Urías Splendid When the Dodgers Honored Koufax

Saturday, June 18, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On a picturesque Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium when the Los Angeles Dodger organization unveiled the Sandy Koufax statue, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the young upstart Cleveland Guardians 7-to-1.

Sandy Koufax, a lefty, was the greatest pitcher in the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodger history. Yes, Don Sutton had more wins than Koufax, and Clayton Kershaw has more strikeouts than Koufax. During a five-year period, Koufax was the most dominant Major-League starter when he led the Dodgers to world championships in 1963 and 1965, won three Cy Young Awards, won an MVP, and pitched four no-hitters, including a perfect game. His arthritic elbow, which needed Tommy John surgery before the surgery was invited, cut short. Koufax, a devout Jewish man, refused to pitch Yom Kippur, and he has promoted equality in the Jewish Community. In 1972, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Koufax.

Fitting on the same day when the Dodgers honored Koufax, Julio Urías, who had his Major-League debut when he was nineteen, the same age as Koufax, performed magnificently. He had a little control problem in the first when he walked two, and he was charged with an unearned run. After the first, Urías was excellent for the next five innings. Saturday, he finally received adequate offensive support.

David Price, Phil Bickford, and Reyes Moronta performed well in relief.

Again, Mookie Betts could not play because of sore ribs. Although the Dodgers scored seven runs, they still left eleven on bases. Austin Barnes hit a sacrifice fly, the first for the Dodgers since May 28th. Trea Turner blasted a two-run homer. Justin Turner had an RBI double and an RBI walk. Gavin Lux had an RBI triple.

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