Monday, 11 December, 2017

Major League Baseball playoffs: Three takeaways from Dodgers' NLDS-clinching win over Diamondbacks

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 11 October, 2017, 00:30

But most of their do-or-die game Monday against the Dodgers felt lopsided in Los Angeles' favor.

After a rough first season in Arizona in 2016, Greinke ranked among the NL's top half-dozen hurlers in several key categories including ERA (3.20, sixth) and WAR (6.0, fourth), but he couldn't get out of the fourth inning in the NL Wild Card Game.

In Chicago, reliever Koji Uehara declared himself fit to pitch in the postseason after rejoining the Chicago Cubs for practice ahead of Monday's Game 3 of their National League Divisional Series playoff against the Washington Nationals.

The victor of the NLDS game advances to play the victor of the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals series. Kenley Jansen recorded his second save of the series.

"That's just the media [talking]".

"It's just about doing your part", Jansen said. "We laugh about that now". The playoff sweep follows a regular season in which the Dodgers finished with a league-best 104 games, the most in the franchise's history since 1953. In these three games against the Diamondbacks, they did.

Even with Zack Greinke on the mound, the Dodgers did not even flinch.

The Diamondbacks had runners reach base in the first, sixth, and ninth innings, but could not bring in any runs. It's all vastness and pumped-in snake-hiss noises and thin air that makes baseballs soar to impossible heights, as if the sense of scale is thrown off by all that open space and endless sky.

Josh Reddick drove in the go-ahead run on a two-out single to left field in the eighth inning off Boston's Craig Kimbrel, who relieved starter-turned-reliever Chris Sale (0-2) in the eighth after Houston tied it.

Exhibits on display for start of Fire Prevention Week
Lowe cautions that smoke is the leading killer in house fires and so working smoke detectors become the first line of defense. One of the most common sources of fires are heaters, make sure you have those away from flammable items, like your curtains.

Wind-Driven Fires Burn California Wine Country
Centers for the evacuated have opened at Crosswalk Church, Napa Valley College Gym and the Napa County Fairgrounds, officials say. One fire-related death has been reported in Mendocino County, but the speed of these blazes suggests there are more to come.

Rafael Nadal battles past Grigor Dimitrov to reach China Open final
Krygios was leading 6-0 3-0 when opponent Steve Darcis retired injured, and he will face Alexander Zverev in the next round. This year, Nadal beat Dimitrov 6: 3, 5: 7, 7: 6 (5), 6: 7 (4), 6: 4 in the semifinals of the Australian Open in January.

Speaking of leaps, they didn't swim in the Chase Field swimming pool Monday like they did when they clinched the first of their five consecutive division titles here in 2013. The Cubs beat the Dodgers in six games in the NLCS previous year.

Later on, Bellinger was at it again in the fifth hitting.

"I could tell by the body language that things were going good".

The Dodgers' batters exercised supreme discipline, laying off Zack Greinke's pitches out of the zone to send the Diamondbacks star's pitch count soaring. "Unfortunately, it didn't happen". He wasn't at his best, but he did give his team a chance to win. There were, in fact, many "if onlys" for the Diamondbacks in this series. But the four-time all-star went more than a month without a win around the same time the entire team went almost three weeks with just one. A four pitch walk to Puig loaded the bases for catcher Austin Barnes, but Greinke was able to escape the jam. Darvish was pitching on 13 days' rest, and the extra days off really seemed to help him in the desert.

"I just think it was a little lack of fastball command, getting behind guys".

Yu Darvish was stellar, tossing five innings allowing only one run on two hits while accumulating seven strikeouts.

Tony Cingrani got a double play and Brandon Morrow got a groundout to end the sixth and then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.

The midseason trade acquisition for the Dodgers lived up to his hype as he allowed just one hit-a bunt single-through the first four and 2/3 innings. One reportedly asked Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager for his name.

It looked like a team that had been through a lot, but that still expected to be here all along. They retreated to their clubhouse to spray champagne and beer, but it wasn't the party-with-abandon look of a group of October neophytes.

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