The Dodgers picked up the win last night thanks to Gavin Lux, and tonight they were looking to finish off a two-game sweep. With Urías on the mound, things looked good before the first pitch was even thrown. The offense needed to build off the momentum from last night’s game to pull out another victory tonight so the Dodgers could sweep the Mariners.
Julio Rings Up the Mariners
The last time Urías faced the Mariners, he dominated them and made easy work of them in Seattle. Over seven innings, he gave up one hit and struck out a career-high 11 hitters in that game. With the offense coming to life in this one, Urías didn’t have to be perfect, but for the first four innings, he was just that.
Bats Stay Awake
The first Dodger came in the third when Mookie Betts doubled with two down. They couldn’t bring him home, but it only took one more inning to drive home their first run of the game.
After back-to-back walks from Turner and Muncy to open the fourth, Smith hit a flare single to right, loading the bases. Taylor flew out but too shallow to drive home a run. Bases loaded for none other than Matt Beaty. Of course, he came through with a two-out double giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Perfect Through Four
Urías took a perfect game into the fifth inning. Perfect until Ty France singled with one out. Urías retired the next batter, but France advanced into scoring position and came around to score on Moore’s base hit. Mariners were on the board, but the Dodgers still held a 2-1 lead. Urías settled in after giving up a run and didn’t allow another hit the rest of his outing. He gave the Dodgers exactly what they needed tonight and continued his dominance against the Mariners.
The Dodgers have struggled to get runs on the board shortly after a pitcher surrenders them but tonight was different. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Turner got the rally going with a base hit. Muncy, who has been swinging a hot bat, went deep for the second game in a row, hitting his fourth home run in his last seven games!
They weren’t done just yet, either. Smith doubled, and Taylor walked once again, bringing Beaty to the plate with runners in scoring position. If you guessed he would come through for the second time tonight, you’d be 100% correct. His base hit, followed by Lux’s two-out base hit, had the Dodgers on top 6-1 after five innings.
On a day when it was announced Edwin Ríos would be having season-ending shoulder surgery to fix a partially torn labrum, it felt good to see Beaty continue his success at the plate. According to Eric Stephen on Twitter, Beaty is second in RBIs in baseball since being recalled by the Dodgers on April 24. With Ríos on the IL for the season, Beaty will have to step up as that bench player who can spot start or come up with big pinch-hit moments, and so far, he’s filled that role perfectly.
Hitters Clutch Again
The offense added on another run in the bottom half of the second, continuing their trend of driving in runs with two outs. Muncy led off the inning with a base hit and eventually made his way to third after Smith and Taylor were able to advance him. Pollock came into pinch-hit for Beaty and singled to center, making this a 7-1 Dodgers’ lead.
The Dodgers looked great in this game. They pitched well, they hit with RISP, and the bullpen shut it down without any issue. They won their first series since the April 16-18 series against the Padres and scored 6+ runs in back-to-back since April 15-16.
It hasn’t been fun over these past few weeks but let’s hope this series win, and a two-game sweep is exactly what this team needed to turn the tides. I’ve continued to say the talent will eventually break through the slump, and I’m pretty confident we’re seeing that come into play right now. Will they keep it going? That’s what we’re going to have to wait and see. They have the day off tomorrow before beginning a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night. First pitch is at 7:10 PM PDT.
For a recap of last night’s big win, click here.