In the first inning, he immediately kicked a sodden mound in frustration.
In the third instance, he struck himself while yelling into his glove.
In the fifth he just hung his head and walked somberly to the dugout.
By then, the damage was already greater than done.
In perhaps the worst start to his major league career, Julio Urías showed the full range of emotions in the Dodgers’ 5-8 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.
He had eight runs in five innings, the most of his career. Of his 93 throws, few were executed with command or precision.
It caused trouble early on when Urías gave up four runs late in the first round, wiping out the Dodgers’ early two-run lead.
He later showed personal disgust, scoring two two-out runs in the third.
After that, Urías still had no answers, the Orioles (58-37) capped his day with a sacrifice run in the fourth and a solo home run in the fifth.
Uría’s worst career ERA is now 5.02 this season.
It wasn’t the performance the Dodgers (55-40) expected from their Day One starter, not after Urías had the best two-game stretch of his volatile season.
He lacked flair for his slurve (which resulted in two extra base hits and only one swing and miss) and the lifespan of his fastball (he averaged just 91.7 mph, more than a tad slower than its previous seasonal norm).
He also appeared visibly unwell at the start, struggling to get involved in a game that was postponed 40 minutes to allow the Camden Yards pitch team to repair the infield (it had not been covered during a rainstorm the night before) and then was hit by the warm summer It rained for most of his first four-run inning.
The Dodgers were able to close their deficit a couple of times. James Outman hit a solo home run in the fourth round. Max Muncy launched a two-run blast in the fifth round.
Each time, however, the Orioles reacted against Urías and sent his checkered season into yet another downward slide.