Maeda picks up win in relief for Dodgers in playoffs — Baseball

Cody Bellinger, Dodgers Complete Sweep of Diamondbacks, Advance to NLCS

That effort might have affected him on Saturday, as he wasn't sharp.

Yesterday, Kershaw was cruising through six innings. He allowed four runs on four hits and two walks (one was intentional). "(Walker) was the choice, a clear-cut choice. This is all considering he only had command of one pitch.

However, this became a problem when the team inexplicably transformed into the worst team in the majors in late August. But he has two RBI and two walks against his ex-teammate, and ... well, these days he's contributing even beyond whatever his numbers show. Cody Bellinger, in his first postseason game, recorded a hit and scored a run. Rich Hill takes the mound for the Dodgers, squaring off against Robbie Ray of the D-backs. Puig added a bloop single to right-center and the bases were loaded for pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer. "Baseball is not going to love you all the time". It's getting to the playoffs and winning the World Series. The Dodgers are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Arizona and the over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

In game two, slated for Saturday (9 p.m. Eastern, TBS) in Dodger Stadium, a pair of left-handers are set to duel. He has a sparkling 1.86 ERA in 87 road innings this season. Walker was gone after one inning, and rookie Zack Godley, usually a starter, made a nice one-man stand for five innings. I wouldn't give this team anything (other than) 100 percent of myself. There are reasons to be optimistic. Fatigue plays a huge factor, especially when coming off a back injury. "I think we're more looking to October", he reiterated. "I had a conversation with him today, and he said he felt even better".

"I'd imagine if you look at most clubhouses they have a kind of clown ... no, that's not the right word, but a guy who keeps it light". In the first inning, just before hitting his double, he stuck it out to lick his bat, only to recoil when he realized the taste of a bat slathered with pine tar is actually quite disgusting.

One more to go and the Dodgers can sweep past the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Los Angeles Dodgers can advance to their second straight NLCS with a road victory here.

The fourth and fifth innings were the roughest for Arizona, as they gave up six runs between the two frames. Puig grounded out to drive in Seager. O-Swing measures the percentage of pitches outside the strike zone a team or player swings at. In the seventh, he allowed back to back weak singles.

Not everyone has been adversely affected. And that's certainly defensible, of course. "They know what you do, I know what they do", he said.

As dominant a regular season pitcher as he has been, Kershaw hasn't replicated that in the playoffs.

Score one for a little of both. "When you have a lead like that, it's about attacking guys, not giving up free bases and pounding the zone".

Or he should have been taken out earlier because he was clearly fatigued.

"It's innate", Roberts said. It irritates anyone who remembers the days before pitchers were treated like porcelain dolls. So at the trade deadline they addressed it by adding Brandon Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins and Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics.

"I don't think anyone cared then, and nobody cares now", the Diamondbacks' veteran first baseman said Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

Most of Locastro's four days in Los Angeles had been spent doing conditioning and training work with the Dodgers. This season, Kershaw had an earned run average of 2.31 and had a record of 18-4. "Now he understands. He doesn't need to do that, but just go out there and have fun". Someone Los Angeles likes to ride into the ground.

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