Luis Urías, shooting standout leads for Brewers in MLB’s best Dodgers close

Luis Urías, shooting standout leads for Brewers in MLB’s best Dodgers close

Luis Urías to the rescue.

Inserted early in the game after an injury to Mike Brosseau, he hit his first hit to provide an early lead and then drove an important safe run with a sacrificial fly in the ninth as the Milwaukee Brewers opened the second. part of the match. his trip with a blank 4-0 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

Keston Hiura scored ninth and remained red-hot on the plate, while Eric Lauer and the bullpen combined to pitch the Brewers’ seventh loss of the season and their first since July 3 in Pittsburgh.

The closure was only the second in the major league-leading Dodgers’ last 48 games and the first at home in nearly a year (August 29, 2021).

“Just really solid on the race-prevention side today,” manager Craig Counsell said in the post-game broadcast. “They make you work for it. They make you work for every exit.”

Lauer entered the game as a certified “Dodger Killer”, going 6-1 with an average of 2.56 runs won in 10 career games against them and 2-0 with a 3.68 ERA in four career games at Dodger. Stadium.

He tied the season record with a seven-inning effort against the Dodgers last Wednesday at American Family Field, but took the loss.

POINT BOX: Brewers 4, Dodgers 0

Lauer navigated the early entries with relative ease, with Christian Yelich helping his cause in the second.

Lauer allowed a single for Justin Turner, followed up with Max Muncy, and allowed a two-out single to the left of Gavin Lux. But Yelich showed up shooting and delivered a perfect kick to hit the sliding Turner and keep Los Angeles off the board.

The assist was Yelich’s second of the season.

“He nailed the money,” Counsell said. “He tossed the ball a good distance away. Strong pitch, accurate pitch. Third base coaches need to take note.”

Brewers shortstop Willy Adames pitches for first place while Dodgers' Cody Bellinger assists during the eighth inning.

Brewers shortstop Willy Adames pitches for first place while Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger assists during the eighth inning.

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An inning later, Urías entered the game at third base, with Brosseau having been lifted with discomfort in his right rib cage after a strike. Then, on his first hit in the fourth, he landed a 0-of-21 skid, dated August 14, lifting a two-out solo homer to Julio Urías’ left center.

Counsell said Brosseau was dealing with the oblique tension coming into play.

The Dodgers threatened at the bottom of the frame with Turner and Muncy alone and Chris Taylor walking – all with two outs. But Lauer escaped again, this time sending Lux flying to Yelich.

In addition to the goal and an inside shot by Yelich – without scoring on the marker for the first time since 7 June – southpaw Julio Urías dominated before being pulled in favor of Alex Vesia after six innings.

Lauer (9-5), meanwhile, ended his night with a punch and strikeout from Freddie Freeman, giving him five innings on 98 pitches. The goalless match was Lauer’s third of the season and his first since May 20.

Peter Strzelecki continued his strong work out of the bullpen with two strikeouts in a goalless sixth and Hoby Milner followed up with a goalless 1⅓ innings behind him.

“Peter did a great job,” Counsell said of the right-hander, who made his major league debut earlier this season and earned his top spot with his effort on Monday.

“Really took a big step forward this year. He didn’t get into a spring training game this year, he had a really, really good season and he came here and showed he can take out good hitters.

“The swing-and-miss is what you notice – and in the strike zone too. And when you start to see that, you know a guy has good stuff.”

Matt Bush took Milner’s spot and, after allowing Will Smith a single, immediately blacked him out, leading Turner to a double play late in the inning, 6-4-3.

Back-to-back doubles in the ninth inning of Willy Adames and Yelich against former brewer Phil Bickford gave him a little more breathing room.

“We’ve played so many tight games lately, to put a little gap in there and give us some breathing room in the ninth was obviously good,” Counsell said.

Jason Alexander finished the game ninth, marking only the second time in the last 48 games that the Dodgers have been ruled out.

Ashby placed in IL

There was also some pre-game news, as the Brewers placed southpaw Aaron Ashby on the 15-day injured list with shoulder inflammation and called up right-hander Jason Alexander from Class AAA Nashville.

“Aaron played yesterday and he just didn’t feel right, so that eliminates the possibility of him starting on Wednesday,” coach Craig Counsell told reporters on Monday. “He went back to Milwaukee and saw Dr. (William) Raasch.

“Right now it’s smaller.”

It is Ashby’s second stint at IL this season; he missed 11 games in late June and early July with forearm inflammation.

Right-handed Adrian Houser returned to the Brewers in Los Angeles instead of doing a fourth season of minor league rehab, so he’s likely to be reinstated from IL and see action Wednesday with Ashby out.

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This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Eric Lauer, Luis Urías, Keston Hiura lead Brewers over Dodgers

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