like nothing better than to leave Cincinnati under the cover of darkness. On the other hand, they might be chomping at the bit to show the Reds (and the Giants) what they can do when they bring a real pitcher to the game. They showed up, and they brought young Julio Urias with them.
Here’s how it turned out.
Chase Utley started the game by planting a lead off home run in the RF seats. 1-0
Urias dropped an excellent pick off move for a big out here…
3nd inning 1-0
Chase knocked in Andrew Toles for the Dodgers’ second run. 2-0
With Utley on second, Corey Seager also rapped out an RBI single. 3-0
Three scoreless innings for Urias. He was making it look easy.
4th inning 3-0
1,2,3 inning. Four scoreless for Urias.
5th inning 3-0
Another shutout inning.
Urias started the inning at 78 pitches and only four hits.
At 90 pitches, he had men on the corners and two outs. He got the final out with a pop up at 97 pitches.
8th inning 4-0
Oh no…Home Run Baez in to pitch!
Manager Roberts was hedging his bet, though. He also had Kenley Jansen warming up.
A strike out and a 6-4-3 DP kept the shutout alive.
Dodgers win! 4-0
Julio Urias stepped up and started strong. He had great command, and excellent breaking balls. His slider was especially effective today. Beyond the numbers, young Urias did what is expected from a seasoned veteran. He brought much-needed stability to a reeling team. He showed poise and focus, and pitched with authority. Today was the deepest Urias has pitched in a game as a starter.
Kudos to the Dodgers defense: They flashed some fine leather backing Urias today. They turned two double plays, and Red and Gonzo combined on a circus juggle and dig play for a big end to the fifth.
Streaking: Corey Seager now has a 12-game hitting streak. Adrian Gonzalez has him topped at 14 games.
The Traded Flop Watch: Batted 6th. Went 0 for 4.
Dodgers now tied with the Giants for first place.
Julio Urias (W 6-4) went 6 innings with 6 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 6 Ks. ERA 3.95
Home run: Chase Utley
Team with RISP: 2 for 4