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Baseball: Maeda picks up win in relief for Dodgers in playoffs

09 Octobre 2017

No team in the major leagues lost fewer games this season than the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On the surface there would seem to be nothing to separate this World Series matchup from any of the others, but it would see first-year D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo facing his mentor, Red Sox manager John Farrell, for whom Lovullo was a bench coach in 2016.

Three pitches later, Chris Taylor picked up his first career postseason RBI, with an infield single to shortstop Ketel Marte and the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead. He just finished his first year with Arizona, going 9-9 with a 3.49 ERA over 28 starts. The previous two pairs were Ryan Johansen and John Moore on Oct. 25, 2011 (vs. Detroit) and Tomas Kubalik and Ryan Russell on Jan. 13, 2012 (vs. Phoenix). "But you can see how much he cares, and when he shows up focused and ready to play, he shows how much talent he has".

Whether or not Puig can keep up the high level of play is yet to be seen.

"I thought I had a shot, " Locastro said Friday.

Turner's home run led to a four-run first inning against Diamondbacks starter Taijuan Walker (0-1), giving Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw an early cushion.

Through two games and six innings of work by the bullpen the Nationals have allowed just one run. "So they hit some good pitches". "I didn't have a good grip on it at first". It may have been a mirage in the late summer, but here in the fall the mission is simpler, reduced to a single goal: win one more game. He also drove in five runs, which tied a franchise record for the most in a postseason game.

Kershaw came out hot, striking out six of the first nine batters he faced and holding the Diamondbacks without a hit until there were two outs in the third inning. Playing from behind all night, Arizona couldn't catch up.

"We have been very resilient all season", he said. J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run. (He's been) one of our main performers and offensive catalysts all year long.

"It's a tough decision", Lovullo said Thursday. But it turns out, what they needed was more Puig. Kershaw was 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA in two starts this season against Arizona. The Diamondbacks answered in the top of the 3rd when A.J. Pollock hit a solo home run to make it 4-1 Dodgers. Corey Kluber gave up seven hits and six runs in less than three innings, and Josh Tomlin earned the win. "I had a conversation with him today, and he said he felt even better". We like the D-backs to get it back to Arizona even at a game apiece. If Kershaw is the same playoff Kershaw that we've seen in the past, the Dodgers could be in trouble.

The Dodgers pounded out six runs on eight hits in a two-inning stretch against three Diamondbacks pitchers, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 7-2 lead.

Which is why it was so bizarre when, on Sept. 23, Puig made the final out of a loss to the San Francisco Giants on an inexplicable stolen base attempt.

Ray was 6-0, including two victories over the Dodgers, with a 2.28 ERA after being activated from the disabled list on Aug. 24. "I know we respect them". "I feel maybe ice cream in front of me, or something like that".

"I tried to throw a fastball down and away, and it ran back-middle, he did what he should with it", Hill said of his mistake pitch to Goldschmidt.

Roberts, though, still possessed the ultimate weapon: Kenley Jansen, the premier closer in the league. "Sometimes you shake your head, and sometimes you smile".

Baseball: Maeda picks up win in relief for Dodgers in playoffs