Dodgers Sweep D-backs in NLDS

Esther Moore
October 11, 2017

The Diamondbacks' prolific offence was reduced to wild, unproductive swings at Dodgers starter Yu Darvish's slider. Los Angeles particularly excelled in close games while going on an 82-25 run from late April to late August - matching the 1998 Yankees for the best four-month performance in the past 100 years. Peralta's one-out ninth-inning single off Jansen was the only baserunner they allowed while striking out four. Clayton Kershaw was solid in his outing, despite giving up four solo home runs to the Diamondbacks. "Lets celebrate, enjoy it" said Roberts. and celebrate they did.

After all, almost everything Roberts has done in the first two games of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks has turned to gold. Los Angeles lost to Chicago in last year's NLCS. After a standout career at Hamilton High, located only 28 miles from the Diamondbacks' ballpark, Bellinger was drafted in the fourth round by the Dodgers in 2013. Their bullpen did a great job, they stepped it up. We wanted to beat them.

"We'll watch the game tonight for a lot of reasons", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

"I can't say enough about Kenta Maeda, stepping out of his comfort zone and going to the bullpen", Turner said. Within the next inning, both the DIamondbacks' Daniel Descalso and the Dodges' Austin Barnes also added solo homers, but Arizona still held a 7-3 edge in that department this series.

My reasoning was that Arizona went 11-8 versus the Dodgers during the regular season, scoring 99 runs against that vaunted pitching staff. The homer knocked Greinke out of the game with a final line of 5+ IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 2 HR and 105 pitches.

First #postseason homer for @Cody_Bellinger? With the only RBI in the game, Cody did what Cody does and went yard to left-center to extend the Dodgers lead to 2-0.

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The Dodgers tinkered with Darvish's mechanics after the trade, and he was masterful through most of the night, mixing a 98 miles per hour fastball with his deep repertoire of offspeed pitches.

Logan Forsythe, getting the start at second base over Chase Utley for the second night in a row, had three hits, scored two runs, drove in one and stole a base, part of an offensive onslaught by Los Angeles that followed a nine-run effort in Game 1.

When Darvish's spot in the batting order came around in the top of the sixth, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts allowed him to hit for himself - only to practically sprint to the mound a batter into the bottom half to remove Darvish after the starter threw two straight pitches up near the neck of pinch hitter Christian Walker, with the second of them clipping Walker on the bill of his helmet.

From there Greinke walked a batter in the following three innings. He faced full counts to five of his first eight batters and needed 54 pitches to finish two innings.

The Dodgers will have the next four days off to rest and reset their pitching rotation as they get ready to host the victor of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals on Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium.

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