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Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS Game 2

07 October 2017

Also, to be fair, the Dodgers' struggles with left-handed pitching peaked a year ago, when they had an astounding.149 OPS deficit (.623 versus.772) when comparing their production against left-handers versus right-handers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers bested the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium Friday night. Three of the first four batters swung at the first pitch Kershaw threw. (Zack) Godley, Zack (Greinke), obviously has had some success, and Ray has really got the best of us. Combined, that quintet posted a 5.79 ERA in those starts.

The 32-year-old Watson, who was acquired from the Pirates on July 31, made 24 appearances for the Dodgers and pitched to a 2.70 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 20 innings; overall, he posted a 3.38 mark with 7.2 K/9 in 66 ⅔ innings, though he didn't exactly smother lefties (.276/.324/.367 in 107 PA).

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The Diamondbacks meanwhile had to get here via the Wild Card game, which ensures they will give away home field advantage for as long as they remain in the postseason. "I'm glad I was part of his first postseason home win".

When Robbie Ray appeared out of the bullpen in the National League wild-card game on Wednesday, it was clear Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was pulling out all the stops. What he quickly learned is that his baseball bat does not taste good.

For a 104-win team that locked down the top seed for the entirety of the playoffs, the Dodgers were an understandably desperate bunch going into their October opener.

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L.A. center fielder Chris Taylor led off the game with a single, which was followed by a Corey Seager walk. Pitchers will take solo shots any day of the week especially if they have big leads as Kershaw did. Yasiel Puig added a double, triple and two RBIs. His third was 96.

Who: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. He hop-skipped off the mound and strode into the dugout. Kershaw allowed four homers overall tonight, but he otherwise seemed to dominate with location and sharp breaking stuff.

In the bottom of the eighth, they did just that. On one hand, the Dodgers will do anything to win.

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Anthony Rizzo then lined a hit to right field, but Bryce Harper couldn't come up with the ball, and Rizzo had an RBI single. He carried a no-hitter through the first five innings and dealt with only two worrisome moments in that time .

The best of 5 series shifts to Phoenix on Monday for Game 3 and if necessary, game 4 on Tuesday. Working with a big lead from the second inning on allowed him the cushion to be human. At times it did look dominant, mostly because Kershaw looked a bit more like his All-Star self than the version that returned from the disabled list late in the season.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS Game 2