NLDS Game 3 Prediction: Can Diamondbacks stay alive vs. Dodgers? 10/9/17


Fans who tuned in to see Game 3 of the NL Division Series instead ended up watching a Cody Bellinger highlight video.

Darvish gave up one run and struck out seven in five-plus innings to send the Dodgers to the NLCS against the victor of the Chicago Cubs-Washington Nationals series.

"We need (to win) three in a row, so whatever it takes to get through these games and it starts with tonight".

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.

Bellinger drove in the Dodgers' first run with a ground out in the first inning, then added a solo home run in the fifth. On Saturday, Dodgers' skipper Dave Roberts announced that he would consider removing his ace earlier in games, rather than pushing him to the seventh or eighth inning in order to preserve the bullpen.

After Darvish exited, Robert used Tony Cingrani (two outs), Brandon Morrow (four outs), Kenta Maeda and Jansen (three outs apiece) to finish off the Diamondbacks, and for the first time in the series, the Dodgers' bullpen didn't allow a run.

The Red Sox hosted the Astros to Fenway Park and avoided elimination with their 10-3 win, bringing the series to 2-1 in favor of the Astros.

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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.

And that begins with pitching aggressively.

Los Angeles' Chris Taylor doubled to lead off the first inning before Corey Seager walked. Darvish has a 2.44 ERA in 92 1/3 road innings this year. Yasiel Puig finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Ray escaped trouble in the third inning, despite continuing with his control issues. Austin Barnes went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base two runs and two RBIs.

Finally, in his sixth big-league season, Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin will make his postseason debut.

Greinke walked five in the first three innings, his season high.

A scary moment came in the sixth inning when Christian Walker was hit by a wild pitch. Neither Zack Greinke (3.2 innings), Robbie Ray (4.1) nor Taijuan Walker (1.0) was able to complete five innings and therefore put themselves in position to win.

After the HR, he tossed 2.2 scoreless innings but that one pitch almost cost the Astros the game. Poor Fernando Rodney, the Diamondbacks closer, not only never got to fire a single arrow, he never even got to pitch in the series.