Julio Urías was about to pitch deeper into a significant league recreation than ever earlier than, in a ballpark that had given him nightmares previously, and he couldn’t have appeared extra comfy Sunday.
He whispered to himself. He coolly stretched. He dropped his arm slot. He was toying with the Colorado Rockies, exuding a quiet confidence, they usually didn’t have a solution.
Fueled by a dynamite changeup, Urías picked up the place he left off from his dominant postseason and dominated the Rockies over a career-high seven innings because the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 4-2, to take three of 4 video games at Coors Discipline.
All my pitches have been working effectively,” Urías mentioned. “And it being in Colorado, I am even happier, understanding how troublesome pitching right here is.”
Urías entered the outing with a 5.77 ERA in 34 1/3 profession innings at Coors Discipline. On Sunday, he pitched into the eighth inning and threw simply 79 pitches. He gave up three hits. He compiled six strikeouts, one stroll, and 13 swing-and-misses. The left-hander tossed 24 changeups, greater than in any outing in 2020. He didn’t yield a success with it. The pitch generated eight whiffs and accomplished 4 strikeouts.
“His changeup was filthy as we speak,” catcher Will Smith mentioned. “That’s the perfect I’ve ever seen his changeup.”
Jimmy Nelson relieved Urías within the eighth inning and prowled off the mound considering the inning was over after putting out the following two batters. He flashed a smiled when he realized it wasn’t. Then he practically blew the lead.
Chris Owings walked on 4 pitches. Garrett Hampson smacked a two-run double. Subsequent got here Trevor Story, the Rockies’ finest participant, representing the tying run. Nelson struck him out to keep away from a debacle earlier than Corey Knebel logged an ideal ninth inning for his first save as a Dodger.
Urías’s closest fling with bother occurred within the sixth inning when Story stepped to the plate with two runners on base. Story flied out on the primary pitch.
Austin Gomber, the Rockies’ starter, was one of many gamers Colorado obtained from the St. Louis Cardinals within the commerce for franchise cornerstone Nolan Arenado. His debut was disastrous.
The Dodgers chased the left-hander after three innings not by mashing balls by means of the skinny air, however by working towards endurance. Gomber yielded three runs on 4 walks, an error and a wild pitch within the first inning. He didn’t hand over a success and it didn’t matter. He noticed the Dodgers a three-run lead and Urías didn’t want a lot.
The Dodgers tallied only one hit off Gomber and off reliever Carlos Estévez earlier than Smith slugged a leadoff house run within the eighth inning. The homer was, remarkably, the Dodgers’ first official house run over the wall within the sequence after a baserunning gaffe erased Cody Bellinger’s opening day house run and Zach McKinstry registered an inside-the-park homer Saturday.
Urías, in the meantime, was nonetheless within the recreation. He confronted only one batter within the eighth inning, giving up a leadoff single to Ryan McMahon, earlier than supervisor Dave Roberts took the ball to finish the 24-year-old Mexican’s finest begin of his massive league profession.
“There’s no ceiling for him,” Roberts mentioned.
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.