Dodgers News: Julio Urias Made Adjustments Prior To Start Against Mariners

The Los Angeles Dodgers edged out a 1-0 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, snapping a two-game losing streak and settling for a series split at T-Mobile Park.

In what turned out to be a pitchers’ duel between Julio Urias and Marco Gonzales, both teams combined for just three hits in Tuesday’s finale. Corey Seager provided the only RBI with a two-out single in the third inning.

It was all the run support Urias needed as he allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts. “I felt really good,” Urias said after the game.

“I made a lot of adjustments during the week and used those adjustments today. Overall felt really good.”

Urias specified that he tweaked his curveball/slurve during the outing. “Just working through my mechanics and making minor adjustments. Working on my curveball, trying to make adjustments on the curveball,” Urias said.

“Those were the things I focused on and those were the things I feel like I cleaned up to have the performance I did.”

Austin Barnes, who was behind the plate for the Dodgers on Tuesday, noted that Urias’ curveball moves differently than other breaking balls he’s seen. “They’re moving different. It’s not a normal pitch to me. I haven’t seen a curveball like that,” Barnes said.

“It’s coming out way on the side, he’s landing it (for strike) at a high rate and it does different things all the time. It’s a hard pitch for them to get their sights on.”

Roberts: Urias was at his “best” against Mariners

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts offered high praise for Urias after his stellar start, deeming it the best performance of his career. “I know I’ve said it before as far as best outing I’ve seen from him at different times, but I just can’t recall any better from the first pitch to the last pitch,” Roberts said.

“Efficiency, command of all three pitches, getting ahead of hitters. He had complete control. Story was the breaking ball, throwing it for strikes, swing and miss, mixing the fastball, changeup. It was just a clinic on pitching.”

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