Last week at Dodger Stadium, starter Julio Urías got positively shelled by the Philadelphia Phillies. He coughed up four home runs, including a mammoth shot to right field to two-time MVP Bryce Harper. Due to the Dodgers thin pitching staff, Urías gutted through six innings and finished his day with five earned runs.
On Friday night, Urías looked like a different pitcher. El Culichi twirled five shutout innings without walking a single batter (fun fact: Urías hasn't walked a batter since April 27th).
After the Dodgers 4-1 win, Urías explained why he was much more effective in the second of back-to-back starts against the dangerous Phillies lineup (quotes via OCR's Bill Plunkett).
“That’s just baseball, you know. I just made some adjustments mechanically in the bullpen. I think those adjustments worked out."
When asked if he focused on fine-tuning his breaking pinches during that bullpen, Urías responded:
"No, I think it was adjustments with all of the pitches overall.Some of those things I worked out. But it was adjustments all around.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts thinks that Julio's sequencing playing a major role in his superb starter at Citizens Bank Park.
“I think tonight he just really mixed well. I just thought he pitched to all quadrants. He crowded the righties with the fastball, some lefties. I thought the changeup was good, the breaking ball was good. I just thought tonight he did a really nice job of sequencing.”
Urías' ERA stands at 2.63 on the season. He'll likely start on Wednesday in Washington D.C. or on Thursday in Arizona.