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Julio Urias looks for continued improvement vs. Brewers

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Julio Urias continues his progression for the Dodgers on Friday night, making his fifth major league start against the Brewers and his second home start.

He's coming of his best start to date, pitching into the sixth inning last Sunday in San Francisco though suffering the loss. For Urias, his four starts show a tale of improvement in each pair of starts.

In Urias' first two starts, he had a 9.39 ERA, a 17.5-percent strikeout rate, 12.5-percent walk rate, and opposing hitters hit .371/.450/.686 with three home runs.

In his last two starts, Urias has a 2.89 EA, a 37.8-percent strikeout rate, 5.4-percent walk rate, one home run allowed, with opposing batters hitting .200/.243/.343 against him.

Urias' number of swinging strikes have improved with each start, from five in his debut, to eight, 10 and then 12.

Zach Davies pitches for the Brewers on Friday night, having won his last four starts as well as his last five decisions dating back to May 10, with a 2.49 ERA during that seven-start span.

In June Davies has been even better, allowing three total runs (two earned) in three starts, with a 0.86 ERA to go with his 21 strikeouts and four walks in 21 innings.

Davies isn't the only Brewer having a hot June. Two of the three to homer for Milwaukee on Thursday night have had stellar months to date. Chris Carter is hitting .265/.373/.512 with five homers and 12 RBI in 15 games in June.

Jonathan Villar has four home runs in June, hitting .283/.318/.500 in 15 games. The switch-hitting Villar is hitting .338/.440/.507 against left-handed pitchers in 2016.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA