'That's the way it goes': Dodgers' streak ends at hands of Bucs

May 10th, 2022

PITTSBURGH -- During their six-game winning streak, the Dodgers played some of their best baseball of the season, thoroughly dominating opponents in all three phases of the game.

On Monday, the Dodgers were on the other side of that as their streak was snapped in a 5-1 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park. It also snapped Los Angeles’ 16-game winning streak against Pittsburgh.

“It’s baseball. That happens,” said Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor, who exited the game shortly after fouling a ball off his left knee during an at-bat in the sixth inning. “Maybe we’ve had some breaks go our way the last six or seven games, and tonight it didn’t.”

So far this season, the biggest story for the Dodgers has been how dominant their starting pitching has been. That didn’t change on Monday, as left-hander Julio Urías allowed just two runs over six-plus innings. The Pirates recorded 11 hits against him -- tying a career high for Urías -- but the Mexican southpaw was able to make all the necessary pitches to navigate traffic on the basepaths.

If there was one pitch Urías would want back, however, it would be the 1-1 four-seam fastball he threw to Michael Perez in the seventh inning that resulted in a home run.

“I thought Julio did a nice job, scattering a bunch of hits out there but giving us length,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “I thought he pitched well. I know he’s going to want that fastball back from Perez. But I thought he pitched a nice ballgame tonight.”

Despite taking the loss, one encouraging takeaway for Urías was that Roberts elected to keep him on the mound for the seventh inning. In Urías’ last start, the skipper turned to the bullpen even though he was sitting at just 65 pitches through six innings. It was the longest outing of the season for Urías.

“Obviously, we know that this wasn’t the result we were looking for,” Urías said in Spanish. “They gave me their confidence, and I unfortunately failed in that inning. That’s why I feel that I always respect whenever they decide to take me out.”

While Urías kept the Dodgers in the game, Los Angeles had no answer for Pirates left-hander José Quintana, who worked out of some trouble to toss six scoreless innings. The Dodgers hit the ball hard but couldn’t find a way to deliver the big hit, leaving nine men on base and going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

The Dodgers’ best chance to score came in the seventh, when they had two on with one out with Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner due up. But Freeman flew out to left. Then Turner popped up to first.

“That’s just baseball, man,” said Dodgers third baseman , who went 0-for-3 on a night when his team mustered just four hits overall. “That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Part of the Dodgers’ struggles offensively, however, could be credited to a pair of stellar defensive plays by the Pirates. Jake Marisnick and Ben Gamel made some tough catches in the outfield. Ke’Bryan Hayes also picked out a hard-hit grounder that could have put the Dodgers on the board in the fifth.

“We obviously got outhit,” Roberts said. “I thought Quintana was really good tonight. He’s having a nice year. When we did hit balls hard, someone was there. They made a couple of nice plays out there.”

Even with the offense not yet clicking on all cylinders, the Dodgers are expecting games like Monday to be rare this season. They know they’ll get their opponents’ best shot, especially from a young team that is trying to gauge where they are. They’ll look to start a new winning streak with Tony Gonsolin on the mound on Tuesday.