SEATTLE – Julio Urías enjoyed this trip to Seattle and performance against the Mariners way more than the last time he was on the same mound.
Urías threw seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, striking out a career-high 11 and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 1-0 win on Tuesday.
The matchup between early-season division leaders out West was an entertaining pitchers' duel with Urías getting the better of Seattle's Marco Gonzales. And it was a much different result than last summer, when Urías failed to make it out of the second inning in his only other start against the Mariners.
Urías said that uncharacteristic outing was a reminder to trust his pitches.
“I know that I have really good stuff, and to have confidence to attack the players, to attack the hitters and just trust that my stuff plays,” Urías said through a translator.
Urías (3-0) was outstanding, painting edges with a fastball in the mid-90s and mixing in a curveball that kept Seattle’s hitters guessing. Seattle’s lone hit was Mitch Haniger’s slow infield single with two outs in the third inning.
Urías allowed two baserunners and neither reached second base. He had 10 strikeouts through five innings and seven of the nine batters in Seattle’s lineup struck out at least once against him.
“I just can’t recall any better, kind of from the first pitch to the last pitch efficiency, command of all three pitches, getting ahead of hitters,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He had complete control, command today.”