After having their four-game winning streak snapped last night, the Dodgers bounced back with a 5-3 victory over the Rockies to make it five wins in their last six.
Things started off (extremely) slowly for the Dodgers lineup on this July 4th, but the crooked number they put up later was enough for Julio Urias.
The Rockies started Kyle Freeland, who was dominant early, in the sense that he was perfect through the first 13 batters. But with one out in the 5th the offense started to come alive behind a Justin Turner single and a Chris Taylor walk. All of a sudden there was danger and Trayce Thompson took full advantage after working a full count, smashing a slider in the middle of the zone to left for a three-run homer, his second of the year.
After a rally against Freeland died in the 6th without damage, that would be all they got off him, but it was enough.
As mentioned, Urias doesn’t need much support but he got some today. He didn’t exactly look sharp in the first three frames, giving up a walk (erased by a double play) and double in the 1st, a single in the 2nd, and hitting a batter and giving up a stolen base in the 3rd, but he avoided any damage.
He then had his first clean inning in the 4th, but started the 5th by giving up a Jose Iglesias (of all people) solo shot, and had to work around two singles to get through with the damage limited. He also got a perfect 6th to end his night and leave with a 4-1 lead.
Urias just keep rolling along, surprisingly under the radar: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 99 Pitches.
Back to the Dodgers lineup, they got to the Rockies pen in the 7th behind a Bellinger walk and a two-out Trea Turner double to make it 5-1. But despite a single and walk in the 8th, nothing more was added.
For the Dodgers, Phil Bickford was first out of the pen in the 7th, and he looked perfect in those hats and got a perfect frame to match.
Brusdar Graterol then got the 8th and induced three groundouts, which handed things off to Reyes Moronta in the 9th. He surprisingly gave up a solo homer for the third outing in a row to make it 5-2, and after he got two outs he also gave up a single and walked a batter which forced a move.
Yency Almonte entered to secure the final out and the save, but pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon singled for another run to make it 5-3 before he got a strikeout to end it. That was more exciting than I thought.
Madison Bumgarner jabs are always welcome.
The Dodgers are now 50-29 and are 4.5 games up on the Padres.