When Julio Urias made his season debut for the Dodgers, the biggest concern was his velocity. Sitting just above 91 mph, Julio was way down from his career average on his fastball. That could be attributed to a lot of things, the most likely being the shortened Spring Training. But the fact that he only induced 4 swings and misses was a very big concern for him.
But the good news is that Julio bounced back in a big way. He tossed 5 strong innings and allowed just 1 hit against the Reds on Saturday. He struck out 5 batters and walked 1 in the process. The Dodgers hurler also was averaging 92.3 mph on his heater. That was notably up from his last start against the Rockies when he was hit with 6 runs, 3 of which were earned.
But the Reds could not figure Julio out. Allowing just the 1 hit through 5 innings of work is phenomenal for Julio, especially coming off of that bad outing. The Dodgers very much need him to be effective, especially with so many question marks in the starting rotation.
In terms of offense, the Dodgers got things going in the 6th inning. Trea Turner launched a 2-run shot to get things started, and they did not stop there. Chris Taylor lined a 2-out single into right field to score both Freddie Freeman and Gavin Lux.
The bullpen took over in the 6th inning and proved to be fairly effective. Evan Phillps tossed a perfect inning, followed up by David Price finishing up a perfect frame of his own.
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