Julio Urillas He looked angry with himself in the fourth inning on Sunday after throwing a changeup to turn the plate directly to Colorado’s light-hitting third baseman. Alan Trejowho smashed the pitch for the tying two-run home run to left center field.
the Dodgers Left hand in the field Iloris MonteroThe ensuing chopper with his bare hands, and with both feet planted and his body square to first base, he threw oddly and furiously. Freddie Freeman for the final before heading to the dugout in disgust.
And thinking, just a few hours ago, Director Dave Roberts He would commend Urías for the serenity he displayed in his previous three matches as Urías began to recapture his dominant form in 2022.
“I think the less agitated or frustrated he shows, it says how comfortable he is with his mechanics,” said Roberts before the game. “And if we can stay there, I think the results will be better, and you’ll see less of those explosions on the hill.”
But the furious reaction to a one-hit block Sunday didn’t derail Uriahs, who directed all his rage toward home plate, striking out eight of the last nine batters he faced to lead the Dodgers to victory. 8-3 win Over the Rockies in front of a crowd of 45,904 people in Chavez Ravine.
Orias struck out the side in the fifth and sixth and struck out two of three in the seventh to complete a seven-run, three-run, four-hit home run, striking out a career high with 12 strikeouts and nothing to improve on. He went 10-6 with a 4.35 ERA on the season and 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last four starts.
The Dodgers (71-46) broke one game with three runs in the sixth inning to complete a four-game sweep of the Rockies, taking their winning streak to eight and giving them 12 wins in 13 games in August.
“His stuff was so good today,” Roberts said of Urías, “to give up a home run on a 0-and-1 error pitch was frustrating.” “But you can see that as frustrated as he was, he didn’t show as much frustration as he usually does when he can’t find his birth. I thought, after that, he worked on a few things and just went from there.”
The first three and a half months of this season, his last contract with the Dodgers before becoming a free agent this winter, have been a big effort for Orias, who missed six weeks of May-June with a hamstring injury and went 7-6 with a 5.02 ERA. In his first 14 starts.
The low point for Urías, who went 17-7 with a 2.16 ERA in 31 starts in 2022, came on July 19, when he was knocked out for eight earned runs and eight strikeouts in five innings of an 8-5 loss in Baltimore.
But in his last four games against Toronto, Oakland, Arizona and Colorado, Urreas has looked more like a finishing pitcher. Third place in National League Cy Young Award voting Last season.
Relying heavily on a four-seam fastball averaging 92.2 mph and 75 mph, Urías hit 22 batters Sunday and threw first-pitch batters on 20 of 25 batters. Of the 88 total pitches, 69 were goals.
Urías was nearly untouchable in his final three rounds, hitting Brenton Doyle on a 92mph fastball, Austin Wiens on an 88mph changeup and Ezequiel Tovar on an 86mph changeup in the fifth, and Cole Tucker and Brendan Rodgers with changeups and Elias Diaz with a 94 mph fastball in sixth.
Ureas sniffed Nolan-Jones with a 79-mph curve to open the seventh on his seventh consecutive batter before Trejo flew to center field. Urreas finished his outing by hitting Montero looking at a 92 mph fastball.
“Getting hits in the first pitch is the most important thing to me – I was able to do that today, and that’s why I was able to get these results,” Urías said through an interpreter. “The attack is the most important thing for me.
“That’s what I’ve done very well for the past two years, and I think my inconsistencies have come from not doing that. Now, I’m just focused on attacking and attacking and attacking, and that’s been a major reason for my recent success.”
The afternoon started on a somber note for the Dodgers when the team announced at halftime that reliever Joe Kellywho assumed a high-powered role after his July 28 trade from the Chicago White Sox, was placed on the 15-day injured list due to a sore right forearm, an injury not thought to be serious.
Trejo’s homer tied it 3-3 in the top of the fourth, but it was all the Dodgers from there.
Miguel Rojas He lined a solo two-run homer to left hand, his second of the season, for a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
James Ottman he struck out, but Rojas drove a sacrifice fly to center for a 5–3 lead, and Mookie Pets He sent a two-run double into the right-center hole for a 7-3 lead. Rojas hit another sacrifice fly in the eighth for an insurance run.
“As a team, we’re definitely coming a long way,” said Rojas. “I think we were playing really good, unselfish baseball, with players taking the rules in different ways, by hits, by walks… Everybody fighting for the chance to contribute a career.”
This story originally appeared Los Angeles Times.