The Dodgers found themselves on the losing end of an offensive breakout by the Orioles, much like the Dodgers did to them Tuesday night.
It was a hot start as the Dodgers scored two runs in the first inning off Dean Kremer. Will Smith, one of the team’s hottest hitters, doubled in a run and a David Peralta single accounted for the second run.
But the Orioles answered right back, scoring four runs on a Jordan Westburg single that scored two and a Ramon Urias double that scored two more. For Julio Urias, it was a step back after he appeared to be regaining his form in his previous two outings. Baltimore scored scored two more runs in the third, with Ramon Urias hitting another double and then a Julio Urias wild pitch.
James Outman got the Dodgers’ offense going again in the fourth with the first opposite-field home run hit by a left-handed hitter with the new dimensions in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. After an Austin Hays sacrifice fly in the bottom half to get that run right back for Baltimore, Max Muncy broke a 1-for-22 stretch with a two-run home run to center to get the Dodgers back to within two.
But in the fifth, Julio Urias, who had already given up seven earned runs, gave up a home run to Gunnar Henderson for an 8-5 Baltimore lead to cap his disaster of an outing.
That would be the final run of the game as the Orioles bullpen shut down the Dodgers. Phil Bickford and newly recalled Justin Bruihl provided three innings of scoreless relief for the Dodgers.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
The Dodgers can’t seem to finish series
The last two series could have both been sweeps for the Dodgers, but failed execution and subpar pitching performances nixed those opportunities. The inability to close out series on a good note is slightly concerning, but then again the Dodgers still find themselves in first place in the NL West. But for a team that has come close in both of these final games in the Mets and Orioles series, it would have been nice to get the job done. Both final games of each series were winnable, especially the 2-1 loss to the Mets on Sunday. But if the Dodgers can continue winning series, it should put them in a good spot.
Julio Urias has a setback
No, Urias didn’t suffer an injury, but his performance wasn’t what is usually seem from him at this time of year. In the second halves of seasons, Urias has been one of the best pitchers of all time. On Wednesday, he had one of the worst outings of his career, giving up a career-high eight earned runs. His ERA has vaulted to 5.02 and in a contract year, it is certainly not what he and Dodgers fans expected this late into the season. There’s still plenty of time for Urias to recover and show what has made him so dominant as a season winds down.
Offense has another good performance
If there is anything positive to take away, it was the offense. Smith continued his torrid stretch at the plate by going 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI on Wednesday. For the series, Smith was 8 for 12 with three RBIs and two talks. David Peralta also had two hits and an RBI on Wednesday to steady his average to .273. The offense, despite some struggles with runners in scoring position, is rolling. The average with RISP should get better, especially when you have such a balanced lineup with superstars leading it (Freddie Freeman was 3 for 5 with two runs Wednesday) and that will bode well in tough matchups like we saw in this series against the Orioles.
The Dodgers have a travel day Thursday as they face a road series against the AL West-leading Texas Rangers beginning Friday. Tony Gonsolin will take on former Dodger Andrew Heaney in the opener. First pitch in Arlington is set for 5:05 p.m. PDT