But our baseball staff at The Comeback originally meant to post some bold predictions before the MLB postseason began. Los Angeles is the only team to finish the NLDS in three games and their reward is some well deserved time off while the rest of the field fills in.
Arizona only managed three hits: a bunt single by Ketel Marte in the first, a home run by Daniel Descalso in the fifth and a ninth-inning single by David Peralta. Bellinger, who was playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League at this time past year, started this season with the Dodgers' Class AAA team in Oklahoma City before making his major-league debut on April 25.
So why couldn't the D-Backs continue that success in the postseason?
Could the lefty surprise be reserve infielder Tommy La Stella, who is 3 for 6 (homer, triple, double) against Scherzer, or rookie Ian Happ, a switch hitter who also can play second?
Yeah, not so much. The Cubs lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 beginning at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday at Wrigley Field.
Zack Greinke had Arizona's season in his hands, and after he went 13-1 at home during the regular season, the Diamondbacks liked their chances of avoiding an NL Division Series sweep. The club was able to drive-in Taylor in after a Cody Bellinger RBI groundout to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
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But D-Backs starter Robbie Ray couldn't hold that lead very long, largely because he couldn't throw strikes. The younger Bellinger put the Dodgers on the board in the first with an RBI groundout that brought in Chris Taylor, who'd ripped a 109 miles per hour leadoff double off Greinke. But those mistakes finally caught up with him in the fourth. This was what the Dodgers hoped to get with Darvish when they acquired him, and when you throw in the effectiveness of the bullpen, we have a six-inning baseball game.
D-Backs Manager Tory Lovullo allowed Greinke to stay in the game after throwing a little over 100 pitches.
Yu Darvish struck out seven batters while holding the Diamondbacks to one run over five-plus frames in Monday's NLDS Game 3 win. As a result, this matchup received far less attention than the other three playoff series.
Yasiel Puig's bloop single didn't even drive in a run. Neither can match the Dodgers' depth in both lineup and pitching staff. "I hit where I hit in the order". Though we don't know their competition just yet, it's safe to say that we will see Clayton Kershaw kicking things off for the Dodgers.
Just when he put together his most impressive sequence of the night, getting Seager on a first-pitch flyball and Turner on a four-pitch strikeout to start the fifth, Greinke fell behind Bellinger 3-0, and then KABOOM. After spending all summer as the most resilient, resourceful team in baseball, Los Angeles suddenly stopped scoring the extra runs and earning the late-game breaks that had made it so dominant. "I could call it disrespectful and classless, but they don't have a handsome pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like", said Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall (oof).
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