It was yet another quiet night from the offense, but sometimes it’s okay with great pitching. The Dodgers didn’t allow the Padres to score a run, as they picked up the 3-0 victory to open up their series.
Max Muncy hit a two-run home run in the third inning, and I’m fairly certain the ball hasn’t landed yet. Statcast said the ball went 428 feet, but I don’t believe it. Muncy got all of that one and it gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Their other run came an inning later, playing some old fashioned fundamental baseball. Will Smith hit a double to lead off the inning. A wild pitch then advanced him to third base with one out.
Chris Taylor, who has been struggling badly over the last four weeks, brought in Smith with a sacrifice fly. Truly beautiful baseball. That was the lone offense on the night for the Dodgers. They scored only three runs and had four hits, but that was all they needed fortunately.
The pitching yet again was excellent, just as it’s been all season. Julio Urías had one of his best outings of the season for LA. He made 94 pitches and honestly could have gone another inning if needed.
In his seven innings, Urias struck out seven and issued only one walk. The Padres recorded only three hits off him and never were threatening.
Urias leads all of baseball with 17 wins and his ERA is 2.98. Oh by the way, he’s the Dodgers’ No. 3 starter. The fact that LA’s No. 3 starter is going to receive Cy Young votes is amazing.
Blake Treinen got the eighth and things got a little interesting. He allowed back-to-back hits with two outs, bringing the tying run to the plate. Wil Myers struck out swinging to end the inning, getting the Dodgers out of the potential jam.
Kenley Jansen took the ball in the ninth and recorded his 31st save of the season as he tossed a scoreless inning.