Julio Urias was very good on Sunday. He began the afternoon by attacking Giants hitters with a mid-90's fastball and an effective curveball. Then, more offspeed pitches came into play. Through the first five innings he had given up just two hits, struck out six, walked one batter and given up no runs. Unfortunately, an errant pitch by Urias in the sixth inning was deposited in the right field seats by Brandon Belt to give the Giants enough runs to win the game. Via Mark Chiarelli at MLB.com:
"It was just a slider that stayed there," Urias said through an interpreter. "Like I've said before, I can miss once, but the second time, I can't miss."AJ Ellis adds more, via Doug Padilla at ESPN:
Belt was the last batter Urias faced, which manager Dave Roberts said was the plan regardless of the outcome. Los Angeles has kept Urias on a strict pitch count as he develops stamina in the Majors, and he departed having thrown 86 pitches. Roberts noted that Urias had struck out Belt twice prior to the home run.
"I wanted him to get through Belt," Roberts said. "It wasn't a terrible pitch. It got a little too much of the plate."
“Sunday Night Baseball, biggest rival, pennant race starting to take form,” catcher A.J. Ellis said afterward. “For him to step in and throw the ball the way he did for 5 1/3 was phenomenal. The mix, the ability to finish guys with his fastball -- a lot of life on the ball today.”The Dodgers were defeated 2-1, and are now five games back of the Giants. Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Go here to see more pics by Jon from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1973 the infield of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey play for the very first time together on the infield. Then, ten days later they were inserted into the starting lineup for the first time and remained there for the next 8 1/2 years. In 1998 the first triple play at Dodger Stadium is completed.
- Happy Birthday, Bill Bergen!
- Via John Thorn at Our Game; "Ali, Jackie & The Babe."
- Via Charlie Wilmoth of MLB Trade Rumors; "Dodgers To Sign Third-Round Pick Dustin May." Check out my original post on his selection here.
May will receive $1M, significantly above the pool allotment for the No. 101 pick, which is $591K.
May, a 6-foot-6 Texas high school righty, was committed to Texas Tech. Baseball America ranked him the No. 117 prospect in the draft. MLB.com ranked him No. 166, writing that he throws 90-93 MPH, has touched 95, and still has projection remaining. He also throws a slider and curve. He doesn’t yet have much of a changeup and could reportedly stand to work on his mechanics, but that’s not surprising for a high school draftee.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA;" MLB Draft 2016: Dodgers reportedly sign 4th-round pick D.J. Peters."
- Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA; "Ryu impressive in latest rehab outing."
In his three innings on Sunday Ryu allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking none and striking out three. Of his 46 pitches, 35 were strikes. And while his curveball was absolutely filthy, several Lake Elsinore Storm batters hit his fastball rather hard.
“Overall I’m not really all that concerned about all the hits. Right now it’s more about control and what I feel,” Ryu said. “I know that I went through the middle [of the plate] a lot, that’s probably why they got a few hits today, but I’m not really concerned about that. Whenever I feel my control goes that’s what I’m testing it out.”
- Panini America provides even more preview pics from their upcoming in-store hobby shop promotion for Father's Day; including the two Corey Seager cards below. Go here to check out more preview photos.
- BTW, Brandon McCarthy was also pleased with his first rehab assignment this past weekend, via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA.
“Not bad,” said McCarthy, who underwent Tommy John surgery on April 30, 2015. “Very aware that it was the first time out. It felt almost like the first time I was in a game ever. It’s kind of the way it’s been going, live BPs where you feel really good one day and then not as great the next, and some days your stuff is there and some days it’s not. It’s riding that wave up and down but at least knowing that I crossed hurdle one, which is game action and being able to get out there and feel alright is a great start.”
- ICYMI: Pitching prospect Frankie Montas has completed his rehab assignment, was reinstated by the Dodgers and sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Per a Dodgers press release:
Montas, 23, posted a 1.50 ERA in six rehab games (three starts) with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, striking out 18 with only two walks and a 0.83 WHIP in 12.0 innings. He is in his first season with the Dodger organization after being acquired from the White Sox on Dec. 16, 2015 in a three-team, seven-player trade.
- I had forgotten all about this guy. Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Dodgers release Jose Tabata." He came over from Pirates in exchange for Michael Morse as part of an salary dump. He, nor Morse, ever played in Los Angeles.
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