Urías steps up, but Dodgers step back


By Jon Weisman

The growth of Julio Urías is so apparent, his progress so steady, that it almost makes the struggles of the Dodger offense not seem so agonizing.

But this is not a perfect world, and once again Urías’ precocious pitching wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 Dodger loss to the Giants at San Francisco.

Urías’ upward trajectory continued, unabated and somewhat enthralling. Despite two defensive lapses behind him, the 19-year-old had his most efficient outing, shutting out the Giants for his first five innings on 77 pitches.

For the second start in a row, Urías struck out seven, again the most by a teenager in Los Angeles Dodger history. For the third start in a row, he walked exactly one. And if not for a pop fly that fell untouched between Justin Turner and Corey Seager, he would have allowed only one hit.

That is, until there was one out in the sixth inning, when Joe Panik singled. With Buster Posey on deck, and Urías past 80 pitches, everyone knew that left-handed hitting Brandon Belt would be the southpaw’s final batter of the night. And he was, in the worst way, with a 392-foot home run to right field that broke a scoreless tie.

Joc Pederson hit a homer into the bay in the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to change the outcome. Pederson (2 for 3), Chase Utley (3 for 4) and Corey Seager (1 for 4) had the Dodgers’ only hits, Howie Kendrick their only walk.

Casey Fien, Adam Liberatore and Louis Coleman shut out San Francisco over the final 2 2/3 innings.


Kills me that we should have & could have won the series but all in all we held our own. Very low score differentials, extra innings fighting to win. Kershaw was Kershaw-like – there’s no bigger pitching compliment in today’s game. Kazmir was solid, The Kid rose to the occasion and nothing but good to say about him. The bullpen was solid. Hell, we even got some clutch hitting from Turner, AGon, and Joc. Utley was solid as he has been so far this season. Chase (one of the other Kids) was too good to be a rookie but luckily he’s OUR rookie. In my mind I’ll take this series as solid for us. Onward and upwards as our injured start coming back.

Urias pitched well enough to win but the Dodgers simply, as we all know, are just not hitting.

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