Uriás strong again, but gets nicked on fingers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

With pink foam bandages wrapped around his left index and middle fingers, Julio Uriás said he was alright after the Dodgers’ 4-2 loss to the Padres at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.

The Dodger starter caught some baseball while trying to bunt in the fourth inning off San Diego starter Clayton Richard.

“I felt I could still hold the ball and control it,” Uriás said after the game.

And to cool any panic, Dave Roberts said the prized lefty took some X-rays, and they came out negative.

Uriás was fantastic — again.

He struck out six over 5 1/3 innings to put his season total at 76 strikeouts. He joined Fernando Valenzuela, Don Drysdale, Clayton Kershaw and Johnny Podres as the only Dodger pitchers 20 or younger to strike out at least 75 batters in a season.

After a strange first two innings — he hit two batters in the first and got out of the second with a rundown between third base and home on Richard — Uriás retired 10 in a row at one point. But he left in the sixth at 90 pitches with two on and one out.

Jesse Chavez came in with the Dodgers holding onto a 1-0 lead but surrendered a two-run double to Derek Norris that scored two — both runs charged to Uriás.

Joc Pederson tied the score in the bottom of the sixth with his 19th homer of the year, but San Diego added a pair in the eighth, first on a solo home run from Yangervis Solarte off Adam Liberatore and later on an RBI single from Brett Wallace off J.P. Howell, who inherited two runners from Liberatore.

Since August 2, the Dodger bullpen has a 4.58 ERA in a Major League high 120 innings since that point.

“I think as a whole there’s certainly usage, but I thought (Liberatore) was rested and Chavey had a day off and left a cutter up,” Roberts said. “I think you can look at usage, but individually Adam was in a good spot to have success. … (The bullpen) has done a great job. They’ve had a big load this year, and I don’t want to look too much into it. It’s one night.”

Roberts also addressed the health of Corey Seager and Justin Turner. Seager was hit twice by a pitch on Monday and is now 0 for his last 19. Turner missed two games in mid-August with a contusion.

“Both those guys, to their credit, maybe a little not (giving) full disclosure, but they’re saying it’s not affecting their swing,” Roberts said. “With Corey it’s that top hand and with Justin it’s that top hand as well. Bat speed with Corey seems to be the same, and J.T.’s taking some good swings, too. I don’t know if there’s any correlation.”

In Yasiel Puig’s return to the big leagues, he went 2 for 4.

2 Comments

Libatore still has to be hurt, he’s been awful since returning off DL.

It’s going to be a battle from here on in, with the Giants, on who will survive.

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