Yesterday the Dodgers kicked the Yankees around their own stadium. Today the Bronx Bombers took sweet revenge – one home run at a time. Julio Urias was sent packing in the fourth, and the Dodgers forgot to unpack their bats all night.
Urias found himself in a jam with Yanks on second and third, but there were two out. He got a strike out to end the threat.
Urias got a double play, but with one on, he hit a batter with his 70th pitch. He then gave up a slowly hit single to load the bases.
Urias couldn’t close the inning, so he gave way to Luis Coleman. Grounder to Corey Seager, job done.
Up to this point, Dodgers pitching held up its part of the bargain, but the offense was barely sparking.
There were only a few Dodger baserunners over the first five innings, and nobody advanced them.
That happened again in the 6th.
Welp. It was coming sooner or later, I suppose. The Dodgers refused to score, so the Yankees went ahead and got it started. Two solo home runs off Stripling made it 0-2.
8th inning 0-2
New Dodgers pitcher (Jesse Chavez), same result. Another homer. 0-3
That was all she wrote, as the Dodgers flailed and floundered in the ninth.
Dodgers lose 0-3
Julio Urias didn’t give up any runs today, but he continued to suffer from the youth syndrome of using far too many pitches per batter.
His curve ball was effective, but he wasn’t able to consistently knock batters out once he got two strikes on them.
He tried too hard to aim pitches with two strikes, wasn’t very good at it, and bloated his pitch count.
In addition, he was bit by sneaky singles that put men on and increased the stress factor of every inning.
On the bright side, Urias continued to exhibit maturity and steadiness on the mound. He wasn’t visibly rattled by hit batters or walks, and ultimately, he didn’t surrender any runs. So there’s that.
Viva Urias: Julio now leads the NL with the most pick-offs (6).
The word Is out: The Dodgers continued to field an anemic lineup against left handed pitching that again resulted in anemic results. Everybody knows. Just announce your starting pitcher is a southpaw, and the Dodgers will go to the B-level hitters, in bizarre batting orders, and then you win. It’s a simple recipe we may see repeated until the Dodgers plunder away all of their lead in the NL West, and any playoffs mojo they’ve built up.
Julio Urias went 3 2/3 innings with 4 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 2 Ks. ERA 3.50
Team with RISP: 0 for 5