The Los Angeles Dodgers took Game 1 of their National League Division Series matchup against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
The final score was 5-3, and it included a good performance by Dodgers starter Julio Urias.
Urias, who took home the ERA crown in the National League with an incredible 2.16 mark, kept the Padres at bay, allowing just three runs in five innings.
It wasn’t his finest outing, but since the Dodgers’ offense was able to do its job and put five runs on the scoreboard, it was enough to get the win.
He Pitched A Very Good Game
In five innings, Urias surrendered three runs on four hits: he also struck out six and didn’t issue any walks.
After the game, he talked about the adrenaline of pitching at the biggest of stages: the playoffs.
“It’s the post-season you feel that rush, feel that adrenaline running though your veins and you want to go out there and pitch as long as you can.” Julio Urías on his performance (5 IP, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 Ks) in Game 1 of the NLDS,” Sportsnet LA tweeted, quoting the talented southpaw.
"It's the post-season you feel that rush, feel that adrenaline running though your veins and you want to go out there and pitch as long as you can." Julio Urías on his performance (5 IP, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 Ks) in Game 1 of the NLDS. pic.twitter.com/eKN01Nes7D
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 12, 2022
Urias already knows what it’s like to win a World Series: he did it in 2020, just two years ago, and wants to experience those feelings again.
The Dodgers are counting on him to keep opposing lineups at bay: that’s why he was tasked with taking the ball for Game 1 in a rotation that also has Clayton Kershaw, Tyler Anderson, Tony Gonsolin, Andrew Heaney, and Dustin May as pitchers capable of starting a game.
He delivered in his first turn, but he may need to be even better the next time around.