The Dodgers started the day with an early game, hoping for a series split against the Cubs, and they brought young Julio Urias to help them get there.
The handicap: Justin Turner batting third. THIRD! A travesty.
After 26 pitches, a Joc Pederson error, and a mini-rally, the Cubs took a 2-0 lead.
3rd inning Cubs 2-0
Jason Heyward hit a deep fly out to CF, but it was an otherwise easier inning for Urias.
4th inning Cubs 2-0
2-run bomb. Cubs up 4-0
5th inning Cubs 4-0
Trayce Thompson went BOOM! Solo homer to get the boys on the board. 4-1
Jason Heyward hit it out this time. Solo home run.
Kris Bryant made it back to back home runs. 6-1 Ouch!
6th inning Cubs 6-1
Enrique Hernandez pinch hit for Urias – on with a slow dribbler to third.
He worked his way around to third on a 4-3 out by Chase Utley, and scored on Corey Seager‘s sac fly. 6-2
Urias out, Chris Hatcher in. Job done.
7th inning Cubs 6-2
Chris Hatcher struck out the side to make it five out of six outs by strike out.
8th inning Cubs 6-2
Hatcher out, J.P. Howell in.
Another Cubs homer. 7-2
9th inning Cubs 7-2
Chase Utley: 6-3
Corey Seager: Walk
Justin Turner: Double play Turner. Geez!
Dodgers lose 7-2
Julio Urias never settled into a groove today, and the Cubs were hitting his pitches steadily and with authority. The second time through the order, they really made him pay, with home runs galore in the fourth and fifth innings.
It was the same pattern that we saw in his debut against the Mets – a near-complete failure to fool any opposing batters. He’ll stay with the big club through to the homestand, so let’s hope wearing the home whites will change his – and the Dodgers’ luck.
Julio Urias (0-1) went 5 innings with 8 hits, 6 runs, 5 ER, 1 walk, 4 Ks, 3 HR ERA 9.39
Home run: Trayce Thompson
Team with RISP: 0 for 1