In any language, Julio Urías was impressive

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By Cary Osborne

Directly behind the seat from where this story was written in the Vin Scully Press Box on Friday, there was chatter when Julio Urías was on the mound.

Even those who haven’t taken an elementary Spanish class could translate some of the words.

Cinco.

Seis.

Siete.

Ocho.

Every time Julio Urías struck out another Milwaukee Brewers batter, another number.

The final tally for Urías was ocho — eight strikeouts, a career best in what was possibly his career-best game in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win. It was also the most strikeouts ever by a Los Angeles Dodger teenager.

The hero of the night was Justin Turner, who homered twice and hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning. He became the first Dodger since Don Demeter on April 21, 1959 to hit two homers in a game and later have a walk-off RBI, according to STATS.

Afterward, Turner praised Urías for his continued progress.

“Confidence and comfort, he’s obviously throwing the ball really good in last couple of starts. I think you can see it on him out there on the mound,” Turner said. “He’s that guy who everyone’s been talking about the last two or three years. It’s really fun to watch, fun to play behind. Hopefully I can be here for a while and continue to watch him grow.”

Urías put em away with his fastball (three strikeouts), his curveball (two), his changeup (two) and a slider. Seven Brewers struck out swinging.

He seemed to have a little more English on his pitches Friday night.

“I was able to have more numbers and had one more (strikeout) than my previous outing, but I’m more satisfied with the team winning,” Urías said.

He is one of just five teenagers in Dodger history to strike out at least eight batters in a game. The others are Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Ralph Branca and Rex Barney — all did it for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Only Don Gullett, on September 21, 1970, had a better five-inning game score as a teenager (68) than Urias’ 64 on Friday.

Urías threw 25 pitches in the first inning and a combined 60 in his next four. The Brewers were 0 for 5 against him with runners in scoring position.

The 19-year-old left-hander went five innings, allowed five hits and walked one. He also picked off Ryan Braun in the third inning after surrendering a single to the slugger. Urías exited the game with a 1-0 Dodger lead, in line for his first career win. But Jonathan Lucroy doubled off reliever Louis Coleman in the top of the sixth, tying the score and delaying that inevitable first of many wins for the Mexican prodigy.

Win or not, it was the third impressive effort in a row by Urías.

In his last three starts, he has pitched 14 1/3 innings, allowed 12 hits, three walks and three earned runs, while striking out 22.

 

 

2 Comments

He certainly looks major league ready

One thing for sure. He had a very good outing with the promise of more to come.

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