Julio Urias took the mound at Chavez Ravine with the intent to boost the Dodgers back up after a difficult loss to the Brewers last night.
Last night’s game was a see-saw affair with blown leads, two 3-run comebacks, a ninth inning rally that fell short, and a shouting/shoving match in the Dodgers’ dugout.
Could this one top all of that? It did.
Urias had difficulty putting batters away. Although the Brewers didn’t score, they worked a lot of pitches out of him – 25 in the first.
After two quick outs Justin Turner blasted a home run into the left field pavilion. 1-0
After that shaky first inning, Urias really settled in and had eight strike outs at the end of four innings.
The trouble was, the Dodgers hadn’t been heard from since the first inning also.
8th inning Brewers 2-1
Justin Turner drove a hanging curve ball into the left field bullpen. 2-2
9th inning Tie score 2-2
Kenley Jansen in.
Dodgers could not score in the bottom of the ninth, so…
10th inning Tie score 2-2
Pedro Baez in to pitch (uh-oh) He hung tough. (whew!)
Will Venable came up and poked a ground rule double into the right field corner.
A.J. Ellis sac-bunted Venable over to third.
The Brewers intentionally walked Chase Utley and Corey Seager to get to Justin Turner.
It’s been Red’s night. Why make this move? The Brewers were really tugging on the baseball god’s tails.
A loud chant of “Let’s go, Dodgers” began.
Base hit to left field! Turner’s the hero!
Dodgers win! 3-2
Julio Urias continues to impress and hold his own in the starting rotation. He had a long first inning, but hung tough after that, striking out eight over five innings.
Which leads to the new pitching problem for the Dodgers. For a variety of reasons, almost every Dodger pitcher not named Kershaw leaves the game after four or five innings. This is starting to take a toll on the bullpen. After two weeks of exemplary work, the overworked relief crew is starting to fray, once again giving up numerous extra base hits.
As for the Dodgers offense, stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Score in the first, then do nothing for the next seven innings. Then get a solo home run. Hope for final at bat heroics.
It’s a dangerous formula, but it worked tonight so let’s celebrate the win. Bravo, Justin Turner!
Julio Urias went 5 innings with 5 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 8 Ks. ERA 4.50
Home runs: Justin Turner (2)
Double: Will Venable
Team with RISP: 1 for 3 (Turner again)