With his relief appearance in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night against the Nationals, left-hander Julio Urias became the youngest pitcher in Dodgers postseason history.
Urias entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Dodgers down 1-0.
At just 20 years, 62 days old, Urias is two weeks younger than Don Drysdale when he pitched two innings of relief for Brooklyn in Game 4 of the 1956 World Series.
Urias is the fourth-youngest postseason pitcher in MLB history, behind a trio of 19-year-olds — Ken Brett (2 games in the 1967 World Series), Beert Blyleven (Game 3 of the 1970 ALCS) and Don Gullett (5 total games in the NLCS and World Series in 1970).
Urias pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win, the youngest winning pitcher in MLB postseason history.
With three games in relief this season, Urias had more relief experience than Rich Hill, which was a factor in Hill getting the start rather than the two flip-flopping roles for Game 5.
Urias pitched only 14 innings in September, and his last outing was three innings in a start on Sept. 29 in San Diego, two full weeks ago. He did throw a four-inning simulated game on Oct. 4 at Dodger Stadium in preparation for the NLDS.
“We just trust Julio to go out there and execute. I do like the weapons that he has. I feel that he's got swing-and-miss stuff,” manager Dave Roberts said before Game 5. “I trust the player in this spot. But with the 13-day layoff or whatever the days, I'll be mindful and Rick and I will be mindful of the sharpness.”