Julio Urías clutch with bat, strong start in NLDS Game 2

SAN FRANCISCO — Pitchers tend not to use single-digit jersey numbers, so it looks odd when somebody like Dodgers lefty Julio Urías dons No. 7.

But when he popped an RBI single to spark Saturday night’s 9-2 National League Division Series-connecting success over the Giants at Oracle Park, the visual made good sense. He relied on the dugout, shouted in event and support, and bent.

From that minute, a lot of Dodgers stepped up. Cody Bellinger’s two-run double keyed a four-run sixth-inning rally; Mookie Betts offed a capacity Giants rally in the bottom of the 6th with an elegant pirouette and a lightning toss to eliminate Wilmer Flores’ effort to go from very first to 3rd; and Will Smith popped a crowning achievement.

But Urías powered this win in a number of methods.

Urías stood out at his primary task by starting out 5 and restricting the Giants to one run and 3 hits in 5 innings, with his start reduced just since supervisor Dave Roberts pinch-hit for him to keep that rally going. In 7 postseason video games over the last 2 years, Urías is 5-0 with one conserve and a 1.29 AGE (4 made runs in 28 innings pitched).

And, after the Dodgers taken in a 4-0 defeat in Friday night’s opener, Urías provided what his group required — an early lead. After Giants starter Kevin Gausman purposefully strolled AJ Pollock, Urías stimulated a two-run rally that likewise consisted of Betts’ RBI single.

“I was just trying to put the bat on the ball,” Urías stated in Spanish, with Dodgers club authorities Juan Dorado analyzing. “I think they fed off that — a lot of energy after that.”

Pitching wasn’t huge enough to explain Urías’ efficiency. The method Betts explained it, the work of Urías was so huge that baseball couldn’t even include it.

“It’s huge. Sometimes it’s just like — maybe a bad analogy — but kind of like Steph Curry just seeing one go in,” stated Betts, comparing Urías’ single to a three-pointer from the Bay Area’s preferred basketball gamer. “We simply required to see one cross the plate. From that point we had the ability to understand we can do it. It constructs momentum.

“I got a hit after that, and we just kind of stayed consistent throughout the game, scoring runs the whole game instead of just in one or two innings.”

The method Urías, 25, pitches in the postseason, the Dodgers don’t need to score throughout a video game.

The Dodgers’ rotation has larger names — none larger than Max Scherzer, who will begin Monday night’s Game 3, or perhaps Clayton Kershaw, who will not pitch this postseason since of pain in his left lower arm and elbow. Walker Buehler, who began and lost Game 1, has a greater buzz element.

But it may be time for Urías to get headings. Urías went 20-3 with a 2.96 period to end up being the 12th 20-game winner in the storied history of the Dodgers. While contemporary thinking doesn’t concern a pitcher’s win overall extremely, there’s no navigating the reality the group this year is (counting Saturday) 27-6 when Urías begins, and has actually won his last 12 starts.

“Julio has, for a long time now, been kind of underrated, and now people just are giving him his credit,” Betts stated. “He’s constantly been actually excellent. This year he simply was actually constant. That’s been the distinction.

“Obviously, in the postseason he’s always been really good, but throughout the season he’s had his ups and downs, but this year he’s just stayed consistent, one of our best arms and he proved it tonight.”

Urías’ handling of the 2nd inning, which opened with him strolling Flores and later on seeing him score on Donovan Solano’s sacrifice fly, showed why the Dodgers tend to win when Urías pitches.

“I thought he kept his composure, regained himself,” Roberts stated. “For me, that’s just growth, being able to limit damage.”

Urías will be a crucial figure as the series advances. With 72 pitches tossed Saturday, Urías might possibly appear in relief in Game 4. If the series goes the complete 5, he would be a prospect to begin the ending. The Giants were 80-35 this season versus right-handed beginners. Saturday’s loss left them 11-11 versus lefty beginners because the All-Star break.

Whenever he pitches, Urías has actually revealed he’s cool and broad-shouldered adequate to deal with any postseason project.

“It’s just trying to treat it like another game,” he stated. “The game is big and the stage is magnified, but you just focus and put your energy into that pitch.”

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