Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Diamondbacks have no answers for Dodgers in sweep

Diamondbacks have no answers for Dodgers in sweep

Through his first two postseason games, Cody Bellinger had shown very little of the form that produced an NL rookie record 39 homers and a.267/.352/.581 line. Beginning Saturday at Dodger Stadium, they will host either the Chicago Cubs or Washington Nationals, whoever survives an NLDS now led by the Cubs, two games to one. Arizona overpowered the Dodgers in those six games by a combined score of 40-13. So, it's something that, I think, I'll try to do; just try to pitch my game, be aggressive in the zone, just try to let them put the ball in play and pitch to my strengths. Darvish limited the damage to the lone run after a spectacular inning ending catch by Bellinger as he caught it falling over the dugout railing. The Dodgers were able to get to Greinke early, scoring a run in the first inning.

Kenley Jansen earned his second save of the series as the closer appeared in all three games for the Dodgers of the NLDS.

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Arizona won its last six regular-season games against the Dodgers, but Los Angeles dominated its NL West rival when it mattered most, sweeping an opponent in the postseason for the first time since the 2009 NLDS against St. Louis. He struck out four and walked five. The Dodgers have a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five divisional round following an 8-5 win over Arizona Saturday night. A solo shot by the struggling Bellinger extended the Dodgers lead to 2-0. In these three games against the Diamondbacks, they did. Clayton Kershaw - who didn't even need to pitch in relief in this particular NLDS after his memorable turn past year against the Nationals - can start the NLCS opener Saturday on seven days' rest, with Rich Hill, Darvish and Alex Wood all well-rested and ready to take their turn. "You look at the small sample of three starts or whatever, but I think progressively it's continued to get better". The left-hander walked three of the first seven Dodgers hitters he faced and a wild pitch led to Yasiel Puig driving in Los Angeles' first run.

Even with Zack Greinke on the mound, the Dodgers did not even flinch. Greinke allowed the first two Dodger batters to reach base.

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Finally, in his sixth big-league season, Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin will make his postseason debut.

"They wait for pitches to hit and then it's an ideal way of hitting", Greinke said. Acquired at the July 31 trade deadline from the Texas Rangers - precisely for moments such as these - Darvish, a four-time all-star, delivered a gem in Monday night's clincher, reduced to a five-inning stint only because the Dodgers' bullpen is so deep and functional these days. While the Arizona bullpen turned in four scoreless innings, 2 ⅔ by setup man Archie Bradley, the damage had been done. We love it when Zack pitches.

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