The Los Angeles Dodgers, forced to adjust on the move after veteran Clayton Kershaw was added to the injured list on Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers will make changes to their rotation again when they host Philadelphia on Saturday night.
When Kershaw was knocked out on Friday due to inflammation of his lower back, the Dodgers skipped an extra day off for Walker Buhler and moved him from a scheduled start on Saturday to an exit on Friday.
Now left-hander Julio Urias will step back a day and start Saturday with the usual four days of rest.
Urias (2-2, 2.10 ERA) jumps into a series in which the first two games had 38 runs and 51 strokes, both victories for Phyllis.
In his last walk to Pittsburgh on Monday, Urias gave up just two runs but conceded 11 strokes after giving up 14 combined strokes in his first five outings.
Urias gave up double-digit hits just once in 32 starts last season when the San Francisco Giants played back from his 11th in a loss to the Dodgers on May 29th. On Monday allowed to go into the seventh inning with the Pirates 1-0, Urias was replaced after Michael Perez scored a home run. Pittsburgh ended the victory with a score of 5-1.
“It’s just a misfire,” Urias said through an interpreter. “One of those things where you can’t go back.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said: “I thought he was doing well. The score suggested he needed to keep going.”
In four career games (two starts) against Phyllis Urias – 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA.
Philadelphia will meet on Saturday with left-hander Ranger Suarez (3-1, 3.68), who on Monday in Seattle set six zero innings when he scored seven of the best of the season, a rebound. He also threw 104 innings per season.
“If you make such a game an exception, it gives you a lot of confidence,” Suarez said, according to mlb.com. “It boosts confidence, but not just for me. I really have to thank my defense and the team in general. They treated me great and I was lucky to have a great defense behind me.”
Suarez is 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA in four appearances (one start) against the Dodgers. He gave up home run Muki Betsu in June last season when he made 1 1/3 innings and was defeated. And in his only opening game against the Dodgers at home in August, he gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings.
Like Urias, Suarez will have to tread easily. The Dodgers struck 12 hits on Friday, including home runs by Chris Taylor and Justin Turner. Los Angeles reserve catcher Austin Barnes had three strokes.
Urias will be hands full with a hot-tempered Bryce Harper, who has a home run in every game of the series, with five RBIs. Bryson Stott held three races and four times reached base from ninth place in a row on Friday, while Nick Castellanos also had three RBIs for Philadelphia.
The Dodgers have given up five or more runs in four of their last five games – they have lost those four games – after giving up five runs only three times in the first 26 games.
“It’s not who we are, and I didn’t see it in my time here,” Roberts said of his staff, and praised Phyllis ’offensive approach. “This is one that we need to wash away and prepare for (Saturday).”