Urías wraps his 2016 — regular season, that is

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By Cary Osborne

One door closes and another opens.

The one that closed represents the rookie season of Julio Urías, who pitched for the last time in the 2016 regular season.

Urías started and pitched three scoreless innings on Thursday, striking out five of the last six batters he faced in the Dodgers’ 9-4 win over the Padres in San Diego. In his last five starts, the left-hander has been dominant in the early going, with a 0.60 ERA in innings one through three.

In his last 13 starts, Urías had a 2.48 ERA, and since June 7, his third career game, he has a 2.73 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings.

With those kind of numbers, having thrown just 14 innings in September, the door now opens for Urías, 20 years, 48 days old, to make an impact in October. Don Drysdale is the youngest Dodger to ever pitch in a postseason game at 20 years, 76 days old when he went two innings in Game 4 of the 1956 World Series. That Dodger mark appears bound to fall.

The Dodgers didn’t put any runs on the board for Urías, but started to roll in the middle innings. Down 2-0 in the top of the fifth, they broke an 0 for 24 slide with runners in scoring position when Joc Pederson doubled in Rob Segedin, who tripled.

The Dodgers added four in the sixth, first with Justin Turner’s 90th RBI of the season (tying Adrián González for the team lead) on a single. They loaded the bases for Joc Pederson and left-handed reliever Jose Torres wild pitched in a run on his first delivery. Then Pederson smoked a double to center field that scored two runs.

Pederson went 2 for 3 against lefties on Thursday. He was 1 for his last 31 against them and 5 for 55 vs. southpaws this season coming into the game.

Carlos Ruiz knocked in two more with a double in the seventh to give the Dodgers a 7-2 lead. Ruiz started 2 for 18 as a Dodger after being acquired from Philadelphia on August 25, but he is 6 for his last 14.

Andre Ethier added a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth and Andrew Toles drove in Micah Johnson, who earlier collected his first hit as a Dodger, in the ninth.

In the game, the Dodgers passed the Pirates for the most bullpen innings this year and now stand at 581 1/3 to the Pirates’ 576. Five relievers pitched for the Dodgers, including Brett Anderson. Anderson, who’s least relief appearance was September 28, 2013, went two innings and allowed five hits and no runs while striking out two.

With three games left for both teams, the Nationals have a two-game lead for home-field advantage in the National League Division Series. The Dodgers head to San Francisco and Washington hosts Miami to wrap up the regular season.

1 Comment

Urias proved beyond a doubt he deserves the game 4 starter role in the playoffs.
Joc also showing he can start against Gio Gonzalez of the Nats when he goes for them, and no reason to have Kike on the roster, who had another 0-for against a lefty, not sure what happened to him this year, but sorry, that spot deserves to be Culberson, who’s showing he can handle the bat much better this year against lefties and can backup SS. I’d rather have Joc, Toles, or Reddick start against a lefty then Kike starting for Joc in center. If not Joc, Puig or Toles can be the CF against Gonzalez.

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