Cubs blank Nats in Game 1

Faith Castro
October 8, 2017

The Los Angeles Dodgers have picked Alex Wood to start a possible Game 4 of the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which means Hyun-Jin Ryu was left off the roster.

The Diamondbacks meanwhile had to get here via the Wild Card game, which ensures they will give away home field advantage for as long as they remain in the postseason.

Kershaw (1-0) gave up just five hits in 6 1/3 innings, but four of the hits were solo home runs.

Needless to say, he did not return for the second inning, making his start the shortest postseason start against the Dodgers since Ron Darling also pitched just one inning for the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 1988 NLCS. On the mound for the Dodgers is Rich Hill who owns a 2.77 ERA in 78 IP at home, and has been stellar of late posting a 1.86 ERA in 29.0 September innings striking out 40 batters. There will be a day off Sunday as the teams head to Phoenix, so Greinke will have his usual four days of rest between starts. However, he had success against the Dodgers this season, going 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles.

Kershaw allowed four homers. "I know certain things you may have seen throughout the course of the year would give you the feeling that it wasn't a great relationship", Lovullo said, "but believe it or not, it's a strong, kind of pushing forward type of relationship". Kenley Jansen let a run squeak by on an RBI force out in the ninth inning, but quickly recovered to squash the D-backs' rally with a first-pitch, game-ending line out from David Peralta.

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Ray remains a possibility for Game 2.

Ray was supposed to start this series opener, but was pressed into relief against the Rockies when ace Zack Greinke faltered - and Walker couldn't come through in his place.

The Dodgers were able to add three important insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth as Corey Seager, Turner, and Puig all added RBI singles off Zack Godley.

The Dodgers may have won more games and have more money, but the "underdog" Diamondbacks won 11 of the 19 regular season matchups against their rivals and outscored Los Angeles 11-8.

"Forty-eight pitches (in) one inning is a lot for any pitcher to absorb", Lovullo said. He just never reached a rhythm. That aggression would pay off later for them as four of their overall five hits against Kershaw came off swinging at the first pitch. The Dodgers ten iced this one with a two-spot in the eighth inning. The red-bearded slugger tied a Dodgers record for most RBIs in a postseason game. In the sixth, J.D.

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