Saturday night was by far the worst that the Dodgers have seen Julio Urias in quite some time. The left-handed hurler surrendered 11 hits and was tagged with 6 earned runs across just 5 innings of work. To say the least, it was a nightmare.
But Julio got hit hard early, giving up 5 runs in the first 3 innings. That led many Dodgers fans to wonder why he came in to pitch the 4th and the 5th innings with the offense trying to keep it close. Urias gave up 2 more in the 4th and managed to get through scoreless in the 5th.
When asked after the game why Doc stuck with him as long as he did, the Dodgers manager defaulted to where they were at in the line. Julio was facing the bottom of the lineup heading into the 5th inning, so it made sense to not burn him.
You know I think that it’s not about I didn’t have to, I just felt that his stuff was still good. I’m not putting him in harm’s way, it’s the bottom part of the order, the pitcher being one of them. I just think it’s a smart baseball move. And again, we have 6 of our leverage relievers that didn’t pick up a baseball today.
The Dodgers have obviously had to go to their relievers often this weekend, throwing a bullpen game on Thursday. So it sort of makes sense trying to get the most that they can out of Julio even when he was getting hit hard.
But the fact remains that he was getting hit very hard, and wasn’t missing many bats at all. The Dodgers would go on to score 6 total runs in the game, but not nearly enough to overcome the 11 runs but up by the Giants.
On to the next one.