Arizona Diamondbacks Confident As They Begin NLDS Against Dodgers

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Despite not being a save situation, the Dodgers went to closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth to put the game away. "I go like that", he said, giving another display of the tongue-wagging, just in case anybody missed it the first time. The regular season Arizona team was third in the National League in 2017 with 44 come-from-behind wins.

Tonight's #Dbacks lineup for Game 2. The Dodgers now lead the series, 1-0.

"He's called "the Wild Horse" for a reason", said Manager Dave Roberts, who benched Puig twice in September, but now was smiling at his antics. All of Kershaw's pitches were working, the fastball was hitting the glove, slider and curveball had a nice bite.

"We have been very resilient all season", he said. This marks the fifth postseason start for Hill (12-8, 3.32 ERA, 166K). Hill was 0-3 against the Diamondbacks with a 5.03 ERA.

Unlike their first forays into the NLDS the Dodgers have had more success recently winning four of the six series they've played.

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"With 48 pitches in one inning, that's a lot for any pitcher to absorb". Taijuan, he's pitched well against us. Turner has reached base safely in 16 of his last 17 postseason games, hitting.397 during that stretch. That wouldn't be the case Friday, mostly because giving three-time Cy Young victor Clayton Kershaw that kind of cushion isn't the recipe for success. Pitchers will take solo shots any day of the week especially if they have big leads as Kershaw did. "When you have a lead like that, it's about attacking guys, not giving up free bases and pounding the zone". Sure enough, he gave up back-to-back rockets into the left-field seats to Adam Rosales and Ketel Marte. Before the game started, fans packed Dodger Stadium as the team started its postseason run. There was awesome baserunning by Cody Bellinger, Taylor, Turner, and then that insane tongue-wagging triple in the bottom of 7 by Yasiel Puig. Nine runs will not be easy to come by against elite pitchers like Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke, so Friday's victory was vital. "They hit a couple of mistakes and unfortunately, we never got grounded". Kershaw has a 0.95 WHIP with 202 strikeouts over 175 innings. Turner singled in Taylor, who walked. Turner followed with a single, driving in Seager.

Turner's five RBIs tied the Dodgers' postseason record, set by Davey Lopes in the 1978 World Series and tied three years later by Pedro Guerrero in that season's Fall Classic.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo produced RBI singles in the sixth inning for the first two hits off an otherwise-dominant Strasburg. But he escaped that inning by striking out Diamondbacks sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and J.D.

Bellinger threw to Seager who stepped on second to force out Daniel Descalso, then made his errant throw.

He thought he could earn a double, until he noticed that Arizona left fielder David Peralta had him shaded toward center. On one hand, the Dodgers will do anything to win.

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