Julio Urías cementing standing as employees ace as Dodgers rout Twins

Walker Buehler, the Dodgers’ prime beginning pitcher, is slowly working his approach again from mid-June surgical procedure to take away bone spurs in his elbow. One other lower-back harm despatched Clayton Kershaw, the three-time Nationwide League Cy Award winner, to the injured record final week for the second time this season.

A group that’s operating away with the Nationwide League West title may appear to be down a pair of aces, however in case you’re fearful the Dodgers won’t have a starter worthy of taking the ball in Sport 1 of a playoff collection in October, worry not, supervisor Dave Roberts says. He’s acquired a man.

Julio Urías continued to cement his standing because the employees ace Tuesday evening, giving up one earned run and 5 hits, hanging out eight and strolling none in seven innings of a 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins earlier than a crowd of 47,874 in Dodger Stadium.

“Julio was awesome,” Roberts stated. “From the outset, he was in complete control. He had a good rhythm. From pitch one, he held his stuff—the breaking ball, the changeup, the fastball at the top of the zone, all over the strike zone. It’s a good team over there, and he just kept them at bay all night long.”

The Dodgers prolonged their win streak to 9, improved to 31-5 since June 29 and are a serious league-best 76-33 on the season.

Urías had pinpoint management of his 93.6-mph fastball, 81.5-mph curve and 86.5-mph changeup, throwing 72 of his 90 pitches for strikes. The left-hander improved to 12-6 with a 2.49 ERA in 22 begins this season and is 9-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his final 10 begins.

In 5 begins since a rocky five-run first inning in an 11-9 win over the Chicago Cubs on July 10, Urías is 5-0 with a 1.09 ERA, hanging out 31 and strolling two in 33 innings.

“Julio expects a lot himself, and I think there was just a point where he wanted to be looked at, you know, as the guy,” Roberts stated. “And how do you do that? By going out there and performing.”

Urías starred in a hybrid position through the 2020 World Collection run, going 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA and one save in six postseason video games, two of them begins. He acquired the final 9 outs of the NL Championship Collection clinching win over Atlanta and the final seven outs of the World Collection clinching win over Tampa Bay.

However Urías, who turns 26 on Friday, has earned the appropriate to play a outstanding rotation position this October.

“Every start the last two months has been very consistent,” Roberts stated.

“There’s been a lot of conviction, and not to say that pitchers don’t want to pitch well every start, but he has not given himself any chance for any letdown. The velocity is up. He’s going from pitch one to pitch 100 with the same intensity.”

The Dodgers gave Urías a pleasant early cushion, scoring six runs within the first 4 innings, and all 9 starters had a success in a 15-hit assault that included a season-high-tying eight doubles.

They took a 1-0 lead within the first when Freddie Freeman drew a two-out stroll and scored on Will Smith’s double to the hole in right-center discipline.

Dodgers proper fielder Mookie Betts slides safely into house plate on a success by Trea Turner towards the Minnesota Twins within the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.

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No. 7 hitter Gavin Lux singled to proper with one out within the second, and newly acquired Joey Gallo, who struggled a lot in a 140-game stint with the Yankees that he stated he didn’t wish to “show my face too much around” Manhattan, smoked a 112.3-mph double to proper.

Cody Bellinger, who homered twice in Sunday’s win over San Diego, ripped a two-run double to proper, and Trea Turner blooped a two-out RBI single to shallow heart to make it 4-1.

Max Muncy hit a solo homer to right-center within the fourth for a 5-1 lead. The infielder added an RBI double in a two-run seventh and is batting .316 (12 for 38) with three homers, 4 doubles and eight RBIs in 10 video games since July 28. Muncy hit .158 with a .612 OPS, 9 homers and 31 RBIs in his first 79 video games.

“It feels really good,” Muncy stated. “As I said the other day, it’s a little bit of a relief for me. All the work I’m putting in is finally paying off a little bit. But I’ve got to keep at it. I can’t think that I’m out of it yet. I’ve still got a lot of work to go. As far as tonight, just finally not missing pitches that I’ve been missing all year. That’s been the biggest thing.”

Muncy was slowed for the primary few months of the season by the left-elbow harm that knocked him out of the playoffs final October, however Roberts believes the slugger is lastly rounding into type.

“He worked really hard to kind of weather the mindset, the mental grind of where he started the season and the injury part of it, so I think we’re on the other side of it,” Roberts stated. “The consistent at-bat quality we’re seeing, he’s getting hits, he’s driving runs in, and you can just see the confidence starting to ooze from him.

“When he gets going in the middle of our order, it’s just tough to navigate, and you know, guys feed off Max. He’s been around long enough that when he’s going well, guys sort of feed off him.”

Trea Turner drove in a run with a groundout within the fourth and added an RBI double within the eighth. Justin Turner, who doubled and singled in his first three at-bats after being activated off the injured record earlier Tuesday, hit an RBI groundout within the seventh. Smith had three hits, together with an RBI double within the eighth.

The Dodgers additionally acquired encouraging information on the mound earlier than Tuesday evening’s recreation, with relievers Brusdar Graterol and Blake Treinen throwing two-inning simulated video games, and in Oklahoma Metropolis, the place Dustin Could took the penultimate step in his 15-month rehabilitation from Tommy John surgical procedure.

Could gave up one run and three hits in 5 innings, hanging out eight and strolling one, in his fourth triple-A begin. The proper-hander threw 68 pitches, 45 for strikes, and all eight of his whiffs towards Crimson Rock got here on swinging strikes.

Could, who hasn’t pitched in a giant league recreation since tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in Milwaukee on Could 1, 2021, will doubtless want just one extra rehabilitation begin earlier than being returning to the Dodgers rotation.

Graterol, out since July 14 due to proper shoulder irritation, and Treinen, out since mid-April due to a shoulder harm, every threw about 20 pitches to hitters and can start rehab assignments with Oklahoma Metropolis on Friday.

Graterol, whose fastball hit 101 mph Tuesday, is anticipated to make two or three minor league appearances earlier than returning to the Dodgers. Treinen, whose final pitch was clocked at 98 mph, is anticipated to be activated on Sept. 1.

Treinen was the group’s most precious high-leverage reliever final yr, going 6-5 with a 1.99 ERA in 72 video games, hanging out 85 and strolling 25 in 721/3 innings.