Puig powers Dodgers to 8-5 win over D-backs

Puig powers Dodgers to 8-5 win over D-backs”

Despite the fact that Kershaw seemed to run out of gas, allowing three of his four runs in the sixth and seventh innings, Walker and the D-backs were down 4-0 before Walker recorded his first out.

Sometimes the plays that keep you from losing are as crucial as the ones that let you win.

The Diamondbacks cut the lead to 7-5 in the seventh on pinch-hitter Brandon Drury's three-run homer.

Sometimes that free spirit backfires, as it did late in the season when Puig got in Roberts' doghouse and was held out of the lineup for a couple of days because of a bad non-slide to finish a game and a tardy arrival to the park a couple of days later. He followed that by getting picked off first and caught stealing - hey, nobody's perfect.

Greinke is probably the Diamondbacks' best chance to stop the Dodgers from scoring their way out of every problem. "You have to win that game to get here". Kenta Maeda logged an inning of relief, striking out a pair for the win, while Kenley Jansen closed out the last two outs in the 8th and all of the 9th for his first save of the postseason.

That didn't appear to faze the lefty, who started moonlighting as the club's hype man for the rest of the night. The Dodgers success is due to the two-headed monster in their rotation including Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood.

Arizona starter Robbie Ray led the NL in strikeout rate (12.1 per nine) and was even better against the Dodgers, whiffing 15.1 per nine in 31 ⅔ innings while posting a 2.27 ERA. The Red Sox paid a price for that transgression a month ago.

Want to watch Game 2 between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers? The Dodgers won't ever admit this, but they likely were rooting for Colorado to beat Arizona in the wild-card game as the Diamondbacks were 11-8 against the Dodgers this year, outscored them a combined 99-71 and won the final six games in the series.

Arizona's bullpen was the second-best in the National League during the regular season (behind the Dodgers) - but like the starters, they didn't look good in LA. Corey Kluber gave up seven hits and six runs in less than three innings, and Josh Tomlin earned the win.

Barnes, usually the Dodgers' backup catcher, reached base three times and got the night's biggest hit with that fifth-inning double.

Godley was one of the few pitchers with a whiff rate above 30 percent and a ground ball rate above 50 percent. He has a sparkling 1.86 ERA in 87 road innings this season. "But you can see how much he cares, and when he shows up focused and ready to play, he shows how much talent he has".

On Saturday, HIll ran into more first-inning trouble.

Contrariwise, the Dodgers received a putrid performance from left fielder Curtis Granderson.

There is something vaguely odd and strangely captivating about the Diamondbacks, as if they were some bizarre species of animal that only lives in the deep desert or the bottom of the ocean.

Ray has been extremely tough on Los Angeles this season, a team that often struggles against left-handed pitching. The Bronx Bombers did that five times previously, the last being in Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS at Fenway Park. Hill threw 51 four-seamers and 26 curves. "We just have to continue to put the pressure on them". Prior to this season, the team's largest margin of victory in an opener had been by a 4-0 score against the Ducks to start the 2007-08 campaign. After another decisive Game 2 win on Saturday, Roberts' faith in his bullpen appears to be restored.

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