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Dodgers Take Care of Business, Complete Sweep

11 October 2017

How could this 2017 team, which just steamrolled the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game sweep of the Division Series, have looked so very bad in losing 15 of 16 games less than two months ago?

In the National League Division Series (NLDS) the Chicago Cubs are facing the Washington Nationals and the Diamondbacks are facing the Dodgers.

"You look at the three games in the series, and they're all team wins", said manager Dave Roberts, whose club outscored Arizona 20-11. The good thing for the Dodgers is that they don't have to worry about where the game will be played. Four relievers - including starter-turned-post-season-reliever Kenta Maeda - gave up nothing more than a one single by David Peralta in the bottom of the ninth. Los Angeles is now four wins away from making it to the World Series for the first time since 1988. Corbin allowed a combined eight runs (six earned) on 16 hits with five walks in 10.2 innings. He struck out four and walked five.

They'll face either the Nats or the Cubs, depending on the outcome of their NLDS (with Game 4 set for Tuesday night at 5:30 PM ET on TBS), but that'll all get sorted out soon enough.

In his two previous postseason starts with the Texas Rangers, Darvish had a record of 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. "Sweeping the series in three games is the greatest".

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Darvish's fastball averaged about 94 miles per hour this season, the highest of his career, but whether because of the dialed-up October adrenaline or the 14-day layoff he had had between starts, Darvish's heater had some extra giddy-up to it Monday night, sitting at 96 and touching 98.

"All the pitchers just got to go out there and get back to what we're good at".

And that begins with pitching aggressively. Corey Seager followed with a seven pitch walk, and then Taylor advanced on via Justin Turner's short fly ball and Bellinger's grounder to first, with Paul Goldschmidt expecting to throw home but misstepping and missing first base on his first attempt. Greinke threw 29 pitches in the first inning and finished with 105.

Stripling was busy all year for the Dodgers, working 74 1/3 innings during a season that included two starts. He struggled with his command, walking a season-high five and throwing 103 pitches through five innings.

Finally, in his sixth big-league season, Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin will make his postseason debut. On Greinke's second pitch of the sixth, he served up an 89 miles per hour fastball that Barnes lined 398 feet to leftfield, restoring their two-run lead. 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. Poor Fernando Rodney, the Diamondbacks closer, not only never got to fire a single arrow, he never even got to pitch in the series.

Dodgers Take Care of Business, Complete Sweep