The D-backs responded with a homer of their own, a solo shot by Daniel Descalso made it a 2-1 game. "This is a completely different team and I think we have bigger goals than to jump into a swimming pool". He dialed his four-seam fastball as high as 97.8 miles per hour, averaging 95.2 and generating 11 strikes from among the 14 he threw, three of them swings and misses. With the series going to Chase Field, Arizona might relish returning to their hitter-friendly home environment. They did so under new management on the field and in the front office, and became one of the surprises of the Major League Baseball season with their unexpected success. This is the series we wanted. "We were here a year ago, and you saw how close we got". On the first pitch, he took an inside toss to the knob of his bat and his acting job wasn't selling the umpires on a hit-by-pitch more than the replay review that upheld the foul ball called. Offense wasn't expected to be an issue upon the return to Chase Field, but Yu Darvish blew up that line of thinking.
By the numbers, Darvish didn't have a great season, going 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA (118 ERA+) and 3.83 FIP in 186 2/3 innings split between the Rangers and Dodgers, who acquired him in a July 31 deadline blockbuster.
Darvish has had a spectacular upturn in form over recent weeks, and in his final three starts of the season he allowed just two total runs, with just one earned run, and 21 strikeouts and one walk across 17 1/3 innings. Reliever Jimmie Sherfy gave up three more runs in a critical fifth inning. Bellinger went 2-4 on the night with a home run and two runs batted in. "Lets celebrate, enjoy it" said Roberts. and celebrate they did. "He's got exceptional stuff, and he made it very tough on us tonight". He was able to throw his fastball, cutter and slider. But for an Arizona batting lineup that had slapped four home runs off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw two games back and scored five runs in each of the past two outings, it could've been enough. By the eighth pitch, though, he'd actually been struck - right in the brim of his batting helmet.
The D-backs sent Archie Bradley to the mound in the seventh, after retiring Seager and Turner, Bradley walked Bellinger and Puig struck out Barnes to strand the baserunners. But you can't have too many aces in the postseason, whether they're starting or making an unexpected appearance out of the bullpen like Kenta Maeda. Arizona, led by the big bats of Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez, wouldn't be afraid of the Dodgers. But it just wasn't meant to be. Behind the plate, just the confidence that he's had, he's grown to have behind the plate.
Greinke is probably the Diamondbacks' best chance to stop the Dodgers from scoring their way out of every problem.
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Added Lovullo: "I know the numbers weren't exactly what (Goldschmidt) wanted (down the stretch)".
"(I) was trying to wait for mistakes.
That ended Greinke's night at 104 pitches, of which just five were swings and misses.
Then the celebration began, the Dodgers stormed into the clubhouse where the champagne was waiting on ice.