Austin Barnes drove in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth with a pinch-hit double, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Pirates. Julio Urías pitched 6.1 innings of one-run ball and carried a no-hitter through six innings on Tuesday night.
Urías looked much more like himself during his start on Tuesday, but he still was not the dominant pitcher that we are waiting to see. He pitched 6.1 innings and allowed one earned run on one hit. He struck out five batters and walked two. He struggled to get ahead in the count, throwing 91 pitches and only 65 for strikes. He threw first-pitch balls to nine of the twenty-two batters he faced.
Urías lost his no-hitter in the seventh inning when Andrew McCutchen doubled to left field just past the glove of Andrew Toles. While trying to make the catch, Toles suffered a right leg injury after crashing into the wall. The Dodgers were forced to remove him from the game and he will have an MRI done on Wednesday.
In the fourth inning, Yasmani Grandal started the scoring with a two-run home run. Cody Bellinger led off the inning with a full-count walk, then Pirates’ pitcher Iván Nova recorded an out. Grandal then came to the plate and got a fastball right over the plate. He got the barrel of the bat on the ball and hit it into the first row of the right-field pavilion.
The Pirates tied the game in the seventh inning. After McCutchen led off with a double, and the Dodgers recorded two outs, Francisco Cervelli hit a ball to left field that Kiké Hernández lost in the lights. The ball landed and went for a double, driving in a run. Luis Avilan entered the game and Max Moroff hit a single to left field, scoring Cervelli and tying the game 2-2.
In the eighth inning, John Jaso entered the game as a pinch hitter and hit a fastball from Pedro Báez into the Pirates’ bullpen. Yasiel Puig went back to the wall and jumped but the ball went right over his glove. The home run gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
The Dodgers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth against Pirates’ closer Tony Watson. Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Bellinger hit back-to-back singles to tie the game. According to Statcast, the hits by Turner and Bellinger had hit probabilities of seven percent and fifteen percent. Somehow, they still found outfield grass. Bellinger’s hit avoided two infielders, avoiding a possible double-play and allowing Seager to score.
Grandal led off the bottom of the tenth inning with a single, then Ross Stripling entered the game to pinch-run for him. Pirates’ reliever Daniel Hudson then struck out Chris Taylor and Puig swinging. Austin Barnes then entered the games as a pinch-hitter and lined the first pitch he saw into right-center field. The ball rolled to the wall and Stripling rounded third and scored the winning run. The Dodgers mobbed Barnes between second and third, celebrating the victory.
Keys To The Game:
First Pitch Balls:
Julio Urías threw a first-pitch ball to nine of the twenty-two batters he faced. This doesn’t sound like much, but when you take into consideration that those counts went 2-0 or 3-0 most of the time, that adds a lot of pitches. He had better results than his last start but he still needs to throw more strikes.
Lost In The Lights:
The Pirates were given a gift in the seventh inning when Francisco Cervelli hit a ball to left field with two outs. The gift was that Kiké Hernández, who had just entered the game after Andrew Toles left with an injury, lost the ball in the lights. It landed and bounced past him, allowing the Pirates to score their first run. It also kept the inning going for the Pirates to tie the game.
Ball Has Eyes:
In the bottom of the ninth inning with one out, Cody Bellinger hit a seeing-eye single into right field. The ball went right past a diving John Jaso and Gregory Polanco for a single. According to Statcast, hits similar to Bellinger’s end up as base hits only fifteen percent of the time.
After Ross Stripling pinch ran against the Giants on April 27, he told the media, “On a scale of 1-10, I’m probably around a 6.5.” With that knowledge, Dave Roberts told Stripling around 3:00 pm that that was a chance he would be pinch running during the game. On Barnes’ walk-off double, Stripling ran from first base to home fast enough that he did not even have to slide. His speed scored the winning run for the Dodgers.
The Pirates will send Chad Kuhl to the mound to try to avoid the sweep. The Dodgers will send Kenta Maeda out with the purpose of sweeping the Pirates. Kuhl this year has an ERA of 5.54, after allowing nine earned runs to the Cubs in his last start. Maeda’s spot in the rotation is on the line as he has had too many disappointing starts this year. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.