Beyond Sunday, Urías has been good for a while
By Cary Osborne
Even with the sky was supposedly falling on the Dodgers again, 20-year-old Julio Urías was never rattled. He never showed any emotion. And he never gave in to the hot Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Urías, with the Dodgers obviously needing a strong start after back-to-back short outings from Bud Norris and Brett Anderson, came through with likely the best game of his young career.
The left-hander went six innings, allowed six hits and struck out six while allowing no walks and no runs in the Dodgers’ 4-0 win in Cincinnati, breaking their three-game losing streak.
Urías retired 10 Reds in a row during one stretch and in the first inning he picked off Jose Peraza — his fifth pickoff the season, which is tied for the Major League lead. The Reds’ biggest threat against Urías was the sixth when singles by Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips had runners on first and third with two out. Urías induced a popout off the bat of slugger Adam Duvall to end the inning.
More than Sunday, Urías has been good for a while now. Since June 7 (coming after his first two Major League starts), Urias has a 3.10 ERA in 49 1/3 innings (11 games). Among National League pitchers who have pitched at least 45 innings since that date, Urías is tied for 10th in ERA.
In his nine starts during that time frame, he has a 2.89 ERA in 43 2/3 innings. The Dodgers are 8-1 in those games. He has now gone seven starts without allowing a home run.
Urías was one of four Dodger pitchers who combined for the shutout. The Dodgers haven’t had a complete-game shutout by a starter since Clayton Kershaw on May 23. In the five shutouts the Dodgers have tossed since, they have used a combined 20 pitchers in those games.
In this game, Joe Blanton had the toughest job after allowing a leadoff double in the seventh inning to Eugenio Suarez. With two out he walked Tucker Barnhart, and the Reds sent up Joey Votto to pinch hit. Blanton struck him out looking to end the inning. Blanton has now pitched back-to-back days 16 times this season and is yet to allow a run on the second day.
The Dodgers got on the board immediately with a leadoff home run from Chase Utley. Utley singled in Andrew Toles to put the Dodgers up 2-0 in the third. Corey Seager extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single in the third. Joc Pederson knocked Adrian Gonzalez, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single, in with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 in the sixth.
Kenley Jansen who hadn’t thrown a pitch in a game since August 13, struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning.