Julio Urias added another great postseason game to his resume for the Dodgers. The veteran left-hander not only pitched a good game, but he broke the shutout for LA by pushing across the first run with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. This, of course, came after the Giants opted to intentionally walk number 8 hitter AJ Pollock.
In a postgame interview with SportsNetLA’s Kirsten Watson, Pollock had something to say about that walk.
They walked me [to get to Julio] and I was thinking ‘I wouldn’t do that.’ This guy’s been… I think he’s got like 10 RBIs in 50 at-bats on the year. He’s done that all year. You know that a big reason why he’s had so many wins, he’s contributing at the plate too. So he’s a competitor he’s out there competing for the team and we needed those. We needed those, they’re huge runs right there.
Yeah… I wouldn’t have done that either! In case you missed it, here is the at-bat.
When you intentionally walk the batter to face the pitcher… pic.twitter.com/Uid57FhYYu
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 10, 2021
Mookie Betts said that it was “pretty funny” that Julio was the guy to drive in the first run of the series, adding that it “didn’t ever seem like we were gonna score a run.” Julio said he was just doing what he could to get the bat on the ball there.
“I was just trying to get the bat on the ball and it was exciting to get a hit there and get our team going.”
After finishing the 2021 regular season with a 20-3 record — tops in all of baseball — Julio kept the ball rolling in his first start of the postseason. The lefty tossed 5 innings and allowed just 3 hits and a run to the winnest team in baseball this year. He also kept that bat going here in October after leading Dodger pitchers in runs, hits, and runs batted in.
The Dodgers are off on Sunday as they travel back to Los Angeles for game 3 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.