Dodgers Sweep D-backs in NLDS

Lynette Rowe
October 11, 2017

Austin Barnes shook his right fist toward the dugout. Los Angeles had several problems versus Arizona that I thought would carry over into the postseason, but thankfully they proved me wrong.

Dodgers: Face either the Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. But I do believe with the 'pen that we have and the trust in it, you have to weigh everything in.

Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA) will draw the start for Los Angeles, while the D-backs counter with Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20). Lovullo hasn't chosen a starter for a possible Game 4.

"We have laid a lot of good bricks down on our foundation", Lovullo said. "When he's not, he's beatable".

Yu Darvish struck out seven batters while holding the Diamondbacks to one run over five-plus frames in Monday's NLDS Game 3 win.

Two losses in Los Angeles featured uncharacteristically bad starting pitching and some defensive lapses.

That 1-16 stretch the Dodgers endured in late August and September, the one that came out of nowhere when they were 55 games above.500 and ended any talk of them being remembered as one of the greatest teams in history, now looks like an aberration - albeit one that lasted almost three weeks and forced some serious introspection as the playoffs loomed. "How I pitch is different". If you get beat at home and the other team clinches, just wear it. Let them in the pool. He has the double motivation of keeping Arizona's season alive and facing his former team. This time, shooting an opposite field solo shot to left-center.

The victory set up a decisive Game 5 in Cleveland on Wednesday.

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In that game, he was unable to get out of the fourth inning and he gave up four earned runs.

"They wait for pitches to hit and then it's an ideal way of hitting", Greinke said. The K was followed by a Peralta base hit just out of the reach of Turner. He is 1-2 in four starts against the Dodgers, posting a 3.65 ERA across 24 2/3 innings with 24 strikeouts and 10 walks.

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Puig, in the eighth spot of the batting order, is 5 for 9, including a double and triple, and has driven in four.

Martinez expressed a desire to remain in the desert and be part of a power-hitting lineup that includes MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt and young slugger Jake Lamb.

The Diamondbacks have won a World Series (2001) more recently than the Dodgers (1988) have, but here lately they have had a tough time getting past their older, richer, more glamorous rivals to the west. The Chase Field throng was exceptionally boisterous in Arizona's 11-8 wild-card win over Colorado.

"We need (to win) three in a row, so whatever it takes to get through these games and it starts with tonight". Obviously I would love to come back, but I don't know what the future holds or where God wants me to go. "We tried to get something going, but we really couldn't do much off him". That's all that matters to us. "We were relentless every single pitch".

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