Manager Torey Lovullo announced his choice Thursday for the game Friday night against Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw. Arizona was coming into the series having just scored a win in the Wild Card round against the Colorado Rockies.
Brandon Morrow recorded four outs in relief, passing the baton to closer Kenley Jansen who closed the door on the D-backs in the ninth inning. But it's still striking that in his 89 innings of postseason work, Kershaw has a 4.55 ERA, which is sky-high when compared to his truly astounding 2.36 career ERA. That JT bomb set the tone for the Dodgers for the rest of the game with a 4-0 lead after the 1 inning.
If the Dodgers could have chosen one team to avoid in the postseason it probably would have been the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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When Puig emerged from the Dodgers' clubhouse for a postgame news conference, he was alongside teammate Justin Turner, who homered and drove in five runs in the win. "We'll regroup and be ready for (game two on Saturday)". Three of the first four batters swung at the first pitch Kershaw threw.
"I don't know why", Puig said. On deck, it's a matchup of veteran left-handers in Game 2 of their NL Division Series at 5:38 p.m. EDT.
The back-to-back shots marked the end for Kershaw - 6 1/3 innings, seven strikeouts, five hits allowed, but four of those were long balls and he walked three.
"He gave up four solo homers but who cares", Turner said. Sure enough, he gave up back-to-back rockets into the left-field seats to Adam Rosales and Ketel Marte. During that stretch, he boasts a 3.48 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, which are obviously very un-Kershaw like numbers but are still solid for normal humans. Some of those appeared in the fourth, when Corey Seager's RBI single and another RBI from Turner keyed a three-run rally against Godley that broke open the game.
"We wanted to put the pitcher's back against the wall", Turner said, whose five RBIs in this game tied a Brooklyn-Los Angeles franchise mark for most RBIs in one post-season contest.