Diamondbacks have no answers for Dodgers in sweep

Rosalie Stanley
October 11, 2017

Via Brooks Baseball, he threw six different types of pitches, but just one curve and one changeup. Or to the Dodgers, who are getting huge offensive contributions from practically every spot in their lineup.

Good, just not great results - a fate Goldschmidt and the D-backs now must take into a long winter, as the Dodgers march on.

It was the Dodgers defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, to win their National League division series three games to none.

The Dodgers, who won 104 games for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, face the victor of the Nationals-Cubs series for the NL championship. All that mattered for Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Monday was that they advanced.

Bellinger did it with his bat and his glove as he made the defensive play of the game when he fell over the railing of the Dodgers' dugout to make a sensational catch in foul territory to end the fifth inning. Los Angeles had several problems versus Arizona that I thought would carry over into the postseason, but thankfully they proved me wrong.

After Darvish exited, Robert used Tony Cingrani (two outs), Brandon Morrow (four outs), Kenta Maeda and Jansen (three outs apiece) to finish off the Diamondbacks, and for the first time in the series, the Dodgers' bullpen didn't allow a run.

Darvish, who has made mechanical adjustments and tightened up his repetoire since going to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, sliced through the D-backs lineup easily through five innings, retiring 13 hitters in a row. The Dodgers won 104 games this season and took the NL West title for the fifth straight year, and in two of those seasons, including this one, the Diamondbacks were runners-up. "They want to do it". He gave up two earned runs on five hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks over five innings in a win over Arizona earlier this season.

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Beckham was carted off the field, in tears, and was reportedly taken directly to the Giants' X-ray machine. It wasn't meant to be as the team dropped to 0-5 after a loss to the win-less Los Angeles Chargers .

After a rough first season in Arizona in 2016, Greinke ranked among the NL's top half-dozen hurlers in several key categories including ERA (3.20, sixth) and WAR (6.0, fourth), but he couldn't get out of the fourth inning in the NL Wild Card Game.

Game 3 of the best-of-five matchup is Monday at Chase Field.

In an at-bat against Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, Walker looked as a 94-mph pitch headed directly toward his face.

The victory gave the defending World Series champions a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series heading into Game 4 Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

"You look at this team from the outside and it's kind of like, let's watch these guys because they're going to keep growing", Martinez said.

The Dodgers came away with a win due to their dominante back end of the bullpen. "We just couldn't get it done". "The series is not over".

It certainly would have been hard to discern a hole in the Dodgers' construction during their Division Series sweep, in which they outscored the Diamondbacks by a 21-11 margin and excelled in every phase of the game. With runners on the corners and one out, Cody Bellinger grounded out to first giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

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