Los Angeles' lefty Julio Urias held the Washington Nationals to six hits and two runs over five innings, in what ended up a 4-3 win for the Dodgers when the teams met in Dodger Stadium in late June.
Nats’ skipper Dusty Baker was impressed with the then-19-now-20-year-old rookie's work on the mound in what was just his sixth major league start.
"He was pretty good," Baker told reporters. "He had an outstanding breaking ball. That was his main weapon. He threw well. He only gave up two runs. I don't know if that was him being excellent or us not knowing him the first time we've seen him."
The Nationals saw Urias again a month later in the nation’s capital, scoring one run on five hits in four innings.
LA’s lefty is one of two pitchers the Nationals are likely to see tonight in Game 5 of the NLDS matchup with the Dodgers.
Veteran lefty Rich Hill, the other option for the Dodgers, started Game 2 of the series in Washington, D.C.
Dave Roberts told reporters after the Dodgers’ win in Game 4, that he thought both left-handers would play a role in Game 5.
“We didn't use Julio, so it's going to be a collection of arms,” he explained.
“You know, I think that we talked about Rich as an option, obviously. But so is Julio and how we want to strategize to win Game 5, we're going to talk through it. But it's nice now that we didn't have to go to Julio, so he's certainly an option.
“We've got some guys in the pen that didn't pitch tonight, today. So we've got some good options.”
Hill told reporters that he was getting the nod, though the team hadn’t confirmed the news yet as of this morning.
Early this afternoon, the Dodgers announced that it would be Hill at the start in Game 5:
#Dodgers announce Rich Hill will start NLDS Game 5 tonight.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 13, 2016
Hill, 36, gave up six hits, two walks and four earned runs in 4 1⁄3 IP in what ended up a 5-2 loss to the Nationals.
On the year, Nats’ hitters, as a group, had a combined .259/.328/.455 line vs left-handed pitchers, good for 6th/6th/2nd across the line in the National League.
Here’s the lineup that will take on Hill in NLDS Game 5 in the nation’s capital:
#Nats vs #Dodgers #NLDS Game 5: Turner CF, Harper RF, Werth LF, Murphy 2B, Rendon 3B, Zimmerman 1B, Espinosa SS, Lobaton C, Scherzer P— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) October 13, 2016