9/16/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated the 40th anniversary of Fernando Valenzuela Rookie Year with a bobblehead giveaway. Valenzuela won the Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year Awards in 1981, the same year they won the World Series.
Another Mexican-born pitcher that has become a star for the Dodgers is Julio Urias (18-3). Urias is the first pitcher to win 18 games, which is tops in MLB and the first 18 game-winner since Clayton Kershaw went 18-4 in 2017.
The Dodgers completed the sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 5-3 victory at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday Night.
"It was a really beautiful night," Urías said through a translator. "When I started getting warmed up, you could hear the mariachi playing and see the excitement around the crowd. It was very nice for me to pitch tonight."
In the bottom of the second inning, Justin Turner got on base after hitting a single. Will Smith got on first base after being walk, and Cody Bellinger singled to right field to load the bases with one out.
Gavin Lux hit a single to right field in the bottom of the second inning to bring home Justin Turner and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Julio Urias hit into a double play to end the threat. Arizona took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning on Henry Ramos's two-run RBI single to center field.
The Dodgers responded in the bottom of the fourth inning when Cody Bellinger grounded out to the shortstop, and Justin Turner scored from third base. Will Smith advanced to third on the play before Gavin Lux singled to right field to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.
Max Muncy hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. The D-Backs cut the Dodgers lead to 4-3 with a solo home run by Christian Walker in the top of the sixth inning.
The Dodgers led 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning after pinch-hitter Matt Beaty was hit by a pitch to get on base, Mookie Betts singled to right field, but Muncy hit into a double play. Trea Turner reached base on an infield single, and Beaty came around to score.
Urias went five innings and gave up two runs on three hits with five strikeouts. He threw only 76 pitches. D-Backs starter Merrill Kelly (7-10) allowed four runs and ten hits in 4 ⅔ innings.
"It was very tough to get in rhythm from my slider to my fastball," Urias said. "Credit to the bullpen, and for us to get this victory was important and stay on this winning streak."
Los Angeles has won sixth straight games and nine in a row at home. The win put the Dodgers 1.5 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants with 15 games left.
The Dodgers open a nine-game road trip starting on Friday at Cincinnati, and Arizona will travel to Houston to open their series on Friday. For more photos from this game, click on the link at the bottom. #nlb #ladodgers #dbacks #losangelesdodgers #arizonadiamondbacks #juliourias #willsmith #maxmuncy #tgsportstv1 #tgsportsusa