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11 October, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Carla Brady
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The Dodgers battered Arizona for 17 runs and 24 hits in the series' first two games.

First #postseason homer for @Cody_Bellinger?

The Dodgers' sweep of the D-backs leaves them a couple of extra days of rest before they face the victor of the Cubs-Nationals Series in the NLCS.

The Diamondbacks went from 69-93 a year ago to 93-69, a wild-card game win over Colorado and a place in the NLDS.

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.

In that game, he was unable to get out of the fourth inning and he gave up four earned runs. Peralta's one-out ninth-inning single off Jansen was the only baserunner they allowed while striking out four.




The Los Angeles Dodgers have marched into the National League Championship Series twice before during their current five-season postseason streak, but never with such quiet intensity and blunt force. The Cubs lead that series 2-1, with game 4 scheduled for Tuesday in Chicago. The younger Bellinger put the Dodgers on the board in the first with an RBI groundout that brought in Chris Taylor, who'd ripped a 109 miles per hour leadoff double off Greinke.

Veteran Daniel Descalso, who provided a major boost off the bench and as a part-time starting second baseman this season, said the Diamondbacks can still get better.

In Saturday's game, Logan Forsythe helped lead the charge as he was 3-for-5 with a stolen base, three runs and an RBI.

And that begins with pitching aggressively. Greinke faced 3-2 counts against five of his first eight batters and was at 54 pitches through two innings.

The Dodgers took the early lead in the first inning after Chris Taylor set the tone with a leadoff double. They outscored their division rivals by an aggregate score of 20-11, and defeated three pitchers - Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray and Monday's victim, Zack Greinke - who had beaten them late in the regular season. Greinke loaded the bases in the third via a pair of walks and a Turner single.

Greinke walked five in the first three innings, his season high. He was hit on the bill of the helmet two pitches later. 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. Cingrani was backed by Brandon Morrow who toss 1 and 1 1/3 scoreless innings while facing the heart of the Dbacks lineup in the bottom of the 7th. We love it when Zack pitches.

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