The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros clinched their respective Major League Baseball play-off series on Monday.
It was the Dodgers defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, to win their National League division series three games to none.
The Dodgers had a strong showing against the Diamondbacks in all three of their meetings. "And to come here and sweep them, beat them on their home turf is hard to do and pretty special".
Darvish, who has made mechanical adjustments and tightened up his repetoire since going to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, sliced through the D-backs lineup easily through five innings, retiring 13 hitters in a row.
In an at-bat against Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, Walker looked as a 94-mph pitch headed directly toward his face. "When he's on his game, it's tough for any lineup". Los Angeles particularly excelled in close games while going on an 82-25 run from late April to late August - matching the 1998 Yankees for the best four-month performance in the past 100 years. David Peralta followed by grounding into a double play, and a Ketel Marte grounded out to end the inning. "Lets celebrate, enjoy it" said Roberts. and celebrate they did.
The Dodgers, who won 104 games for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, face the victor of the Nationals-Cubs series in the NLCS. "Eight playoff appearances in 12 years, without being in a World Series". After a standout career at Hamilton High, located only 28 miles from the Diamondbacks' ballpark, Bellinger was drafted in the fourth round by the Dodgers in 2013. "It was a big hit for us". Their bullpen did a great job, they stepped it up. "They expect us to be here and we expect us to be here, too". Greinke labored but prevented the Dodgers from making more headway until Cody Bellinger homered in the fifth.
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For what it's worth, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told A.J.
"I wasn't able to contribute much in last year's postseason, but this year I have, so I'm extremely happy", Maeda said. Within the next inning, both the DIamondbacks' Daniel Descalso and the Dodges' Austin Barnes also added solo homers, but Arizona still held a 7-3 edge in that department this series.
Maybe the Snakes were more anxious about random Dodgers fan trying their luck. Greinke is 13-1 at home this year with a 2.87 ERA over 116 innings.
First #postseason homer for @Cody_Bellinger? Oliver Perez came in and Rizzo looped his first pitch into shallow left-center, finding a patch of grass between three Washington fielders. He allowed one earned run on two hits with nine strikeouts and no walks over seven innings in a 9-3 home win over the Padres his last regular season start.
The Dodgers' batters exercised supreme discipline, laying off Zack Greinke's pitches out of the zone to send the Diamondbacks star's pitch count soaring. A four pitch walk to Puig loaded the bases for catcher Austin Barnes, but Greinke was able to escape the jam. Tuesday night's effort from Zack Greinke was the longest outing for the Snakes with five innings.