Julio Urías excels as Dodgers top Giants for 100th win of year

Inducting himself into the San Francisco Giants Wall of Fame on Saturday night, Hunter Pence made a confident claim during a pregame address to a still-arriving crowd at Oracle Park.

“The Giants,” shouted the retired outfielder, “are coming back next year!”

The beatdown that followed suggested otherwise.

In a recent reminder of just how far the two clubs have come from each other since last year’s historic divisional race and memorable divisional series, the Dodgers beat the Giants 7-2 for their 100th win of the season and fourth 100-win season last six years.

Fourteen of those wins have come against the Giants (69-76), the most for the Dodgers in a single season of the rivalry since 1979.

The Dodgers (100-44) are also 31½ games ahead of the Giants, a discrepancy that would only eclipse the Dodgers’ 40-game lead in 2017 as the widest in a season of this century.

And somehow the gulf between the teams felt even bigger on a chilly Saturday night out on the bay.

The Dodgers had a Cy Young Award contender on the mound, hitting six strong innings with two (one earned) ball out of National League ERA leader Julio Urías, who matched his National League best with an eight-on-2, 27 lowered. crossed out advertisement.

The Dodgers' Trayce Thompson runs past Giants third baseman Evan Longoria as he circles bases Sept. 17, 2022.

The Dodgers’ Trayce Thompson runs past Giants third baseman Evan Longoria as he circles bases after hitting a two-run homer in the second inning.

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The Giants suffered from a disastrous bullpen game, their pitching plan shattered when their first assist, Sean Hjelle, was shot at for six runs between the second and third innings.

The Dodgers showed the full strength of their highest scoring lineup, scoring 13 goals in one night, all of which their starters got safely except for Gavin Lux, who returned from a neck injury in his first game since Sept. 1.

The Giants’ only highlights came between the innings, when videoboard flashbacks of Pence’s eight-year career with the club distracted the orange-clad bits of a sold-out crowd from the second straight blowout unfolding in front of them.

“It just seems like we’re just playing good baseball, whether we’re starting to pitch like we did with Julio tonight, or hitting big and making runs,” said manager Dave Roberts.

The Giants briefly led in the first inning after a couple of mistakes in the Dodgers’ infield led to an unearned run.

Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias delivers against the San Francisco Giants on September 17, 2022.

The Dodgers’ Julio Urías delivers a pitch in the third inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Urías batted eight and went one in six innings.

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But then Trayce Thompson laced up a two-run homer in front of Hjelle in the second.

The middle of the Dodgers order lines up five straight singles — including one from Justin Turner, who had three team-high hits, plus a walk and two RBIs — to start a four-run third.

And Urías switched to cruise control the rest of the way, going six innings for his fifth straight start and giving up two or fewer runs in his 11th straight game.

“It’s not easy to get 100 wins,” said Urías, one of seven Dodgers to have played on all four recent 100-win teams. “But we are on the right track and doing everything we can to prepare for the playoffs.”

The Dodgers may not have a chance to complete a weekend sweep as Sunday night’s finals appear in danger of rain.

Given the Dodgers’ sizable lead in the NL and MLB standings, and the Giants’ almost certain fate of missing the postseason, the game, by and large, likely won’t matter.

However, it’s possible that the contest could be rescheduled on a shared day off on Sept. 26 — a scenario that would force the Dodgers to return to San Francisco before embarking on their final road series of the year against the San Diego Padres.

“People like money,” Roberts quipped when asked about this potential.

It might be the only consolation for a Giants team that hasn’t had many wins this year, especially against the Dodgers.

pitching updates

Within the next few weeks, the Dodgers’ bullpen could be back in full force.

Roberts said Blake Treinen (shoulder) and Brusdar Graterol (elbow) could be activated, with David Price (wrist) close behind. Meanwhile, Yency Almonte (elbow) is scheduled to go to Triple-A Oklahoma City for a rehab stint next week, where he will need at least a couple of appearances.

However, the team’s starting rotation seems increasingly unlikely with Tony Gonsolin (Forearm) returning to full capacity in October.

The right-hander threw a bullpen session on Saturday that Roberts called “good.”

However, the manager also noted that Gonsolin still hasn’t been able to throw at full intensity again and that it becomes “unrealistic” for the first-time All-Star to build to the point he was in time for the playoffs — his Role for the stretch run has yet to be determined.

“The most important thing is to get him healthy, get him strong and see where we’re at with that,” Roberts said.

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Emma Bowman

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