Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Dodgers complete sweep of Diamondbacks, await Cubs-Nationals victor in NLCS

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts On Yasiel Puig Pulling Kenta Maeda And More Alex Perez 10/08/2017 News Dodgers’ Dave Roberts On Yasiel Puig Pulling Kenta Maeda And More Alex Perez 10/08/2017 News
Hilda Schwartz | 11 October, 2017, 00:27

But our baseball staff at The Comeback originally meant to post some bold predictions before the MLB postseason began.

The fitting end to a frustrating night for the Arizona Diamondbacks came on a signature cutter from Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.

Maybe the Snakes were more anxious about random Dodgers fan trying their luck.

The D-backs didn't get any better results after Darvish left.

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.

So why couldn't the D-Backs continue that success in the postseason?

Though the Diamondbacks were swept in the NLDS, I'm very proud of how the team played in 2017 and I look forward to next season.

Paul Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez, and Jake Lamb went 0-7 combined at the plate, with Goldschmidt and Lamb each striking out twice.

Yeah, not so much.

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Maeda was superb during the Division Series, capped by a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts Monday night, and afterward his teammates raved about Maeda's selfless acceptance of his new role.

Greinke - the ex-Dodger signed to a $206.5 million, six-year contract by Arizona before the 2016 season - gave up three runs and four hits in five-plus innings. He will face Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (13-11, 4.57 ERA) with the Cubs 2-1 up.

The local product who made good for the visiting team engendered a few boo birds on Monday night, but they were drowned out by the chants of "Co-dy" from the Dodgers fans in the sellout crowd of 48,641. Yet he worked out of several jams, and gave up only that one run through four innings, and only two through five after a solo blast by Bellinger. As a result, this matchup received far less attention than the other three playoff series. He was pulled from the game after allowing Austin Barnes to lead off the sixth with a homer.

Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, hitting in the No. 8 spot, had another productive performance with three hits and two RBIs.

The Dodgers celebrating after their win against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Cody Bellinger saved the game with an over the rail catch to end the inning.

Roberts and Darvish were backed by good relief pitching out of the bullpen as Tony Cingrani took over for Darvish in the 6th and induced a rally-killing double play against David Peralta.

Then the celebration began, the Dodgers stormed into the clubhouse where the champagne was waiting on ice. On the first pitch, he took an inside toss to the knob of his bat and his acting job wasn't selling the umpires on a hit-by-pitch more than the replay review that upheld the foul ball called. After spending all summer as the most resilient, resourceful team in baseball, Los Angeles suddenly stopped scoring the extra runs and earning the late-game breaks that had made it so dominant.

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